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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Movie Review: 'Out of the Furnace' Is Well Made, But Isn't Subtle

Woody Harrelson, being vile, and Christian Bale, being unsubtle, in 'Out of the Furnace'
Credit rottentomatoes.com

Out of the Furnace is rated by Entertainment Weekly as the eighth-best movie of the year, and it is well written, well photographed, well acted, and generally worth a lot of praise. It is a serious drama for grownup audiences.

But it is also thoroughly unpleasant, with unsympathetic characters, occasional ugly violence and some artsy camerawork that implies subtlety that isn't there.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Indie Film Guide: 12/5 - 12/18

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.

This time: A couple of docs and a great performance from Christopher Walken.











 

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Movie Review: Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie had several strikes against it before it even came on, so I consulted with no less than eight people about it after it ended, and must report that nobody, including me, rated it at less than three stars out of a possible four, with half giving it a maximum four.  I don’t like Tim Burton’s stop-motion puppets because they are either spherical heads with tiny pyramidal noses or grotesque but too traditional caricatures.  But you have to credit Frankenweenie with effective emotional expression whenever emotional expression is attempted.  But only the caricature

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Indie Film Guide: 10/24 - 11/6

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.

This time: (Almost) all Halloween movies.

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Commentary
8:32 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Into It: Atmospheric Touch

Castle thunder recorded for Frankenstein in 1931 was used for decades in other work in film and television.
Wikipedia

Recycling audio has allowed directors to more easily create the worlds of their films. Just like in life, the sounds that influence the mood of a moment are often out of sight, off screen.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Indie Film Guide: 10/10 - 10/23

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.

This time: Tallgrass!

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Film
6:54 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Tallgrass Film Festival Celebrates 10 Years In Wichita Community

This month the Tallgrass Film Festival will celebrate 10 years in the community.

It all started back in 2003 when Tim Gruver left Los Angeles to return to his hometown and start a film festival. First step: assemble a team.

“We were really good friends and he called me up and said do you want to come to Wichita to produce this film festival and I was like, ‘I don’t know what that means, but OK, that sounds great,‘“ says Lela Meadow-Connor.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Indie Film Guide: 9/26 - 10/9

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.

This time, we get ready for the Tallgrass Film Festival and look at another upcoming festival, a few documentaries, and a silent classic.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Indie Film Guide: 9/12 - 9/25

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.

Coming up: Mike Birbiglia on sleep and comedy, and Ice-T talks about rap.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Indie Film Guide: 8/29 - 9/11

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.

Coming up: A couple of one-day festivals, an acclaimed young director, and a “Shock” doc.

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