Rapture Us fundraising appeal: Help Levi buy food

June 23, 2012

Check out his spiel here and give until it hurts. Your money will gof for food, not bucket tripods.

DVD of the week: Mary Pickford The Muse of the Movies

June 22, 2012

Our pick of the week is this fascinating 101-minute documentary by Nicholas Eliopoulos, which traces the life and career of America’s first movie sweetheart largely through primary sources. Through restored vintage audio recordings, Pickford narrates her own story along with …

Home movies: Demoted, The FP, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Harold and Maude, In Darkness, Miss Minoes, and Thin Ice

June 22, 2012

The obvious and probably too-easy reference point for Jill (Thirteen Conversations About One Thing) Sprecher’s Thin Ice is the Coen brothers’ upper Midwest noir Fargo. But if Sprecher’s movie isn’t quite a classic, it doesn’t deserve to be dismissed as a derivative curiosity either — it’s a diverting black comedy with a very good cast and a feel for the rhythms and vernacular of the flyover North.

Blake Mills

June 22, 2012

Blake Mills is a 25-year-old singer/songwriter/producer done session work and toured with the likes of Cass McCombs and Kid Rock.He’s also a founding member of Red Bull Soundstage, a new music initiative that helps the most exciting emerging artists get …

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: “colossal in its stupidity”

June 22, 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Grade: 67 Cast: Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Director: Timur Bekmambetov Rating: R, for language, heavy violence, gore Running time: 105 minutes By Rene Rodriguez of the Miami Herald Enormous …

Last night in Kansas City: a conversation with Dan Rather

June 21, 2012

Dan Lybarger was there and posted this video. He says the conversation starts about the 21-minute mark and that’s there’s a great Vietnam story embedded in this clip.

A closer look at Pixar’s Brave

June 21, 2012

Nopt Pixar’s best perhaps, but still Pixar.

Andrew Sarris est mort at 83

June 21, 2012

The New York Times Andrew Sarris, one of the nation’s most influential film critics and a champion of auteur theory, which holds that a director’s voice is central to great filmmaking, died on Wednesday morning in New York. He was …

Fund this film: Adam Chadwick makes an appeal for Fit to Print

June 20, 2012

“I wanted to let you know about Fit to Print – a feature-length documentary on the newspaper industry crisis and the changing dynamics of investigative reporting.This is an independent film that I have been working on for the past three years. It examines newspapers all across the U.S. and the threat to local watchdog reporting as staffs and resources are cut. This film is being made on a shoestring budget by myself and other former newspaper staffers, hoping to give voice to the thousands of newsroom employees laid-off over the past several years, while examining the light at the end of the tunnel for the industry.

Smith’s Verdict: Tanner Smith reviews Sarah Jones’ John Wayne’s Bed

June 20, 2012

This story is told in a moving but never condescending way, and it flows smoothly as we get from this setup at Allen’s home to his “dream-come-true” at the cabin. The actors do great jobs in defining these characters. By the time this film is over, we have spent twenty minutes in the company of real people. John Wayne’s Bed is a wonderful film.