'Smoke Signals': Dances Without Wolves (July 22, 1998)
Don't go see this movie because of all of the attention and accolades. Go see it because it is magical and thoughtful and sad and hopeful. Go see it because it is, simply, a good and entertaining film.
'How I learned to Drive': A Haunting View (July 21, 1998)
Uncle Peck is extremely likable, and it's easy to see, because of his respectful and easy spoken tones, how Li'l Bit could fall for him. Yet behind his eyes lurks a creepy menace.
The Grass Ain't Always Greener (June 26, 1998)
The radio stations aren't often lauded by Central Floridians - they probably get more scorn than praise. After sampling most of the East coast's radio waves, however, I can assure you that Orlando radio most definitely rocks.
'Simpatico': Racing from the Past (June 26, 1998)
This is a fine production by, in my
opinion, the best theater in Orlando. And if plot twists are your thing,
then you should head out immediately to see 'Simpatico.' You definitely
will have an evening well spent.
'The Farm': The Killing Fields (June 23, 1998)
The Farm left me with a deep feeling of
anger at the notions of 'justice' that Louisiana perpetuates; a mere
fixation with Old Testament retribution that doesn't even pretend to
'Cockroach': Schizo to the Core (June 23, 1998)
The Captain rants about all sorts of things, mainly his time in the 1960's, seeing band after band, doing drug after drug, living the life. He's crass, he's loud, he's angry, but he's also, for some reason, extremely likable. I can't quite explain it.
Q&A With Steve Buscemi and Seymour Cassel (June 23, 1998)
Steve Buscemi and Seymour Cassel exuded much charm and numerous great stories and opinions from their past and present workings, all of which thrilled the audience for about an hour's worth of Q&A.
Florida Film Festival Winners (June 22, 1998)
indieWIRE exclusive: a report of which films won what awards, along with descriptions of the festival Gala and the sideshow theme that underscored the festival.
WHO'S THE CABOOSE?: Hollywood Looks Itself in the mirror (June 19, 1998)
Is it comedy with liberal smatterings of
reality? Is it reality with liberal smatterings of comedy? Is it mostly
improvisation? Is it mostly scripted? And who exactly is the caboose?
Large Crowds and Popular Docs in Heat Wave (June 19, 1998)
indieWIRE exclusive: tickets sales soar and lounging with filmmakers and festival organizers at the Langford resort.
Does it take two to Tango? (June 18, 1998)
Clearly, a dance is much more than its form; it's a microcosm of the interaction between the sexes and here, also between generations.
Quakenbush Clay-mation Steals The Show (June 18, 1998)
There's still plenty of laughs, especially in the fantastic stop-motion parodies of Corky Quakenbush, whose material stole the show, and some fantastic, inventive animation.
'Chicago Cab': One Hell of a Ride (June 18, 1998)
This ride with a taxi driver (Paul Dillon) through the streets of Chicago shows us how easy it would be, in the words of co-director Mary Cybulski, to be 'sucked into people's lives'.
A Monochromatic, Celluloid Mindfuck (June 17, 1998)
Charles, the protagonist, is a
meticulous photo shop owner whose favorite pastime is writhing his naked
ass in a bowl of ice cream while listening to big band music on an antique
'Harvest' Delivers a Crop of Good Filmmaking (June 17, 1998)
Don't miss the next
opportunity to see Harvest - it's a well-crafted, carefully scripted work about the potential for self-sufficiency in a country that far too often submits to the pressures of corporate power.
'Erasable You': Lifestyles of the Ruthless and Famous (June 17, 1998)
Director Harry Bromley-Davenport uses absurd dark humor in this satire to expose the shallow existence of people who think nothing of killing someone else for personal gain.
'Polyrhythms': Dancing to a Different Rhythm? (June 16, 1998)
Produced for zero money in zero time by
inexperienced crews and talent still in the process of learning their
craft - it is the odd gem that seeks to work within the limitations and
produce an inspiring work that makes it worthwhile sitting through them.
'Slums' Can't Pick Itself Out of the Trash (June 16, 1998)
Movies about the 1970's: these days they're popping up faster than you can say Quentin Tarrantino. Boogie Nights. The Ice Storm. The Last Days of Disco. The up-coming 54 and Velvet Goldmine.
