CHICAGO – When faced with adversity, the best way around it is to somehow break into song. That is the feeling behind the Brown Paper Box Co.’s “Positively Present: An Uplifting Cabaret,” running April 7th and 8th at Mary’s Attic in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. The event features company member Kristi Szczepanek as host, and presents song stylings by other company members, including Anna Schutz, plus some special guests. For details and ticket information, click here.
Attending the AMC "BEST PICTURE" film fest in Chicago on 2-21-09
I tend to see far more films than the average movie-goer, with Reviews regularly posted on venues such as FANDANGO.com, IMDB.com, etc. I don’t care how LONG a movie is, as long as it’s interesting and well-done. This year, there have been an unusual number of VERY long films, a number of which are included in the “OSCAR” nominations for Best Picture. I was very pleased to be chosen to attend AMC’s film fest of the nominees of those movies in downtown Chicago.
Every year, there are some deserving films that tend to get left OUT of the nominations. In that regard (especially concerning Best Picture), I feel other worthy movies in 2008 were “THE DARK KNIGHT” (for its fabulously involved, intricate, wide-ranging and effective story-telling), Clint Eastwood’s “GRAN TORINO” (with one of his best acting performances), Jon Favreau’s “IRONMAN” (again, very effective and well-acted), reportedly “THE WRESTLER”, Disney / Pixar’s wonderfully inventive and sophisticated “WALL-E”, Spike Lee’s “MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA” (with some very overlooked fine acting), and others.
In some cases, at the Film Fest, I will be seeing films for the second time— & will be eager to see how they “HOLD UP” both individually and against each other! So, I hope to be reporting more as time (and the event) goes on!…