WBEZ | Movies http://www.wbez.org/tags/movies-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 'Sympathy, Said the Shark' Film Flips the Camera Around http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-01-11/sympathy-said-shark-film-flips-camera-around-114443 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/sympathyshark.png" alt="" /><p><div>There are so many films that only give us one point of view: the protagonist&rsquo;s. And in a thriller that can make it easy to pick the villain and the hero.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But the indie film &#39;Sympathy, Said the Shark&#39; flips the camera around--literally.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The audience sees the action unfold from every character&rsquo;s point of view. It&rsquo;s playing tonight at Chicago&rsquo;s Facets Multimedia. The film&#39;s writer and director, David Lawrence, as well as co-producer (and Chicago-native), Casey Morris joined us to discuss their work.</div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-01-11/sympathy-said-shark-film-flips-camera-around-114443 WBEZ Listeners' Favorite Holiday Movies http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-23/wbez-listeners-favorite-holiday-movies-114268 <p><div><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/flickr%20Kevin%20Dooley.jpg" style="height: 450px; width: 300px; float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="(flickr/Kevin Dooley)" /><p dir="ltr">Earlier this week, we took your calls about your favorite holiday movies; the films that you go to every year to get in the spirit.</p><p dir="ltr">We got loads of great calls, and they continue to pour into the hotline. Here are some favorites that aren&rsquo;t as common as you might think.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 23 Dec 2015 12:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-23/wbez-listeners-favorite-holiday-movies-114268 'Back To The Future Part 2': designing a future for 30 years ago http://www.wbez.org/news/back-future-part-2-designing-future-30-years-ago-113429 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/9544541664_b43ec6c183_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res450049599" previewtitle="In Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) slips on his Nike sneakers and rides a Mattel hoverboard in front of a Texaco gas station."><p>Oct. 21, 2015, is when the first act of<a href="http://www.backtothefuture.com/" target="_blank">&nbsp;<em>Back to the Future Part II</em></a>&nbsp;is set. In the sequel, Marty McFly goes forth and back in time, and complications ensue. It&#39;s a 2015 that&#39;s different from the one we know now &mdash; but not that different.</p></div><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="In Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) slips on his Nike sneakers and rides a Mattel hoverboard in front of a Texaco gas station." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/10/19/back-to-the-future-2-27c06f9d271e02b5c17b2b544fa8675b5d626a0d-s700-c85.jpg" style="text-align: center; height: 450px; width: 600px;" title="In Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) slips on his Nike sneakers and rides a Mattel hoverboard in front of a Texaco gas station. (Courtesy of The Kobal Collection)" /></p><p><span style="text-align: center;">On one hand, in the movie, electric cars quietly hum around the streets. We&#39;ve got those.</span></p><p><span style="text-align: center;">A hologram for&nbsp;<em>Jaws 19</em>&nbsp;pops out of a theater marquee and freaks Marty out. You can find holograms like that on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.</span></p><p>When bad guy Griff gets arrested for wrecking the clock tower near the lake? A drone takes his picture for <em>USA Today</em>. And the Chicago Cubs, in the<em>&nbsp;Back to the Future</em>&nbsp;universe, win the World Series in 2015. As of right now, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-07/cubs-looking-launch-themselves-playoffs-113217" target="_blank">they can still make that happen</a>.</p><p>Of course, there&#39;s a lot of stuff that&nbsp;<em>Back to the Future Part II&nbsp;</em>doesn&#39;t get right. Our cars don&#39;t fly. Our shoes don&#39;t tie themselves. Our clothes don&#39;t blow dry themselves, either. And what we call &quot;hoverboards&quot; today don&#39;t really hover, if we&#39;re going to be honest.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VrVe7XoeiEk" width="540"></iframe></p><p>So what does a 1980s movie tell us about ourselves today in 2015? Does it say anything about how we got here?</p><p>Not really, according to Rick Carter. He was the production designer on the movie.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s an attempt to stimulate in the time it was made. It wasn&#39;t made for now.&quot;</p><p>Carter&#39;s got strong credits when it comes to time travel. He also worked on&nbsp;<em>A.I. Artificial Intelligence,&nbsp;</em><em>Avatar</em>&nbsp;and the new&nbsp;<em>Star Wars&nbsp;</em>movie.</p><p>Carter says time-travel stories are more about the time in which they were made. And what was big in the late &#39;80s when&nbsp;<em>Back to the Future Part II</em>&nbsp;was made? Buying stuff.