Posts Tagged ‘film’

Tricky Therapy

A Weatherford drama school teaches more than just acting.
They don’t waste any time at the Weatherford Acting, Film, and Stunt Academy, known as WACT. When I pay my first visit there on a frigid evening in January, I’m immediately directed to a seat on stage. I’m there to interv...

Top Five opens Friday.

Film Shorts

OPENING: Top Five (R) Chris Rock writes, directs, and stars in this comedy as a comedian trying to become a serious actor while his fiancée (Gabrielle Union) wants to make their wedding the subject of a reality TV show. Also w...

Del Shores makes a personal appearance at this year’s Q Cinema festival.

Shores to Shores

For its 16th annual film festival, Q Cinema is bringing in a special guest with an outsize reputation. The Texas playwright, filmmaker, and actor will be on hand to screen Del Shores: Naked. Sordid. Reality, a filmed one-man sh...

UNT Concert Orchestra plays a splashy program tonight at 8pm at Murchison Performing Arts Center.

Night & Day

WED ▪ 2 UNT Concert Orchestra plays a splashy program this evening, with pianist Gustavo Romero as soloist on Schumann’s Piano Concerto and Satie’s Gymnopédies. However, you may want to check out Georges Enescu’s Roman...

Sandra Bullock is stranded a long way from home in Gravity.

Just Breathe

Gravity is the greatest 3D movie ever made.
Some filmmakers inspire feelings of mystical reverence. Their works are so consistently high in quality, so seamless, so strange, and so committed to seeing the world in a different way that they seem like otherworldly artifact...

The late Eiko Ishioka is nominated for an Oscar for Lily Collins’ outfits in Mirror Mirror.

Oscar’s Hidden Gold

And the Oscar goes to … that guy. An analysis of the awards’ not-so-major categories.
It’s late February, which means that it’s time for my annual analysis of the Oscars’ mid-major categories. I like writing this piece, because it’s a way for me to recognize terrific work in aspects of film that I don’...

Jafar Panahi in This Is Not a Film.

Films and Not Films

By now, the story has become part of cinematic lore: Confined to house arrest and banned from filmmaking, Iranian director Jafar Panahi responded by shooting a documentary in his house and smuggling it out of Iran on a flash dr...

Anne Hathaway (center) and other seamstresses find work in "Les Misérables."

Les Misérables: Do You Hear the Actors Sing?

At the end of the day, a strong cast saves this musical.
I’ve never been a fan of Les Misérables, the Broadway musical, and the movie version reminded me of all the reasons: the bombast, the simplistic characters, the relentless self-seriousness, the endless ballads that all sound...

Arnon Goldfinger and his mother Hannah in The Flat.

Family History

Arnon Goldfinger was a TV director and documentarian in Israel when his grandmother, Gerda Tuchler, passed away. Gerda had fled Nazi Germany and retained as much of her German culture as possible, though she spoke English with ...

Born on a Sunday runs thru Fri at Hays Theatre.

Night & Day

WED ▪ 14 Local playwright T.J. Walsh wrote a play about 19th-century Swedish playwright August Strindberg and his tumultuous problems with mental illness, unorthodox religious beliefs, state censorship, and relationships with...