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Stage and Screen: 'Interstellar' and 'The Homesman' — A lesser of two evils
Movie reviewing is a serious undertaking. While there is certainly room for variation in film commentary – many wonder what film a particular reviewer saw when they assigned a “rave review” to a movie which seems second class, at best. Several years ago a movie review exposé highlighted “hired-gun” reviewers who were apparently paid by some production companies to publish rave reviews that could be quoted in promo...
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: 'The Theory of Everything' about love, not physics
A theory of everything refers to a “single, all-encompassing, coherent theoretical framework of physics that fully explains and links together all physical aspects of the universe” (Wikipedia). As explained in the film “The Theory of Everything” such an expansive and magnificent theory would encompass the foundational theories of physics — general relativity and quantum field theory. The juxtaposition of the words...
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Leadership, endurance theatre on Friday
It’s a combination of the story of Ernest Shackleton, the Antarctica explorer, and an insurance salesman during an economic meltdown. That’s what Split Knuckle Theatre, a Connecticut-based theatre company, is bringing to Kodiak on Friday as part of the Kodiak Arts Council’s Performing Arts Series. The production has Walter Spivey, a recently promoted insurance salesman, trying to save the jobs of his employees and...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: 'Birdman' is a film not for the birds
Do you need validation of your life’s work? Do you need to gain the respect you feel you never got even though you were hugely successful in the honest endeavors of your career? Are you prepared to sacrifice everything you have accomplished to grab that fabled elusive “brass ring?” The brass ring that will establish you once and for all as a true artist in a field which you have already conquered but don’t realize...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: 'The Judge' — You be the jury
Stage and Screen By Bernie Karshmer Think of Robert Downey Jr. squaring off against Robert Duvall in a terse and intense courtroom drama — think of the film “The Judge” (2104). Downey plays Hank Palmer a win-it-at-any-cost big city lawyer. Duvall plays Joseph Palmer, a small-town judge who runs his courtroom with an iron hand and meets-out stern and unforgiving justice to the guilty who pass his way. Judge Palmer ...
Oct 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: 'Gone Girl' full of riveting action
“Gone Girl” (2104) is a gripping film. It is engrossing, frightening, compelling, challenging, disturbing, and very well made. On this point, one should not be surprised as the movie was directed by David Fincher. Among other credits Mr. Fincher produced the remarkable HBO series “House of Cards.” While not everyone’s cup of tea, “House of Cards” introduced audiences to a type of staccatoesque drama that intersper...
Oct 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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String quintet mixes their music
This Saturday, a string quintet advertised as “redefining the rules between classical & rock music” will play at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium. Sybarite5 is the first string quintet to ever win the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, an annual competition for instrumentalists, singers and chamber ensembles performing classical and non-traditional repertoire. Sybarite5 won in 2011. The group is compr...
Oct 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: Liam Neeson is a convincing older action hero
Liam Neeson is a very busy actor. IMDB.com lists 103 acting credits for this Irish-born Hollywood action hero phenom. His latest film “A Walk Among the Tombstones” (2014) cements his place in the realm of action heroes. Unlike some of the other members of this group of macho men, Neeson has managed to maintain his appeal into his 60s. He has not had to resort to the cheesy “Expendables 1, 2 and 3” (2010, 2012, and...
Oct 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local play opens tonight
The Fairwind Players production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” opens tonight, with a cast of excellent actors. The play centers on a husband and wife who fight and humiliate each other in front of their guests. The play was written in the early 1960s, and attempted to shed light on the truth beneath a happy perfect image of marriage. Director Jenny Stevens called it “absurdist theatre. There are no answers, t...
Oct 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: 'Love is Strange' is touching and meaningful
“Love is Strange” (2014) is strange in an unexpected way. Actually, “Love is Strange,“ in point of fact, reveals that love is love – not strange. After 94 minutes of observing the trials and tribulations of an older same-sex couple one can only conclude that there is no difference between the love manifest by these two older men and the love demonstrated by a heterosexual couple at a similar stage in life. Ben (Jo...
Sep 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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