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Rising R&B Star Sumeet

By Nutan Patel on Jul 16, 2004 - 2:06:00 PM

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Rnb Singer/Songwriter Sumeet rises to the top with her smashing single, “Agony” featuring Elephant Man, just released this week at www.sumeetmusic.com.  Although currently in New York, this artist spent three years in Los Angeles building a fan base, without which she wouldn’t be where she is today.



  Traveling Through "The Garden of Reason"

By Kristina Levsky on Jun 25, 2004 - 9:11:00 PM
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On June 18, I had the pleasure of watching one of the most imaginative shows; likened to Cirque Du Soleil, yet still relatively unknown. The performance was put on by the fledgling MYO Productions and was nothing short of riveting.

 



Barebones Script Meets a Killer Skeleton

By Socrates Crenshaw and Orlando W. Harris on Jun 11, 2004 - 8:07:00 PM
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The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra": it's so terrifying, you'll laugh your kidneys open.


  Topanga Days Festival Unifies Community

By Kristina Levsky on Jun 4, 2004 - 7:55:00 PM
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TOPANGA CANYON - Nestled in the depths of
Topanga Canyon, a top a tree covered hill, sits the Topanga Community Club, where once a year, the local residents gather to enjoy a festival of unity.


Not Your Garden Variety Blood Gnomes

By Socrates Crenshaw and Orlando W. Harris on Jun 4, 2004 - 7:24:00 PM
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It's war in Gnome-man's land!


  CG Dragons and Bleached Teeth

By Socrates Crenshaw and Orlando W. Harris on May 28, 2004 - 6:27:00 PM
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The verdict on this week's bad movie, "Dragon Fighter": It's no "Dragonheart."
 

Electronic Entertainment Expo Blows Into Town

By Kristina Levsky on May 21, 2004 - 9:33:00 PM
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LOS ANGELES - On May 11th, the 10th Annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), blew into town with new adventures and savings for video game lovers and electronics connoisseurs alike, unveiling new games, slashing prices, and proving that this is the year of the handhelds and portables.


  Chupacabras Chupa Something Worse than Cabras

By Socrates Crenshaw and Orlando W. Harris on May 21, 2004 - 7:15:00 PM

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Q: What's the verdict on "Bloodthirst: The Legend of the Chupacabras"?

A: Everybody involved in this project should be fed to the lions.



Yellowbeard: The Id Has Its Posterchild

By Socrates Crenshaw and Orlando W. Harris on May 14, 2004 - 7:04:00 PM
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Frenchmen of the world take notes.  Only a gay man could have played a man this hetero.  That man could only be the late great, Graham Chapman.  As one of the Monty Python troupe, Chapman set the tone for his film acting by playing the protagonist in every Python film.  "Yellowbeard" is no exception. 


  Russian Nights, a Cultural Experience

By Kristina Levsky on Apr 30, 2004 - 8:00:00 PM
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HOLLYWOOD - From April 16 through the 23,
Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center played host to Russian Nights. A festival of Russian Cinema, Music, and Arts, the event showcased the works of Russia’s greatest talents, dating back to the beginning of the 20th Century.


High on the High Desert: A Revelation from Orlando

By Relayed by Orlando W. Harris; made fit for consumption by Socrates Crenshaw on Apr 30, 2004 - 7:40:00 PM

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No movie this week, but Orlando tells of his adventures in the desert.



  Freedom in the Press… The Way it Was

By Winter Kelly on Apr 30, 2004 - 12:00:00 PM
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English 301 on Tuesday, November 5, 1996 was the turning point. Our well-liked professor spent three hours lecturing us on how to vote and whom and what to vote for that day. I remember she used the board to write out the proposition numbers and then put gigantic ‘x’s through propositions to vote against.


Limeys and Lycos

By Socrates Crenshaw and Orlando W. Harris on Apr 23, 2004 - 11:40:00 PM
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What do you get when you mix British commandos, British Special Forces and werewolves? That’s right…no plot. "Dog Soldiers" is a perfect blend of the three. But having no plot leaves the path wide open to ceaseless killing and violence of every sort.


  Jack Frost 2- Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman

By Socrates Crenshaw and Orlando W. Harris on Feb 20, 2004 - 8:40:00 AM

"Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman"

This movie haunted us so much we had to stay up bowling ‘til 5 in the morning…stone cold sober.   The lows in this drek are so low they become inverse, negative highs.



Should I Snoop Through His Email for a Secret Affair?

By Sean McConnor and Winter Brooke on Feb 4, 2004 - 4:15:00 AM
HE SAID, SHE SAID: Ahh, love.  Ahh, shacking up.  Do those two things equal eventual wedded bliss?  Well for our "old maid", has been looking to her boyfriend of 6 years to take the next step into marriage but he's not budging.  On top of that, he might be cheating.  Should she do some snooping to find out?

