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Archive for October, 2017

Interview: Filmmaker Daniel Miller

— by BEV QUESTAD — In “Discovering James Blue” (2014), created by students and supervised by Daniel Miller, filmmaker and professor at the University of Oregon, Blue is shown in teacher-mode with a bookcase lined up with video cassettes. He says, “Now what I thought … that if we [...]

Review: Citizen Blue

— by BEV QUESTAD — Who produced James Blue’s first films, where they were shown and in what ways he became a ground-breaking filmmaker are just some of the surprises in this bio-doc that make you stop and go, “What the heck?” James Blue was an innovative filmmaker, a charismatic pr[...]

Review: Victoria and Abdul

— by BEV QUESTAD — “Victoria and Abdul” is a comedic masterpiece covering the last 15 years of Queen Victoria’s life. Subservient and polite, Abdul, a prison clerk, is diligently taking down names and data from convicts in a jail in India while numerous attendants are propping up a[...]

Persian Connection is must-watch for art lovers

— by SEAN HAMMOND — “The Persian Connection” premiered at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival as “The Loner,” and such was the power and depth of the movie that it got picked up by art-house distributor Samuel Goldwyn Films to be released in North America this[...]

Review: The Mountain Between Us

— by RON WILKINSON — The scenario is all too familiar. The airlines are in chaos and the two travelers are stranded. As it turns out, the minds of two pilgrims themselves are in chaos as well. Alex (Kate Winslet) has planned her flight arrival just in time for her wedding. At first glanc[...]

Review: The Stray

— by BEV QUESTAD — Three nine-year-old boys are backpacking in the idyllic Colorado Mountains with one boy’s dad and dog. The sun and blue sky envelop the quintet with seeming good fortune as they sing songs to distract themselves from the long hike to the lake. Suddenly, “sad clouds[...]

Would a Dota 2 movie be a success?

— by SIMON LEDGER — Competitive video gaming, otherwise known as eSports, is a massive industry and is only going to grow. The industry has grown in leaps and bounds over the past 15 years, and it is estimated that by 2020 it will be worth $1.48 billion, with almost 600 million users wor[...]