At first glance, Walter Hill's "Bullet to the Head" seems to be a standard exercise in action, a film loaded with mayhem, but short on plot. Sporting a stripped-down story that's constructed around various set pieces, it sports a retro vibe harkening back to the action movies of the '80s, which seem to be all the rage at present.
CHAMPAIGN — Local filmmaker and entrepreneur Luke Boyce of Shatterglass Studios will give a free lecture in the Parkland College Meet the Pros series from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in Room C118 on the campus.
It is open to the public.
LeROY— Running a small-town movie theater is a rarity, but when the Hanafin family tackled LeRoy's Princess Theatre in 2006, they fell in love with the business.
What's one to make of the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger is the best thing in his comeback film, "The Last Stand?" Well, that the actor has learned a few things while being away for eight years, and the movie simply isn't very good.
Watching Shatterglass Studios' 2012 Ebertfest documentary sure whets my appetite for the 2013 festival.
Directors, actors, cinematographers and film buffs, many of whom attend the festival each year, talk about the event as a family ritual, an amazing gathering of the tribe and unlike any other film festival they've attended.
CHAMPAIGN — As part of the C-U Film Society's Visiting Filmmaker Series, director Cory McAbee will be at a free screening this week of his family-friendly movie "Crazy & Thief" as well as a separate meet-and-greet at Crane Alley.
The 52-minute micro-budget movie is showing at film festivals worldwide; Indiewire listed it as one of the Top 10 best undistributed films of 2012.
This time of year, Hollywood is awash in awards ceremonies, all leading up to the industry acme: the Academy Awards. There are basically two sorts of organizations that present awards during this season — guilds of Hollywood professionals who actually make movies and societies of critics and reviewers who write about them.
CHAMPAIGN — Since it was launched nearly two years ago, the C-U Film Society has sponsored four workshops, a late-night screening of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and post-screening discussions of other classic movies.