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Matias Bombal’s Hollywood

Kong: Skull Island The MPAA has rated this PG-13 Warner Brothers retools the Eighth Wonder of the World for “Kong: Skull Island”. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts worked from a screenplay adaptation by three screenwriters based on a story by John Gatins.

Matias Bombal’s Hollywood

Rogue One: A Star Wars story   The MPAA has rated this PG-1 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Lucasfilm bring us “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” the prequel to the very first of “Star Wars” adventures, “A New

King of Jazz: Restored by NBC/Universal, premiering at Tower Theatre for benefit gala

By Matias Bombal In 1930, an unprecedented mixture of art and technology melded elements of music, dance, theatre, design and visual artistry into a great melting pot of jazz on film. The movies had only been “talking” for three years.

Door-to-Door: Keeping Warm

By Pat Lynch We had ways of keeping warm. We girls wore long, flannel nightgowns and raced to stand over the floor heaters on chill mornings. The warm air rushed up, nightgowns billowed out and we looked like tiny-headed creatures

Matias Bombal’s Hollywood

  ALLIED   The MPAA has rated this R Paramount Pictures has had a good year with movies that echo that studio’s past greatness. Their new release “Allied” is yet another example of the studio returning with force as a

Matias Bombal’s Hollywood

CAFE SOCIETY The MPAA has rated this PG-13 Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” is released by Amazon Studios and Lionsgate and marks the first time that the master director has photographed a movie in digital format, a transition from using actual

Door-to-Door: Memories of the State Fair

By Pat Lynch When we were kids in East Sac we waited every year for the California State Fair. The fair brought amazements—beautiful show horses prancing with pure elegance and gigantic Clydesdales clopping along with hair on their hooves, pulling

Janey Way Memories #163

The Last Janey Way Memory

I published my first Janey Way memory, The Story of the Janey Way Gang, on July 2, 2009. Then, I thought the column would last perhaps a few years. I guess my memory proved much better than I imagined. During

Door-to-Door: Keeping Our Dignity

By Pat Lynch What if our local politicians tweeted lurid accusations/insinuations about their opponent’s mates? What if we had debates where one candidate said another candidate had tiny hands? You know what that means. And then the tiny hands candidate

Janey Way Memories #162

Learning about My Family History By Martin Relles Back in the 1950s when I was growing up on Janey Way, every Father’s Day my family attended an Italian Picnic in McKinley Park.  In fact, all of my extended family attended.