Monday, September 23

What's that smell?: Live music should be open to all ages

There might not be any experience in life more degrading than being in high school. Between dodging overzealous hall monitors busy making sure you don’t spend too long in the bathroom, negotiating excused absences, and being marched in and out of stuffy classrooms at the command of a shrill bell, there aren’t many aspects of high school designed to make you feel like an actual human being. Read more...


Review: “˜Dreamers’ falls short of potential

“The Dreamers” Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci Fox Searchlight Pictures The fact that Fox Searchlight Pictures has dared to release an uncut, overtly (if not overly) sexual Bernardo Bertolucci film and appropriately label it as such ““ the film received the rare NC-17 rating from the Motion Picture Association ““ is exciting. Read more...



Sundance brings indie flicks into limelight

“Primer” Written and Directed by Shane Carruth Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Feature If the goal of the Sundance Film Festival is to reward truly independent films that rely on well-crafted stories, then “Primer” is by far the obvious choice for top honors this year. Read more...



Hoping “˜Oedipus’ sees success

Before every screening at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, which concluded last Sunday, a series of “Sundance Myths,” performed by Muppet-style versions of artsy independent filmmakers, introduced each film. Read more...


Sounds Uninspired

A Sounds Eclectic Evening, KCRW’s third annual benefit concert, was held Saturday at the Universal Amphitheatre. The show was a shining example of how the Santa Monica-based National Public Radio affiliate, once undeniably at the forefront of cutting-edge music from around the world, has settled into a complacent role as a purveyor of conventional music and uninspired emerging artists. Read more...



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