Monthly Archives: July 2013

Urbanism: It Ain’t Rocket Science

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The City of Los Angeles has been holding listening sessions the past few weeks on the revision of its zoning code. I haven’t been able to attend any of them, but if I did it would be … Continue reading

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“Bergman Island”

Paleo Retiree writes: This produced-for-Swedish-TV doc by Marie Nyreröd is basically an informal visit with a very aged Ingmar Bergman. The legendary film and theater director is living out his final years on the little island of Fårö. He’s 86 … Continue reading

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Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: This DIY documentary about a rash of child disappearances in ’80s Staten Island and the man widely believed to be responsible for it is an interesting blend of investigative reporting, urban exploration, and pop-inflected creep-out. Filmmakers … Continue reading

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“Only God Forgives” (2013)

Blowhard, Esq. writes: While I enjoyed DRIVE, after watching this one, it was clear to me why others didn’t enjoy DRIVE. There’s no pixie-cute Carey Mulligan to redeem this one, instead, we’ve got an impotent, Oedipal-conflicted Ryan Gosling avenging the death … Continue reading

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A Tour of the Long Beach Civic Center

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The architectural degradation of our government buildings during the 60s and 70s is both fascinating and depressing. What mass hysteria gripped the Establishment of the time? Did no one object? What can and should we do with the legacy … Continue reading

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“Death Race”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: “Death Race” is aimed at fans of the “Fast & Furious” franchise. It’s a multi-ethnic car movie that trades on the pumped-up sexiness of its stars, one of which, that scowling peacock Tyrese Gibson, is a “F … Continue reading

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More Ads Everywhere

Paleo Retiree writes: That’s a snapshot of a departure/arrival screen in a California airport. How do you feel about the fact that an ad is taking up the right-hand quarter of the screen? A few days before flying to California … Continue reading

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I Was a Second Grade Racist

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: I’m not sure how you feel about racial and ethnic stereotypes, but I’m going to take a deep breath and confess that I mostly don’t mind them. Sometimes I even get a kick out of ’em. … Continue reading

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Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Looks like Steve Sailer correctly predicted that there was a homophobic element to the Martin-Zimmerman kerfuffle. What did I just watch? Good grief. Apparently, prior to “Tootsie,” Hoffman never realized that women who look like Dustin Hoffman … Continue reading

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“Urbanized” (2011)

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The third volume in Gary Hustwit’s super SWPLy design series for the TED crowd — following his previous HELVETICA and OBJECTIFIED — I found this documentary only intermittently engaging. I enjoyed HELVETICA, which looked at 20th century … Continue reading

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