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Film: Beneath the Underneath

The annual Best of Underneath Cincinnati spotlights area independent filmmakers

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 22, 2006
"In other words, I am three." So began Beneath the Underdog, the autobiographic composition in words of the life of Charles Mingus. The three that Mingus was referring to were the three distinc  

Nothing New: A Love Story

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 15, 2006
I crashed the online dating scene. No, I wasn't trying some player's end-around like Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in Wedding Crashers. Nor was I looking for a fast time or some Neo-fied version of T  

Film: A New Direction

Something New director Sanaa Hamri moves from videos to the big screen

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 1, 2006
The best music videos are distinguished by their compressed narratives and the director's stylistic imprint. In some dramatic cases the music -- and, by association, the musician(s) -- become second  

Going to School Old School

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Being the first in your family to go to college used to mean something. There were the obstacles to overcome. Everyone always points to the financial burden, which was significant and remains so, b  

Film: Where Are We?

Mid-decade musings on fear and loving in the new millennium

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 4, 2006
The new millennium began with dire prognostication, incessant paranoid rants about an apocalyptic technological crash and collapse of global markets. We were stockpiling canned food and water in our  

Homes for the Holidays

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 21, 2005
I've been thinking lately about embracing a personally forgotten aspect of the holiday season. I want to go home again, despite the sentiment expressed by fellow Asheville, N.C., native Thomas Wolfe  

Film: Lit Flicks

Film adaptations offer lots of ideas for the reader on your gift list

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 30, 2005
The holiday and movie-award season occupies one of the biggest and blackest quarters (as in bottom line) in the consumer year. The market celebrates the arrival of Black Friday, even though both  

Film: The Lightness of Bee-ing

Bee Season addresses spirituality in subtle ways

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Our tumultuous political climate has threatened to overtake the realm of film as each side battles for the right to claim moral high ground and hoist the banner for religious activism. However, fo  

Dead Ends

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Not that long ago, I woke up on Sunday mornings, loaded my five-disc changer with the likes of Cassandra Wilson, Anne Dudley and Jaz Coleman, Etta James, Pat Metheny and Nicky Holland and picked my   

Film: It's Hard Out There for a G

Christopher Scott Cherot's Hip Hop drama finally hits theaters

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 2, 2005
From the Year of the Woman to the Year of the African American, we are constantly looking to Hollywood for signs of change on the cultural horizon. Maybe in time 2005 will be seen as a watershed