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To Live and Write in LA

LAFF Film Review: ‘Girl Flu’ – A Movie About Firsts that Gives New Meaning to the Phrase ‘Period Piece’

In Hollywood parlance, a “period piece” is a script or film that takes place in the past. 'Girl Flu', a film written and directed by Dorie Barton, gave a new meaning to that phrase. It's a film about firsts. Without a doubt, it is the only film you'll ever call charming, funny and heartwarming that has menstruation as its focus.

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NAB Show 2016: Ang Lee on Pushing the Limits of Cinema

Ang Lee's last film was created in High Dynamic Range, 4K, at 120 frames per second and in 3-D. In English that means that, compared to your big-screen HD TV, the film has more colors, four times the definition, four times the frame rate, and depth. This is the most technologically advanced feature film ever made.

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NAB Show 2016: Batman Versus HDR – You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

Eighty-nine years ago, Al Jolson said to the audience watching his film 'The Jazz Singer,' the first film with synchronized dialog, “You ain't heard nothin’ yet.” After viewing the demo of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video and Dolby ATMOS sound at the Future of Cinema Conference in Las Vegas, I can confidently say, “You ain't seen nothin’ yet.”

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SXSW Film Review: ‘The Waiting’ – James Caan is Haunted and Blood Spills

A film must have strong characters to be remembered. I will remember 'The Waiting' for a long time, not only because of its characters, but because of how well they were used to explore human depravity,

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SXSW: Rami Malek and Christian Slater Get Authentic on ‘Mr. Robot’

Mr. Robot stars Rami Malek and Christian Slater joined series creator Sam Esmail at SXSW film panel “Coding on Camera: MR. ROBOT and Authenticity on TV.” SXSW was the site of the show’s premiere last year. This year, participants in the Golden Globe Award-winning series came back to celebrate and discuss the show’s success.

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SXSW Film Review: Seth Rogen Makes Food Talk Dirty in ‘Sausage Party’

At this year’s South by Southwest film festival Seth Rogen debuted, as a work-in-progress, his new animated feature 'Sausage Party.' It is the first foray into the “R-rated world” for an animated feature. If you have no problems with watching food have sex, it’s really funny.

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SXSW Film Review: ‘Phantasm’ – The Tall Man Is Back with J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams joined SXSW attendees and writer/director Don Coscarelli for the debut of Phantasm – Remastered at the Stateside Theatre in Austin. The debut was part of the SXSW Midnighters series which is billed as “Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious.”

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