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Hello! I'm Mark Olsen, and welcome to this week's Indie Focus newsletter. Think of this as your field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. It's been a busy week here at Indie Focus HQ. And that's the way we like it, and hope you all do too. We're very excited about our Indie Focus Screening...
Christopher Lee, the courtly British actor who died at age 93 this week, was a prolific performer who made more than 275 movies during a screen career stretching back to the 1940s. And while he played such diverse characters as Sherlock Holmes, Georges Seurat and Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Lee will forever...
Mukunda Angulo, one of the most outgoing of the six fraternal cinephiles known as the Wolfpack, looked around the stately confines of the Upper West Side's Beacon Theater.
Hello! I'm Mark Olsen, and welcome to this week's Indie Focus newsletter. Think of this as your field guide to a world of Only Good Movies, spotlighting what's going on in the world of cinema in Los Angeles and the world beyond. We had an exciting Indie Focus Screening Series event last week...
It's a Shirley Temple-palooza this week. Two of the Mop Top's most popular films - 1935's "Curly Top," in which she introduced "Animal Crackers in My Soup," and 1937's "Heidi" - screen Sunday afternoon at the American Cinematheque's Aero Theater in Santa Monica, which was the Depression-era superstar's...
Director Joe Dante is one of the "monster kids" - people who grew up watching the Universal horror films on TV in the 1950s.
There's a reason Rodney Ascher's documentary is called "The Nightmare" as opposed to, say, "Nightmares." That's because his eight interviewees, who were filmed separately and do not know one another, all endure a version of the same wretched sleep vision: an inability to move, terrifying sounds...
The rom-com isn't such a lost cause, after all. It was just waiting for someone like indie filmmaker Andrew Bujalski to resuscitate it.
Josh Trank knew that when he announced the cast for his upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot, some die-hard comic book fans would declare it clobberin' time.
Who among us has seen photos of a star - a Leonardo DiCaprio, let's say - riding a jet pack in some exotic locale and not wondered about the moments just before or after? Are they as sexy and effortless? Are those people dotting the background the ones who called up the rental service?
It's time for Eddie Redmayne to choose a wand -- or for a wand to choose him.
The series "Shakey Fest: The Films of Neil Young" begins Thursday with the local premiere of the director's cut of the eccentric rarity "Human Highway." "Human Highway," which is screening at the Vista Theatre in Los Feliz (with the rest of the series at the Cinefamily), premiered in 1982 and has...
With "Jurassic World" looking at another dino-sized weekend at the box office, "Inside Out" could be the first Pixar film to not open at No. 1.
There is nothing that can't be brought back from extinction and improved upon with modern technology in the world of "Jurassic World," whether dealing with long-dead dinosaurs or a once-mighty film franchise.
The big noise from this year's Sundance Film Festival, "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" is a weaselly liar of a movie. (It's also good.) It comes on full of self-deprecating bluster, professing no interest in jerking tears a la "The Fault in Our Stars," as it lays out its tale of a Pittsburgh high...
"Redeemer" tells the story of a self-styled, perpetually hoodie-clad Chilean vigilante (Marko Zaror) whose routine for each mission includes playing Russian roulette and offering the used weapons at a church afterward.
Grappling with death — and art and love — two filmmakers turn the cameras on themselves and each other in the thorny, tender and unvarnished "One Cut, One Life."
It may be, as the proverb states, that inside every fat person there is a thin one trying to get out, but it is likely not true that inside every great novel there is a fine film struggling to be made. A case in point, and not for the first time, is "Madame Bovary."
In "The 11th Hour" starring Kim Basinger, motherhood is conceived as a mystical, harrowing addiction of sorts, a yearning for feminine purpose that can drive one to the darkest depths for a fix.