A difficult word in its strongest use @ Filmforum screening

Continuing its screening series 1968: Visions of Possibilities, Los Angeles Filmforum presents No Vietnamese Ever Called Me N****r, a movie with a ruthless title.Directed by labor organizer and New York Times typesetter David Weiss, this film spotlights African-American responses to the Vietnam War through street interviews captured during the April 15, 1967 march of the  ...

So fake — and so fantastic. Marilyn’s porthole scene in ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’

I don’t make movies. I don’t know how. I just go see ’em. And our recent big-screening viewing, hosted by Laemmle Anniversary Classics, of the delicious Technicolor comedy, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, had us chuckling, as ever, over the great comic scene played between Marilyn Monroe, George ‘Foghorn’ Winslow, and Charles Coburn. In the scene, La ...

Be-thigh-ed themselves in India

Dance · Fashion · Film
What prudes! It’s just a little leg! Okay, it’s a lotta leg…The clipping at bottom is from the Los Angeles Times, Nov 9, 1954.

Live, again, on Hollywood Boulevard: Jackie Wilson

Film · Music
Kind of a stunning cultural moment to attend the first-ever Hologram-only theater right on the tourist strip of Hollywood Boulevard. A block from the Egyptian Theatre, it’s a wholesome entertainment addition to the ‘hood. Last week, we attended a debut screening of a hologram-homage to a great r&b/early-rock artist, Jackie Wilson.  Now, gosh. This strip ...

A neighborly day in this beautywood with Fred Rogers

Film · Language & ideas · Reviews
All that was missing was my blankie and a pacifier. Then I would hunker down all night with “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” the latest documentary from Morgan Neville. Neville, whose Twenty Feet from Stardom shone a thrilling light on the unheralded talent of backup singers, in this new doc shifts focus to yet another ...

Hollywood’s favorite rosé celebrates ‘National Rosé Day’ courtesy of Bodvar

Fashion · Film
Bodvar model, Bodvar, Ann Hafstrom Cannes, May 2018. photo: Erick Seban-Meyer What the world needs now is — National Rosé Day. And courtesy of the Swedish-based wine and luxury good purveyor, Bodvár – House of Rosés, that’s coming our way June 9. Fêted each year on the second Saturday in June, National Rosé Day was ...

arts·meme birthday gift from laemmle theatres: $1.00 popcorn!

Dance · Film
At arts·meme, we love Laemmle Theatres. That’s where the good movies are! And we are very appreciative of the nice gesture from the respected theater chain’s head honcho, Greg Laemmle, who extends a special offer to arts·meme newsletter subscribers: $1.00 popcorn! Just print out your newsletter, or bring it on a smart phone, slap down ...

Trailblazing fashionista/journo Andre Leon Talley in doc

Fashion · Film
An unlikely fashionista except by virtue of his own brilliance, assiduous self-education in fashion history, and raging ambition to be in the middle of it all is the fascinating figure, André Leon Talley. This quintessential tastemaker, a contributor to Women’s Wear Daily, W, and Vogue, is the subject of a touching new documentary directed by Kate ...

Just beautiful: ‘Summer 1993,’ Catalan film soon opening

The movies I like most are the ones that slowly win you over. I started Summer 1993 somewhat doubtful, as its opening moments felt scattershot, disjointed. I didn’t know where I was, or who I was looking at. But in a way, it’s this story’s challenge. How do you plunge viewers into an experience as ...

Herb & Lani Alpert’s generous mid-career funding of meritorious artists

Dance · Film · Music · Theater · Visual arts
Robert O’Hara, Courtney Bryan, Michael Rakowitz, Lani Hall Alpert, Herb Alpert, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Arthur Jafa, Photo credit: Francesco Da Vinci The Herb Alpert Foundation and California Institute of the Arts awarded the 24th annual Herb Alpert Award in the Arts to five exceptional mid–career artists at a lunch hosted by the Herb Alpert Foundation ...