| Feb 20, 2014
| 5:30 AM
When writer-director Charlie Stratton decided to dust off "Thérèse Raquin," Émile Zola's scandalous 1867 novel of love, lust and murder, and make it accessible for modern film audiences, he had to find the right actress to embody the complicated heroine....
| Dec 13, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Movie stars (and wannabes) are obsessing more and more these days about their social-media presence. Many, like Channing Tatum, Zac Efron and Miley Cyrus, have hired gurus to design sites and manufacture tweets that resonate: consultants whose job it is...
| Oct 31, 2013
This is economically unfeasible thinking, I realize. But the only way we're ever going to get a great movie about the Beats is if someone makes it like there's nothing to lose, with no concern about whether audiences are going to "get it," or care, or...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 7:00 AM
I once visited Monument Valley and tried to imagine myself in a John Ford western. It didn't work. I did the "Vertigo" tour in San Francisco and felt nothing. No matter how rooted in a specific time or place, most movies, especially the great ones, are...
| Feb 23, 2013
While it's true that there's only so much anyone can say about the Oscars, remember it can be said again and again. As a reader (and writer), I know by now that there are 10 abiding Oscar stories. Here they are, all in a single article:
| Jul 10, 2013
| 12:32 PM
"Los Angeles Past, Present and Future," a new film series opening July 19 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is a companion to its exhibition "The Presence of the Past."
The series opens at the Bing Theater with a rarity: 1925's "The Salvation...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 10:54 AM
Turner Classic Movies is set to present the U.S. TV premiere of Mark Cousins' acclaimed 15-hour documentary, "The Story of Film: An Odyssey," beginning Sept. 2.
The cable network will show Cousins' documentary with a complementary program of 119...
| Apr 20, 2013
| 5:01 PM
Before Raymond Chandler's hard-boiled L.A. detective Philip Marlowe and his vivid literary prose caught the public's attention, before Billy Wilder's towering position as one of Hollywood's greatest writer-directors, there was a James M. Cain novel...
| Apr 20, 2013
So many of life's soupy uncertainties can be settled in or near tiny Toluca Lake, a neighborhood named for a body of water we never see. Ever water-skied on Toluca Lake? Ever caught a bass there, or lay idle on the toasty summer sand?
Toluca Lake. An...
| May 1, 2012
| 1:41 PM
LOS ANGELES — It was a dank, rain-sodden Raymond Chandler kind of morning, as if some omnipotent auteur had rung up the studio and ordered a classic film noir sky. Cumulonimbus clouds the color of a snub-nosed revolver hovered with ominous intent,...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 1:41 PM
There's something about the frozen Northern Plains, filled with folksy, trusting and righteous Dakotans, Minnesotans and Wisconsinites, that screams "insurance fraud" to screenwriters. The notion that there's nowhere in America quite so honest makes...