film http://kmuw.org en It's Hard To Care About Anyone In Ensemble 'Third Person' http://kmuw.org/post/its-hard-care-about-anyone-ensemble-third-person <p></p><p></p><p>Two viewings of the movie and discussions with six other viewers failed to uncover anybody who claimed to understand <em>Third Person</em>. I suspect that a third viewing would have led me to a pretty complete understanding, but <em>Third Person</em> is nowhere near good enough to sit through three times.</p><p>But I can give you a few hints that might help you get through it with less bewilderment than the seven of us suffered.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jim Erickson 37911 at http://kmuw.org It's Hard To Care About Anyone In Ensemble 'Third Person' 'Apes' Could Become A Classic of Its Genre http://kmuw.org/post/apes-could-become-classic-its-genre <p></p><p></p><p>Ten years after the action of <em>Rise of the Planet of the Apes</em>, we have <em>Dawn of the Planet of the Apes</em>.&nbsp; Surely, the dawn should precede the rise of anything, but let's not squabble with our blessings-- <em>The Dawn</em> is maybe even better than <em>The Rise</em> was.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jim Erickson 37563 at http://kmuw.org 'Apes' Could Become A Classic of Its Genre Friedkin Still Loves 'Sorcerer' http://kmuw.org/post/friedkin-still-loves-sorcerer <p>In 1977, movie director William Friedkin was hot off the success of 1971's Oscar-winning&nbsp;<em>The French Connection&nbsp;</em>and 1973's <em>The Exorcist</em>, a massive commercial hit that also pulled in 10 Oscar nominations of its own.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:51:13 +0000 Fletcher Powell 37397 at http://kmuw.org Friedkin Still Loves 'Sorcerer' 'Tammy' Shows New Side of McCarthy http://kmuw.org/post/tammy-shows-new-side-mccarthy <p>Melissa McCarthy has many reasons to be happy with her new movie <em>Tammy</em>.</p><p>She produced, co-wrote and stars, and her husband co-wrote, directed and takes an important small role as the boss who fires her and starts the whole thing going. McCarthy is also more attractive both in her physical appearance and in the character she plays than she was in either <em>Bridesmaids&nbsp;</em>or <em>The Heat</em>, partly because <em>Tammy</em>&nbsp;is a gentle, people-loving movie without satiric edge or the brutality of a police story.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jim Erickson 37178 at http://kmuw.org 'Tammy' Shows New Side of McCarthy 'Alone' Doesn't Have Much Going On http://kmuw.org/post/alone-doesnt-have-much-going <p></p><p></p><p>Like this year's <em>Heaven Is For Real</em>, the newly released <em>Alone Yet Not Alone</em> is a supposedly religious movie that is almost without religion.</p><p>The one-sheet poster says, "Their faith became their freedom," and the end notes identify one support character as, "the patriarch of the Lutheran Church in America," but in fact there is little reference to God or faith, even when prayer would seem to be called for.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jim Erickson 36846 at http://kmuw.org 'Alone' Doesn't Have Much Going On Indie Film Guide: Exploding Trucks, Quirky Pirates and Fish-Monster Things http://kmuw.org/post/indie-film-guide-exploding-trucks-quirky-pirates-and-fish-monster-things <p></p><p><i>Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.</i></p><p>_____________________________________</p><p><em><strong>Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl</strong></em></p><p>July 7, 7:00 p.m.</p><p><a href="http://www.wichitaorpheum.com/events/306/the-curse-of-the-black-pearl/">Orpheum Theatre</a></p><p>Pirate adventure that introduced us to Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:52:42 +0000 Fletcher Powell 36829 at http://kmuw.org Indie Film Guide: Exploding Trucks, Quirky Pirates and Fish-Monster Things Unfortunate Similarities Mar 'Rover' and 'Signal' http://kmuw.org/post/unfortunate-similarities-mar-rover-and-signal <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Both <em>The Rover</em> and <em>The Signal</em> are sort of road movies, though <em>The Signal </em>eventually turns into a sort of science fiction movie, and both of them end with sort of surprises, which in neither case is very satisfying.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jim Erickson 36492 at http://kmuw.org Unfortunate Similarities Mar 'Rover' and 'Signal' Indie Film Guide: A Race To The Top http://kmuw.org/post/indie-film-guide-race-top <p></p><p><i>Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.</i></p><p>_____________________________________</p><p>Down To The Wire Film Race</p><p>June 20 - 22</p><p>Tallgrass Film Association</p><p>The top 10 entries to the race will be screened at the <a href="http://www.wichitaorpheum.com/events/302/down-to-the-wire-showcase/">Orpheum Theatre</a> at 7:00 on June 22</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:57:17 +0000 Fletcher Powell 36115 at http://kmuw.org Indie Film Guide: A Race To The Top Indie Film Guide: Bar Crawls, Film Education and Kids In Prison http://kmuw.org/post/indie-film-guide-bar-crawls-film-education-and-kids-prison <p></p><p><i>Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.</i></p><p><i> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:45:47 +0000 Fletcher Powell 30769 at http://kmuw.org Indie Film Guide: Bar Crawls, Film Education and Kids In Prison 'Her' Is Strangely Believable http://kmuw.org/post/her-strangely-believable <p></p><p><em>Her</em> is certainly one of the most unusual love stories ever filmed, with Scarlett Johansson as a computer <em>voice</em> and an unrecognizable Joaquin Phoenix as a sort of nerd who falls in love with her, with Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde in little support parts, and Amy Adams very effective in not much more.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Erickson 28945 at http://kmuw.org 'Her' Is Strangely Believable