Monday, July 13, 2020


Melissa Weller


Purim bash combines the holy with the holistic

Reading the advance info for “Dawn: The Open Temple Purim Bash,” which took place on March 24 at the Rose Room in Venice, the 6 a.m. start time might have appeared to be a typo. But it was not.

Sundance 2016: Jewish highlights

Award nominations aren’t all that set the film world aflutter each January.

Under ‘The Skinny’: Sundance introduces new comedy about bulimia

When someone mentions eating disorders, what comes to mind?

‘The Barkley Marathons’: Oh, how the many have fallen

Rat Jaw. Testicle Spectacle. Son of a Bitch Ditch. The Bad Thing.

‘Gone Girl’: Amy’s Cool Girl is not who you think

Your wardrobes are stuffed with articles of Gone Girl, but try this on: Amy\'s Cool Girl might not be who you think it is.

Masters of Sex is back and you should watch it if you want to

\"That question is outside my area of inquiry.\"

‘Orange is the New Black’ season 2 pre-cap: Standing still is hard

Season 2 of Orange is the New Black, a Netflix original series from the brilliant Jenji Kohan and based on the memoir by Piper Kerman, was released today.

Calendar June 7-13

This is the second go-round for Na’Amat USA Young Professionals’ annual Comedy Night, boasting a lineup of hilarious professional comics baring their stand-up chops in the heart of West Hollywood.

Calendar May 31 – June 6

In limited release this week is “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn,” the latest from director Phil Alden Robinson (“Field of Dreams”).

Locke your seatbelts: Hardy takes the wheel

Be nice to the drivers with whom you share the road, you don’t know the battles they’re fighting.

‘Under the Skin’ sets Scarlett ablaze

Scarlett Johansson has had a very busy year, least of which from dealing with the OxFam and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions hoopla we’ve covered so extensively.

James Franco: Of Entice and Rejection

Call it luxury or call it tragedy, but history writes that celebrities aren’t typically known for their moral upstanding, especially in the field of sexual (mis)conduct.

Community Seder round-up

Discover the eternal meaning of the haggadah and enjoy a seder complete with hand-baked matzah, wine/grape juice and your favorite traditional meal at Chabad of Simi Valley.

Fighting ‘Gravity’ and other motion picture musings

Some chalk talk on the 86th annual Oscar tournament.

‘Broad City’ a broad mess

A favorite sport for entertainers, writers and the writers who write about them is diving into the vast swimming pool of millennial content. One...

Tomorrow’s techtopia pulls today’s heart strings: Thoughts on a Spike Jonze love story

Some time ago, a friend of mine was having trouble with his longtime girlfriend. One day, while having some boneheaded conversation about the psychological implications of bullet trains or something equally inconsequential, he says, “Gotta run, she’s home. We fought again this morning.”

Payne’s ‘Nebraska’ a small-town triumph

Imagine what a movie showcasing an ordinary, lukewarm existence might look like. One without mobs or crooked cops and the only color in the characters’ lives is the blue on their collar.

The problems with the problems with ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’

Describing exactly the way Blue is the Warmest Color affected me, as I’m sure it did millions of people, is a struggle, especially from a critical standpoint. It’s an intimate and subjective reflection of people, places and times, carrying the hours with tides of raw emotion rather than frequent chronological plot points.

Review: ‘Kill Your Darlings,’ but phone it in

Those who walked into the theater hoping to walk out with an enlightened appreciation of the significance surrounding these legendary writers and the Beat Movement they inspired were surprised, at best, to find a chick flick noir instead.

Breaking Down Kenny Powers and Walter White

Last week, a certain finale brought an epically proportioned brouhaha to flip the Internet upside down.  Those who were satisfied with the <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2013/09/29/breaking-bad-series-finale-bianco-review/2892271/ "...

‘Breaking Bad’ finale: Baby blue drugs, baby blue hugs

As promised, digesting the conclusion of this epic tale took a while. Like many other millions, I became addicted to the death grips on my...

Emmys tell bleak tale of broadcast TV

So the Emmys were on Sunday, and with it no shortage of <a href="http://www.studiosystemnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/neil-patrick-harris-emmy-statue-white-bg-portait-e1370886731486.jpeg " target="_blank">Neiling, Breaking and flopped attempts at Modernizing. Not least of...

‘Breaking Bad’ finale is just the beginning: surviving Sept. 29

On Sept 29, 2013, TV will take a giant shit on everyone. Sept. 29 will host series and season premieres, one historic series finale and...

The Newsroom: Second season, second thoughts

The Newsroom is back again for the first time! I was hesitant to hop in the saddle for a second go at Newsroom, especially with...

Unnecessary Gunn violence: A take on Skyler White

Yesterday I asked a coworker, with whom I’ve participated in many a yay Skyler/nay Skyler conversation, to forget details for a minute and sum...

‘The Newsroom’ Season 2: You don’t really love me, you just keep me hangin’ on

“Hate-watching” is a recurring theme in The Newsroom conversations, but I think the more accurate label comes from Tim Goodman’s <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/newsroom-season-2-tv-review-584680 " target="_blank">review in...

Turn yourself in to ‘Orange Is the New Black’

Orange Is the New Black, adapted from the 2011 <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Orange-Is-New-Black-Womens/dp/0385523394 " target="_blank">memoir of the same name, is, in a word, perfect. Perfect pacing, perfectly...

‘Newsroom’ Season 2: Will it gain the ‘trust of the public’?

The second season of The Newsroom premieres this Sunday on HBO, and for those who maybe didn’t tune in but kept an eye on...

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