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The King Baggot Tribute will take place Wednesday September 28th at 7pm at Lee Auditorium inside the Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri). The 1913 silent film Ivanhoe will be accompanied by The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra and there will be a 40-minute illustrated lecture on the life and career of King Baggot by We Are Movie Geeks’ Tom Stockman. A Facebook invite for the event can be found Here
Here’s a comprehensive look at the life and career of King Baggot
Article by Tom Stockman
They gathered to see the stars at St. Louis Union Station on Saturday March 25th 1910. President Taft had made a stop near the Twentieth Street entrance ten days earlier, but the crowd this day was much larger. Thousands, mostly excited women wearing ankle-length dresses and waving felt pennants lined up hoping for a glimpse, or perhaps »
- Tom Stockman
In a not-at-all surprising but surely encouraging bit of news, we finally have a release date for Martin Scorsese's Silence. The movie has been in development for quite some time and will finally be hitting theaters this December, just in time for awards season consideration. Like many awards season movies, Silence will initially have a limited release, followed by a much larger rollout in January.
Paramount made the announcement that Silence will hit theaters on December 23, which means they have a lot of hope and confidence that the movie is Oscar worthy. Given that this is a Martin Scorsese movie, not to mention the very promising cast, that is to be expected. This has been a passion project for the legendary director who has been wanting to make the movie for more than two decades. Silence is based on Shûsaku Endô's acclaimed 1966 novel of the same name. »
Done any daring to defy lately?
If you’re a fan of the television versions of superheroes, you know what I’m talking/typing about. The network that calls itself The CW has, for a while now, been advocating such daring and this is the very same the go-to corporate entity that has made itself the go-to bandwidth for costumed do-gooders. They already have, in Arrow and The Flash, a couple of established hits (provided your definition of “hit” is modest) and in Legends of Tomorrow a show that has at least enough watchers to warrant renewal for another season. And the biggie…Supergirl has, with much hype, migrated from the kind of old-folkish CBS to the youthier CW and we Maid of Might mavens are allowed a happy sigh.
But about that youthiness and that “daring to defy” business: Really? Can they possibly mean it? Since they don’t »
- Dennis O'Neil
Sing Street, 2016.
Directed by John Carney.
A group of teenage boys form a band in Dublin, in the 1980’s, to get away from the trials and tribulations of their young lives…
The 1980’s is the current craze. Both Eddie the Eagle and Sing Street take great pride in harking back to those halcyon days of big hair, electro-pop and cups of tea (Even this weeks X-Men: Apocalypse is set in the same period). The loss of Prince, David Bowie and Michael Jackson recently, reminds us how all three existed together in the 1980’s. In 2016, we don’t even have one artist that comes close to these titans of music. Was there something special happening in this era that, only now, we can pick apart? Sing Street recreates a world that’s more than a »
- Simon Columb
Films about people at school forming bands are well known for being 60% more lovable than any other sort, and this is no exception. Writer-director John Carney has created a back-to-basics movie comparable to his hit musical romance Once, and it’s a treat: a story about a lonely 15-year-old at a brutal Christian Brothers school in 80s Dublin who forms a gloriously half-arsed new romantic band, though one with miraculously high levels of musicianship and homemade pop-video production values, inspired by the mascara’d magnificence of Duran Duran.
It’s a wish-fulfilment comedy about idealism, aspiration and getting off with girls, riffing on that age-old truth that being in a band might just give you the cachet that will make up for a lack of money and looks. »
- Peter Bradshaw
★★★★☆ Once director John Carney returns to his native Dublin for Sing Street, a 1980s-set coming-of-age crowdpleaser with real depth, heart and wit to match its toe-tapping musical beats. Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), a 14-year-old kid who's forced to move from a private school to rowdy public one run by the Christian Brothers when his parents find themselves in financial difficulty. Immediately out of place, Conor is subjected to taunts and attacks by his classmates and teachers. Keen to escape his problems and impress the enigmatic model Raphina (Lucy Boynton) who frequently hangs out across the road, Conor decides to form a band, whose influences range from the Pet Shop Boys to Depeche Mode.
- CineVue UK
6 items from 2016
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