Designing for Survival

Designing for Survival

Having just survived a hurricane in Florida — Irma, to be exact — and a week without conditioned air, I was given some downtime to think and write. This hot, miserable period of time allowed me to gathers ideas for comfort — or lack thereof. Just as each hurricane season seams to get more intense,…

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’: Colin Firth Back on the neo-Bond Beat with Channing Tatum and…Elton John

‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’: Colin Firth Back on the neo-Bond Beat with Channing Tatum and…Elton John

Like its predecessor, the new “Kingsman” movie is a bit too much of a good thing. In the first film, “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” director Matthew Vaughn came up with a giddy take on the early Bond movies, this time focusing on an “independent intelligence agency” headquartered in a high-end tailor shop in London’s Savile…

From Crags to Caverns in Shenandoah National Park

From Crags to Caverns in Shenandoah National Park

By Jim Farber Long before the Shenandoah National Park and its scenic roadway, Skyline Drive, was established on Dec. 26, 1935, this long rocky crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains was home to “hollow folks,” (by some accounts the inspiration for Dogpatch, USA, in the comic strip “Li’l Abner “), a hideaway for illegal whiskey…

Denis Villeneuve Interview for “Blade Runner 2049”

Denis Villeneuve Interview for “Blade Runner 2049”

Steven Samblis Interviews Denis Villeneuve about Directing his new film “Blade Runner 2049”. Depending on what version of Blade Runner you’ve seen or preferred, it’s possible to make strong arguments that main character Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is a human or an artificially created Replicant himself. It’s a question fans have debated since the movie…

Arpa Film Festival Q&A

Arpa Film Festival Q&A

CB: When did you start AFFMA and the Arpa Film Festival? Arpa Foundation for Film, Music and Art (AFFMA) was founded in 1995 to provide a platform for filmmakers, musicians and artists, whose work explores subjects of social and cultural importance. AFMMA’s biggest endeavor was launching its signature Arpa International Film Festival in 1997, which…

Instant Movie Review – American Made

Instant Movie Review – American Made

In Universal Pictures’ American Made, TOM CRUISE reunites with his Edge of Tomorrow director, DOUG LIMAN (The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith), in this international escapade based on the outrageous (and real) exploits of a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history.…

The Man Who Invented Christmas – Trailer

The Man Who Invented Christmas – Trailer

Using real-life inspiration and a vivid imagination, author Charles Dickens brings Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters to life in “A Christmas Carol,” forever changing the holiday season into the celebration known today. The journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer) and other classic characters from “A Christmas Carol.”…