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.
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.
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
Cincinnati is home to my body and my
head. After almost 13 years, I’m grounded here thanks to a strong
network of friends and family. But, my heart, well, let’s just say it’s
holding out. Home, for my heart, is all about those extra-special
intangibles, which in part come down to movie memories.
ReelAbilities: Cincinnati Disabilities Film Festival (March
9-16, 2013), in its second year of programming, continues to offer
alternative stories featuring performers and characters with
disabilities actively and artfully engaged with mainstream society.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Kirby Dick wages a timely battle with this War,
highlighting several soldiers, mainly female, but altogether these
precious few are only a handful next to the thousands of cases of rape in the military (both
reported and unreported) that occur every year.
By all accounts, authors Kami Garcia and
Margaret Stohl have fashioned a more literate set of romantic teen
stories, beginning with Beautiful Creatures, that traffic in the tried-and-true world of forbidden love between mortals and supernatural beings.
In The Last Stand, a few opening weekend masochists forced themselves to watch as Schwarzenegger’s small border town sheriff and a ragtag collection of kooky deputies fought against a supposedly elite extraction team seeking to transport a notorious racecar driving drug kingpin back across the border.