Going to movies is like having Forest Gump’s box o’ chocolates… you never know what you’re gonna get.
Sometimes you walk into a low-budget indie film with no known stars, and a fairly goofy concept, and it turns out to be Safety Not Guaranteed, a totally charming and disarming tale that leaves a big smile on your face.
More often than not, movies these days are not created, they’re cobbled together like a casserole recipe using parts from other sources. In this instance, take Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, add an episode of Law & Order… any episode, doesn’t matter from which of the series…drop in a pinch of Bernie Madoff, and blend in a whiff of Pretty Woman, and you have Arbitrage. This new thriller is set against the perilous world of hedge funds and high finance, and is nothing if not topical.
It never comes as a surprise when the summertime blockbuster and family vacation movie going season comes to a close. You can almost feel that door close behind you. This year, that door closing came earlier than usual.
Time again for the Cincinnati Film Festival! Mark Perzel welcomes Latria Roberts, director of outreach, and Kat Steele, executive director, to discuss the 3rd Annual Cincinnati Film Festival running September 6-14 at locations around town. Screenings will include the world premiere of the James Franco/Winona Ryder film The Letter and a Cincy showcase.
Theoretically speaking, what might you get if you put the collected works of Tennessee Williams, John Waters and Quentin Tarantino in a blender and then ran it through a projector? I’m guessing you would get a film on the order of Killer Joe, the latest film from Oscar-winning director William Friedkin, who gave us The French Connection, The Exorcist, and one of my favorites, The Night They Raided Minsky's.