Thursday, April 13, 2006


Check out my reviews in the new issue of The L Magazine

My new favorite magazine is New York's bi-weekly arts & entertainment guide The L Magazine. The main reason is they're publishing my film reviews. The other reason is that this Playbill-sized, 114-paged gazette is cool as shit. The current editon is dubbed "The International Issue." It profiles 8 ethnic groups in New York - from Albanians to Trinidadians - as well as Brazilian music sensation Seu Jorge. Then, of course, there are my reviews. (Did I say that already?) Check them out:

Mountain Patrol: Kekexili
Directed by Chuan Lu
Duobujie, Zhang Lei

High in the Tibetan tundra, antelopes are dying by the thousands. Only a spirited group of men, known as the Mountain Patrol, challenge poachers who seek the extremely valuable coats, which are made into shawls and scarves and sold for up to $10,000 each. Kekexili is the region where the action takes place in this brilliant feature. Snow, windstorms, quicksand and hunger are just a few of the obstacles the patrol faces as they pursue their human prey. LLLLL

Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School
Directed by Randall Miler
Maria Tomei, Robert Carlisle

A dance class reinvigorates a widowed baker. While the present-day story is overly sentimental, flashbacks to 1962 are the film’s strength. That, and Mary Steenburgen as Marienne Hotchkiss, the daughter of the dance doyenne, who’s delightful and looks lovely in a variety of ballroom dresses. LL

Pick up free copies in the bright-orange plastic receptacles on street corners all over town. Take several and give them to your friends! For The L Magazine online: CLICK HERE

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