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!
The fifth floor deck of the Whitney is a fine place for “Pacific Red II,” as far as Larry Bell is concerned. The series of six massive glass red cubes with smaller cubes inside was visible from his room at the nearby Standard Hotel where he stayed during the installation last March. Even better, “Pacific Red II” is visible from the Empire State Building.
Dream Factory, as I’ve stated in a previous column, started during my UCLA Bruin days and centered on my obsession with cinema. Twenty three years later, my rotund, balding self is grasping at straws (or in my case, another slice of pizza), but the goal of the column is to discuss movies that have really embedded themselves in my itty bitty brain. This week that feature is It Comes At Night.
Last Saturday’s “La La Land” was a successful sixth season opener for Street Food Cinema, as the event attracted over 5,000 attendees. Cinema and food go hand in hand like PB&J, and tonight’s serving includes outdoor screenings of “Singin’ In The Rain” and “Aladdin.” Details below!!
Raquel Welch co-stars in How To Be A Latin Lover as Celeste, a rich elderly woman who becomes the latest seduction target of a faded gigolo named Maximo (Eugenio Derbez). During the roundtable sessions for the film, Welch was refreshingly candid about her life and career, and during the chat i asked her about her lifelong passion for yoga.
Along with his work on Superstore, Nico Santos is also a stand-up comic who has dates at the Irvine Improv (April 23rd) and The Bridgetown Comedy Festival (4-7). Being a fellow Filipino, I couldn’t help but ask about Balut, a delicacy I’ll never try. Check out the video below to hear his take on Balut and, more importantly, the support he’s received from the Filipino community.
There’s a ton of stuff to love with the upcoming NBC series Great News (I recently checked out the pilot). One of the takeaways is that Nicole Richie, who plays a trend obsessed cable news co-host on the show, has acting chops (anda a natural flair for comedy).