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Friday, October 22, 2021

The Problem With Dune

Posted By on Fri, Oct 22, 2021 at 8:35 AM

  • Warner Bros. Pictures
There is no problem with Dune.

It's amazing. Go see it. Director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner: 2049) has crafted a big, fat, nerdy sci-fi epic that's worth viewing in theaters. It opens simultaneously (today) on HBO Max, but the massive scope of the film and its attention to visual detail reward viewings in premium formats.

It's true that this is not your garden variety Fast and the Furious. This is not your breezy, family-friendly Shang-Chi. It's a heady, dense, sometimes disorienting adaptation of a sci-fi masterpiece so heady, dense and disorienting that it was long thought to be unadaptable. There are confusing words, titles, trinkets.

Furthermore, it's far more political than the average space opera in the sense that its plot has everything to do with politics. "Dune" is another name for the planet Arrakis, and the story is all about leadership there and the production of its bountiful natural resource, called "spice." At the outset, the planet has been granted, via an emperor's decree, to Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) and his family, including his son Paul (Timothee Chalamet), a messianic figure who's greeted with hope and longing by the people of Dune.

The Atreides clan and their lieutenants (Josh Brolin and a clean-shaven Jason Momoa among them) shuttle from their home planet to take command, but do so with caution. They are aware that the imperial gift is tied up in grander political disputes, and the Duke recognizes the profit in forging an alliance with the planet's indigenous population.

Palace intrigue dominates, though be advised that there's far less sex and violence than a typical episode of Game of Thrones. The biggest thrill in seeing Dune is watching Frank Herbert's original vision come to life in Villeneuve's capable hands. Like all very good sci-fi, there's an almost academic thrill in learning about new, imagined worlds: their laws, legends, geographies, weaponry, etc. The costumes, production design and special effects — to say nothing of the score by Hans Zimmer — enhance a script that remains true to both the spirit and text of Herbert's seminal 1965 novel, and does its best not to alienate audiences with a flood of information out of the gate. 

Dune may not rake in huge profits at the box office this weekend, at least not relative to its $116 million budget, but that's only a "problem" if you're a soulless studio hack. Villeneuve is prepared to begin shooting the second half of his epic (conceived as a two-parter), as soon as possible, and Warner Brothers would be foolish not to give this king a greenlight.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

12 Hours of Terror Offshoot Coming to Capitol Theatre in December

Posted By on Thu, Oct 21, 2021 at 1:16 PM

  • Cleveland Cinemas
Though the annual all-night horror movie marathon 12 Hours of Terror had to take two years off due to the pandemic, it is returning in a more modest format to the Capitol Theatre in the Gordon Square Arts District in December.

12 Hours of Terror Presents: Season's Bleedings will be a mini horror movie marathon repurposed for the holidays. It will feature four timeless cult classics: Flesh for Frankenstein 3D aka Andy Warhol's Halloween (1973), Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984), New Year's Evil (1980), and that John Carpenter cold-weather slasher, The Thing (1982).

This will be the Cleveland premiere of a new 3D print of Flesh for Frankenstein.

“12 Hours of Terror had become a real tradition for horror fans in Cleveland and surrounding cities and states,” said Dave Huffman, Special Program Consultant for Cleveland Cinemas, in a press release. “One of the most common questions we have been receiving during the pandemic was, “Will there be a 12 Hours of Terror?” While the full-scale, all-night marathon couldn’t happen in October, Season’s Bleedings is going to be an amazing night with 8 hours of Santa slashers and over-the-top gory fun.”

As in years past, the marathon will includes all sorts of door prizes, cameos and thematic costumes and décor. Some fun onscreen surprises await as well. Seeing as its the holiday season, an "evil Santa" appearance may be in the offing. Unlike in years past, the marathon won't be a full 12 hours. The event is scheduled to last from 4 p.m. until midnight.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the show. They can be purchased online at or Face masks are encouraged.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Cinematheque To Screen Classic Horror Films on Halloween Weekend

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2021 at 8:52 AM

The Cinematheque will screen Tales From the Hood. - UNIVERSAL PICTURES
  • Universal Pictures
  • The Cinematheque will screen Tales From the Hood.
The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque just announced that it’ll screen five classic horror films from three different countries and four different decades over the course of Halloween weekend (Oct. 28-31).

“We’ve always shown a scary movie or two for Halloween,” notes Cinematheque Director John Ewing in a press release. “But this year we’ve outdone ourselves with five very interesting and unusual choices. These are Halloween movies you won’t see at any other local cinema.”

The schedule includes Raw (Oct. 28 and 29), Tales from the Hood (Oct. 28 and 29), The Seventh Victim (Oct. 30 and 31), Dead of Night (Oct. 30 and 31) and Possession (Oct. 30 and 31).

All of the films will show in the Peter B. Lewis Theater. Face masks (not Halloween masks) are required for all attendees.

Check the Cinematheque website for ticket prices.

Free parking for filmgoers is available in Lot 73 and in the Institute’s annex lot, both located off of E. 117th Street south of Euclid Avenue. 

