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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

'Nebraska' Is Unique, One Of The Best In Years

Bruce Dern and Will Forte in 'Nebraska'
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Nebraska is a terrific movie, and not just because of Bruce Dern's Oscar-worthy performance, which is unlike anything I've ever seen before.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

'American Hustle' Well Worth All Its Complications

It's complicated for Amy Adams and Christian Bale in 'American Hustle'
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American Hustle is an old-fashioned intrigue comedy in the tradition of The Sting, but with more concentration on complications of plot, as smart crooks eventually outsmart themselves-- if you read the story that way.

It starts with Christian Bale in charge of a fair-sized scam, and then his partner, Amy Adams, more or less takes over, and then a rather dubious FBI man played by Bradley Cooper gets involved, and from there we proceed to complications that eventually pretty much left me behind.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Christmas and Controversy

Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux in 'Blue Is The Warmest Color'
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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 week: A Christmas classic and a controversial French award-winner.

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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'
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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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