Jerome: Beware of Hitchhikers (June 16, 1998)
Remind me never to drive there, and, if I am fool enough to do so, NEVER EVER to pick up a hitchhiker. I found Jerome to be very well-made, but very predictable.
'Walking to the Waterline': One Step Too Far (June 16, 1998)
No earth-shattering ground is broken, but the languid pace of the Jersey winter is well captured as the story meanders about, emotionally following the dour turbulence within Francis.
'Once We Were Strangers': Romantic Culture Clash (June 15, 1998)
This film, written and directed by Emanuele Crialese (an Italian immigrant himself), makes good use of its New York City locations. It presents a wonderful and optimistic view of NYC as 'the melting pot.'
'Windhorse': Puffing against the wind?? (June 15, 1998)
The director and joint writer, Paul Wagner, is a documentarian, and these are the best aspects of the film - the factual information presented and the visuals of Tibetan life.
Cannibal! Needs More Bite, But It's Still Good Fun (June 15, 1998)
I mean, if you title a movie 'Cannibal! The Musical', then you should deliver blood and cannibalism and lots of tasteless humor.
'Body Parts': Film Anatomy (June 15, 1998)
From heavy themes of racial bias and cultural
traditions to light and quirky comedy, the sum of these 'body parts' proved
to be greater than the whole.
'The Human Race': Actions Speak Louder Than Words (June 15, 1998)
The Human Race is a moving, funny, inspirational, ironic and altogether terrific documentary by filmmaker Bobby Houston. I truly enjoyed this film and highly recommend it.
'A Merry War': Orwell Lite (June 12, 1998)
The film has sophisticated and witty dialogue (my personal favorite line - 'I will not make love where dogs have peed.')
Losers Shine In Buffalo '66 (June 12, 1998)
A few years earlier, Billy bet on the Bills to win the Superbowl and
lost out big. He couldn't pay his debts, so his bookie made him confess to
a crime he didn't commit, had him spend five years in jail.
Sadness, Hope, and Truth in 'Unmade Beds' (June 10, 1998)
Little by little, director Barker strips away layers of personality from his characters, revealing them all to be equally romantic and equally desperate.
Woody's Anything But Wild (June 5, 1998)
Then it dawned upon me: I was full of shit. I did care about his life and who he was. I mean, come on! Would I really be in the theater to know more about Dixieland jazz?
All Shook Up and No Place To Go (June 3, 1998)
Luckily, our shivering, wet heroes find
respite in their time of need from a kind, nearby stranger known as 'Earl.'
Earl, it turns out, is a fugitive of sorts, as well. He's none other than
The 1998 Florida Film Festival Preview Party (June 1, 1998)
Anyone who had the good sense to show up at the Sapphire on Thursday for the Florida Film Festival preview party was lucky enough to attend a great blast.
Animation in the Toilet (June 1, 1998)
Speaking of sex and excrement, the festival has plenty o' bodily function humor, and if you have an aversion to penises or cum (I sure don't), this might not be the movie for you.
Tom Taylor Flies High on 'Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll' (June 1, 1998)
In the end, I was left with an elated feeling of having been privileged to see this fantastic production and the remarkable performance of Tom Taylor, who, I suppose, can now consider me his groupie.
Turning the Sapphire Into a Sideshow (May 22, 1998)
Johnny Meah's performance, which will begin at 8:30pm, will include acts that will amaze, shock, and maybe even disgust you (I don't want to give away too much).
Get Ready for Films '98 (May 15, 1998)
Twenty independent films are screening in the American Independent Film Competition at the 1998 Florida Film Festival, running June 12 - 21, 1998 in Orlando, Florida.
'The Butcher Boy': Homicidal Comedy (May 4, 1998)
Francie is a charmer. He can dish out the Irish blarney like nobody. He charms the ladies at the local market, and the local priest. However, Francie is a very angry boy.
'Love and Death': Infatuation on the Island (April 28, 1998)
The movie has its laughs, its serious
moments, but it's never overcome by them. Things happen, and then the
audience is left to think about them (which has always been something I've
admired in movies).
Michael Moore Gives You 'The Big One' (April 24, 1998)
Michael Moore is a son of a bitch. But he's the kind of son of a bitch I think I would get along with. I mean, how can you hate a guy who says, 'If General Motors really wanted to turn a profit, they would have manufactured crack instead of cars'?
