August 23, 2012 |
The 48th Chicago International Film Festival, the country's oldest competitive film festival, has announced its first round of movie titles that will be featured at this year's event. The film festival, which takes place Oct 11-25 and is themed "A Year of Discovery," will feature more than 150 films from more than 50 countries. "Our programmers have been working non-stop all year in search of the best films from around the world," said Michael Kutza, founder and artistic director of the Chicago International Film Festival.
January 26, 2012 |
***1/2 (out of four) When two couples, two kids, a tutor and an ailing father become embroiled in a complicated debate over who's to blame for a woman's miscarriage, “A Separation” becomes what could be described as a lose-lose-lose-lose-lose situation. Everyone has an agenda, and deception has a way of unraveling even the best, most subjectively defensible intentions. Culturally specific but universally relatable, this slowly escalating Iranian drama boasts incredibly impressive motivational clarity.
October 11, 2012 |
*** (out of four) It's not easy to make a reality-based, political, action-comedy that stretches from Tinseltown to Tehran and covers everything from Hollywood satire to public hangings. In his first directorial effort not set in Boston, Ben Affleck (“Gone Baby Gone,” “The Town”) delivers a compelling movie, if not a perfect one. “Argo” leaves you wanting to know more, rather than feeling fully informed about an event that President Clinton declassified 15 years ago. Before your eyes glaze over at the phrase “Iran hostage...
January 8, 2012 |
With the Republican primary season under way, it's time for an intervention for my fellow young people who have decided to support the cult of personality that is Ron Paul. Once considered a curiosity, Paul's most radical views have increasingly edged into the mainstream in a pathetic Republican field. Even if, like me, you sympathize with his opinions that we should legalize most drugs and not immediately start a war with Iran, these "youth-popular" stances have allowed him too much cover for his disturbing economic and domestic policy positions.
October 8, 2012 |
Years after Ben Affleck directed critical and commercial successes “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Town,” many stories still peg the director/actor's latest effort “Argo” as a comeback. “That narrative has been going around for a while. I was like the GQ 2006 Comeback Man,” says Affleck, who does admit that he'd take back some of the movies he starred in if he could. “I guess I'll know if a movie doesn't work because they'll be like, 'You're not coming back with this one; this isn't the comeback one.'” That storyline should be played out for...
October 17, 2012 |
There is something about the lemming-like quality of the public discourse that renders presidential debates into these circular talking point showdowns in which not much is illuminated and nothing important challenged. Here following are some obvious questions about the great challenges of our times that one of those “undecided voters” or, you know, a professional journalist could or should have asked Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. • Governor Romney, do you believe that human activity is causing climate change?