Ed Rampell: Co-writer/director and son of a concentration camp survivor Howard Teichman’s Fugu sheds light on a little known episode of the exodus that took about 6,000 wandering Jews not to the Promised Land – but to the Land of the Rising Sun.
Ed Rampell: The large cast of 30-plus performers stunningly brought the South Africa-set anti-apartheid story vividly alive for a nearly sold out audience at UCLA’s capacious Royce Hall.
Ed Rampell: Director James Robinson has reset Mozart’s 18th century Singspiel – with lyrics, spoken dialogue and story written by Christoph Friedrich Bretzner, adapted and enlarged by Johann Gottlieb Stephanie – in the Roaring Twenties.
Ed Rampell: The James Agee Cinema Circle announces the 10th annual “Progie” Award nominees for 2016’s Best Progressive Films and Filmmakers. Nominees this year include: Nate Parker; Viggo Mortensen; a biopic about a Chilean poet; a documentary about James Baldwin and more.
Ed Rampell: The mood spun by the skillful Farhadi is low key; although The Salesman has a Neo-Realist vibe and, perhaps at times, a Film Noir feel, the auteur’s use of metaphor heightens his drama beyond naturalism.