Author: Ivor Davis

OUT OF THE BOX | Talking comedy, grief and After Life with Ricky Gervais

by Ivor Davis After Life Created, written and directed by Ricky Gervais Starring: Ricky Gervais, Tom Basden, Tony Way, Diane Morgan Rated TV-MA Most American viewers probably know British comedian Ricky Gervais as the co-creator, writer and star of the British television series The Office (originating the role that would bring Steve Carell acclaim after the series was imported to the U.S.), or as the sharp-tongued, acerbic host of the Hollywood Foreign Press Golden Globe award shows. I am a fan of the offbeat humor of the 58-year-old Gervais, who who tells it like it is even if he...

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OUT OF THE BOX | Escape from New York

by Ivor Davis Unorthodox Directed by Maria Schrader Starring: Shira Haas, Amit Rahav, Jeff Wilbush, Alex Reid Rated TV-MA 3 hrs., 33 min. (4 episodes) Is there anyone out there, in this truly topsy-turvy world in which we are currently trapped, who is not  desperately looking for an escape from the unending gloom that has immersed us these past several weeks? No, I thought not.  One of the strangest and most intriguing distractions that I and scores of friends from all walks of life have discovered is a four-part television series on Netflix that is somehow filling our voids. ...

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LIFE DURING LOCKDOWN | V for Ventura, victory . . . but not virus

PICTURED: A very quiet 101 freeway near Ventura around noon on Friday, March 20. Photo by Ivor Davis by Ivor Davis This week I was supposed to be in New York. I had the best seats in the house to see the Broadway Musical Jagged Little Pill and was due to speak at a Beatles Convention. Not anymore. It’s Monday in downtown Ventura. Or maybe Tuesday. Possibly Wednesday. Lately all the days seem so similar in Week Two of this strange Season of Pandemonium. I have my radio playing some soothing music — Itzhak Perlman on the fiddle and...

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ACADEMY AWARDS 2020 | Who will grab the gold on Oscar night?

by Ivor Davis Having covered the Oscars for nearly half a century, I believe Sunday night’s ABC TV show (the 92nd Academy Awards) is more wide open than ever before. Will the World War I saga 1917, from Brit director Sam Mendes, blow away Quentin Tarantino’s l969 fairy tale Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood for best picture and director? Or will a surprising foreign-language Korean social satire (Parasite) with a cast of totally unknown actors make history by bumping off director Martin Scorsese’s three-hour-plus mob story The Irishman — despite its heavyweight, all-star cast that includes...

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Oscar predictions 2019

Q: Who is the favorite to win the best film Oscar when the 91st Academy Awards unfurls on Sunday on ABC? A: The Favourite. I believe The Favourite, a wacky, wicked, offbeat, lushly scored and gorgeously filmed period movie about Great Britain’s Queen Anne from director Yorgos Lanthimos could surprise everyone by running off with a handful of Oscars this year. And maybe, just maybe, this bawdy movie might bring a best actress Oscar for British thespian Olivia Colman as the bossy, quixotic Queen. And don’t rule out a best supporting actress award for either Rachel Weisz or Emma...

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