Category Archives: Film

Oscar picks: My favorite in the ‘Boyhood’ – ‘Birdman ‘ race, and why it will lose

The best picture race in the 87th Academy Awards, we are told, has come down to two movies: Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s 12-year-project to tell the story of adolescence through a cast all aging together through the course of the movie, and Birdman,  Alejandro González Iñárritu’s … Continue reading

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Not going anywhere? Catch up on Oscar nominees

With officials in Central Kentucky advising us to stay home unless we have jobs that deal with life or death, we are left to fend for entertainment at home. Fortunately, we have twenty-teens technology, and this light, fluffy snow isn’t … Continue reading

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Notebook … ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Live

In 2012, the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated its 50th anniversary with a movie music concert that included John Williams’ theme from Star Wars. I am not exaggerating when I say that I have probably heard that theme more than 1,000 times, but … Continue reading

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2015 Oscar nominations at a glance

A few quick thoughts on the Academy Award nominations, which were announced this morning: ~ The Academy revealed a longstanding bias, and no, it’s not the one you’re thinking of. The Imitation Game was a moderately reviewed movie that seemed like it … Continue reading

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Locally made film ‘Proud Citizen’ comes home, with honors in tow

Katerina Stoykova-Klemer is known in the Lexington area for her poetry and her WRFL-FM radio show. But she never acted, until she got the lead in Lexington director Thom Southerland’s latest movie. It helps that she inspired it. “I head … Continue reading

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Canceling ‘The Interview’ was a business decision

While its public profile is often fun, artsy and, yeah, liberal, I am often prompted to remind people that Hollywood is at its essence a business, and a rather conservative one at that. If it makes money, it’s in. If … Continue reading

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Kentucky Theatre Christmas classics

The Kentucky Theatre‘s Christmas present to the Bluegrass is a quartet of holiday movies that will play in repertory through Christmas Day. OK, you will have to buy a ticket, but the downtown movie house is giving you the chance … Continue reading

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ArtyFacts: Sundance and Grammy honors for Lexingtonians

Pikeville native and University of Kentucky graduate Ashley York will be taking her documentary Tig to the Sundance Film Festival in January. Tig tells the story of how comedian Tig Notaro’s career shifted after a legendary performance at the Largo in Los Angeles where … Continue reading

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Movies are not books, and vice versa

I am going to speak what may appear to be heresy to some people here: it does not matter if a movie was as good as a book or stays true to the book. Yes, it can appear to matter, … Continue reading

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Listening to … Bryan Ferry and ‘Mockingjay’ soundtrack

A few weeks ago, I was listening Bryan Ferry‘s Bête Noire album, enjoying the sensuous beats of songs like The Right Stuff and Limbo, remembering seeing the album’s tour in August 1988, which I still rate as the best concert I … Continue reading

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