A new year offers us all the opportunity to try to change those things about our lives that we are dissatisfied with. The things I'm dissatisfied with about contemporary cinema, I can't really do anything about, other than to complain about them.
From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday I'll be at The Iron Post, Urbana, to catch the top-notch trio SSG, featuring Chip Stephens on piano, Joel Spencer on drums and Larry Gray, bass. The UI jazz faculty members have played with the some of the biggest names in jazz. The cover is usually $5, a real bargain.
CHAMPAIGN — The second Pens To Lens student screenwriting competition hosted by the Champaign-Urbana Film Society will kick off Feb. 1.
Students will write screenplays for the contest from then through Feb. 28, and filmmakers will produce films for an August 2014 red carpet gala.
Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie and ask readers, "Who lives here?" The first person to email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of a silver screen character who resides in the featured house will get a shout-out in next week's section. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence in your submission.
Peter Berg's "Lone Survivor" contains the most revelatory opening credits sequence I've seen in a long time. Composed of various documentary film clips, it quickly compresses the basic training regime that potential Navy Seals undergo.
Summaries and mini-reviews of movies playing now, from e3 magazine:
Since 2007, staff writer Tim Mitchell has predicted who will get nominated for the Academy Awards (the official announcement is at 7:30 a.m. Thursday; the 86th Academy Awards show is March 2). Here is Mitchell's forecast for this year, with projected nominees in alphabetical order:
— "American Hustle"
— "The Butler"
— "Captain Phillips"
Film critic, wife participated in its making before his death last April
CHAMPAIGN — The new Roger Ebert biopic, "Life Itself," will be shown at the 2014 festival bearing his name.
For a best guess on the winners of tonight's Golden Globes awards, we turned to Henson Keys, head of the acting program at the University of Illinois.
A member of the Actors' Equity Association for 40 years, Keys has acted in or directed more than 120 productions in New York and at professional theaters nationwide.