'Phantom of the Opera': A Little Illumination (April 21, 1998)
'Perhaps we can scare away the ghost of so many years ago with a little illumination, gentleman!' With this line, the ever-successful Phantom of the Opera's haunting score starts, and it grabs you and doesn't let go until you've left the theater.
'Henry IV Part I': Family Politics (April 20, 1998)
I knew I shouldn't have sold my
Western Civ II textbook at that garage sale. Is this guy that guy's
brother? Who is the walrus? Why do there have to be so many damn Richards,
Henrys, and Edwards, anyway?
'Men With Guns': A Mythic Journey (April 14, 1998)
We care about the characters and despair in their naivete or stoicism toward their own lives. The direction is fluid, the cinematography is gorgeous and the soundtrack is unforgettable.
'A Midsummer Night's Dream: Feast for the Senses (April 7, 1998)
The production is a technical masterpiece, and a feast for three of the senses (four, if you bring your own picnic basket - I recommend curry, and five if you bring a pillow to avoid the waffle-butt syndrome induced by the metal grid seats).
What's In 'The Sweet Hereafter'? (March 24, 1998)
'The Sweet Hereafter' is a modern retelling of the 'Pied Piper of
Hamlin' poem by Robert Browning, which, if you all remember, tells how
all the children of the town of Hamlin are taken by the Piper after the
townspeople refused to pay him for his getting rid of all the rats.
Fertile Ground Indeed! (March 24, 1998)
Studio shows are always interesting because the artist's physical space becomes part of the performance. You know you are not in a place of business, or a place of worship, you are in a place that is set aside for dynamic creative activity.
The Day Culture Came to Town (March 17, 1998)
If you want to make your yearly pilgrimage to the Orlando Museum of Art, now is the time. Take a date; you'll impress them, and if the date sucks, at least the art won't. The Edward R. Broida collection, see this show.
The Big Lebowski: The Coens Strike Again (March 16, 1998)
'The Big Lebowski' has no more depth than one of the Dude's joints - once it's smoked, it's gone. What 'The Big Lebowski' has is inspired craziness, loads of belly-laughs and a fun way to spend a couple of hours.
Gamble on 'Oscar and Lucinda' (March 11, 1998)
But above all, I think the acting steals the show here. Cate Blanchett gives a great energy to Lucinda, a woman who wants a life without the confines of social properness. And Ralph Fiennes, especially, just amazed me.
'Ma Vie En Rose': What's in a Gender? (February 24, 1998)
The setup for this nightmarish mixture of Tim Burton and John Cassevettes is a simple one: seven-year old Ludovic Fabre (Georges Du Fresne) believes he is a girl in a boy's body (a 'girlboy' as he puts it) and tries to adjust to fit the image.
Indie Film in the 'WEEDS' (February 18, 1998)
So what's the deal with WEED? WEED's a film I made at the 8th Annual Cannabis Cup that plays at the Enzian Theatre for a week beginning February 20th. So again, What's the deal?
'The Apostle': Duvall's Independent Gold (February 11, 1998)
The Apostle E.F. is loud, manic, driven, charismatic, sincere, sympathetic, spiritual, maddening, violent, sweet, needy - in short, a man (or more precisely, a human).
'Use Your Head': The Filmmaker's Story (February 5, 1998)
Simply laying what you think out on the table is a lot less effective than having the audience participate in determining what the film is ultimately about.
'Ponette': Through the Eyes of the Child (January 30, 1998)
It appears, as the story unfolds, that we are simply watching, following and wandering around the small, extremely innocent world of a lost child. She cries. She plays. She prays - like all children do. Ponette, though, has lost her mother.
Women That Last Forever (January 21, 1998)
The machines are running, making their melodic immortal tones that only one who has been tattooed can appreciate. You can see every size shape age and gender walking through the aisles of this show.
Out of Africa: The TransAfrica Exhibit (December 16, 1997)
In order to build on the success of the Imperial Tombs of China exhibit, and maybe even make a dent in the 'no-culture-that-doesn't-wear-mouse-ears' gripe often aimed at this city, the OMA needed to put together a solid show on a smaller scale.
The Future of Film is Now (December 2, 1997)
The 'desktop' revolution has collided with the 'home video' revolution to give us 'desktop filmmaking'. We're not talking about making 'big budget looking' films on your desktop someday in the future: we're talking about doing it now.
