Much like its main character, John Wells' "Burnt" dares you to like it. Composed of familiar plot points and revolving around a truly unsympathetic character, this briskly paced film initially keeps the viewer off-balance as it plunges into its examination of self-destructive behavior without a handshake or a "how do you do?"
October brings us pumpkin recipes, jack-o'-lanterns and a Hitchcock miniseries as a part of the News-Gazette Film Series at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign:
Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, "Who lives here?"
We're attracted to biographies because we're fascinated with what makes the famous and infamous tick.
When the kids at home crave something strange, who ya gonna call?
Halloween is next week, and while this time of year inspires many to start planning the perfect costume or decorating their homes like the Cryptkeeper's crib, it gets me thinking of — what else? — movies ... horror movies, to be specific.
With social media, on-line shopping and just reading the news on the Internet, we leak information about ourselves every day. Cookies on our computers and apps on our cellphones record and report our whereabouts and activities to ... whom? Well, whoever wants to know and pays for it.
Jerry Lewis is an acquired taste, and if you're not a fan, I know I can't change your mind. But even if you aren't a fan, you should give this film, arguably his best and an undeniable classic, a try. Putting his own spin on "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," the writer/director stars as Dr.