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Stanley Kubrick’s Film Treasures Are Coming to L.A.

I received some tremendous news in the mail the other day from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Starting October 28th (earlier for members like myself), the museum will unveil a retrospective of the work from genius director Stanley Kubrick. It’s events like this one that make me glad I live in LA.

From the description on the LACMA website, “Stanley Kubrick is the first large-scale retrospective of the filmmaker’s work in the United States. Developed in collaboration with the Kubrick Estate and the Deutsches Filmmuseum, the exhibition provides access to Kubrick’s extraordinary vision and working methods. Early photographs made for Look magazine in the 1940s suggest an obsession with historical research and visual detail, which characterize Kubrick’s groundbreaking directorial achievements of the 1960s through the 1990s. Each of Kubrick’s main film projects is examined in detail through archival material, costumes, set models, and props. The exhibition also Read more…

Surrealism in Film

January 29, 2012 3 comments

Kahlo and Kahlo at the LACMA

I attended an exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art today called In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States. Works from the likes of Frida Kahlo, Louise Bourgeois, María Izquierdo, and many others are on display and I suggest that any of you in the LA area drop in if you have an interest in the surreal.

The last exhibit I saw at LACMA consisted of the various sculptures and drawings of Tim Burton. Naturally, Burton’s aesthetics fit right in with the art currently on display, so that got me thinking of my favorite surrealist films. There was a time when I went on a real David Lynch-bender and I damn near burned myself out on the crazy, outlandish, and unexplained.

However, when properly spaced out between viewings, surrealist films can be extraordinarily thought-provoking and satisfying. Surrealist artists, including filmmakers, make use of terrifying and fetishistic imagery, frequently blending reality with the hyper-real, leaving the viewer disturbed, intrigued, or just plain Read more…

My (unnecessary) Disgust with the Oscars

January 26, 2012 2 comments

Well, I mentioned in previous posts (here and here) how much I loved the performances this year of Michael Fassbender in Shame and Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin. About the thespians, I said, “It’s a good thing these two aren’t competing with one another for awards because I would be at a loss when choosing a favorite.” Thanks to the oh-so-wise-and-cutting-edge  jackasses at the Academy, I’m in no danger of choosing my favorite actor or actress this year.

I hate to say it, but I was fuming when I read the Oscar nominees that were announced on Tuesday morning. I know it’s silly to be so incensed over something so trivial and vain, but I feel like I am the Academy Awards demographic– I love movies! I love the art Read more…

My Thoughts on ‘Haywire’

January 21, 2012 3 comments

Ever since the era of Bourne Identity and Casino Royale, movies have turned the corner and mostly left behind the Crouching Tiger-meets-Matrix high-flying, slow-motion fights. There’s a new brand of brutality being practiced in film fighting. We movie fans can now hear the painful crushing of bone, the pounding of flesh, and the dull thud of a skull meeting a sidewalk better than ever. Personally, I believe this to be a positive. Lucky for us all, these fights welcome all genders.

Haywire, directed by the sometimes brilliant and usually interesting Steven Soderbergh, is an impressive spy/action/thriller in all the ways Read more…

Legendary Actor Apathy

November 13, 2011 Leave a comment

I’m watching Goodfellas and Heat tonight and a friend of mine brought up the fact that Robert De Niro has seemingly not given a shit for many years now. I have to agree. I’m not necessarily judging– personally, I’d cash those monstrous checks he’s getting for crap like Righteous Kill or Little Fockers without a second thought if I were in his position. Nevertheless, I had to pause and think about the last film De Niro made that I really enjoyed. I landed on 15 Minutes, a film from 2001 that I feel is quite underrated (Leonard Maltin apparently agrees in his book). Ten years ago. TEN! He took a crack at giving an interesting performance last year in Stone, but the movie was underwhelming at best.

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