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Wednesday, April 10,2013

Capital City Film Festival Reviews

by City Pulse Staff
Reviews of "Andrew Bird: Fever Year," "Holy Motors," "Tchoupitoulas," "The Story of Luke" and "Only the Young."
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Wednesday, April 10,2013

Requiem for a medium

How the conversion of film projection to digital affects filmmakers, fans and businesses

by David Barker
The Sun Theatre in downtown Williamston is the antithesis of the modern movie theater. At $4 (cash or check only) the tickets are about half the conventional price of admission. The concessions are cheaper — when’s the last time you saw 25-cent popcorn?
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Wednesday, April 3,2013

The kids are all Reich

Australian drama gives the Holocaust a new set of victims: Nazi children

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Nazis are easy narrative villains — the systematic slaughter of 11 million people really puts them in their own class of evil. Consequently, in literature and film, it's a bold move to depict them as anything less than cold-blooded monsters.
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Friday, March 22,2013

The Screening Room

'Great' expectations

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In a perfect world, a visionary filmmaker such as Sam Raimi could make a prequel to "The Wizard of Oz" without having it compared to its 1939 predecessor, inarguably one of the greatest motion pictures ever made. Sure, we're in the middle of a spate of subpar big screen adaptations and "re-imaginings" of classic children's stories, but it's hardly fair to make Raimi pay for the sins of his peers. But films aren't made in a vacuum; every allusion has its price.
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Wednesday, March 20,2013

April in the C

Film series wraps up at Studio C! before taking the summer off

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Next week, the lights go down for the East Lansing Film Society Film Series' final month of programming before taking the summer off. So long, Werner Herzog; hey there, Iron Man — gotta give those blockbusters room to breathe.
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Wednesday, March 6,2013

Catching fire

Documentary on cash-strapped Detroit Fire Department has power to inspire change

by ALLAN I. ROSS
If it weren't a true story, it would seem like a cliché: The dead city handling its own cremation, one abandoned building at a time. For decades, Detroit has been slipping from obsolescence into an all-out hell on Earth. But according to the Detroit firefighter documentary "Burn," not everyone has given up on the decaying metropolis just yet.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

C! worthy

Niche film series continues with docs, shorts and indies

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In its first two months, experimental film theater Studio C! in Okemos has already transformed the concept of a night at the movies for mid-Michigan filmgoers. It has food several notches above your typical megaplex fare (think appetizers, pizzas and sandwiches) as well as a liquor license and, for a modest upgrade price, lush reclining seats. Oh, and for the last month it’s shown a slew of award-winning films that were largely unavailable in Lansing.
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Wednesday, February 20,2013

Between 'dear' and 'debacle'

Best Foreign Language nominee a brutally honest look at the end of life

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Life, obviously, doesn't come with an owner's manual, but if it did, the film "Amour" would certainly make for a good final chapter — call it "What to Expect when You’re Expiring." Unflinchingly frank in its discussion of mortality, dignity and, well, love, "Amour" should be required viewing for the human race.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

What a world ...

Doc shows striking images of melting glaciers, but doesn't inspire change

by ALLAN I. ROSS
It's pretty much settled that humans are responsible for changing the world's climate. Unfortunately, we're submerged in the world of pop culture where loud-mouthed idiots like Rush Limbaugh dupe Americans into questioning the facts. It's sad that people even think climate change is still up for discussion.
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Wednesday, January 16,2013

The Screening Room

The best parts are made up

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Extraordinary real-life events can make for some great movies. Change a few names, insert a love interest, cut, print and call it a day. Take "Argo," for example — with its combination of political intrigue, Hollywood insider-ism and armchair-gripping suspense, it's a textbook case of a true story that goes great with a little butter and salt.
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