Los Angeles is not known for its film festivals. There are no Golden Bears, Silver Lions or Palme D’ors awarded to obscure auteurs whose careers rise and fall on a handful of impossible-to-get-into screenings presided over by the cinematic elite. There are no A-List celebrities conducting full press Q&As.
ERIC WHEELER: Hello! And welcome to the first installment of what we hope will become a long-lasting and beloved niche in the bowels of The Film Talk website: Contributor Crosstalk. The obvious idea here is that we ‘below the line’ talent (to use an industry phrase) clang our heads together and see what movies have [...]
The Grove in Los Angeles is a lot of things to a lot of people. More precisely, it is meant to be everything to everybody. The sprawling, 575,000-square foot, open-air marketplace offers an alternative to Main Street, Costco, the Internet or any sort of reality existing beyond the confines of a price-tag. I mean no [...]
At the height of his mid-1970s cinematic celebrity, Charles Bronson was known in movie-mad France as “Le Sacre Monstre,” or “The Sacred Monster.” It’s a strange sentiment, but an appealing one. Bronson was the archetypal action hero of the 70s, but he couldn’t seem more atypical by 21st century standards. He had a face and [...]
Los Angeles is the film production capital of the world, but it’s also a great place to see those films. Just as the term “Hollywood movie” can contain an almost endless variety of meanings, the act of theater-going in the “film colony” can range from enlightening to exasperating. A repertory screening of the original 1972 “The Mechanic” and a multiplex engagement with its 2011, Jason Statham starring progeny, help illustrate this idea.
I felt dirtier walking out of Brad Furman’s THE LINCOLN LAWYER than its idol THE LONG GOODBYE, and not just because all that hero worship makes us into peeping toms.
This is it folks. Your chance to see the most extraordinary new film I’ve seen in the four years of recording The Film Talk: ENTER THE VOID.
This week in TFT we get scary and wondrous and perhaps, just perhaps, Uncle Jett will fix the broken Membership System: Our show this week in October is a big one – reviews of the absurdly over-hyped THE SOCIAL NETWORK, an interview with MORTIFIED creator David Nadelberg on using Kickstarter to crowdsource the funding of [...]
Alas it’s not appropriate for me to review CUP CAKE, Saturday’s film at the 2010 LA Irish Film Festival as I’m too biased – it was shot in North/Northern Ireland – a place where I directed for BBC TV for a few years – hence I know many, many people on CAKE’s crew as Belfast itself [...]
Hello Dear Reader – hope you’re having as lovely a time wherever you are as I’m having in Los Angeles. Another night at the 2010 LA Irish Film Festival for yours truly – cracking films in MY BROTHERS and SWANSONG: STORY OF OCCI BYRNE. You’ll hear myself and Prof. Dr. Gareth Higgins talk about OCCI [...]
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Hey there Dear Reader – tonight was opening night at the 2010 LA Irish Film Festival – Gareth and I were there of course, (see photo above of Dr. Higgins looking his sartorial best); over the next few days we’ll be bringing you tweets/posts and a couple of shows direct from the fest – hope [...]
The Armenian Bouncer Hey there Dear Listener – as you know we have a not few in number indie-filmmakers and wannabe filmmakers who listen to The Show – so I thought it’d be relevant to have a guest on to discuss new forms of funding for the micro/budget scene. Am concerned that indie-films could go [...]
BEDROOMS at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles or How Sylvester Stallone’s JUDGE DREDD is Responsible for My New Coffee Cup Collection
[Moon Bloodgood in BEDROOMS] Good Day Dear Readers – hope you’re all having an interesting and productive Weekend. Let’s get started shall we?