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Film: Trivia Pursuit

CityBeat film writers show their skills at IFC trivia

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2005
In the end, everyone had advice for this story. That's what happens when people who write stories for a living become the subject of a story. Steve Ramos, head film critic for CityBeat, wanted   

Film: Cinema of Allusions

Indie icon Jim Jarmusch returns with Broken Flowers, another ode to mysterious characters with deadpan deliveries

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- Broken Flowers, the contemplatively quiet, quintessentially indie film by writer/director Jim Jarmusch, has the kind of cast you might expect to see in a splashy, big-budget Hollyw  

Film: Tuneful Television

The Dick Cavett Show: Rock Icons DVD package revisits the music of the Woodstock generation

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2005
A wonderful television moment -- an immortal one, maybe -- occurs midway through the June 25, 1970, Dick Cavett Show when Janis Joplin asks fellow guest Douglas Fairbanks Jr. if he knew F. Scott F  

Film: Devils and Dabblers

Skeleton Key unlocks hoodoo secrets

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 10, 2005
On the first track of his 1993 album Triage, David Baerwald created a noirish "Secret Silken World," full of "sex and submission" where inhabitants got to "feel like the devil in the blue mo  

Film: Humor and Pathos

Writer/director Don Roos is back with another diverse ensemble comedy, Happy Endings

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 27, 2005
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. -- This interview with Happy Endings writer/director Don Roos starts on a light note and soon moves into such serious topics as teen sexuality, gayness in America and career  

Film: Beguiling Breakthrough

Multitalented writer/director Miranda July's debut feature is garnering much attention

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- Miranda July's debut feature, Me and You and Everyone We Know, is fictional, but it draws on her own experiences for its unusual worldview. In this quirky yet endearing breakthro  

Film: Hanging Together

March of the Penguins documents the solidarity of a species

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- March of the Penguins proves the axiom about survival of the cutest. And fittest, too. The emperor penguins featured in this new documentary have seen fit to devise the most arduous  

Film: Pimp My Ride

Herbie needs comedic gas, but Bewitched has plenty thanks to Will Ferrell

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 22, 2005
There are actors who are only as good as their material, those who can't rise above a weak script or who bring down a good one. With the openings this week of Bewitched and Herbie: Fully Loaded,  

Film: Man Behind the Plastic Wookie

Local action figure sculptor Paul Brooke carves a career niche

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith might finally be dying down a little at the movie theaters, but miniature battles between the dark and light sides of the Force are still raging in p  

Film: Rare Bird

Mark Bittner's love of wild parrots fuels director Judy Irving's unique documentary

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2005
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is a love story as well as an exquisitely beautiful nature documentary. It's about the love people can develop for abandoned animals as well as the love that ec  

Film: Takes Two to Tango

Swing kids documentary Mad Hot Ballroom is funny and inspirational, while dull action squelches the laughs in Mr. & Mrs. Smith

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 8, 2005
One image sums up debut director Marilyn Agrelo's joyous documentary Mad Hot Ballroom. Young Wilson and female classmate Jatnna dance atop a large rock in a Washington Heights Park in their Upper  

Film: Greed & Indifference

Alex Gibney discusses his illuminating documentary Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- Just as we suffer from water and air pollution, there is also money pollution. Director Alex Gibney's new documentary, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, shows just how disas  

Film: L.A. Story

Writer/director Paul Haggis discusses the origins of his provocative new film, Crash

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- Paul Haggis' provocative new movie can best be described as a Crash between cultures. The title of Crash, fittingly set in L.A., specifically refers to the opening scene's auto   

Film: God Is in the Details

The creators of period epic Kingdom of Heaven strive for accuracy

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2005
PASADENA, CALIF. -- The Ritz Carlton Huntington is an opulent hotel under normal circumstances, a countryside estate built around outdoor pools and gardens. But to promote Ridley Scott's histori  

Film: Grand Plans, Good Intentions

Crash's crosscutting L.A. narrative falters while Kingdom of Heaven is a rousing look at the Crusades

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2005
Despite multiple, often underdeveloped plot lines and a vast ensemble cast, the lofty themes are crystal clear in Crash, the debut film from Million Dollar Baby scribe Paul Haggis. As long as ther