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Patti Smith: Dream of Life

Palm Pictures, 2008, Unrated

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Steven Sebring spent 11 years working on this film about Rock icon/poet/activist Patti Smith, as worthy a subject for a documentary as anyone in Pop music. But his project at some point overwhelmed him.  

CAM Parts Ways with Cincinnati World Cinema

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Citing diminishing returns, the Cincinnati Art Museum has ended its relationship with Cincinnati World Cinema, a presenter of art films, classics, shorts collections and documentaries that had been using its auditorium since 2007. That has left the future unclear for those who feel Cincinnati needs a non-commercial outlet for such specialized films that otherwise wouldn't play here.  

Kross-Bearer

'The Reader' actor David Kross speaks about Germany’s guilt

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Actor Thomas Kretschmann, who played Wilm Hosenfeld, the German officer who aided Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody) as he sought to escape capture in Warsaw in 1944, introduced me to the idea of German guilt during an interview for Roman Polanskis The Pianist.  

Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2009
The 25th Sundance Film Festival came to a close on Jan. 24, and for the first time in 15 years a CityBeat staffer wasn’t there to witness it. As was the case for many publications (as well as general film freaks and industry people), the shitty state of our economy forced us to skip Sundance’s unique mix of adventurous, independent moviemaking and hype-driven industry wheeling and dealing.   

Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (Review)

Plexifilm, 2008, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2009
One reason it’s become so hard for new musicians to make an impact is because so many old ones — including deceased ones — are still being discovered (or rediscovered), thanks to the proselytizing efforts of those who somehow got turned on to their obscure work the first time around.   

Sign of the Times

'The Dark Knight' dominated the year in mainstream movies

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Movies as cultural events are rapidly becoming relics of the past. It's rare when a new movie can even come close to generating the enthusiasm that greeted old-school epics like 'Gone with the Wind' or relatively new-school blockbusters like 'Jaws' and 'Star Wars.' Home viewing has forever changed the way we watch movies. The essential big-screen theatrical experience has been compromised for the comforts of the couch or the portability of an iPod.  

A Curious Case for Adaptation Readers

The prestigious holiday season is written in books

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Each year, the multiplexes offer more translations from page to screen. A quick glance at 2008's literary screen gems features entries from the comic and graphic novel frames ('The Dark Knight'), breezy mass-market reads ('The Ruins') and more serious literary tomes ('Snow Angels'). The resulting films offer audiences the chance to feel like they’ve broadened their horizons, and the meaty roles attract top-notch performers seeking golden gifts from the Hollywood magi.  

Essential Home Viewing

A discerning look at the year in DVDs

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Choosing the year's best DVDs is a difficult task. The market has become so large, divergent, inclusive and specialized that comprehensive surveys are Herculean efforts, with the only guarantee being that something of worth is overlooked.  

Batman vs. Mad Men

Dissecting the big fictional dramas of the moment

0 Comments · Sunday, August 17, 2008
I can mark my life as a Baby Boomer -- and maybe, too, our changing society -- by the ongoing waves of cultural impact Batman has had. As Boomers have grown into adults, Batman has stayed with us as a  

Breaking the Silence

'Lest We Forget' is a not-so-secret history that must be seen and heard

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The new Ben Stiller movie Tropic Thunder arrived with advance buzz about the potentially off-putting use of blackface by Robert Downey Jr. as a highly decorated method actor who undergoes experimental  

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