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Coming Soon: A Town Suffocates with Every Breath

4 05 2010

Just 109 miles north of Los Angeles the small agricultural town is surrounded by pollution that has no where to go but in their lungs causing the residents health problems. The full report coming soon.





Times Square car bomb: New York police search for suspect – latimes.com

3 05 2010

Times Square car bomb: New York police search for suspect – latimes.com

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New York Times Square Closed

1 05 2010

From the New York Times:

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Cu-Cu for Cocoanuts

29 04 2010
Côco by Ricardo Martins. Mardis Gras, a time to revel in festivities, gain colorful beads in many ways, and a time for parades and floats. But apparently the celebration was too much for one woman who is filing a lawsuit against the Zulu Social Club and Pleasure Club of New Orleans for negligence claiming that one of the cocoanuts they threw hit her in the head and has since caused her nightmares, depression and an overall displeasure of Mardis Gras. This report comes from the Los Angeles Times and I couldn’t help but say something about it.

Apparently, cocoanut throwing is one of the many Mardis Gras traditions. However, let’s give this woman the benefit of the doubt for a split second – In the past revelers and parade participants have been hit on their noggins with these heavy fruits. Since these past incidents New Orleans has instated a “no throwing” rule for cocoanuts. Instead they are to be handed to parade goers and visitors during Mardis Gras. With that in mind, it seems as if this recent lawsuit has something to go on – but here’s the catch: Apparently these cocoanuts that were being thrown are a new kind of cocoanut – they were hollow and were light weight and therefore Zulu is stating that the “no throwing” rule doesn’t apply to these cocoanuts.

Now, getting hit in the head and perhaps getting a concussion from such a heavy object such as a cocoanut is socially defensible. Nobody likes to get hit in the head with something that might cause a bruise or any amount of pain for that matter – but to say that you’re getting nightmares and dreaming of cocoanuts flying at your head is another thing. She is claiming that her nightmares are keeping her awake and describing them. (Yes, the flying cocoanut dream is in her deposition). This is by far, the silliest lawsuit since the McDonald’s one…and I believe even the McDonald’s lawsuit (over the hot coffee spilled) had by far many many more grounds to stand on than this current one.

There is one easy way to solve this without having to go to the courts: In an elementary school style have the prosecutor throw a cocoanut at the defendant’s head so that they can each be even. To see what the Zulu court has to say about this nutty case click here.

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“Exploding Girl”

21 04 2010

Most every one who has been in a relationship has experienced what Ivy has at one time in their life. And whether or not they want to, “Exploding Girl”, directed by Bradley Rust Gray gives them a chance to relive it. Ivy, played by Zoe Kazan, is on a spring break from college. During her break she struggles with her feelings toward her long-time best friend Al and her fickle college boyfriend.

Ivy is epileptic and tries not to bring any attention to herself as she remains quiet and calm. She wants nothing more than to melt into the background and could easily do so but her eyes and the emotion that sit behind them don’t allow her to. An inner battle is constantly working up inside her as she goes from smiling and docile to upset and angered in a matter of seconds – those around her can’t tell how she feels as she hides her emotions so well. Even her mother, (Maryann Urbano) doesn’t really know what her daughter is feeling as she is so busy with work as a dance teacher trying to make ends meet.

One person, however can tell something is brewing and that’s Al, (Mark Rendall) an awkward but quirky character, who tiptoes around his feelings toward Ivy while at the same time trying to display them in small moments – a strong hug here, a smile and a look there, and an eagerness in his voice when he speaks to her over the phone. Suddenly circumstances bring Al closer to Ivy and he not only spends more time with her but also sleeps in her living room for the duration of the break.

In contrast Ivy’s boyfriend, Greg avoids her phone calls and sends her straight to voicemail. When he does call it’s a matter of days or hours leaving Ivy to wonder what’s really going on during his break. Greg is never seen on the screen but we don’t have to see him to know what’s really going on in his head. And with every forced, “I miss you,” that comes out when he speaks to Ivy all anyone in the audience can do is roll their eyes and think, “Yea right!”

The movie isn’t your typical romantic flick instead it’s a slow moving plot with a growing tension in every scene and without the comedic relief. There are a few moments in the film where little to nothing is said and the actions speak for themselves. In one scene Ivy is in the kitchen with Al, the camera only shows the back of her, as she is busy serving them dinner. Al stands against the cabinets with a smile on his face – perhaps imagining what it would be like to live with her forever – the only sound in this entire portion of the film is the scraping of a spatula against the skillet.

Any more narrative or dialogue would ruin the film and the tension that builds up to its ultimate climax. In short “Exploding Girl” is like watching a romance  on the stage and it is the perfect film if you’re in the mood to sit back and watch a love story unfold bit by bit while each character’s motives and thoughts slowly come to light.





Make Room for the Academy

7 03 2010

 As preparations for the 82nd Academy Awards are underway locals express their frustration with the week-long process that blocks Hollywood boulevard from Orange to Highland. Visit NeonTommy.com for more Oscar coverage.








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