Flipping the Script on ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

Welcome to “Flipping the Script,” a monthly column where I will reconsider recent films that have been panned, frowned upon, or simply under appreciated. I believe that movies should speak to us on a deep, personal level, and this column will consist of films that have done that for me despite widespread derision or apathy. Join me on my noble quest for cinematic redemption!

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‘Falling Water’ Star David Ajala Recounts Dreams of Intimacy

Airing Thursday evenings on USA Network (10 pm et/pt), Falling Water centers on three seemingly unrelated people (David Ajala, Lizzie Brocheré, Will Yun Lee) whose respective dreams are part of an even bigger, connected universe. During my interview with the film’s stars, Ajala recounted a dream dealing with women that actually had a profound impact.

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‘Stealing Home’ – A Cinematic Remembrance of Days Gone By

Back in 1992, I wrote a column titled Dream Factory for the UCLA Daily Bruin. The weekly articles offered up my takes on cinema, most of which were centered on my fixation with classic films from yesteryear. Almost everything changes with time and weather, but movies have always been my bedfellow (for better and worse). I’m resurrecting Dream Factory from the Bruin ashes (good luck trying to find my column online – it’s lost in microfiche land) for Find Your Seen, and hopefully you’ll join me on this haphazard yet well intentioned journey.

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Bianca Santos Talks Acting Journey With ‘Priceless’ Role

Opening nationwide Friday, Priceless centers on James Stevens (For King & Country’s Joel Smallbone), a hardened widower who takes a no-questions asked job to drive a box truck cross country. When James discovers that two understandably frightened sisters (Bianca Santos, Amber Midthunder) are his passengers, he risks his life by tangling with the criminal (Jim Parrack) who’s bent on having these women work for him. 

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‘Green Day’ Turns On ‘Revolution Radio’ With Brooklyn Stop

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Green Day – Photo CR: Frank Maddocks

Revolution Radio, Green Day’s 12th studio album, is now available in stores and digital retailers via Reprise Records. In support of their project, Green Day delivered an adrenaline fueled performance of “Bang, Bang” on The Tonight Show. For tour date and track listing info, go to the jump.

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Rockin’ Review: The English Beat, ‘I Just Can’t Stop It’

As 1980 arrived, so did a new wave of ska performers and leading the pack were a U.K. outfit known as The Beat (or The English Beat in the U.S.). Singers Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger would go on to form General Public in later years, while guitarist Andy Cox and bassist David Steele also had future success in Fine Young Cannibals. The six piece was rounded out by drummer Everett Morton and sax player Saxa, and they got their first taste of acclaim on the 1980 debut disc, ‘I Just Can’t Stop It.’ Continue reading “Rockin’ Review: The English Beat, ‘I Just Can’t Stop It’”

Exclusive: ‘Phantasm: Ravager’ Star Reggie Bannister Talks “Creative Process”

 

It’s a big week for the Phantasm franchise, as Phantasm: Remastered and the new installment Phantasm: Ravager hits select theaters on Friday. I had the pleasure of interviewing actor/musician Reggie Bannister, who movie fans know as the likable, fun-loving and ultimately courageous “Reggie” from the Phantasm films. Bannister talked to me about the creative process behind being a musician and actor, and the video is found after the jump.

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Ben Smallbone Recounts ‘Priceless’ Papua, New Guinea Journey

Opening October 14th, Priceless centers on James Stevens (Joel Smallbone), a widower who will do anything to support his daughter, and he agrees to drive a truck cross-country for a healthy amount of cash. When he discovers the “cargo” are two Mexican sisters (Bianca Santos, Amber Midthunder) who are desperate to pay off a family debt, James risks life and limb to protect them a criminal (James Parrack) who hired him. During today’s press conference, I asked director Ben Smallbone about his own path as a director.

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