November 29, 2008
“Eden” is a dreary contemporary Irish film, depicting a disintegrating marriage in a picturesque pub-filled Irish town, with alcohol the preferred tonic. At times, the dialect is difficult to understand, but the situation is all too familiar. Billy (Aiden Kelly) married Breda (Eileen Walsh), and they had two young children and a seemingly ideal marriage. But when the lights are out, and Billy finally comes home and into bed, Breda’s eyes remain open. Hoping for some sign of physical contact, she is invariably disappointed.
June 19, 2012
Walt Disney Studios has begun filming its live-action fairy tale "Maleficent," starring Angelina Jolie , in London. Disney said Tuesday that production began last week on the movie, billed as the untold story of the villainess from the 1959 Disney classic "Sleeping Beauty. " "The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora," stated a release from Disney. Co-starring in the film are Sharlto Copley ( "District 9" )
July 21, 2007
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" is right in step with the book of the same name. It was author J.K. Rowling's intention to make the themes in the books mature along with the characters. Therefore, this film is more cerebral and political, less escapist adventure. This is not your feel-good movie of the summer. It's a serious, intense film, appealing to a mature audience. That being said, my children and I loved it. Of course, we are Harry Potter fanatics. We didn't wear costumes or go to the midnight debut, but we probably would have liked this movie no matter how good or bad it was, simply because we can't get enough of Harry and Hogwarts and all the characters therein.
September 25, 2006
Burbank Salvation Army to honor former mayor The Salvation Army Burbank Corps Advisory Board will host a gala event Nov. 10 at The Castaway to honor former Mayor Jef Vander Borght . Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Reservation deadline is Nov. 6. The evening will highlight the many services that The Army provides to the local community. The Salvation Army brass ensemble will entertain. For tickets, call DeeDee Ruhlow at (818) 843-6950. College graduates can join Burbank University Women All female college graduates 55 or older are invited to consider membership in the Burbank University Women, which meets to promote education, intellectual growth, and broadening opportunities for women and girls and to provide college scholarships for worthy Burbank senior high school graduates.
November 30, 2012
Alfred Hitchcock's reputation as a filmmaker was already on the rise when he died 32 years ago. Since then it has consistently (and rightly) grown ever greater. At the same time, his reputation as a person has taken a lot of blows ... whether rightly or not is a determination way above my pay grade. It's significant that Donald Spoto's biography - the first Hitchcock bio to be published after his death - was subtitled “The Dark Side of Genius.” Sacha Gervasi's new “Hitchcock” is technically based on Stephen Rebello's “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho,” but it draws on decades of lore about the great director's obsessions - the most disturbing being his attempts to win the love of the young blond actresses he repeatedly cast.