Knife fights, gunfire, and samurai swordplay cleverly collide in this immersive, live performance, which includes some of the best cinema soundtracks ever. For the Record: Tarantino, “songs and scenes inspired by the films of Mr. Tarantino” are staged, stitched, and brought wildly alive together in an exceptionally intimate arena.
Tarantino won me over from minute one. After a short intro, which included a blazing rendition of Dick Dale’s Misirlou, a lovely brunette playing Honey Bunny from Pulp Fiction, put a fake gun to my chest and threatened my life.
In a word, charmed.
Spend enough time moving between the various social enclaves of Los Angeles and you’ll discover this 500 square mile sprawl of 4+ million is actually quite a bit smaller than anyone would imagine.
As a commercial photographer, David Blattel shoots among many other clients, the Harley-Davidson calendar each year. He was also my landlord for all of 2013, along with his wife, Vidiots owner Cathy Tauber, while this writer lived in a Topanga guest house (I have since moved to Venice).
Film buffs of Los Angeles are sure to drool over this one. Hot tempered, supercool, uber-effing-talented director David O. Russell, known perhaps as much for his on-set antics as he is for his polished cinematic gems (American Hustle, Silver Lining’s Playbook), is coming to Santa Monica mainstay Vidiots this Sunday—February 9—to answer questions in their intimate space, The Annex.
This writer has been a fan of Russell’s film work more than 15 years (Three Kings, and I <3 Huckabees stand out as personal faves, but his more recent stuff is brilliant too).
Last year, I went to a screening of The Sessions (2012′s indie darling, starring Helen Hunt, William H. Macy) and was availed the opportunity to both watch the film as well as chat with director Ben Lewin, all in the close confines of The Annex.
How Vidiots, a local video rental store, has managed to survive the digital transition is anyone’s guess, but with A-list access like this, their place in the cinematic milieu of LA is certain to be cemented.
The body of work the Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrman has yet released finds new life in an immersive live performance at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz.
Imagine the very best music and dialogue from Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet, Strictly Ballroom, and last year’s The Great Gatsby, backed by a live band, professionally orchestrated, staged, and performed by a group of signers, actors & musicians — each brimming with talent — and you’ll start to piece together an idea of what For The Record: Baz Lurhmann offers.
Last Thursday’s screening of The Royal Tenenbaums at the spectacular Palace Theater in Downtown LA delivered yet again that welcoming feeling Cinespia is famous for. This time around it was pure hipster glitz in the near-winter evening.