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John Schneider Talks Filmmaking
Actor/Director/Writer John Schneider does a mean Christopher Walken impression. The man who described himself “a Westchester County boy” (outside of New York City), slipped into Walken's voice, mimicking his interviewer’s snobby elocution. And the impersonation is spot-on. Schneider, the man, quickly turns out to be far, far more complex and insightful than the TV roles that made him famous.
Today in NOLA: 10.21.14
Hard hitting film abounds this Tuesday, with Spike Lee’s oeuvre Do the Right Thing screening at Dillard University and Big Charity playing today and tomorrow night at the Joy Theater. Wayne Curtis discusses the journey of Edward Payson Weston across the country by foot in 1909, and indie rock band Warpaint hit the Republic along with special guest Liam Finn. On this date in 2002, former Governor Edwin Edwards finally reported to prison in Fort Worth, TX after 10 years of trials and delays.
NO Film Fest Lagniappe: Events for 10.19.14
By Jason Raymond
Having opened with its red-carpet screening and gala reception Thursday night, the New Orleans Film Festival offers plenty of receptions and events along wiht the actual films. Here are some things to check out today.
NOFF: Filmmaker Garret Bradley's Below Dreams
By Jason Rayond
Many younger filmmakers come to the New Orleans Film Festival looking for their first real recognition, filmmake and /artist Garrett Bradley isn’t one of them. She premiered her first narrative feature, Below Dreams, this spring at the Tribeca Film Festival. Filmmaker Magazine and The New York Times both ran stories about her work. Below Dreams received a warm critical reception. Tonight, Below Dreams will screen at the Joy Theater as part of the New Orleans Film Festival at 8:30p.m. looking for less for a breakthrough in exposure and more for an emotional breakthrough.
Bjork-ing It Out
NoDef's Critic Reviews the Icelandic Artist's Two Films
The Zeitgeist MultiDisciplinary Theater brings two films about the Icelandic international music figure Björk Friday. The first is a British documentary When Bjork Met Attenborough discussing the influences of science on the pop star as she made her 2011 album Biophilia. The second is a concert film, Björk: Biophilia Live, a recount of her last stop on the Biophilia tour at Alexandra Place in London last September. The film premiered in America at the Tribeca Film Festival last April.
Clap Board: New Orleans Film Festival Set to Start
By Jason Raymond
Everyone, take ten. It's time for Holllywood South to break from shooting and watch some movies. The 25th annual New Orleans Film Festival opens October 16th at the Civic Theater with a screening of Black and White, starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer.
Film Review: 20,000 Days On Earth
Let me confess that I'm not a fan of Nick Cave's music nor have I read any of his books. I did see and like The Proposition , which he wrote. Does that make a difference when enduring 20,000 Days on Earth? I found myself several times thinking about Pink Floyd, whose music I have known since The Wall. Would I enjoy watching this film if Roger Waters or David Gilmour had made it and not Nick Cave?
Irish Film Fest Opens on Friday
NOLA is getting ready for some Celtic screenings. The third annual Irish Film Festival begins at the Prytania Theater Friday evening with a celebration the twenty-fifth anniversary of My Left Foot. Following the classic, New Orleanians from the Emerald Isle and those just eying emeralds alike can enjoy three days of Irish cinema.
Film Review: As It Is In Heaven
I can't claim any particular affinity for movies about religious cults. I believe Sinclair Lewis' 1927 Elmer Gantry to be one of the finest American novels, far better than anything F. Scott Fitzgerald could manage. Yet that's as far into the literary River Jordan as I go. Right up until the end of the so-so As It Is In Heaven (2014), I wondered if my religious antipathy detracted from watching the movie. Then the movie suddenly ended when the true test for the characters should begin, leaving me to conclude I had merely wasted 90 minutes wondering about all this.
Film Review: The Equalizer
The Equalizer serves as a another milestone in the increasing irrelevance of Denzel Washington. The feature is yet another retired special-ops American vs. the Russian Mob action picture. I saw a trailer with Keanu Reeves promising pretty much the same film. Though Russia's kleptocracy brazenly pushes America around in reality, at least we can knock them out with ease onscreen. And there's the fact that Hollywood is too terrified of muslim terrorists to make them the enemies in any action movie now. Crime syndicates don't murder Danish cartoonists or put fatwas on authors letting the suntanned, SoCal powers play it safe.
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