You-review-it Monday

February 18, 2008
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Lots going on this week, from a new play opening at the Alley Theatre to African Footprint at the Madame Walker.

Me, I had my first Storytelling Arts experience at the Indiana Historical Society, visited the Indianapolis Art Center and caught up on the indy film “Chalk” and the underrated fantasy flick “Stardust.”

How about you?

What did you see, read, watch or experience?

I look forward to reading your thoughts.

And stay tuned for information on the next IBJ Night at the Movies.
  • I'm glad you mentioned Stardust as being underrated! I'm a Neil Gaiman fan and went to see it in the theatre. I really enjoyed it and just bought the dvd last week and watched it again. It reminded me in a way of the Princess Bride. It has such a great cast too -
  • I attended the Indianapolis Art Center's opening on Friday. Favorite installation of the group show is poly_genic.

    I'm late on this, but watched Juno...and absolutely loved it. I have to say that it's one of my favorite movies, ever.
  • Hubby and I checked out Central Library's new digs - WOW! We were wholey impressed. State of the art in many ways. The learning curve area was impressive as was the general layout of the materials floor by floor. The Atrium with the inclusion of art displays was also very impressive. I really enjoyed the way in which they melded the original building and the new structure.

    While there we perused the art showing featuring black artists (I believe the opening was a week or so back). Found some of the art to be very inspiring - but was also turned off by some. A couple of pieces sparked an interesting conversation - why did this artist choose to depict the violence sadly found in our cities of late? While the artwork, showing gang violence, was exceptionally done - I'm not sure what the message was. Was it glorification of the horrorific act or was it trying to show beauty in such an ugly act? I'm not sure - nor am I sure I am the artists primary audience. At any rate - the graphite work was very well handled - just not my choice of subject.

    On a lighter note - we also enjoyed watching many movies we checked out from the library - including Dreamgirls and An Officer and a Gentleman.

    It was a relaxing weekend - capped off by a NASCAR nap on Sunday that ended when of our own Hoosier natives crossed the line first under the checkered flag.
  • We watched This Is Spinal Tap (1984). Neither of us had seen it and it was as funny as they say. We have enjoyed other Christopher Guest movies and this was no less. The out-takes were very funny also. It is just so easy to watch a movie at home and difficult, at least for me, to go to a theater. Another movie we watched is Topkapi (1964), which we recommend to others who like these old movies. Melina Mercouri, Maximilian Schell, Peter Ustinov and others; great cast.
  • It's great to hear your thoughts.

    Color Me Free: A common misconception is that Christopher Guest made This is Spinal Tap (not sure if you have that misconception--wasn't clear from your note). FYI: It was Rob Reiner's first feature as a director. Years since I've seen Topkapi! but I love rediscovering classic action/adventure films. I'm about due for another visit with The Magnificent Seven.

    CC: I'll be writing about the Indianapolis Art Center show in this week's IBJ.

    Leslie: Yes, Stardust is certainly in the Princess Bride ballpark--although less self-conscious (I love PB's self-consciousness by the way. I'm not knocking it). I started to read Stardust to my kids years ago but quickly realized it was an adult book and bailed. The film found a good balance between the two.

  • Lou, The Magnificent Seven is always worth visiting. I enjoy it more than The Seven Samurai, though I love both. Hard to imagine anybody assembling a finer cast of badasses among today's cinema stars. (Well, there's no accounting for Horst Buchholz, but besides him . . .)

    And don't you mean Spinal Tap was Marty DiBergi's first feature? ;-)
  • I attended Butler Ballet's Mid Winter Dance performance on Friday night, and was completely knocked out by Cynthia Pratt's Rainmakers. The choreography, music, lighting and of course the dancing all added up to a piece that was rich, powerful and full of surprises. The students all did a great job in Susan McGuire's staging of the Paul Taylor classic Cloven Kingdom.
  • Thanks for chiming in, David. Your insight is appreciated and most welcome here.
    By the way, David's next work with Dance Kaleidoscope, The French Connection, runs March 20-23. Interesting to see a dance work labeled for mature audiences. Hmmmmm
  • Thanks for the mention, Lou, and for having this blog available. Sometime, I would love to discuss the pressures on an artistic director to produce only family friendly work in our town.

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