Ed Rampell

Ed Rampell

All’s Well That End’s Well Theatre Review

Mamie Willhelm and Alan Blumenfeld

All’s Well That End’s Well – High Sexual Anxiety: Make War, Not Love Shakespearean scholars at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum — which is celebrating the dramatist’s 450th birthday this summer — including artistic director Ellen Geer tell your humble scribe that All’s Well That Ends Well is one of the more “difficult” of the playwright’s […]

The Internets Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz Film Review

Aaron Swartz

The Internets Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz Film Review Big Brother and the Holder Company: A Case Study in DOJ Malicious, Overzealous, SELECTIVE Prosecution and Persecution The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz is required viewing for anyone who values free speech and justice. Brian Knappenberger’s riveting documentary is also a […]

A Coffee in Berlin

A Coffee Bean in Berlin

A Coffee in Berlin aka Oh Boy Film Review An Aryan Woody Allen? Woody Allen is arguably the New York Jews’ poet laureate, so it’s a surprising delight to discover a similar bittersweet sensibility in German writer/director Jan Ole Gerster’s award winning feature debut, A Coffee in Berlin (originally titled Oh Boy). This dramedy stars Tom […]

Jimi: All By My Side

Jimi: All Is by My Side

2014 LA Film Festival: Jimi: All By My Side The Screen Cries Jimi: ’Scuse Me While I Kiss the Cinema John Ridley has followed up his 2014 Oscar-winning screenplay for 12 Years a Slave by writing and directing a must-see Jimi Hendrix (rapper André Benjamin, aka André 3000) biopic, one of LA Film Festival’s most highly […]

The Last Confession Theatre Review

The Last Confession

The Last Confession Theatre Review TV’s Poirot, Suchet, Sleuths and Shoots the Papal Bull Roger Crane’s The Last Confession is first rate drama at its best. Not only does it tackle the big issues but it also has a top notch cast that delivers solid, riveting performances. The ensemble is rather cannily led by David […]

Last Days in Vietnam

Last Days in Vietnam

2014 LA Film Festival: Last Days in Vietnam President Kennedy’s Niece Directs Vietnam Propaganda Piece As U.S. foreign policy in Iraq faces its biggest defeat since the Indochina Wars the niece of President Kennedy — who escalated the U.S. presence in Vietnam — has directed the cinematic equivalent of putting a blossom on a turd. Rory […]

The Liberator Movie

The Liberator

2014 LA Film Festival: The Liberator Movie Simon Bolivar Biopic Has Epic Sweep of Revolution Lefty film fans rejoice — the Simon Bolivar biopic The Liberator Movie, which U.S. premiered at the LA Film Festival,is the state of the art for progressive motion pictures. The Venezuelan/Spanish co-production stars Caracas-born Edgar Ramirez (who was Emmy- and Golden […]

Eat With Me

Eat With Me

2014 LA Film Festival: Eat With Me You May Be Hungry an Hour After “Eating” This Tasty Coming Out Tale Eat With Me, which world premiered at the LA Film Festival, alternates between being an enjoyable, poignant coming out comedy drama and a paint — or rather film — by the numbers story. The plot of […]

Korengal Film Review

Korengal Film Review

Korengal: War! What is it Good For? Still Absolutely Nothing! War correspondent Sebastian Junger’s Korengal provides a grunt’s eye view on combat from the unique vantage point of the eponymous vale that is reputedly “the most dangerous valley in Afghanistan.” It is a sort of “reality TV”, you-are-there type of documentary, its cinematography by journalists […]

Harold & Stella: Love Letters Theater Review

Clay and Arianna in Harold & Stella: Love Letters

A Method to Their Madness: Hey Stella! The “playwrights” for Harold & Stella: Love Letters are the eponymous Harold Clurman and Stella Adler, those stage legends who co-founded the fabled Group Theatre back in the 1930s. Stella, but of course, went on to become America’s foremost apostle of “Method” acting after her circa 1935 trip […]