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Moby Dick + Wild Things + The Matrix = WTF

February 8th, 2019

One of the most valuable things in life is honesty; particularly, the honesty of someone calling out your bad ideas. When someone cares about you on a personal or professional level, they’ll do their level best to pull you back from the brink. I cannot emphasize how important that is, but let me explain with my own idiotic example. I do screenwriting on the side. Years ago, I was batting about script ideas with my writing partners. As we kicked around ideas, I was struck by the Bad Idea Fairy. “Guys, guys, so there were gold reserves in the sub-basements of the Twin Towers. What if, in the... Read More

A Million Shattered Pieces

January 28th, 2019

Movies aren’t for everyone, though people think they are. A bunch of years ago, my wife and I caught the very good film Adaptation in the theaters. If it’s been a minute since you’ve seen or thought about it, Adaptation is about a lonely screenwriter struggling to adapt a book about an orchid thief. It’s got strong performances by Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep, and a great deal to say about the creative process. Joining us in our cinematic excursion was an Unnamed Member Of Our Extended Family. He’s a great guy, but the film tastes of the aforementioned UMOOEF, as he will be known going... Read More

Make It Stop

January 28th, 2019

I kind of hate January. There, I said it. Yes, it’s the first month of a new year, and it represents a new start and new possibilities and blah blah blah. After the warmth of the holiday season, January is cold, bleak, bereft of life. The main reason I hate January, though? It’s the month where movies go to die. For the most part, certain times of the year correspond with certain movies. Summer is for big blockbusters. Late fall is when then Academy Award hopefuls are rolled out. January is the dumping ground of the studios. People are going back to work or back to school, and there generally... Read More

The Glass Between Their Love

January 28th, 2019

On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile died tragically and pointlessly. Officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled Castile over during a traffic stop. Later, Yanez claimed Castile was pulled over because he looked like the suspect in a robbery. In the car with Castile was his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds. Her four-year-old daughter was in the back seat. As Yanez asked Castile to produce his license and insurance, Castile informed the police officer that he had a licensed firearm in his possession. At this point, Officer Yanez panicked. He raised his voice, unholstered his firearm, and fired at Philando Castile seven... Read More

Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers at The SNF Parkway

November 24th, 2018

In the Wild West days of early filmmaking — before Hollywood hardened into an assembly-line behemoth and boys’ club — talented women worked regularly as writers, producers, and directors, instrumental in shaping the very language of cinema as we know it. Nevertheless, figures like Alice Guy-Blaché and Lois Weber are known today primarily by aficionados, and artists like Nell Shipman, Grace Cunard, and Marion E. Wong remain woefully obscure. Bringing together dozens of essential new restorations, this series spotlights the daring, innovative, and trailblazing work of the first female filmmakers... Read More

Atreyu on Thanksgiving Eve at Baltimore Soundstage

November 17th, 2018

Get ready to rock out, Baltimore. Atreyu brings their In Our Wake Tour to Baltimore Soundstage (124 Market Pl. Baltimore) this Wednesday Nov 21 at 8 p.m. Atreyu is an American alternative metal band from Orange County, California, who formed back in 1998. The group is made up of lead singer Alex Varkatzas, guitarists Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel, bassist Marc “Porter” McKnight, and drummer/singer Brandon Saller. The band, to date, have released 6 studio records and fans are hoping for the seventh to be hopefully released soon (It’s called ‘In Our Wake’ and it’s due out very shortly.).... Read More

Enjoy Jazzy Fall Nights at The Ideal Arts Space

November 6th, 2018

Cool Fall evenings and smooth live jazz, the perfect combination, accompanied with good food and drink. Jazz Life, who brought you Groovin in the Garden Summer Jazzy Nights continues this fall with new top-notch artists every 2nd Friday from October-December. Jazzy Fall Nights happens this Friday Nov 9 and again on Friday Dec 14 at The Ideal Arts Space (905 West 36th Street Baltimore) from 7:30 – 10 p.m. Enjoy live jazz music from Rob Zinn with vocalist Michele Bowman, this Friday. Dec 14 will feature Clarence Ward III with vocalist Michele Bowman. The Ideal Arts Space is a renovated theater... Read More

Celebrate The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Creative Alliance

October 15th, 2018

Let’s do the time warp again! Creative Alliance’s Interactive Movie Nights are always an unforgettable experience, but things just got kicked up a notch. The Rocky Horror Picture Show Interactive Move Night is happening this Thursday Oct 18 at 7:30 p.m., Friday Oct 19 at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. and Sunday Oct 20 at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. at Creative Alliance (3134 Eastern Ave. Baltimore). Hosted by Betty O’Hellno, the nuttiest musical cult film of all-time rockets back from 1975. There will be film screening, singing of the songs and appearances from the raunchiest Rocky Horror Picture Show performers. Tickets... Read More

The Dude is Heading Back to the Big Screen!

August 29th, 2018

Cult-classic, The Big Lebowski, is heading back to the Big Screen! Starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Julianne Moore, The Big Lebowski will be playing on the big screen at The Senator Theatre (5904 York Rd. Baltimore) on Wednesday Aug 29 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday Sep 2 at 10 a.m., Monday Sep 3 at 1 p.m. and Tuesday Sep 4 at 9:30 p.m. “This comic update of the world crystallised by Raymond Chandler charts the disastrous involvement of laidback dopehead Jeff ‘the Dude’ Lebowski (Bridges) in a kidnapping case involving the wife of his millionaire namesake (Huddleston). The Dude is... Read More

Screening of RSC’s Romeo & Juliet at Landmark Theatres

August 19th, 2018

Shakespeare’s most famous love story has received a modern twist and is now playing live on Broadway in London. But instead of traveling to London to check out this amazing performance, you can see it right here in Baltimore! Landmark Theatres (645 President St. Baltimore) will be showing Royal Shakespeare Company’s pre-recorded live performance of Romeo & Juliet on the big screen Tuesday Aug 21 at 7 p.m. What if your first true love was someone you’d been told you must hate? Set in a world very like our own, Royal Shakespeare Company’s Romeo & Juliet is about a generation of young... Read More