Orson Welles: 100 Years Since His Birth

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Since Orson Welles' death in 1985, the impression he left on American cinematic aesthetic has become a canyon. We have an opportunity to look back on his life as we come to the centenary of his birth on May 6. Roger Ebert summarized Welles' life using one of Welles' own quotes, spoken to a sparse crowd in a […]

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Asian Films of Influence

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Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by watching these Asian cinema classics. Start with Infernal Affairs. It's the original version of the crime drama The Departed, which earned Martin Scorsese the Academy Award for Best Director. You can decide which version you like better, but I have to say that Tony Leung using Morse […]

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Ebertfest, the Legacy

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We lost Roger Ebert in 2013, but the movie critic's film festival carries on the legacy of this legendary Chicagoan by exposing audiences to some of his favorite films. Ebertfest takes place in Champaign from April 15-18, but if you can't make it to the festival, you can still celebrate by watching a few past selections. Richard Linklater […]

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The Incomparable Maureen O’Hara!

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When I think of Irish actresses, the first and foremost one that comes to mind is the incomparable Maureen O'Hara. Her red hair, fiery temper and Irish lilt to her voice captivated audiences in such films as The Quiet Man, McLintock, Miracle on 34th Street, and later in life Only the Lonely. I will always […]

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Remembering Leonard Nimoy

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The world grieves for the loss of an icon with the passing of the legendary Leonard Nimoy. Celebrated for his role as Mr. Spock in the groundbreaking television series Star Trek, Nimoy was one of Hollywood's most recognizable and beloved faces. Although primarily known for his acting, Nimoy was an artistic explorer who delved into […]

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In Honor of The Breakfast Club Turning 30

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The quintessential teen movie from the 1980s is well out of its teens and nearing middle-age. The John Hughes movie The Breakfast Club is the story of five teens from different social groups (a jock, a brain, a princess, a criminal and a basket case) thrown together and eventually bonding during a Saturday morning detention. Kids […]

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Cheaters + Stalkers = Movies About Love Gone Wrong

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Valentine's Day is one of those holidays that can be very stressful if you don't have a significant other in your life. Every store you go to, from CVS to Macy's, has giant red hearts, flowers, perfume and candy strategically placed to remind you that you need to buy something for your soul mate. But what […]

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Never Fear, B-Fest Is Here

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If you dare to partake in B-Fest, the annual 24-hour festival of bad movies (January 23-24 in Evanston), here are some titles to give you a taste of what you're in for. In Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, the people of Mars decide to bring joy to their planet by kidnapping Kris Kringle. Complete with an undeniably […]

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GenreList: Chilling Thrillers

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This time, on GenreList: plunging temperatures, blowing snow and fast-darkening skies set the scene for mysterious murders and alien oddities as we bring chilling thrillers to your local library. Feeling isolated by the cold? Are the howling winds and sub-zero temperatures driving you a bit batty? The Torrance family gets you in a big way. In The […]

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Who’s Your Favorite Scrooge?

Illustration from the Christmas Carol of Scrooge and Marley's ghost

Alastair Sim isn't the first Scrooge I ever loved, but over the years he’s become my favorite. Likewise, I consider his 1951 Christmas Carol the Christmas Carol. I especially love Sim's giddy, irrepressible joy the morning after the spirits visit, when he realizes he’s been granted a second chance at life. Favorite moment? When after dancing about the room he says, “I must stand […]

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