Life struck me as several cuts above “meh” but never made me jump out of my seat.
Bill Stamets is a film lecturer at the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. He posts at billstamets.com. Previously he freelanced at the Chicago Sun-Times, Newcity and Chicago Reader; and taught film at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a Super-8 filmmaker too.
A preview of the upcoming 2016 Chicago French Film Festival, which runs July 22 - 28 at the Music Box Theater.
A preview of the 2016 Chicago Underground Film Festival.
An extensive look at titles playing the 19th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival, which is running at the Chicago's Gene Siskel Center from March 4 - 31.
A preview of the Serbian Film Festival at the Muvico Rosemont 18 just outside Chicago.
A report on the 27th Polish Film Festival in America.
A preview of the 33rd Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival.
Director Justin Chadwick talks about the making of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."
"Black Venus" screens twice in the 15th Annual European Union Film Festival: Saturday, March 3, 2:15 pm; Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 pm. At the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State Street, Chicago. Admission: $11; $7 students. (312) 846-2600. In English, French, Afrikaans, Dutch, with English subtitles.
How did Charles Chaplin get his start on the screen? In 1913 the English comic was on a U.S. tour with a vaudeville troupe when the Keystone Film Company offered him $150 per week. Chaplin signed a contract and took the train to Los Angeles. He acted on camera for the first time in "Making a Living." A critic at The Moving Picture World gushed that the newcomer was "a comedian of the first water, who acts like one of Nature's own naturals."
Two men are in conflict in a stunning sub-Arctic landscape in "How I Ended This Summer," the Russian drama by Aleksei Popogrebsky that won the Gold Hugo, the top prize in the 46th Chicago International Film Festival.