'Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words' ReviewedCary Grant in Hitchcock’s “Notorious,” pioneered a career of international stardom that looks modern, if not normal, to today’s viewers, but in her time was anything but.
Movie Blog: Top 10 Movies Of 2015What is film and what should it be? Those questions were tugging away as the subtext of myriad notable films in 2015, from Quentin Tarantino's heavily publicized analog push via the 70mm push accompanying The Hateful Eight's roadshow release all the way down to one of the most economically-produced movies of the year -- <em>Tangerine</em>.
Q&A: 'Carol' Director Todd Haynes & Producer Christine VachonWhen Todd Haynes directed his 2002 film "Far from Heaven," the spirit of Douglas Sirk hung over the proceedings. Incorporating the melodramatic tropes of Sirk was, at the time, taken as one of his trademark exercises in semiotics, but at this point, it now seems more like a turning point in his career.
Movie Blog: The Top 10 Christmas Movies EverThere are, at last count, about 18,372 Christmas movies. That's actually about 3,582 more than there are movies period. OK, maybe I'm exaggerating, but suffice it to say that no holiday has been covered quite as extensively as Dec. 25. In honor of that, I'm counting down the top 10 best Christmas movies ever.
Movie Blog: Top 10 MST3K Episodes EverIn the increasingly distant future — more than a quarter-century ago this Thanksgiving, A.D. — the greatest Thanksgiving gift of all time was unleashed on the world. On Thanksgiving Day 1988, Twin Cities station KTMA aired the first episodes of what would eventually turn into arguably the biggest, most culturally significant cult TV show of all time.
The Ecstatic Dreaminess Of 'Cemetery Of Splendor'As part of its Halloween weekend offerings, the Walker Art Center is screening something of a cinematic treat: Apichatpong Weerasethakul latest film, the “Cemetery of Splendor.” Like the director’s Palme D’Or winning 2010 work “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” “Cemetery” explores aspects of spirituality and brings them to life under the shadow of Thailand’s troubling political realities.
Movie Blog: WCCO Team's Scariest Childhood Movie MomentsThis year, inspired by a segment from WCCO This Morning, the web team thought it would be fun to recount the movies that scared us the most as children, the ones that we found the hardest to shake off when we were in our formative years.
Movie Blog: This Week’s Best BetsIt’s August already. How is that even possible? Any day now, you’ll be seeing back-to-school shopping displays at Target and planning out a visit to the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Already that nostalgia for summer is welling up as the nights get increasingly cooler. Already I’m drinking beers on rooftops and patios wondering how many of these I’ll have before the leaves start falling and the sun goes down with the workday.
This Week’s Best Bets: 'Barbarella' In Loring Park, Robin Williams' Final FilmIt’s the dog days of summer, and there’s a bunch of great cinema to experience in the Twin Cities.
Movie Blog: This Week’s Best BetsSomehow, summer is halfway over. That being said, you should probably spend as much time as possible out enjoying the warm season on a lake or a patio.
10 Best Summer Blockbusters EverFor movie fans, there are two distinct seasons: awards season and summer. Some people consider them the respective high and low points of the year. These people are killjoys. Though Hollywood studios’ continuing habit for holding their most “important” releases until November and December grates, at least the payoff is some of the finest, biggest dumb entertainment that obscene budgets can buy. There’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, as the ten movies I feature here prove.
'Cartel Land' Is A Brave Look At The Drug War; J.Lo Adds Nothing To 'Lila And Eve'Questions about vigilantism are at the heart of Cartel Land, a gripping documentary on the people risking their lives taking a stand against Mexican drug cartels on both sides of the border. Directed by Matthew Heineman, whose camerawork is athletic and fearless, the movie unfolds like a blockbuster action flick, not unlike executive producer Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker or Zero Dark Thirty. The film starts in Mexico, in the dead of night, with masked men cooking meth, explaining that while the drugs might wreak havoc in America, it’s the only way for them to escape poverty. What choice do they have?
Movie Blog: This Week's Best BetsWith the holiday weekend come and gone, perhaps there’s a bit more free time in your schedule for movies. If that’s the case, you may want to check out the Walker Art Center’s Summer Nights/Cool Cinema series, which starts this week.
Stunning & Enigmatic: 'About Elly' ReviewedEmotionally explosive and wonderfully amorphous, "About Elly" is a 2009 film out of Iran getting its well-deserved release in the U.S. just now. Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi ("A Separation", "The Past"), the film is a naturalistic drama that could easily be described as a thriller. Its characters are believable and mysterious, and the film highlights, to Western eyes, the weight honor holds in cultures built around it.
Movie Blog: 10 Best Fireworks SequencesIt's the Fourth of July, which means fireworks displays galore. But if you happen to be stuck inside this evening, you'll probably want to take in a great display via a classic movie. These are 10 of the top best scenes involving fireworks in movie history.