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!
Travelers who venture to California hit Hollywood in search of movie history, but there’s a valid reason why Culver City is dubbed “the heart of screenland.” Alicia B. Mayer, the great-grandniece of MGM legend Louis B. Mayer is maintaining the family’s legacy and will be on hand to share photos and insights at a special Culver City Centennial event. Details on the August 6th event is below!
Italian filmmaker Vittorio De Sica is revered for his prodigious contributions to neorealism, as Shoeshine, Umberto D, and Bicycle Thieves have made their respective marks in cinema. A digital restoration of Il Boom, a 1963 comedy drama that has never before been released, is now playing at the Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills (July 21-27). Details on the film is featured after the jump!
Brigsby Bear threw me for a loop but that “loop” sent me back, at least for a moment, to a very nostalgic place. James (Kyle Mooney) is an adult whose world revolves around a kids show named Brigsby Bear. It’s actually a fake program that was made by the man James believed was his dad (Mark Hamill), and when his “parents” (Hamill, Jane Adams) are finally arrested by their bunker home in the desert, he must gradually adjust to reality.
With its $217 million budget, Transformers: The Last Knight is as big as they come movie wise, as director Michael Bay is one of the kings of the tentpole franchise. It’s a pleasant surprise that the music behind its trailer owes a slight debt to The Flaming Lips. If you haven’t seen how musician/filmmaker Ursine Vulpine’s cover of “Do You Realize??” is utilized in the Transformers universe, check out the vid after the jump!
Oscar winning actress Julianne Moore (Still Alice) has been named the face of Triumph’s new premium brand Florale by Triumph. Photos from the global campaign were shot by fashion photographer Rankin, and Triumph describes its lingerie line as drawing on “the story of the modern woman, celebrating female confidence and timeless style.”