Academy Museum to open April 30, 2021

— by LYNETTE CARRINGTON — The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will officially open on Friday, April 30, 2021, shortly after the Oscars®, which will take place Sunday, April 25, 2021. The museum was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano and features six floors of exhibition spaces, education and special event spaces, a conservation […][...]

Review: Desert One

— by BEV QUESTAD — Back in 1979, nine years after I had naively masqueraded as a Shi’ite Muslim woman in Iran in order to gain sight-seeing access to exquisitely tiled mosques, 52 Americans at the American Embassy in Tehran were taken hostage. America had become their enemy because we had supported Iran’s prior autocratic […][...]

Exclusive Interview: Director Brwa Vahabpour

— by LYNETTE CARRINGTON — The short film “Silence” is a poignant and insightful look at the life and struggles of a young girl who does not hear. In telling this story, the writer and director Brwa Vahabpour imparts a unique narrative that takes the viewer on a journey with a sharp turn toward the […][...]

Review: Driven to Abstraction

— by RON WILKINSON — Faking works of art is a timeless tradition. Michelangelo is said to have faked a sculpture in the 15th century, making the work himself and then burying it to make it look older and fabricated by a presumably more esteemed artist. The buyer was so impressed with the exposed fake […][...]

Review: The 11th Green

— by BEV QUESTAD — Dwight Eisenhower meets Barack Obama in this ambitious historical fiction “What-if” drama beset with a secret so big the presidents have to ask, “Should we let the public know?” This is a good Republican president talking with a good Democrat president amidst a subversive background of romance, betrayal, suicide/murder and […][...]

Review: Tesla

— by RON WILKINSON — Considering he brought electricity into our homes, invented motors we use every day and established the foundations of radio, we forgive this snippet’s lack of detail. Instead, writer/director Michael Almereyda takes us into the dreamscape of Nikola Tesla. At least, as far as anyone could. There is the good, the […][...]

Collecting Movie Props and Wardrobe

— by LYNETTE CARRINGTON — What is it about film and television memorabilia that interests collectors and fans? There could be many answers to that question, including buying up Hollywood props and wardrobe because you are pursuing it as an investment, or collecting for the sake of collecting. Buying, selling and collecting Hollywood props is […][...]

Review: Skin Walker

— by RON WILKINSON — When Udo Kier is part of the cast all you have to do is sharpen the knives, load the rifle, bring out the hand-held sledge and the rest takes care of itself. Small comfort to Regine, a fragile waif who left daddy Claus ten years earlier when the memories of […][...]

Exclusive Interview: Actress Candy Clark

— by LYNETTE CARRINGTON — Just about any actor or actress dreams of being in a film that becomes an iconic part of the very fabric of America. In being a part of such a film, that legacy moves along with that person as they continue in their career. Candy Clark has had an enviable […][...]

Review: Scheme Birds

— by RON WILKINSON — It does not matter where the steel went, England or China. What is left in Motherwell Scotland is a regiment of left-behinds who have no future, and they do not even know it. A documentary almost without hope, the protagonist Gemma, a child growing into a woman, suffers more heartbreak […][...]