CIFF Capsule Review: The Great Buster

Buster Keaton was born this month in 1895. His transition from Vaudeville family act to silver screen icon began over 100 years ago. And yet, his talent and charm make his movies as relevant today as they were when they were made. The true test of comedy, in my opinion, is whether or not it can make you laugh out loud when you’re alone. I’ve … Continue reading CIFF Capsule Review: The Great Buster

CIFF Capsule Review: Olympia

McKenzie Chinn has been a rising star of stage and screen in Chicago for a while now. Olympia, which she wrote and produced, could be the breakout she needs to go to the next level. The film deals with romantic relationships, artistic integrity, and loss as the main character transitions into her 30’s. As a writer, Chinn has a flare for getting to the root … Continue reading CIFF Capsule Review: Olympia

CIMMFest 2017 Preview

It seems crazy, but it’s already CIMMFest time! The music and movie festival takes place from November 9th-12th, with most of the bigger events being held at Davis Theater on Lincoln Ave. 2017 brings the 9th running of this festival, with some bigger names putting in films. The biggest name is Penelope Spheeris, the rock doc legend receiving this year’s Badaaaasssss Award. The music lineup … Continue reading CIMMFest 2017 Preview

Howard Shore To Receive 2015 Gold Hugo Award

   Best known for the iconic soundtracks to the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Howard Shore has had a long career of great film scores. He’s certainly deserving of a career achievement award, such as the one being bestowed upon him by the Chicago International Film Festival this fall. The announcement came today, and I’m thrilled for the composer most people know as “the Hobbit … Continue reading Howard Shore To Receive 2015 Gold Hugo Award

CIFF Capsule Review: Miss Julie

The opening night film at this year’s Chicago International Film Festival is Liv Ullmann’s production of Miss Julie. It plays like an upstairs/downstairs version of Who’s Afraid Of Virgina Woolf?, with Colin Farrell as the valet of a Baron and Jessica Chastain the Baron’s daughter. The whole thing takes place over one night in 1890, as the two work their way through a power dynamic … Continue reading CIFF Capsule Review: Miss Julie