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Book Review: “Monstrous Bodies”

Monstrous Bodies, subtitled “Feminine Power in Young Adult Horror Fiction”, is an academic work by June Pulliam, published by McFarland. When I first saw the cover, I immediately thought of the Ginger Snaps movie trilogy, because the first movie especially … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Levitated Mass

Early on in Levitated Mass, the new documentary film by Doug Pray, about the monolithic sculpture of the same name by sculptor/’earth artist’ Michael Heizer, one of the early donors to the project proclaims that “nothing [looks] less like art than … Continue reading

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Movies ‘Till Dawn: Your Early Morning Sunday Programming

12 am – Jodorowsky’s Dune – Documentary (2014, Sony Pictures Classics) Fascinating documentary about filmmaker/mystic/madman Alejandro Jodorowsky’s quest to bring the epic science fiction novel Dune to the screen in the mid-1970s. Jodorowsky, whose c.v. includes the lysergic fantasy-Western El … Continue reading

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“David Bowie is” Coming Soon to a Theater Near You! One Day Only! September 23rd! We Like Exclamation Points!

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Robin Williams and the Weather

Back in the ’90s, I was the foley stage recordist at Sony Studios. I had met Robin Williams once, when I was at Disney and we had both worked on Hook. He seemed like a very nice guy. A few … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Frank”

Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, out on August 22, is the bizarre and funny tale of a young English musician’s adventures joining an absolutely crazy – but talented – American band. Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal, the film was inspired by journalist/filmmaker Jon … Continue reading

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Phantom of the Paradise 40th Anniversary Panel

Last night Creature Features in association with Civil Disobedience Productions presented a showing of “Phantom of the Paradise” along with a panel of cast and crew to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary. The cult classic was director Brian De Palma’s ode … Continue reading

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Outfest: Pat Rocco and George Takei

“Outfest is one of the leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to growing, preserving and showcasing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender filmmaking. Beyond its well-known annual festival (its namesake), it screens movies year-round (as part of a regular series), and hosts special … Continue reading

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The Purge: Breakout

Over the last few years the horror films slated near Halloween have been artsy fartsy duds or disasterous reimaginings of old 70′s and 80′s classics. These movies are all sold with glossy saturation ads which are often misleading and leave you … Continue reading

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Cinema On The Beat – July 10, 2014

Cinema on the Beat is a new feature on the Los Angeles Beat. We’ll feature an “A list” of mostly local, off-the-beaten-path film screenings and programs. The focus will be mainly on underground, independent releases, as well as music-related films, … Continue reading

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