Results tagged “Elina Shatkin”

This Is What Democracy Looks Like

Spotted this sign near Olympic and Robertson. That's Beverly Hills Adjacent to peeps in the know and those who love real estate euphemisms. The street dumping of old furniture being a problem endemic to greater Los Angeles, we offer this information in the interest of neighborhood beautification. The Los Angeles sanitation department will haul away all the battered, old mattresses you can soak in urine (as well as couches, Christmas trees and busted Ikea...

Farmers' Market Murderer Goes On Trial

I'm glad to see that the trial of 89-year-old George Russell Weller is finally getting underway. Like a lot of people you might be asking, who's George Weller? Though he hasn't gained the notoriety he so richly deserves, he's the genius who plowed his Buick LeSabre through the Santa Monica Farmers' Market killing 10 people and injuring 60 others in July 2003. I'm not normally a hang-'em high kind of gal, but there's something...

Film Review: Idiocracy

Idiocracy is currently the best movie in America that no one's ever heard of. That doesn't mean Idiocracy is great, but it certainly deserves better than the shabby treatment it's received from 20th Century Fox, which seems to have unceremoniously dumped the movie into unsuspecting theaters with a promotional budget approximating that of a typical Saturday night beer run. When it comes to screwing over Mike Judge, Fox has a tradition to uphold. Two...

Film Review: This Film Is Not Yet Rated

If you've ever wondered why most sex scenes in mainstream American movies suck (and not in the good way), then this movie is for you. This Film Is Not Yet Rated is a surprisingly good documentary that unearths the shadowy mechanisms of the MPAA's "voluntary" movie rating system. This film is very smartly directed by Kirby Dick and cleverly edited by Matthew Clarke, fastidiously untangling the collusion between movie studios and the government to...

George Washington Was A Coke Whore

You know what "history" is? A bunch of stories that may never have happened written by a bunch of people who probably never existed printed in a bunch of books that nobody wants to read. You all know the sanitized, socially acceptable version of founding father George Washington's life. He chops down some tree, fights some war, becomes the president of some country... blah blah blah. B-O-R-I-N-G. What you probably didn't know about our...

A Couple of Things to Doo Doo This Weekend

"We have sent out extra patrols to try to catch whoever is doing this in the act." --German police spokesman commenting on the mysterious prankster(s) responsible for the 2,000-3,000 piles of doody decorated with flags featuring George W. Bush. Whether you're spoofing our chief pootentate or taking a more festive approach to the scourge of dog defecation, I salute you, sidewalk artistes....

(Yet Another Reason) Why Westwood Sucks

Aside from septuagenarians and UCLA freshmen, I have no idea why anyone would willingly choose to live in or around Westwood, a neighborhood whose motto should be Westwood: Where Fun Goes to Die. Every time I think Westwood can't sink any further into the morass of suckitude in which it dwells, it manages to surprise me by sinking even lower. Sweet Westwood, how do I despise thee? Let me count the ways. Reason #147...

The Moscow Mule is the New Mojito. All Hail the Moscow Mule!

Just as yogilates is the new pilates, Joe Lieberman is the new Ralph Nader and turquoise is the new pink, there's a new libation that's rapidly becoming the Mixed Drink of the Moment. It's the Moscow Mule, and it is to summer 2006 what the Mojito was to the summer of 2004. Contrary to its name, the Moscow Mule hails neither from Russia nor a Midwest horse farm. It is a pure LA concoction,...

Film(s) Review: Quinceañera vs. Wassup Rockers

While a couple of movies are hardly enough to qualify as zeitgeist, there's something serendipitous about the back-to-back release of two films featuring teenage Latino protagonists growing up in East Los Angeles.* Wassup Rockers and Quinceañera both focus on teenagers defying familial and cultural expectations, but even though they were both shot on video and take a quasi-documentary approach towards their subjects, they achieve very different results....

Film Review: Krrish

One of the biggest box office hits of 2006 that you've probably never seen or even heard of is Krrish, an action-adventure/romance/sci-fi extravaganza courtesy of India, home of the world's most prolific film industry. Released in late June, Krrish was produced on a $10 million budget (lavish by Bollywood standards) and has grossed anywhere from $30 to $60 million dollars, depending on which figures you believe. The movie is actually sequel to the 2003...

Film Review: The Descent

For a movie about a group of female cave divers, The Descent doesn't have nearly enough hot lesbian action. That's my only complaint about this movie. Otherwise, it's freaking awesome!!!...

Film Review: Little Miss Sunshine

Any movie where Steve Carell plays a gay, suicidal professor who has proclaimed himself the world's #1 Proust scholar is okay by me. Actually, it's better than okay. Throw in Alan Arkin as a heroin-snorting grandfather (isn't it cool when old people do hard drugs?), Greg Kinnear as a would-be motivational speaker and Abigail Breslin as a little girl with dreams of child beauty pageant stardom, stuff them into a dilapidated Volkswagen bus along...

Film Review: Lady in the Water

"I wanted to believe. More than most I wanted to believe. I wanted there to be something more than this awfulness that surrounds us every day." This poignant statement of yearning and soul-gnawing dissatisfaction comes just before the climactic series of events in Lady in the Water, and it sums up why audiences flock to the films of M. Night Shyamalan: the hunger to connect to something beyond what we can see. If only...

Film Review: The Devil Wears Prada

I love movies. I love clothes. And because I don't watch enough reality TV shows to have an unhealthy dose of schadenfreude in my life, I love stories about evil bosses who receive their comeuppance. So I was, of course, dying to see The Devil Wears Prada. I am a girl after all. My lady friends who were lucky enough to have attended advance screenings or rushed to the theater on opening weekend all...

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