July 17, 2013 |
The world's largest timed filmmaking competition is back for its seventh year in Chicago, and all interested participates can register now up until the competition kickoff Aug. 9. The 48 Hour Film Project, which will be held in more 100 cities in the world for its 12 th annual year, challenges filmmakers of all skill levels to create a short film in 48 hours, but like any good competition, there is a twist. The short film must also incorporate a movie genre, character, prop and line of dialogue assigned to each team on Day 1 of the competition.
September 26, 2012 |
On October 5th , the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival will be kicking off at the Showplace Icon Theater on Roosevelt Road. Showcasing films that "heighten public conciousness" of social issues, one of the festival's featured screenings will be The Microlending Film Project , a documentary that explores the impact that "global microfinance" has on communities, especially for women who live in poverty. The film is a "passion project" of Rachel Cook , a former futures trader who was inspired to...
July 11, 2013 |
*1/2 (out of four) I agree with Chicago native Jeff Garlin: Many people are stupid. Yet in the star/director/co-writer's “Dealin' with Idiots,” Max (Garlin) makes no effort to understand the lunacy around him. He merely stands on the fringes with an irritated smirk and grumbles about the behavior demonstrated by parents of kids on his son's baseball team. And, in fact, Max brings most of it on himself. The comedian engages with each parent individually as research for a possible film project based the exaggerated personalities of the...
August 1, 2013 |
* (out of four) Resembling the all-time dullest episode of MTV's "Undressed," "The Canyons" unfolds like Lifetime tried to make a Cinemax movie. Writer Bret Easton Ellis may also have stapled together random pages from scripts based on his superior work ("American Psycho," "The Rules of Attraction," "The Informers") and called it good. As Tara, Lindsay Lohan blurts out line after line as if she wants to finish the take before forgetting something. As her potentially sociopathic boyfriend, Christian, porn star James Deen delivers a performance...