  Love and Romance in the Jungle

By Socrates Crenshaw and Orlando W. Harris on Feb 4, 2004 - 12:21:00 AM

Bad Movie Night #9

Rambo First Blood Part II

 

This month we go retro, looking at one of the icons that made action so great.  We’re talking about the short, ripped, almost unintelligible Sly Stallone in Rambo: First Blood Part IIRambo: First Blood is just a prologue, a character study to this beast of American cinema.  This is a movie that pulled in $700 million in adjusted gross.  That’s “Titanic” territory, and this doesn’t even have Winslet’s breasts. 

 

That’s right, John Rambo is back.  And he’s not content to handle a cadre of wannabe-Army National Guardsmen.  No!  Those were troubled times then, and we have to get right to the source of iniquity… Nam.  We’re going in to save our P.O.W.s forgotten by Uncle Sam, except things are not as they seem- Rambo gets involved with a girl! 

 

The movie opens with John in prison doing hard labor, making it believable that he is proportionately as big as Hulk Hogan.  Colonel Troutman arrives, offering John a Presidential Pardon to go in to see if any prisoners are still alive.  Hmm, go back to the bush or break rocks for eternity? 

 

Once he’s dropped at base, Rambo gets a briefing and a camera.  Camera?  He’s supposed to go there only to take pictures, not to engage the enemy.  Cut to Rambo in a chopper turning several dozen VC into Swiss cheese.

 

Rambo is dropped in the jungle with only a little difficulty, and he’s off looking for his contact.  He nearly garrotes the first straw hat he sees but stops because she wears lipstick.  They hitch a ride on a pirate boat to Vietnam, which is different than a slow boat to China, but only slightly. 

 

At night, they arrive at the camp, and Rambo goes snooping without his camera…and finds a bunch of Rolling Stones roadie-types being held prisoner.  He springs one, and they take off, VC in close pursuit.  They meet some pirates, and seem to escape scott free.  But the pirates double-cross them, sending Rambo into a Shatner-style rage.  Rambo stabs the closest pirate with two knives the size of arrowheads and peppers the rest with a shotgun in oh, under ten seconds. 

 

So, Rambo and the prisoner reach the extraction site, but the base commander orders the chopper to leave without them.  What, a double-cross by the American government?  Inconceivable.

 

What follows is over half an hour of running and killing, laying waste to the entirety of Vietnam and maybe Laos and Thailand as well.  There were so many gratuitous explosions that when a VC pilot fell out of a chopper, we half expected his body to blow up. 

 

Death count is unknown and not verified by any government to this day.  All manner of death is indulged: gunshot, arrows, explosions, exploding arrows, neck snapping, strangulation by vine, and 31 flavors of knifing.  Of course, Rambo’s own hope is a casualty when his contact/girlfriend is killed. 

 

This movie gets four out of five kegs, only missing out on nudity.  Rambo: First Blood Part II was more fantastic than we ever imagined: a bloated, bullying, boisterous affirmation that even when America is wrong, it is right. 

 

To any doubters of that last statement we offer you Rambo’s final line:   “We just want this country to love us as much as we love it.”  And God bless us, everyone.



CES and Other Holiday Happenings

By Judith A Rogow on Jan 1, 2004 - 1:03:00 PM
ResourceINK: Judith gives a preview of the upcoming CES events. Press conferences, products galore, receptions are all crammed into a busy week in January. Look for all her info. on the events in an upcoming article.

  “The Closing of Winterland” Marks the End of an Era

By Mary J. Peterson on Jan 1, 2004 - 10:30:00 AM
MUSICALLY SPEAKING: "Grateful Dead: The Closing of Winterland" is a 2 DVD set released in November which captures the Grateful Dead and the San Francisco music scene in the late 1970's with accuracy and fondness. 

A War Reminiscent of the Past

By Keith on Dec 1, 2003 - 11:25:00 PM
MY BACK PAGES: Having lived through the Vietnam Era, Keith makes some comparisons with the current war...

  Should I Cross the Picket Line?

By Sean McConnor and Winter Brooke on Dec 1, 2003 - 9:54:00 PM

HE SAID/SHE SAID: Sean and Winter tackle the current strikes plaguing areas stores. Read their opinions and feel free to contact them with yours!!
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And Then There Were None

By Margaret Blanc on Dec 1, 2003 - 6:53:00 PM
 FLASHBACK FILMS: Enjoy a classic whodunnit with And Then There Were None.

  A Simple Plea

By Joe Dinki on Dec 1, 2003 - 6:06:00 PM
CANYON FODDER: Joe, recently arriving in L.A., sifts through the culture unique to the area.

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