Scott Foundas

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    What you need to know from Sundance 2013

    Bold, impassioned, ecstatically beautiful, Shane Carruth's Upstream Color -- a lyric reverie on loss, love, and various invasions of the body -- was in a class by itself at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Well, let's say it was a class shared by a more conventional but no less heady consideration o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Sundance 2013: America's black indie film renaissance

    You could hear a pin drop during the first Sundance screening of writer-director Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale, an enormously powerful and moving debut feature based on the shooting death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant by Oakland transit police in the early hours of New Year's Day, 2009. Coogler opens the fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Stacie Passon's superb Concussion is why we have a Sundance in the first place

    Sometimes, one film in a festival lineup can help to reveal another in sharper relief. To wit, one of the loveliest entries in Sundance 2013's U.S. Dramatic Competition, James Ponsoldt's deeply felt coming-of-age drama The Spectacular Now, looked even better after the premiere of The Way Way Back, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2013

    Sundance 2013: Sex with James Franco, sultry Scarlett Johansson and more

    By Scott Foundas In his brief remarks before the first public screening of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford praised the Sundance Institute's ongoing filmmaker development labs as "our core," noting that the festival itself was conceived "to create an audience for the filmmakers in ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Reader: Quentin Tarantino should stick to writing and directing, since he sucks as an actor

    Quentin Tarantino's eight feature, Django Unchained, is earning raves around the country. "The boisterous, outlandish, fiercely intelligent Django Unchained is at once an act of provocation and reparation -- not just for slavery, but for Hollywood's decades of saintly Negroes and sass-talking sideki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Funny Person: The Top Ten Judd Apatow Productions

    ​ Judd Apatow's third film as director, Funny People, opens today to lukewarm reviews (including the one you'll find in Westword, by LA Weekly's kick-ass film reviewer Scott Foundas). Like seemingly every other man my age, I'm a fan of Apatow's; the deft combination of dick jokes, self-loathi ... More >>

  • Film

    December 27, 2007

    Hit List

    The top movies of 2007.

  • News

    August 2, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 8/2/2007

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2007

    Review: Order of the Phoenix is the Darkest Harry Potter Yet

    For those of you heading out to theaters today to catch opening day of Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, below is a brief snapshot of what our critic, Scott Foundas, thought. Also, click here for showtimes. The magic has returned to the Harry Potter franchise -- albeit magic of the old, bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2006

    Tesla Shocks the Springs

    The Prestige, a Christopher Nolan-directed flick about turn-of-the-century magicians that stars Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale, has received generally positive reviews from critics at area publications, including Westword; to read Scott Foundas' take, click here. Somehow, though, such scribes have ... More >>