‘Mike Kelley: Single Channel Videos’ at REDCAT

December 22, 2015 | By Natalie Kessel | Category: Art and Museums, Film

Many critics and famous artists have claimed Mike Kelley is responsible for putting the L.A. “art scene” on the map. After attending CalArts in the late ’70s under the guidance of teachers like John Baldessari and Laurie Anderson, he created an expansive network of multi-disciplinary artists, musicians and actors that he regularly collaborated with out [...]


October 14, 2015 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Art and Museums, Classical Music and Opera, Entertainment and Events, Film, Theater and Dance

Spotlighting Grand Avenue’s status as a vibrant world-class arts destination, 11 cultural organizations along this arts-centric stretch of Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles are presenting a free one-day cultural event, GRAND AVE ARTS: ALL ACCESS, on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Grand Avenue between Temple and Sixth streets that [...]

Movie Review: ‘Victoria’

October 11, 2015 | By Ekphrasis Rex | Category: Film

In a new movie called “Victoria,” director Sebastian Schipper and cast present a one-take, 138-minute travesty of cinema trying to pass as an artistic achievement.
“Victoria” made me sick to my stomach. It’s exceedingly rare that one can use this expression correctly for both its meanings. For public safety, the back of the cinema seats where [...]

LACO @ The Movies Celebrates Walt Disney Animation Studios

June 8, 2015 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles, Film

In a remarkable convergence of film restoration, musical imagination and extraordinary sleuthing, two long-lost 1920s-era “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit” Disney animated shorts, which never had musical scores, now have them nearly 90 years after their creation. Poor Papa (1927) and Africa Before Dark (1928), among Walt Disney’s earliest animated shorts and rediscovered after being lost [...]

Review: ‘The Wrecking Crew’

March 20, 2015 | By Ekphrasis Rex | Category: Film

As we go through life, we first recall those events or situations that gave us the strongest sensations. From love, to hate, to pain, to fear, to pleasure — it’s the ones that made the deepest impact that first come to mind. As of last Saturday, when I went to see “The Wrecking Crew” at the Nuart Theater on Santa Monica [...]

Free Tickets to French Film Series: Les Lutins du Court-Métrage

January 20, 2015 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Film

Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK), the performance space at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, in partnership with the Alliance Française of Los Angeles, brings Les Lutins du Court-Métrage 2014 to Los Angeles as part of its public performing arts series at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. A selection of 2014’s best French short [...]

Movie Review: ‘Foxcatcher’

December 28, 2014 | By Ekphrasis Rex | Category: Film

The “Foxcatcher” movie is a fair recounting of an event that once again proves that truth is stranger than fiction.
Sadly, it feels more like a documentary rather than a feature film. Although the events leading to the tragic denouement are close to the facts, the actors in this drama leave the viewer with a misrepresentation [...]

Review of ‘Inside the Mind of Leonardo’

December 26, 2014 | By Ekphrasis Rex | Category: Film

On Monday I tried out a new restaurant in Westwood. When I came out, I was surprised to see the lights on at the Crest Theatre (it’s been closed for about four years). It was almost 8 p.m., and the movie title was intriguing: “Inside the Mind of Leonardo.” I bought a ticket.
For the younger [...]

Free Tickets to Oscar-nominated Film ‘The Lady in Number 6’

February 13, 2014 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Film

Alice Herz-Sommer is no armchair philosopher. At 109, she knows exactly what’s important in life from her experience in Theresienstadt during World War II. Alice, the oldest Holocaust survivor, is the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary short: “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life.”
In less than 40 minutes, director Malcolm Clarke and co-writer [...]

‘In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey’: Reminiscences and a Review

September 1, 2013 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Featured Articles, Film

Although I hate to admit it, I have known about the iconic American guitarist/composer John Fahey and played his music on the guitar for more than 40 years. So, I’d like to begin my review of the documentary “In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey,” written, directed and produced by James [...]