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It's how a lot of us got hooked on movies in the first place. When I was 8 or 9 I saw "2001: A Space Odyssey" in 70 mm in Milwaukee with my mother. My memory's fuzzy on the particulars but I recall asking so many questions about the obelisk on the drive...
"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" was pink. But we'll get to that in a minute. Music Box Theatre general manager Dave Jennings considers himself fortunate to have such a "smart, forgiving audience" for the current and very popular 70mm retrospective. The...
Something's wrong. Tom Cruise, or, rather, Jack Harper, his character in the placid new science-fiction adventure "Oblivion," can't shake his dreams of a woman giving him the big eyes on the observation deck of the Empire State Building. It's 2077....
Tags: Olga Kurylenko, Movies, Arts and Culture, Tom Cruise, Fiction
Local governments are so befuddled about how to archive public officials' cellphone text messages that we're left to guess what kind of conversations are taking place about the public's business. Was Orange County Commissioner Jennifer Thompson...
It's my final column of the year and, for that matter, the new millennium — not to mention of all time. Unless it isn't. I'm so confused. Anyhow, let's look at the highs and lows of 2012 — not that you have much choice if you're going to...
What do zombies and androids have in common? They're almost human, but not quite. That disconnect is creepy, in a way that scientists are searching to understand. The uncanny valley is the idea that as a robot's appearance becomes more and more...
Nearly all the bits and pieces in director Ridley Scott's"Prometheus" come from other movies — either one of Scott's or someone else's. More and more, though, I appreciate Scott's fundamental squareness as a filmmaker. "Prometheus" may be the"...
Joseph Sheppard has an IQ above 130. Ask him about his life or worldview and he'll start drawing connections to cosmology and quantum mechanics. He'll toss around names of great intellectuals -- Nietzsche, Spinoza -- as if they're as culturally relevant...
Among the more than 1,000 objects on display in "Stanley Kubrick" -- a massive exhibition devoted to the legendary filmmaker that opens Thursday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art -- the piece that perhaps best captures the director's singular...
With the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's expansive "Stanley Kubrick" exhibition set to close on June 30, the museum's film department is revisiting several key movies in the maverick filmmaker's oeuvre. Each of the director's films in the series...
Chicago Philharmonic: Mattia Rondelli is guest conductor for a program of favorite Italian and American orchestral works by Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Gershwin, Bernstein and others. Susan Merdinger is the piano soloist. Sponsored by the Italian Consulate...
The Hartford CourantTwo Pulitzer Prize winners. A former U.S. poet laureate. President Obama's 2013 Inaugural poet. A "poet of witness" who champions human rights. This year's Sunken Garden Poetry Prize-winner, and students whose "fresh voices" have enlivened state poetry...
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