The documentary genre is often overlooked, a shame given that there are so many beautiful and informative stories told in the documentary format. Recently Amanda LaFevers caught up with some films (and filmmakers) at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. It turned out to be a rip-roaring event all around. The 26th annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the oldest documentary film festival in the country, took place in historic downtown Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. Documentary fans flock to Hot Springs from surrounding cities and states every year to experience new documentaries and meet the amazing filmmakers behind these…
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away an adventure that would go on to inspire generations was born. The original Star Wars movies boasted great male protagonists and antagonists. While the past film and television adaptations included an assortment of intriguing female characters, it’s only within the two most recent movies that we’ve seen women take center stage. How have these female characters evolved over time from subplots in a larger story to inspirational powerhouses with stories of their own? Leia Organa Leia is undoubtedly the most iconic female in the entire Star Wars canon, and perhaps…
She would grow up to be regarded as “the most beautiful woman in the world.” But most importantly she would become the representative of modern-day femininity; the first to break through the many restrictive cultural and societal codes that applied to the women of her day.
As we head into the weekend, it’s time to start preparing for the Game of Thrones episode 3. In episode 2, things really started to heat up, and we can only expect the pace to increase.
When Supernatural aired in September 2005, the mission was to produce an anthology-style horror show that followed two brothers on their quest to rid the world of evil.
It was an incredible performance. Incredible, and memorable. Memorable for Gaga’s space suit that came right out of a B-movie sci-fi flick from the 80s. Amazing for the Cirque de Solei-like acrobatics.
Coming of Age Under Martial Law (named 2016 Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE) is а fascinating, in-depth examination of some 30 Polish novels written by the ‘89ers, a generation of writers whose coming of age coincided with the fall of Communism in Poland, and who had to quickly adapt to capitalism and western style democracy.
Carrie Fisher has died. It is a big blow, coming as it does at the end of a year that has seen so many wonderful talents depart this earth. She was 60.
Some actors are consumed by the roles they play. For instance, Jeremy Brett, who played Sherlock Holmes in the 1984 Granada series, was overcome by the part, so much so that at times the obsessive characteristics of the fictional character and the real-life Brett would overlap.