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Interview with Marjane Satrapi

Interview with Marjane Satrapi

| August 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

Marjane Satrapi is an Iranian born French author, graphic novelist, director, and illustrator. As a child, she attended the Lycée Français in Tehran where her family was involved with communist and leftist political groups partly responsible for the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Her graphic novel, Persepolis, is a memoir of her childhood growing up during the […]

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The Not So Odd Life of Joel Edgerton

The Not So Odd Life of Joel Edgerton

| August 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

It was well over a decade ago that I was introduced to a young actor called Joel Edgerton at the Sundance Film Festival. He was unknown, had barely any credits and was at the festival supporting a friend’s film. At the time I loved hanging around Australians, and Joel was one of those guys you […]

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The Rise and Fall of Wealth, Greed and Excess by Noted Filmmaker

The Rise and Fall of Wealth, Greed and Excess by Noted Filmmaker

| July 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

During the French Revolution Marie Antoinette only lost her head for allegedly decrying: Let them eat cake, and by being oblivious to the reality of the world she lived in. In director Lauren Greenfield’s somewhat disturbingly allegorical documentary, Queen of Versailles, a contemporary Parisian royal couple, this time Floridians David and Jackie Siegel are billionaires […]

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An Interview with Michelle Pfeiffer

An Interview with Michelle Pfeiffer

| June 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

No matter how many times one meets the luminous Michelle Pfeiffer, one continues to marvel at her agelessness. Never looking like her 54 years, the still striking actress is modest when it comes to her appearance and scoffs when I suggest she hasn’t changed all much over the years. “No I don’t. Look at those […]

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Interview with Director of Dead Man’s Burden, Jared Moshe

Interview with Director of Dead Man’s Burden, Jared Moshe

| June 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

In a corner of the Marriot Hotel that is part of the bustling LA Live and home to the increasingly popular Los Angeles Film Festival, young, first time writer/director Jared Moshe is trying to soak in the success that he is attaining. His directorial début, the Western drama Dead Man’s Burden has proven so popular […]

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Inside HBO’s The Newsroom

Inside HBO’s The Newsroom

| June 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

One of the highlights of this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival was not seeing a film per se, but an advance look at the new HBO series, The Newsroom, which premiered this past Sunday night. Audiences were shown the 75 minute pilot followed by a panel discussion that included the brilliant creator and writer of […]

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Celeste and Jesse Forever

Celeste and Jesse Forever

| June 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

The proverbial romantic comedy or rom-com has become an increasingly difficult and cliched genre to pull off, but somehow actors/writers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack have hit all the right notes with Celeste and Jesse Forever, a winning and beautifully told film that is both refreshingly honest and delightfully funny. Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse […]

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Crazy & Thief

Crazy & Thief

| June 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

In his introduction to his second feature film, Crazy & Thief, director Cory McAbee referred to his film as some kind of a love letter to audiences but it is unclear what audience he was referring to, because it was not the audience in attendance at the LA Film Festival screening. Perhaps he was referring to […]

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The Bravery of Kelly McDonald

The Bravery of Kelly McDonald

| June 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

Scottish actress Kelly McDonald laughs when I suggest she’s the go to woman for Scottish heroines. “I dont know where you heard that nasty rumor”. Nor did she feel any pressure about starring as Pixar’s first female heroine in Brave. “Attention to detail is not my strong point and it didn’t occur to me that […]

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

| June 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

We live in cynical times and it would be easy to dismiss writer/director Lorene Scafaria’s debut feature, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World as just another hokey romantic comedy. But it is far from that. It has depth and passion, and exquisite performances. Steve Carell plays Dodge, an insurance salesman who is […]

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