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Apocalyptic Comedy Gets Wild and Loose in Alternate Hollywood

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
If the apocalypse is nigh, then it would seem that there’s no better place to be than James Franco’s house, where everybody parties like it’s 1999 (and I wish they had actually dropped that track into the mix). By everybody, I mean Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and, of course, Franco playing alternate versions of themselves.  

This Is Your Director on Drugs

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Something didn’t feel right. After taking in a recent screening of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, I walked out of the theater feeling … off. I was simultaneously anxious, depressed, energized and a little jittery.
  

Jim Swill Brings Revolutionary Angst to the CAC

2 Comments · Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The Contemporary Arts Center, through its 2013 Summer Performance Series in “The Living Room” of The Living Room exhibition, kicks off the season with a fascinating performance, Screenage Wasteland, from Jim Swill, an artist known for his spoken word riffs, short films and collage work.  

Greta Gerwig Just Wants to Have Fun

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Greta Gerwig has gotten into my head; her halting and humorous performance style marries a solid, albeit gangly physicality and a weightless comic presence that is breathtakingly cute.  

Michael Shannon Gives Chills as Real-Life Contract Killer

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The story of Richard Kuklinski (portrayed here by Michael Shannon) is one of those true crime tales that you simply can’t believe. It’s too crazy to be true, but it also has that “made for the movies” vibe.  

Quiet Beauty Captured in the Frame

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The year is 1915 and France is caught up in World War I. Young men are on the front lines where injuries and death abound, but a sense of duty and responsibility inspires more to join the ranks and, those who can convalesce quickly, to return to the front as soon as possible.  

The Thrill of Surviving Eli Roth's 'Aftershock'

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
You’ve got to say this for Eli Roth: Like his filmmaking brother-in-arms Quentin Tarantino, he’s got spools of film instead of veins with blood keeping his heart a-beating, and he’s a genre geek deep in the marrow of his bones.  

A Harrowing German Odyssey

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The film tracks Lore (Saskia Rosendahl), the eldest of five children, the offspring of staunch Nazi supporters, who seeks to protect her siblings and stay one step ahead of the Allied troops at the end of the war.  

The Reconstituted Cincinnati Film Society Heads 'Upstream'

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Steady buzz for the Cincinnati Film Society (CFS) reboot emerged from the underground thanks to recent screenings at the Northside Tavern, which have given way to a new collaboration with The Greenwich, scheduled to kick off in May with The Towering Inferno (screenings set for the first Thursday of each month).  

Band of Brothers

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 17, 2013
In filmmaking, there’s always pressure, especially around one’s first feature. Ideally, you arc your career so that you can grow as a director with each film, raising your profile as you raise your game so that when you’re ready for your big break, you’ve put in the time and have the resume and scars to prove it.  

Danny Boyle Puts Us in a Nolan-esque 'Trance'

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 10, 2013
High-end art auctioneer Simon (James McAvoy) cues us in to the ins and outs of the security necessary to protect near-priceless works of art from the would-be thugs out there with enough “muscle and nerve” to dare to burst into an auction house and steal a painting.  

New DVD Set Tells Cinema's History

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Film history, like art history, has tended to be fairly academic — you take a class, which uses textbooks and screens key movies in full, and dryly study the high points of cinema, from the silent era to the arrival of digital effects.
  

'On the Road' with Garrett Hedlund

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Garrett Hedlund is going to be a star. The last time I felt this way about an actor in a less than stellar spotlight was after catching Heath Ledger in the double feature of 10 Things I Hate About You and A Knight’s Tale.  

Harmony Korine Capures the Seedy Heat of Spring Break

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 20, 2013
I’m willing to forgive you if, when you hear the title Spring Breakers, you just assume it’s the latest all-American Hangover-inspired teen sex and drugs party orgy with schlumby male leads eager to make a name for themselves as Risky Business types.  

The Passing of an Icon

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Edward I. Koch died on Feb. 1, 2013, the day Neil Barsky’s documentary Koch premiered beyond the festival circuit. Talk about timing.