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Akron Civic Theatre To Host Special 'Napoleon Dynamite' Screening and Discussion

Posted By on Tue, Sep 21, 2021 at 9:29 AM

Poster for the Akron Civic's screening of Napoleon Dynamite. - AKRONCIVIC.COM
  • Poster for the Akron Civic's screening of Napoleon Dynamite.
A cult classic if there ever were one, Napoleon Dynamite helped introduce the world to actor and comedian Jon Heder, who played the nerdy character after whom the film takes its name. His awkward movements and distinctive vocal delivery made his performance unforgettable.

At 7:30 on Friday, Oct. 8, the Akron Civic Theatre will host a special screening of Napoleon Dynamite followed by a moderated discussion with Heder, Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico).

Reserved tickets start at $25, and a limited number of VIP tickets are also available for $125.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, the Civic encourages all non-vaccinated persons to continue to wear masks.

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Cinematheque To Screen 'The Wind' as Part of Inaugural National Silent Movie Day

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 12:17 PM

Lillian Gish in The Wind. - WARNER BROS.
  • Warner Bros.
  • Lillian Gish in The Wind.
The inaugural National Silent Movie Day will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 29, and the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque will be among the 30 cinemas and performance venues participating.

The Cinematheque will screen the 1928 silent feature The Wind starring Lillian Gish. Martin Scorsese recently called this movie "one of the greatest films of the silent era,” noting that “if you’ve never seen a silent film, The Wind is an excellent place to begin."

 “The Wind is one of the artistic pinnacles of the silent era, and incredibly, it’s never before been shown at the Cinematheque,” says Cinematheque Director John Ewing in a statement.

Ohio-born Gish plays a "delicate young woman from Virginia" who travels west to live with relatives on the lonely Texas plains. The Cinematheque will show a vintage 35mm print (with a music track) of The Wind, which is directed by Victor Sjöström, the foremost filmmaker of the Swedish silent cinema, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 29.

Tickets cost $13, or $10 for Cinematheque members, CIA and CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 and under. Face masks are required for all moviegoers. Free parking for filmgoers is available in Lot 73 and in the Institute’s annex lot, both off E. 117th St. south of Euclid Ave. 

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Cinematheque To Host 2021 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 8:50 AM

A scene from BJ's Mobile Gift Shop. - SUNDANCE INSTITUTE
  • Sundance Institute
  • A scene from BJ's Mobile Gift Shop.
The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque has just announced it’ll host the 2021 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, a 92-minute program of seven short films selected from this year’s festival.

The Cinematheque will host the program, which includes BJ's Mobile Gift Shop, a film about a young Korean-American hustler who makes sales out of his "mobile gift shop,” The Criminals, a movie about a young couple struggling to find a place to stay in Turkey, and KKUM, an animated film from South Korean director Kang-min Kim, at 9:20 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, and at 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18.

The Short Film Tour features fiction, documentary, and animation from around the globe, and includes two special jury award winners from this year’s festival.

A launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers, including Wes Anderson, Damien Chazelle, Dee Rees, David O. Russell, Joey Soloway, the festival received close to 10,000 short film submissions this year. Sundance selected a mere 50 to screen at its annual festival.

“For the past decade, our Short Film Tour has traveled across the United States to reach new audiences who might not get a chance to see some of the amazing shorts we find each year,” says Mike Plante, Senior Programmer for Sundance Film Festival, in a press release. “After having to pause last year due to the pandemic, we are excited to be able to bring these short films to audiences in-person and be part of programming that is welcoming independent film fans back to theaters. This year’s program continues our tradition of stories that speak to today’s world, explore the human condition, and entertain with a wide variety of styles.”

Cinematheque Director John Ewing says the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is one of the theater’s most popular annual programs.

“We’re pleased to be able to offer the latest edition to Cleveland moviegoers in our beautiful theater once again,” says Ewing.

Tickets to the 2021 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour cost $12, or $9 for Cinematheque members, CIA and CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 and under. Masks are required for all moviegoers. Free parking is available in Lot 73 and in the Institute’s annex lot, both off E. 117th St. south of Euclid Ave.

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Friday, September 3, 2021

Break Out the Cheesecake: The Golden Girls Are Coming to the Big Screen at Cedar Lee for a Special Engagement

Posted By on Fri, Sep 3, 2021 at 9:56 AM

The gals - ABC STUDIOS
  • ABC Studios
  • The gals

Thank you for being a friend, Cleveland Cinemas, and bringing the beloved Golden Girls to the big screen at the Cedar Lee for a special September 14th engagement, "Forever Golden! A Celebration of the Golden Girls."

Golden Girls was way ahead of its time in tone, topics and humor, as well as for showing that women cultivated fulfilling and engaging — and very sexual, in the case of Blache — lives beyond their 20s. Heck, even beyond their 40s. It was the original Sex and the City and so damn good.

“There’s a reason The Golden Girls was nominated and won so many comedy awards. It’s just that funny,’” said Ray Nutt, Fathom Events CEO, in a release. “This celebration of the hilarious show is a treat for existing fans as well as a whole new generation to experience this classic sitcom.”

So put on your best Dorothy Zbornak power blazer, grab some cheesecake and imagine yourself on a lanai while you enjoy watching the following episodes:

*The Pilot
*Grab That Dough
*Journey To The Center Of Attention
*Henny Penny-Straight, No Chaser
*The Case Of The Libertine Belle

Cedar Lee will be offering a fan celebration separate from the admission ticket as well as Golden Girl-themed cocktails, a trivia contest and more.

More information here.

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