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 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.
Ed Rampell: With Media being a knockoff of Knots Landing crossed by Empire, along with betrayal, corruption, conniving and jiving, sexual hijinks abound, with heaps of infidelity.
Ed Rampell: Armed with firearms and a law book, back in 1966 Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale boldly patrolled Oakland’s mean streets, confronting the police over their treatment – or mistreatment – of Blacks.
Ed Rampell: With its depiction of inter-tribal warfare between competing villages, Tanna dispels the simplistic notion that “primitive” people living in a state of nature inhabited problem-free paradises.