Thursday, January 19, 2017

This Looks Like the Definitive Cleveland RNC Documentary

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 11:13 AM

Holy George. Watch the trailer for A More Civil War, a documentary about the RNC in Cleveland, above.

Produced by the local outfit Think Media Studios, the documentary features some of the best footage of the convention we've seen. And while the four-day assault on the city in July was notable for a lack of violence — more civil, indeed — the trailer shows just how many protests and philosophical collisions occurred on the downtown streets.

Can't wait for this puppy. 

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Monday, January 16, 2017

An Epic American Poem Inspired the Latest Film From Northeast Ohio Native Jim Jarmusch

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 4:54 PM

Northeast Ohio native Jim Jarmusch, an indie writer-director with a long and storied filmmaking career, has said he came up with the idea for the script for his new movie Paterson, which opens on Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre, more than 20 years ago.

He conceived of the movie on a trip to New Jersey city that provides the setting for both his film and for the famous William Carlos Williams poem of the same name.

In the poem, the man and city become one. Jarmusch directly references that element of the poem by naming the movie’s central character Paterson.

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You Can Go See the "Sherlock" Season Four Finale on the Big Screen

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 12:26 PM

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Fans of the hit BBC series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the most famous detective of all time, already know that the fourth season is currently underway.

The third and final episode of the season will screen at two local theaters, in a presentation by Fathom Events.

On Monday, Jan. 16 (today) and Wednesday, Jan. 18, the season finale will play at 7 p.m. at Cinemark Valley View and Regal Crocker Park. Tickets are $15.

A Cinemark employee advised by phone that the event has proven extremely popular and only front-row seats are available for tonight's screening. A Regal employee reported that tickets are still available at that location for both evenings.

In addition to the 90-minute episode, viewers will enjoy an exclusive 15-minute featurette, "The Adventures of Mary Watson," in which actress Amanda Abbington will talk about playing the wife of John Watson (played by Martin Freeman, to whom Abbington was married in real life until a recent split.)
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Documentary Film About Cleveland's Punk Rock Past Arrives on DVD

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 12:23 PM

Veteran local punk rocker Tom Dark has just issued Cleveland’s Screaming, an independent documentary film about the Northeast Ohio hardcore punk scene from 1981 to 1984. The two-DVD set includes interviews and archival footage of bands performing DIY shows in what look to be basements and dive bars.

The discs include footage from acts such as ODFx, Offbeats, Fester, Starvation Army, Pink Holes, the Dark and Guns.

“The real American hardcore scene was a truly local phenomenon,” reads the press release about the movie. “All across the USA every city had its own scene with its own unique character and its own tale to tell. Stories about the scenes in L.A., D.C. and New York have been done to death. It’s time we got to know what was happening in the rest of America. Cleveland’s Screaming is the chronicle of one American hardcore scene and the people who made it. It’s about why their involvement in punk rock inalterably changed the course of their lives forever. It’s a close-up look at how the events in a single city reflect the way an entire generation’s attitudes and values were utterly transformed by this grass-roots movement.”

The movie also features footage from the Cleveland’s Screaming reunion shows that local Jim Lanza has organized over the past several years. The documentary movie was an Official Selection at the International IndieGathering Film Festival in 2016. The DVD set can be purchased at

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Oberlin High Grad to Host Local Screening of His New Dark Thriller

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 11:45 AM

When he was only 6, Josh Folan’s grandfather took him to the Apollo Theatre in Oberlin to see Dances with Wolves. While he admits he probably didn’t fully comprehend the film, Folan says it was a formative experience.

Folan, who graduated from Oberlin High School back in 1999, has spent the last 11 years working as a filmmaker in New York. While he’s made a handful of low-budget flicks during that time (and even wrote a book about his experiences), he hasn’t hosted a local screening of one of the movies.

Now, he’s just announced that he’ll return to Northeast Ohio for a screening of his latest endeavor, catch 22: based on the unwritten story by seanie sugrue.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Cinematheque to Screen Landmark Films by Female Directors

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 3:09 PM

The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque has just announced that starting on Jan. 14 it will screen nine movies by six female filmmakers as part of the series, The Female Gaze: Landmark Films by Women.

The movies, all of which come from the United States, France and Belgium, have been recently restored and re-released. Admission to each program is $10, $7 for Cinematheque members, those with CIA or CSU I.D. cards, or those age 25 and under. The series commences on Jan. 14. with a screening of The Dumb Girl of Portici (pictured) and Shoes, two silent films.

Courtesy of the Cinematheque, here are the descriptions of each film.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Former PD Movie Critic Clint O'Connor Resurfaces in Akron

Posted By on Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 10:16 AM

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Clint O'Connor need not change his Twitter handle. The former Plain Dealer movie critic, @clintomovies, has joined the Akron Beacon-Journal as a pop culture writer and an editor of the weekly entertainment magazine, Enjoy!.

"I’ve come to Akron to commit random acts of journalism," writes O'Connor in an introductory post on, the online home of the Beacon-Journal. "Or at least to cover movies, TV, the local entertainment scene and pop culture in general. You know, the fun stuff."

Fun stuff indeed. O'Connor tells Scene he'll be doing some of what Akron's pop culture guru Rich Heldenfels, who retired in September, used to do. And he'll begin his work on the magazine next month. He has been teaching part-time at John Carroll University and says he'll continue in an adjunct capacity.

Given the state of newspapers in the 21st century, O'Connor admitted he was surprised any publication was hiring in 2016, but he shouldn't have been. Given his energy and experience on the movie beat, O'Connor is a killer nab for the ABJ. (The Cleveland movie press corps — hello there! — is delighted to have him around once again.)

You can read about O'Connor and Heldenfels in action here. And if you want to reach out to him about movies (or to congratulate him), he can be reached at
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