FROM Justin Chang
Clinton Slams Trump in Forceful Foreign Policy Speech There’s Sundance, Toronto, Cannes, Telluride – and this week, Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Film Festival is underway, and this year, 42 movies will debut at the festival, many of them directed by women and people of color. That’s because before #OscarsSoWhite became a thing, the LA Film Festival made showcasing more diverse films with diverse casts its primary mission. That’s a commendable objective, but how are the films featured at this year’s festival? And how does LAFF stack up against other festivals?
Friday Film: 'Cinderella,' 'Going Clear,' and 'Run All Night' It’s Friday, which means it’s time to talk about film. This week catches us during an “in-between” moment in the movies industry, post-Oscars and pre-summer blockbusters. But there’s a genre for everyone this weekend, from a sugary sweet princess story to Liam Neeson’s latest action movie -- kind of a genre unto itself. We also discuss Alex Gibney’s new documentary about Scientology, Going Clear.
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.
Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead this weekend in his New York apartment of an apparent drug overdose. An amazingly versatile actor, Hoffman’s death has shocked the entertainment industry and movie fans. We look back on his life and work.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.