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LA Film Fest:  ‘Seoul Searching’ – an Homage to John Hughes and the 1980s

The LA Film Festival chose to make 'Seoul Searching' one of its Gala Presentations. After the red carpet arrivals, the film was introduced by its director-screenwriter Benson Lee, and had its LA debut in Regal Cinemas’ Premier House. The entire event and the film itself gave that evening at the festival an old-time Hollywood feel. 'Seoul Searching' takes viewers on a nostalgia trip. Its theme, its style and its presentation are all retro in a good way. Prior to the screening, the audience did a stadium-style wave for the director. That’s getting into the 80s!

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LA Film Fest: Tying People Up for Laughs and Revenge

I’m making sure the windows are locked tonight. Three consecutive films I viewed at the Los Angeles Film Festival, June 10-18, dealt with tying people up. Not in a nice way, but at least in two cases, a funny way. 'Caught' tells the tale of a teen having an affair with a married man who is kidnapped by the man’s wife and, among other things, tied up. In 'Shevenge', three BFFs fantasize about how to punish men, which involves tying them up. In 'Old Tricks', a burglar learns that you should never try to steal from a retired magician and escape artist. They’re kind of hard to tie up.

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Movie Review: ‘Soaked in Bleach’ – Controversial Film About Kurt Cobain’s Death

When news reports of Kurt Cobain's suicide came out, the world was in shock and then settled back to thinking it was another of example of a rocker living fast, dying young and leaving a good looking corpse. Only in Cobain's case it wasn't so good looking; a shotgun blast to the head killed him. Or was it? After the case was closed by the Seattle Police Department another investigator who had information pieced together details and information that he had that the police didn't want to see. His conclusions are explosive and may result in re-investigating Kurt Cobain's death, this time as a homicide.

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‘The True Cost’ Q & A With Filmmaker Andrew Morgan and Producer Michael Ross

I think there’s a lot of smart people who have seen what is being fought and won in the food movement and they are channeling that progress into what’s been taking place in the fashion industry.

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Fast Fashion’s Consequences: ‘The True Cost’ a Film by Andrew Morgan

Did you purchase a piece of clothing today or yesterday? Do you know that 1 in 6 people work in the fashion industry? Do you know that only 3% of the workers are in the US? Before Andrew Morgan made this film, he probably knew as much as you do about how clothes are made. We don't source our clothes, but maybe we should. This is a vital topic because every piece of clothing we wear is made by human hands and many of the workers go through a lot to make them.

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