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Sessions of Discovery

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Slowing down, in the Buddhist way, is all about opening oneself up to the cacophony of life. Audiences should keep this notion in mind during screenings of The Sessions, the new film from writer-director Ben Lewin, featuring John Hawkes in one of those quietly human performances.  

A Daringly Dark 'Flight'

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 31, 2012
I’m not certain when the feeling set in for me, but at some point during the Flight screening I attended, I was overcome with the sense of observing the dark days of Stevie Ray Vaughan, the virtuoso Texas guitarist who died in the early 1990s after years of working as a sideman (most notably with David Bowie on his 1980s classic Let’s Dance) and taking center stage with his own band.  

The World In This 'Cloud'

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I had to catch myself in Toronto during the festival press screening of Cloud Atlas, the new film from Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis (Andy and Lana), and carefully consider what it would mean to define their adaptation of David Mitchell’s book as “novelistic.”   

One-Sided Speculative Political Pandering

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The year 2012 bears the burden of apocalyptic Mayan calendar predictions and a curious onscreen fascination with speculative science fiction dramas but, apparently seeking to top things off, writer Dinesh D’Souza teams up with John Sullivan to speculate about the true intentions of President Barack Obama in 2016: Obama’s America.  

Searching for The Heart and Soul, So Long Ignored

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
In what should be an iconic image, we see Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, a Folk singer who recorded his first single “I’ll Slip Away” back in 1967, strolling along with his guitar case strapped across his back. His long dark hair billows in halo-like fashion around his head; his eyes hidden behind dark shades.   

DVD Spotlight: 'Sleepless Night'

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 3, 2012
For the couch-bound adrenaline seekers, the American Express/Tribeca Film series offers up Sleepless Night, a French production from Frederic Jardin (of the 2002 comic drama Cravate club) that mines similar territory.  

The Graphic End of a Romantic Heart

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) teams up once again with Vincent Paronnaud to translate Chicken With Plums from the pen and ink realm into moving frames.  

Paul Thomas Anderson Offers Ode to Passing of an Old God

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Our first few moments in the presence of Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) capture the extraordinary power and the isolation of the character. What Paul Thomas Anderson, the director of The Master, and the mercurial Phoenix have created here is a portrait of an old god, maybe the last of his kind to walk the Earth.  

Where The Frames Take Me

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 12, 2012
This year marks my fourth sojourn to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and I have been able to add a few extra days to my usual long weekend mad dash through an impossibly overbooked itinerary that leaves me feeling like a camera-toting tourist snapping pictures of all the officially sanctioned hotspots.  

Cincinnati Film Festival Seeks the Brave and the Beautiful

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Now in its third year, the Cincinnati Film Festival is committed to helping filmmakers project their visions, as more than 80 works of various lengths and styles will grace venues in Clifton, Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Sept. 6-14.  

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