Down on The Farm (November 26, 1997)
So, you're an independent filmmaker, film professional, film student. You yearn for a place where you can meet like-minds to conceptualize, share resources, learn. Does such a place exist in Central Florida?
The Deland Fall Arts Festival (November 20, 1997)
Deland ushers in the fall with a spectacular festival of the arts.
'Wings of the Dove' - Does It Fly? (November 19, 1997)
Maybe filmed classics (such as the recent Romeo and Juliet) have to be hip as well as violent in order to attract a young audience.
'When The Cat's Away...' (November 12, 1997)
Cats respond to our needs as we want - they don't argue, talk back, walk out, or leave us stone cold feeling like shit after a one-night stand.
Jesus in Graceland? (November 4, 1997)
Jesus lived in a state of grace in a near eastern land. Elvis lived in Graceland in a nearly eastern state. Elvis' father, Vernon, was a drifter and moved around quite a bit. Jesus' father is everywhere.
Confessions of a Cyber Artist (October 28, 1997)
The unlikely story of the origin of an art entry in the Orlando Museum of Art Technology Exhibit.
Technology Meets Art (October 21, 1997)
On Halloween weekend the Orlando Museum of Art will be the place to celebrate cyberculture in a showcase of digital art, digital music, interactivity and performance art.
Sounding the Bell (October 14, 1997)
'It's more phallic now,' noticed bell hooks, one of the most influential feminists in the nation, as she pulled the microphone out of its stand during her lecture at UCF.
SCULPT THIS! (October 10, 1997)
With the world slowly gearing up for the Gen-X takeover, some are shining brighter than others. Scott Freeland breaks the mold of the starving artist.
Waiting for the Iceman (September 24, 1997)
The 'Iceman' brings a taste of serious drama to Orlando audiences.
Creative Students at Crealde (September 24, 1997)
Got that same-cubicle -different-day kinda feeling? Fighting an urge to stand on your desk and say 'I am not a number!' Spend a lunch hour at the Crealde School of Art.
Tap Dogs Steps Into Orlando (September 17, 1997)
If you want to see something different from the norm or just see six great looking men dance and move on stage, then 'Tap Dogs' is for you.
The Arts in a Mall? (September 16, 1997)
What happens when you take an empty lifeless shopping mall, add dedicated artists with a vision, do some scrubbing, building and painting, and then top it off with a dab of social gatherings?
Central Florida Film and Video Festival 97 (September 15, 1997)
Your one-stop information guide to everything you need to get the most out of this year's exciting festival - schedules, locations, discussion, and more.
Central Florida's Own Film and Video Festival (September 15, 1997)
On September 26, the Central Florida Film & Video Festival turns fifteen years old. I guess you could say that we, like Mary Jane, are not a virgin anymore.
'Career Girls' (September 2, 1997)
'Career Girls' examines the lives of two neurotic characters.
Skins of the Inverted': Fish and other questions (September 2, 1997)
The play, Skins of the Inverted, raises many questions but offers few answers.
'Ermo': New Chinese Cinema (August 26, 1997)
The Chinese film, 'Ermo,' pokes fun at the capitalist system.
'Shall We Dance?' (August 12, 1997)
This endearing, light-hearted film delves into dance as metaphor; in this case, as an antidote to the stiff formalism of Japanese human interaction, governed as it is by the paramount importance of keeping face.
Ear to the Ground - Gregory Patrick (August 5, 1997)
Performance artist Gregory Patrick has been on the edge of controversy for his past works. He has twice been banned from Yab-Yum coffee house for some of his past performances and even has the Catholic Church concerned.
A Few Lumps in 'Pillow Book' (August 5, 1997)
Nagiko gets off by having men write on her. Of course she then has to deal with that great conundrum - what is better: an excellent lover who is a bad calligrapher, or vice versa?
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (July 29, 1997)
Kama = love; Sutra = lessons. Getting that translation out of the way, filmmaker Mira Nair launches us into a nonstop assault on your aesthetic sensibilities.
John Waters' 'Pink Flamingos' (July 22, 1997)
'How can anyone sit through the entire length of a film, especially a European film, without smoking??' Thus, John Waters shoots his opening volley in a full frontal royal 'up yours'.
