Paris, ‘Pulp Fiction,’ the proper way to approach Tarantino
Pulp Fiction/1994/Miramax Films/154 min. My upcoming trip to Paris (I leave tomorrow) triggered the memory of that great scene in “Pulp Fiction” where two hit men chat about a quarter-pounder with cheese (Royale with cheese) in Paris so I decided to run this review in honor of my trip. For the next two weeks, my […]
In this big-budget adaptation of Terry Southern’s satiric sex farce (the sort of project that could get an immediate green light in the late 1960’s and at practically no other time before or since), Ewa Aulin is Candy, a sweet young woman who doesn’t seem entirely aware of the powerful sexual desire she brings out […]
What’s new at the Aero, Egyptian: Hurray for Harlow!
Get your blonde on this Sunday at the American Cinematheque. Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre will host a Jean Harlow centennial tribute, co-presented with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, featuring a slideshow, book signing and screening. Harlow’s birthday was today, March 3, 1911. The Cinematheque event starts at 2 p.m. Sunday with a slideshow on Harlow, […]
The Teahouse of the August Moon
Marlon Brando went out on yet another creative limb when he insisted upon playing sly, philosophical Okinawan interpreter Sakima in the 1956 filmization of John Patrick’s Broadway play Teahouse of the August Moon. While he occasionally lapses into “flied lice” stereotyping, for the most part Brando is quite effective and amusing, especially when facing up […]
Brando Birthday Breakdown – WYPR Radio
Shout out to Baltimore’s WYPR radio program Midday and their appreciation of Marlon Brando last Friday on what would have been Brando’s 91st birthday. Host Dan Rodericks and his guests Linda DeLibero and Christopher Llewellwyn Reed challenge preconceived notions of Marlon Brando in the popular consciousness and explore some of his lesser-known (but by no means […]
My quest for the perfect eyeliner: Part Four
Paris was a great chance to test a few products and Maybelline Stiletto Ultimate Precision liquid eyeliner, $7.50, was a fab find. After lounging too long over coffee and pain au chocolat, I’d often be in a hurry to get ready and Stiletto was quick to apply. The thin felt tip is easy to control so you can create […]
Marlon Brando: ‘Member Him?
by Jonathan Kiefer Dead for 10 years now, Marlon Brando only just scratched the surface of the 21st century. It’s all right; in the 20th he dug so deep. He’d have turned 90 earlier this month (April 3), so the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, in conjunction with the Marlon Brando Estate, carved out a couple […]
Cozy travel candles are perfect little gifts
Nearly every time I go holiday shopping, I have the same problem: I find item after item that I can’t seem to live without and the list for other people languishes at the bottom of my bag. It’s uncanny – however detailed and thoughtful my list, its contents can slip my mind completely unless I […]
Quick hit: ‘The Man Who Wasn’t There’
The Man Who Wasn’t There/2001/Good Machine, et al/116 min. What would life be without a dark and handsome companion at night? One I highly recommend is “The Man Who Wasn’t There” by master filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen. This homage to vintage film noir, gorgeously shot in black and white by cinematographer Roger Deakins, conjures […]
COL•COA Festival offers first-rate lineup, mais oui!
Tickets are going fast for the 15th annual City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA) Film Festival that runs today through April 18 in Los Angeles. # In addition to 26 shorts, the festival will present 34 features, including several premieres. “The relationship between COL•COA and our audiences has evolved into a genuine love story […]