Archive for February, 2009

Avoiding Crashes with New Technology

Avoiding Crashes with New Technology

Hop into the driver’s seat of any new passenger vehicle, and you’ll instinctively reach over your left shoulder, grab that metal buckle, and insert it into the latch next to your right hip. The three-point seat belt has become as much a part of our driving experience as the steering wheel itself. It was Volvo […]

It’s as Easy as Getting Back on a “Cycle”

Wanna know how to double your money in Real Estate? How about buying a home at 33% off? Let’s go to school. We will use history as a guide. Do some Math. Study a little bit of Geography. Brush up on Economics 101. But, first a Spelling lesson – can you spell C-Y-C-L-E? Historically, Real […]

First Meal at Clifton’s

The first meal I ate in L.A. as a 13-year-old adolescent visitor, fresh from the Midwest and just off the Super Chief, was at Clifton’s elaborate and colorful cafeteria on Broadway at 7th Street downtown. Like any other small town kid, I was dazzled by the Santa Cruz mountain lodge setting with its tree trunk […]

Two Lovers

Two Lovers

Two Lovers (Run Time: 120 Minutes) This is the slowest, most boring film I’ve seen in a long time. Throughout I was wondering what the purpose of the film was because it certainly wasn’t to entertain. Leonard Kraditor (Joaquin Phoenix) is a bipolar man living with his parents,  Reuben (Moni Moshonov) and Ruth (a scintillating […]

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic (Run Time: 105 Minutes) Warning to guys: This is not a typical chick flick. I saw it at a non-press screening. The audience was 90% female. Even so, while the film features a close friendship between Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) and Suze (Krysten Ritter), and concentrates on Rebecca’s shopping fetish, it […]

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New in Town (3 out of 5 Swans): Terrific supporting performances by Siobhan Fallon Hogan and J.K Simmons bolster fine performances by Renée Zellweger and Harry Connick, Jr. in this simple but feel-good film. Hogan and Simmons speak in accents that are enchantingly reminiscent of William H. Macy and Frances McDormand in “Fargo” (1996), making […]

Sorry folks – No theatre reviews this week!

Sorry folks – No theatre reviews this week!

As it turns out. I had a painter in my house for nine days! Now I’m buried in a raging sea of my beloved collectible stuff… deciding daily what to toss out… and “where” to put “what.” You’ve all been there… It’s a lot of work! Vaud & the Villains at “Fais Do Do” – […]

“The Illustrated Bradbury” Illustrates Life at the Fremont Centre Theatre

“The Illustrated Bradbury” Illustrates Life at the Fremont Centre Theatre

The talented actor, Tobias Anderson, virtually glides from one character to the next and in nine very diverse pieces, penned by renowned writer Ray Bradbury, in this LA premiere now staging at the Fremont Centre Theatre. “The Illustrated Bradbury” is a wonderful sampler of beloved narratives from one of America’s most prominent, prolific and imaginative […]

“Madame Butterfly”

“Madame Butterfly”

Kaz Matamura returns to the stage in “Madame Butterfly: The Original Play,” offering a rare opportunity to see the play that inspired Puccini’s opera. The one-act will be presented with a Japanese classical play, “Fool on a Roof,” translated by Matamura, with both plays directed by Mike Rademaekers, co-owners of the Secret Rose Theatre. Kaz […]

“Beggars in the House of Plenty” Strikes it Rich

“Beggars in the House of Plenty” Strikes it Rich

Powerful, passionate, and an emotional rollercoaster, “Beggars in the House of Plenty” features outstanding acting and production work that spotlights the will to thrive and succeed in chaos. The Fitzgerald family, dysfunctional as all get out, haunts Johnny’s (Chris Paine Gilbert) days and dreams, making home life a complete nightmare. For better or worse, his […]