Contemporary children’s films attract adult audiences

A nagging paranoia sometimes gnaws at the back of my mind when I’m seated in the most public of confessionals: the movie theater. I briefly felt this subconscious anxiety during a recent showing of Hayao Miyazaki’s new animated film, Ponyo. The Japanese master’s latest — a story of an innocent friendship between an imaginative young […]

LA cemeteries have an aura all their own

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, Michael Jackson will finally be buried. It’s about time, especially after more than a month of public mourning that manifested itself in a larger-than-life mural of his visage on Vermont Avenue, a fashion spread in the Fall Fashion issue of Harper’s Bazaar and countless broadcasts of his decades […]

LA improv group goes to ‘Space Camp’

In elementary school, my best friend went to space camp; I still resent her for it. My parents wouldn’t let me go — they claimed it was too dangerous and expensive — so I sat on my couch while my friend twirled around with the astronauts. About 15 years later, I finally got to go […]

Strangers bond over childhood nostalgia

Just last night, I was sitting in a cafe when — briefly, so quietly — I instinctively leaned forward in my seat to catch the faint melody of: Now this is a story all about how / My life got flipped, turned upside down / And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right […]

‘Basterds’ showcases Tarantino’s quirks

Inglourious Basterds marks Academy Award-winner Quentin Tarantino’s war film debut. Set in France during World War II, the film follows a group of Jewish-American soldiers, led by Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) as they seek brutal revenge on the Nazi regime.