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Friday Movie Roundup: Calm Before the Storm Edition

{CommentsCant} · Friday, November 4, 2011
With the rollout of fall's higher-profile “prestige” pictures still a week away (including Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover biopic with Leonardo DiCaprio as the notorious FBI director), a pair of lesser-known films open here this week that are worthy of your attention.   
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The Return of Pauline Kael

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, November 3, 2011
  A pair of new books centering on film critic Pauline Kael — The Library of America's lavishly rendered The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael and Brian Kellow's incisive biography Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark — have resulted in an avalanche of recent Kael appraisals and reminiscences a decade after her death in 2001 and 20 years after her retirement from writing in 1991. I can't quite remember when I became aware of Kael, but it had to be in my late teens, which is when I began to move beyond the Hollywood blockbusters of my youth and into deeper, more adventurous cinematic waters. I do know that my initial Kael exposure occurred after she had retired from The New Yorker, where she rather famously wrote film essays and reviews for nearly 25 years.  
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Friday Movie Roundup: Oscar Jockeying Edition

{CommentsCant} · Friday, October 28, 2011
  A friend recently asked my opinion about what films the Academy might nominate for Best Picture this year. “Uh, I have no idea,” I responded. It's pretty late in the year to be saying that, but, of course, I rarely think about the Oscars until I absolutely have to. Then there's the fact that few of the films released so far this year seem to possess what typically piques the Academy's interest (note that anywhere from five to 10 films can now be nominated).   

Through the Past, Snarkily

Lou Barlow talks Sebadoh reunion, musical concision and bad ’90s music

7 Comments · Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Lou Barlow is a direct guy. The 45-year-old founder and main frontman for lo-fi Indie Rock stalwarts Sebadoh doesn’t mince words or waste time — a fact easily discerned when listening to his band’s concise, emotionally direct songs. It makes sense, then, that Barlow would be similarly to the point when discussing Sebadoh’s return via the “Bakesale/Harmacy Remembering Time Tour,” which stops at the Southgate House Thursday.  

Music: Sebadoh

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Lou Barlow is a direct guy. The 45-year-old founder and main frontman for lo-fi Indie Rock stalwarts Sebadoh doesn't mince words or waste time — a fact easily discerned when listening to his band's   
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Rainy Day Documentaries

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, October 20, 2011
A pair of worthwhile documentaries that got criminally brief local theatrical runs hit the street this week via DVD/Blu-ray. Each is a nice stay-at-home viewing option on a crappy, rain-infested day like today.  

David Bell

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2011
West-side Cincinnati native David Bell was a voracious reader as a child, spending much of his free time at the Westwood Public Library taking in such books as his favorite, Mabel Louise Robinson's King Arthur and His Knights. It was no surprise, then, when Bell took a creative writing class at St. Xavier High School, which in turn spurred him to study English at Indiana University.  

Dark Visions

Books by the Banks headliner Dennis Lehane discusses the voices in his head

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Dennis Lehane’s distinctive, often disturbing visions have made their way into 10 novels, including his ongoing series of crime thrillers featuring the working-class detective duo Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, the widely acclaimed Mystic River and The Given Day, a dense, well-researched historical novel set, like nearly all of his narratives, in the author’s hometown of Boston.   
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Cincinnati World Cinema Visits Britain

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Just a heads up that Cincinnati World Cinema tonight continues its screenings of The British Arrow Awards, a collection of British television commercials (or, as they're called across the pond, adverts) that put their American counterparts to shame.In fact, as I wrote the other day, there is often more creative energy in one of these 90-second British adverts than in a two-hour Hollywood effort.   
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Clooney on 'Charlie Rose Show' Tonight

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, October 6, 2011
The Ides of March is nearly here. George Clooney's political thriller, partially shot here in Cincinnati, opens wide tomorrow, and the film's publicity blitz is now in full effect with TV spots flooding the airwaves (you know, the ones pimping Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers' typically overly exuberant blurbage) and Clooney himself doing a few selected interviews. While CityBeat unfortunately didn't get one of those interviews (our bribe of complimentary CB T-shirts and a pass to the MidPoint Music Festival apparently weren't sufficient enough to sway his handlers; we instead talked to Ides actor Max Minghella), Clooney will appear on tonight's episode of The Charlie Rose Show on PBS to discuss the film. It's probably no surprise, then, to learn that Clooney's character in Ides — an articulate liberal Pennsylvania governor who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination — appears on Rose's show in the film.