FROM Devin Faraci
Friday Film: 'Star Wars' Madness and More Star Wars is the Death Star of film this week, annihilating news of all other movies. But we’re going to change that in this week’s Friday film segment, where we round up several new releases! What other movies are brave enough to go up against the Star Wars juggernaut at this weekend’s box office?
Film Roundup Men who can’t relate to their children, children who don’t want to grow up, grown-ups making childish decisions, and children getting stuck in a B horror movies with their dead mothers. It’s time for the Friday film roundup.
Movies Our Friday round-up of movies finds a strange mix of choices. A new movie, based on a book by Nicholas Sparks, delivers a similar setup to one of his more famous works, “The Notebook.” It’s called The Longest Ride. It’s a love story divided between the present and the 1940’s. There’s also the directorial debut of actor Ryan Gosling, called “Lost River.” It’s an indie film about a single mother, played by Christina Hendricks, who runs up against the criminal underworld, while her son discovers a secret underwater town. And the best reviewed film of the bunch is “Ex Machina,” an intelligent sci-fi thriller about artificial intelligence, from the writer of 28 Days Later.
Pierce Brosnan, Found Footage, and Retelling Exodus In our weekly rundown of film and industry news: November Man is a spy thriller that sports a lot of shots of Pierce Brosnan walking slowly away from exploding cars. Horror/suspense movie As Above, So Below is a “found footage” flick that takes place in the Parisian catacombs. Also out this weekend, Starred Up takes place in a British prison. And we can all look forward to a new Ridley Scott epic that re-tells the Biblical book of Exodus.
Comic Con Blues The San Diego Comic Con is underway! That’s great news for many geeks making their annual pilgrimage. But to other veteran comic fans, the event has given-in to crass commercialism. image: Comic Con 2014 by Pat Loika
Boyhood, Baywatch, and Bonobos Well it was a dismal Fourth of July weekend at the box office: the worst in over a decade. But there are some pretty big movies coming out this weekend. We won’t call it a comeback… yet. But we WILL tell you everything you need to know about film for the weekend.
Remembering H.R. Giger If you had the wits scared out of you by the Alien movies, you have H.R. Giger to thank. He designed and created the Alien. Giger died today at the age of 74 in his native Switzerland. As one Twitterer perfectly summed it up: Giger “beautifully articulated our nightmares.”
Vampires, Football and Cartoon Birds The newest releases out this week include Only Lovers Left Alive, a film about vampire ennui by auteur Jim Jarmusch; Draft Day, a business-of-football feel-good flick; and Rio 2, an animated romp through the Amazon. Our critics pick the movies apart and then give us a sneak peek of the latest in the Expendables franchise.
Goodbye, Harold Ramis The film world lost one of it’s comedy trailblazers today. Harold Ramis was the man behind so many HUGE -- now iconic -- movies, from Groundhog Day to Caddyshack, Animal House, Analyze This, and (of course) Ghostbusters. We look back on his life and work.
Supermensch, Pi Day, farming at Tule Lake Segregation Center Shep Gordon discusses his move from managing musicians to star chefs, and Lisa Morehouse reports on the role compulsory farming played for Japanese-American internees at the Tule Lake Segregation Center. In honor of Pi Day, Dan Pashman debates Evan over the particulars of pie, and Yasmin Khan shares a saffron rice recipe for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. Plus: Kohlrabi is in season now at the Santa Monica Farmers Market.
Gary Groth on Fantagraphics and the art of the graphic novel Gary Groth, editor of Fantagraphics, publisher of some of the most notable graphic novels today, discusses the rise of comics, what makes a good graphic novel, and what his selection process is like.
Trump's budget could deal a painful blow to California President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, Housing and Urban Development, and public education would reverberate throughout California.
Building homes near freeways, 'Rick Owens: Furniture' The White House wants to roll back fuel economy standards. Could that mean more air pollutants coming out of car tailpipes -- just as LA is seeing a surge of home construction along freeways? And a fashion world provocateur, Rick Owens, talks about designing furniture inspired by land art and brutalist architecture, and raising existential questions on the runway.