How the Boys Live: 'Boys' Life 2' (July 15, 1997)
I have to admit to a slightly sinking feeling on entering the sub-zero climes of Enzian to check out these 4 shorts, - a plethora of mustaches and tight-fitting tank tops seemed to indicate an audience of the converted.
Out to Lunch (June 30, 1997)
'Excuuuuse Me. I'm Lydia Lunch,' she snarled from the stage dressed in all black with a tattoo slithering out the bottom of her leggings into her black, studded pumps.
Slam Words and Notes (May 23, 1997)
Central Florida has a growing poetry and spoken-word scene, along with many fine acoustic musicians. However, these artists tend to exercise their talents on week nights, leaving weekend options limited.
This situation is about to change, perhaps for good, on Saturday, May 31.
Liquid Poetry Boils Over (May 12, 1997)
The Liquid Poetry series brings poets from nearby and far away into contact with local poetry enthusiasts. This Wednesday features Master Artist in Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, David Lehman.
Chasing Amy: On the Right Track (May 6, 1997)
Following his first two films, 'Clerks' and 'Mallrats', Kevin Smith comes of age with his most critically acclaimed film to date, 'Chasing Amy'. The movie tells a familiar story, but with a unique twist.
The Great Orlando Art-Film Conspiracy (April 22, 1997)
Indie-film is slapping people in the face and forcing them to take notice. And like our long-haired, angst-ridden, suburban-bred friends of the not-too-distant past, Indie-film will be co-opted by the corporate giants, hyped beyond repair, and tossed to the wayside like Pearl Jam's last CD.
What's That Smell? The American Dream (April 11, 1997)
Miss Saigon, playing all through April at Bob Carr, may not bring home the original message as strongly, but it's worth the ticket.
Happy Female Spouses in the Old West (April 11, 1997)
Friday night I went to see the Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival's 'The Merry Wives of Windsor,' a production that takes place in the Wild West circa the 1870's, and I admit it . . . I didn't want to like it. And . . . I was sorely mistaken.
Arts and Crafts (March 25, 1997)
Art was the subject of the festival, but not everyone had aesthetic concerns in mind.
Crash: Sex, Lies, and Psychopathology (March 25, 1997)
Sex, the rush of escaping death in car crashes and the resulting physical disfigurements are powerfully, and uncomfortably, conjoined in this latest Cronenberg offering.
A Visit From Beth B. (March 21, 1997)
What would you do if you were given the opportunity to act out your fantasies with a stranger, in a bedroom, for half an hour?
David Lynch's Lost Highway (March 12, 1997)
David Lynch's latest film offering, Lost Highway, has audiences wondering, 'What was that about?'
Top Ten Reasons to Volunteer for FringeFest '97 (March 4, 1997)
It's wacky...It's zany...It's convincing...Read and be persuaded.
Thoughts from the Man Who Would be King (March 1, 1997)
The Shakespeare Festival's Art Director Jim Helsinger shares his thoughts on this year's production of Richard III.
University Play Screams, "Deaf Power!" (March 1, 1997)
The UCF production of Children of a Lesser
God managed to bring home the point that the hearing-impaired have rights
"Curdled" Gives Orlando a Sweet Taste (February 16, 1997)
Director John Maas offers insights into his new film and making movies in Florida.
Here Comes the Pain of Forever (February 12, 1997)
Local tattoo artist David Boltt combines the fine arts with pop culture and human insight to produce his unique brand of body art. Boltt strives to legitimize tattoo as an art form rather than as simply a body decoration.
A Tale of Two Critics ()
As far as Festival reviewers go, Orlando's print media is a two-horse town: Rich Grula of the Orlando Weekly and Jay Boyar of the Orlando Sentinel. Both recently published preview Festival articles, but that's where the similarities end.
A Haven for Filmmakers ()
Unlike many other film festivals, the FFF offers a real opportunity for filmmakers to discuss their craft and learn about the business.
Wandering Winter Park ()
Winter Park has an entire range of things to do if you're killing some time between films.
And The Winner Is... ()
Audiences acknowledged the work of two over-30 filmmakers and their paternally themed movies: The Journey, directed by Harish Saluja, and Nobody's Business, a film about director Alan Berliner's own father.
Festival Films Make Waves ()
The Florida Film Festival is still a few hours from opening as this report takes shape, yet there is already significant buzz about a number of films set to unspool over the next ten days.