Art Minxes

‘Waiting for Forever': Bilson is Charming, Plot is Chilling

On Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Minx favorite Rachel Bilson stars in the new film Waiting for Forever, which hit theaters over the weekend. The story is a familiar "long-lost love" tale, but with a unique twist: Will (Tom Sturridge) and Emma (Rachel Bilson) were best friends when they were kids, but were separated when Will moved. Since then, Will has spent his life following Emma, now a famous TV actress, from place to place without her knowledge, waiting for the right time to confess his love to her.

Does that sound like stalking? Sure does. Thus, the same twist that makes this movie unique is ultimately its downfall: can we, as an audience, ignore the fact that Will's behavior is ...

This Weekend At Space 15 Twenty

On Friday, February 4th, 2011

There's lots of stuff going on at Space 15 Twenty this weekend, especially for those looking to do a little vintage clothing shopping! Check it out:

Friday, February 4th: The Loved One Pop-up Shop Opening

Friday marks the opening of the new pop-up shop at Space 15 Twenty: The Loved One. It will be sad to see ultra-cool-and-vintage Secret Shop go, but its replacement is more than welcome: The Loved One offers unique vintage lingerie which they describe as "naughty, but playful — something you’d feel comfy wearing at a slumber party or with mood lighting for your loved one." The company was started by the bi-coastal duo of Hannah Kristina Metz and Elvia ...

IKO IKO Gallery Opening Tomorrow

On Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

If you have been looking for the inspiration to get the last of that IKEA furniture out of your place, make your way to Space 15 Twenty this Thursday for the opening of the IKO IKO gallery. The arty retail/design/curiosity shop will be presenting "innovative options for personalizing and ornamenting space and self" as part of the "Extraordinary Life" series in the Gallery Space.

There will be a collection of signature IKO IKO statements on display, pulling as usual from Japanese-inspired design and other slightly rustic styles. The gallery promises a large showing of new WAKA WAKA furniture, and plenty of new Rowena Sartin clothing as well. As if that wasn't enough, the gallery will ...

No Shame In Showtime’s Shameless

On Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

America has a pretty good track record with U.S. versions of British TV shows: The Office and American Idol are all the proof you need. The key to true success, however, is for the creative team to take the show and make it “American”, while remaining faithful to what made the original so successful. So far, John Wells has done just that with the new Showtime series Shameless.

The show follows the Gallagher family, with alcoholic patriarch Frank (William H. Macy) living in a home with his six children. With their mother absent and their father constantly drunk, the kids fend for themselves and look to their headstrong older sister Fiona (Emmy Rossum) to hold the family ...

“The King’s Speech”: Best Cast of the Year?

On Monday, January 10th, 2011

Director Tom Hooper is no stranger to historical dramas, though his work in the genre has mostly been on the small screen: you might have seen his work in the HBO series detailing the life of John Adams, with Paul Giamatti in the titular role. This year, Hooper turned back to the history of his native England with The King’s Speech.

The film follows the struggles of King George VI (Colin Firth) in his ascension to the throne, as his debilitating stammer kept him from speaking publicly. The setting is in the years leading up to WWII, as radio was becoming a part of everyday life…an unsettling trend for a public figure with a speech impediment. The ...

The Indie Rock Coloring Book Is Good For Charity And For The Soul

On Thursday, January 6th, 2011

If the start of 2011 has you thinking once again of the constant march of time and yearning for your youth, remember this: one is never too old for a coloring book. So dust off that set of Crayolas and pick up the Indie Rock Coloring Book from the Yellow Bird Project!

The YBP is a Montreal-based nonprofit with the aim of raising money and awareness for charities, while also raising the profiles of some of the best indie bands out there. The site has an awesome selection of tees personally designed by bands like Tegan & Sara or Broken Social Scene, but the Indie Rock Coloring Book marks their first foray into publishing.

Beer Pong and a Touch of Class at the Downtown Independent

On Monday, December 27th, 2010

If you're looking for a theater that won't be playing Tron over the New Year's weekend, be sure to check out the Downtown Independent. Since being bought and re-named in 2008, the theater/venue has provided the best in indie films and art events to the downtown LA crowd.

The Downtown Independent is a great spot for filmmakers in need of a venue for a premiere or other screening. The facility seats over 200 and is equipped for all kinds of projection, serves beer and wine, and has a green room for any VIPs who might be attending your event. Plus, the rooftop lounge is perfect for premiere parties and provides a great view of downtown LA.

‘Somewhere': Sofia’s Take on Hollywood Celebrity

On Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

After a brief foray into studio moviemaking with the period-yet-modern piece Marie Antoinette, writer and director Sofia Coppola looks to return to what she does best with the understated character study Somewhere. As in Coppola’s most successful project to date, Lost In Translation, the young Hollywood heiress to the screenwriting/directing throne borrows at least in part from her industry surroundings.

Once again the story focuses on an actor, but this time his stardom is at its peak (as opposed to the waning fame of Bill Murray’s Bob Harris). Somewhere stars Stephen Dorff as Johnny Marco, a celebrity pampered to the point of numbness, whose eleven-year-old daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) shows up at his room in the Chateau ...

There’s Light Down The ‘Rabbit Hole’

On Monday, December 20th, 2010

“It’s a sad play. Don’t make it any sadder,” wrote playwright David Lindsay-Abaire in the author’s notes for his Pulitzer-winning play “Rabbit Hole”. Even after Lindsay-Abaire has adapted his work into a screenplay and handed it over to director John Cameron Mitchell, that note still rings true: Mitchell—along with stars Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, and Diane Wiest—find surprising moments of laughter and humor in this dark drama.

The story centers on New York couple Howie (Eckhart) and Becca (Kidman) as they recover from the loss of their very young child in an accident. The juxtaposition between how the two characters deal with the loss—Howie desperately holds on to keepsakes from the past while Becca wants to erase ...

Taymor’s ‘Tempest': Stunning, But Can Russell Brand Speak The Bard?

On Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

The last time director Julie Taymor tackled Shakespeare on film, the result was the dark and poignant Titus. Now, after a pair of period films (the biopic Frida and Beatles musical Across the Universe) and high-profile work on Broadway (The Lion King and the Spider-Man musical), Taymor returns to Shakespeare with The Tempest.

From the very beginning, the film is undeniably Taymor-made. Unorthodox editing and striking visuals show up early and often, giving the story a modern feel in juxtaposition to the language. Adding to that modern feel is the casting of Helen Mirren in the Prospero role, changing the gender (and the name to “Prospera”). Mirren plays the part well, and is the cast member with ...