Inspired by Thanksgiving, I thought I'd list some film-related resources, mostly local, for which I'm especially thankful.
First, there's the continued existence of the Art Theater as a co-op, thereby preserving a local commercial venue for foreign and independent American cinema.
When people console me for having to see every movie that comes out, even the ones that make going in for a root canal look like a more enjoyable option, I tell them that this aspect of being a film critic is not so bad. I know that if I keep my expectations low where movies like this are concerned, there are times when I will be pleasantly surprised.
Surprisingly intimate yet dealing with moral questions of epic proportion, Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" is a movie befitting its subject, as we know him.
CHAMPAIGN — The next screening in WILL's Community Cinema series will be "Solar Mamas," a documentary about Barefoot College in India. The free screening and discussion will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Robeson Rooms A & B of the Champaign Public Library.
In a recent interview, director Sam Mendes said Christopher Nolan's "'The Dark Knight' gave me the confidence to take 'Skyfall' in directions that might not have been possible before it had been released."
"You can't unsee this stuff." The official motto of the 2012 Ottawa International Animation Festival (which ran Sept. 19-23) captures the festival's brashness and boldness pretty well, but masks its family-friendly side.
If you look back at the careers of the great screen actors and actresses, you'll notice that after they've successfully established a recognizable persona, they begin to seek ways to break free from it. It must be a bore playing only slight variations of the same role all the time, and performers worth their salt wants to show they're more than a one-trick pony.