Ed Rampell: While The Vortex certainly has more than its fair share of sharp banter, it is also a powerful dramedy about vanity, adultery, repressed homosexuality, substance abuse and more among an upper class milieu, with its hangers-on.
Ed Rampell: If the playwright/performer is also going to kvetch about Fidel’s supposed unfulfilled promise to hold free elections, fair enough, but how about mentioning Cuba’s historic role in militarily smashing South Africa’s apartheid forces in southern Africa?
Ed Rampell: By going beyond the celluloid stereotypes of countless Carmen Miranda movies, 1959’s mythic Black Orpheus, etc., and revealing Veronica’s inner life, we have a fully fleshed out picture of a 21st century women living in Recife, on Brazil’s northeastern coast.
Ernest Hardy: “Occupy the Farm” opens Friday Nov 21 in Pasadena at the Laemmle Playhouse 7. The film tells the story of 200 urban farmers who plant two acres of crops on a public research farm to save it from becoming a real-estate development. Director Todd Darling and a couple of the farmers will do a Q&A after the 7:50 screening with party to follow. The film runs all week five times daily.