Ed Rampell: Resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline and other similar extractive projects was a recurring theme in the NWIF festival, which was founded by Joanelle Romero and highlights motion pictures by and about indigenous females.
Ed Rampell: The L.A. Workers Center and Hollywood Progressive are co-presenting a monthly film series from February through November 2017 to commemorate and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the February and October, 1917 Revolutions in Russia.
Ed Rampell: For the next 10 months, the L.A. Workers Center and Hollywood Progressive are co-presenting a monthly series of classics by the giants of early Soviet cinema: Sergei Eisenstein, V.I. Pudovkin, Alexander Dovzhenko, Dziga Vertov and Esther Shub.
Ed Rampell: The performances and much of the music in Richard Strauss’ Salome are the most melodramatic of any opera I’ve ever experienced. But this is to be expected since, as that old expression goes, “consider the source”: The New Testament.
Ed Rampell: The use of Real 3D and IMAX 3D is what The Great Wall is really all about – not a story or, heavens’ forbid, character development – although to be sure, there is a hidden propagandistic message about Beijing’s military might and policies.