A really good documentary film is at its best when it chronicles the life, times and works of a truly exceptional individual. Such is the case with Life Itself, based on the autobiography of arguably the most famous film critic of all time, Roger Ebert. Oscar-nominated director Steve James, most famous for his basketball epic Hoop Dreams, was given an all access pass to Ebert during his final months before he died of cancer. It didn’t help his condition that a botched surgery left him with no lower jaw, unable to speak or eat.
Cincinnati is fortunate to have several quality puppetry organizations and puppeteers living and performing in this area and, in some cases, nationwide. Jim Stump welcomes in to the studio Sean Mette from Madcap Puppets and Terrence Burke from Wump Mucket Puppets to talk about the art of puppetry as well as some upcoming public performances.
The old saying goes “everything old is new again.” Except when it comes to the summer movie crop of 2014, in which all the retreads, reboots, and remakes seem like those that came before. And Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is no exception. This particular cycle of cinema began in 1968 with the original film Planet of the Apes, which spawned four sequels, two TV series, a 2001 remake from director Tim Burton which was less than well-received, then 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which I recall was actually pretty good. Now comes the 2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which is pretty much a casserole of plot points, social commentary, and high-tech action scenes in yet another effort to mine bags of box office coin from a proven commodity.
Cincinnati’s Diogenes Theater Companywill present the one-man play Bibi, about Israeli President Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu on July 22-24 at the Aronoff Center. Playwright Kalman Kivkovich discusses his play and Netanyahu with Robyn Carey-Allgeyer.
Four former Reds’ greats, three with Cincinnati roots, will be inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame next month: Dave Parker, Ron Oester, Ken Griffey, Jr. and veteran selection Jake Beckley. Howard Wilkinson previews all the events surrounding the August 8-10 induction weekend with Executive Director Rick Walls of the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.