Set It Up
A solid romantic comedy with sharp dialogue, amusing characters, and a few surprises up its sleeve.
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Elisha Christian on "Columbus" and "Everything Sucks!"; Superheroes and neoliberalism; Istanbul Film Festival soldiers on; Chatting with William H. Macy; Belafonte and Clark.
A preview of the 6th annual Chicago Critics Film Festival, which runs May 4-10.
A Far Flung Correspondent takes a closer look at Kogonada's 'Columbus.'
A recap of the third day of Ebertfest.
A Look back at the origins of Ebertfest twenty years ago and a look forward to Ebertfest 2018.
A look at how the theme of fathers and daughters was reflected in four films from Sundance this year.
Reviews of three films that were featured in Sundance's NEXT category.
On the best acting we saw at the Sundance Film Festival.
The winners of the festival's jury and audience awards were announced on Saturday night.
110 independent films have been announced to premiere at next January's Sundance Film Festival.
A critic considers the death of his father in light of cinema's handling of the end of life.
A preview of the 5th Chicago Critics Film Festival, which runs from May 12-18 at the Music Box Theater.
The winners of the 89th Academy Awards.
A review of two of the best films of Sundance 2017.
The competition titles for Sundance 2017 have been announced.
A report from Comic-Con 2016 on the world premiere of "Star Trek Beyond."
A preview of dozens of films coming out this summer.
Apologizing for the Manic Pixie Dream Girl; what to do about clickbait web sites that pretend to peddle "satire"; why it's important to give credit; "24: Live Another Day" ends its run.
"As film exhibition in North America crowds itself ever more narrowly into predictable commercial fodder for an undemanding audience, we applaud those brave, free spirits who still hold faith with the unlimited potential of the cinema." - Roger
Marie writes: Now this is something you don't see every day. Behold The Paragliding Circus! Acrobatic paragliding pilot Gill Schneider teamed up with his father’s circus class (he operates a school that trains circus performers) to mix and combine circus arts with paragliding - including taking a trapezist (Roxane Giliand) up for ride and without a net. Best original film in the 2012 Icare Cup. Video by Director/Filmmaker Shams Prod. To see more, visit Shams Prod.
Marie writes: Did you know that if you wear your contact lenses too much and too long during the cold, winters months - and with the windows closed and the heat cranked-up, that you can develop an annoying eye condition? Because you can. Ahem. And so for the time being, I'll be spending less time staring at my monitor and more time resting my eyes. The Newsletter will still arrive as usual each week, but it won't be as huge. That said, it will contain a few extra goodies to make up for it, by way of curious finds. And speaking of finding stuff...."On Thursday, March 7, 2013, SpaceX's Grasshopper doubled its highest leap to date to rise 24 stories or 80.1 meters (262.8 feet), hovering for approximately 34 seconds and landing safely using closed loop thrust vector and throttle control. Grasshopper touched down with its most accurate precision thus far on the centermost part of the launch pad. At touchdown, the thrust to weight ratio of the vehicle was greater than one, proving a key landing algorithm for Falcon 9. The test was completed at SpaceX's rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas." - by Neatorama
Marie writes: The late John Alton is widely regarded as being one of greatest film noir cinematographers to have ever worked in Film. He perfected many of the stylized camera and lighting techniques of the genre, including radical camera angles, wide-angle lenses, deep focus compositions, the baroque use of low-level cameras and a sharp depth of field. His groundbreaking work with director Anthony Mann on films such "TMen" and "Raw Deal" and "He Walked by Night" is considered a benchmark in the genre, with "The Big Combo" directed by Joseph H. Lewis, considered his masterpiece. John Alton also gained fame as the author of the seminal work on cinematography: "Painting with Light".
The Big Combo (1955) [click to enlarge]
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Marie writes: Not too long ago, Monaco's Oceanographic Museum held an exhibition combining contemporary art and science, in the shape of a huge installation by renowned Franco-Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping, in addition to a selection of films, interviews and a ballet of Aurelia jellyfish.The sculpture was inspired by the sea, and reflects upon maritime catastrophes caused by Man. Huang Yong Ping chose the name "Wu Zei"because it represents far more than just a giant octopus. By naming his installation "Wu Zei," Huang added ambiguity to the work. 'Wu Zei' is Chinese for cuttlefish, but the ideogram 'Wu' is also the color black - while 'Zei' conveys the idea of spoiling, corrupting or betraying. Huang Yong Ping was playing with the double meaning of marine ink and black tide, and also on corruption and renewal. By drawing attention to the dangers facing the Mediterranean, the exhibition aimed to amaze the public, while raising their awareness and encouraging them to take action to protect the sea.
The Grand Poobah writes: "No man has a better wife than Chaz."