Posts Tagged ‘Movies’

International Ink: Gift Ideas for Comics Nerds (Part 2 of 2)

In which we take a look at a great big pile of review copies of comic books, cartoons, and graphic novels. This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Read Part 1 here.
Anyone mourning the gradual shrinking and axing of comic strips in newspapers should consider the comic-strip reprint collection. One of this year's most [...]

On “Make My Day”

“When is he going to say ‘Make my day?’”
It’s late 1988, maybe early 1989, and I’m watching Dirty Harry for the first time, on VHS. Earlier, the trailer for The Dead Pool—the last of five Dirty Harry movies, notable mostly for an early appearance by Liam Neeson and for the sordid spectacle [...]

Mike Birbiglia Talks Sleepwalk with Me and Mike Daisey

Mike Birbiglia is not timid about his personal life. After working the door the DC Improv and struggling as a comedian, he found his voice by telling stories with a gentle, sincere tone. In one of these stories, Birbiglia describes how his bizarre, potentially life-threatening sleepwalking problem became a catalyst for important changes in his [...]

Our City Film Festival, Reviewed: One Punch at a Time and Porchfest

This weekend, local nonprofit Yachad hosts the fifth annual Our City Film Festival, part of the organization's hefty mission to "break down racial, economic, and religious barriers, and encourage understanding between communities that are often disconnected.”
If One Punch at a Time and Porchfest are any indication, the fest is two steps closer to achieving its goal.
The [...]

Hurt’s So Good: Krapp’s Last Tape, Reviewed

The word with which Samuel Beckett once referred to the title character of his 1958 one-act Krapp’s Last Tape—wizened—does not begin to describe the spectacular parade of fissures and topographic formations that is the face of the actor John Hurt. He’s always looked like his name is a caption: John, hurt.
At 71, he’s come [...]

Tonight: I’m Not There at AFI Silver Theatre

In the mid-aughts, it felt like every Tom, Dick, or Harriet who had ever picked up a guitar had a biopic bestowed upon them— Ray Charles (Ray), Joy Division's Ian Curtis (Control), and even California punk band The Germs (What We Do is Secret). That Bob Dylan’s story would make it to the big screen [...]

Environmental Film Festival: Ghost Town

The follow-up punch to tonight's screening of Disorder, Zhao Dayong's Ghost Town is a three-part deconstruction of how the past is quite literally being left to fend for itself.  Split up into three distinct stories—"Voices," "Recollections," and "Innocence"—Dayong film takes us deep into the remnants of a village nearly hidden among the mountains. Streets are [...]

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Tom Arvis

Tom Arvis was a guest at the February Capicons comic book show, and had a selection of his self-published comics for sale. While chatting with him, he revealed that his comic book Wayout West once had a title that's now becoming familiar as a comic-book-based movie – Cowboys & Aliens. In this interview, along [...]

Tough Talk with Boxing Gym director Frederick Wiseman

Documentarian Frederick Wiseman has made a film almost every year since 1967, when his Titicut Follies gave viewers a harrowing look inside an institution for the criminally insane. His latest film, which opened at the new West End Cinema on Friday, is look inside Lord's Gym, the Austin, TX training facility founded by retired boxer Richard Lord. I reached him by phone on Friday afternoon shortly after his arrival in Washington to promote the picture.

Meet a Local Comic Book Writer: A Chat with Joe Carabeo

Joe Carabeo writes the Curls Studio comic books Kid Roxy, Black Magic Tales, and The Legettes with Carolyn Belefski. The two have recently been at a bunch of local cons, including SPX and Baltimore, and will be at the fifth DC Counter Culture Festival on Oct. 24 from noon to 8 p.m. at RFD, 810 [...]