</p><p>&quot;Not just product placement, but the branding of our culture,&quot; says Carter. &quot;This was no longer the hippie era where everything that was of corporations was being pushed to the side in terms of being hip or cool. It was a celebration of what the culture and the economy was creating.&quot;</p><p>Like a hologram Ronald Reagan selling fast food.</p><p>It was, at least, a somewhat optimistic view of the future. More optimistic than, say, <em>Blade Runner</em>.&nbsp;To Carter, creating the future wasn&#39;t about predicting. It was about making the present seem better.</p><p>&quot;That&#39;s how we saw the holograms coming out of the movie theaters, or the litter bug that&#39;s running around that&#39;s positive, sweeping things up,&quot; says Carter. &quot;It was about projecting from a very exuberant sense we had at the time being young until now.&quot;</p><p>That exuberance was tempered a bit, though. With some pointed jokes knocking nostalgia, the movie knew that the future wouldn&#39;t be perfect. Or was it the past?</p><p>Whatever. Nothing&#39;s perfect.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/10/20/450009076/back-to-the-future-part-2-designing-a-future-for-30-years-ago?ft=nprml&amp;f=450009076" target="_blank"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 13:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/back-future-part-2-designing-future-30-years-ago-113429 New book looks at how the film industry began right here in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-02/new-book-looks-how-film-industry-began-right-here-chicago-112305 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/silent alex eylar.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/212959982&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 22px;">Chicago has been growing as a movie making destination. Action flicks like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and indie films like Drinking Buddies filmed here in recent years.But our growing presence on the scene is a return to history. The book Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry dissects how the major studios launched the silent film era right here in Chicago. Co-authors Michael Glover Smith and Adam Selzer explain why Chicago was such a hot spot and when that bright light faded.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guests:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://whitecitycinema.com/tag/michael-glover-smith/">Michael Glover Smith</a> and <a href="http://www.adamselzer.com/">Adam Selzer</a> are Co-Authors of the book Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-02/new-book-looks-how-film-industry-began-right-here-chicago-112305 11 alternative Christmas movies to watch this year http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-12/11-alternative-christmas-movies-watch-year-109384 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img 20th="" alt="" century="" class="image-original_image" edward="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Edward-Scissorhands-movie-still.jpg" style="height: 342px; width: 620px;" title="A still from &quot;Edward Scissorhands.&quot; (AP Photo/20th Century Fox)" /></div><p>Ah, Christmas movies. Everyone has a favorite, whether it be an old classic&mdash;the Rankin/Bass version of &quot;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xqACmJvqaU" target="_blank">Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer</a>&quot;&nbsp;comes to mind&mdash;or a newer addition, like Jim Carrey&#39;s &quot;How the Grinch Stole Christmas&quot; or Will Ferrell&#39;s &quot;Elf.&quot;</p><p>I will admit that a few traditional Christmas films still hold my heart, particularly &quot;It&#39;s A Wonderful Life&quot; (because I love Jimmy Stewart) and &quot;A Muppet Chistmas Carol&quot; (because I love Michael Caine as Scrooge, plus muppets), but my tastes have changed considerably over the years.</p><p>Once I began to realize that schmaltz-fests like &quot;The Family Stone&quot; were unfulfilling, and garish clunkers like &quot;Jingle All the Way&quot; were actually&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/jingle-all-the-way-1996" target="_blank">materialism incarnate</a>, I made a conscious decision to venture outside the Hallmark Channel-approved box for my holiday viewing.&nbsp;</p><p>I started watching movies set at Christmastime, often with plots still somewhat impacted by or connected to seasonal tropes, but that also contained much weirder, darker, and more complex themes than the simpler stories I enjoyed as a child. (I blame you, film school.)</p><p>Then there are those beloved holiday staples that toe the line, but never quite cross it. For example, &quot;A Christmas Story&quot; has enough acerbic wit to balance out the nostalgia, but also plays to the masses for <a href="http://www.tbs.com/stories/story/0,,97568,00.html" target="_blank">24 hours on TBS</a>. National Lampoon&#39;s &quot;Christmas Vacation&quot; may veer hilariously towards the irreverent, but stops short of real oddball territory due to the near universal accessibility of writer John Hughes.</p><p>If you&#39;re looking for a new yuletide tradition that doesn&#39;t involve endless rounds of carol-singing, or if you&#39;ve simply had your fill of Bing Crosby and &quot;Frosty the Snowman,&quot; then I suggest treating yourself to a Christmas movie with a little more bite.&nbsp;</p><p>Here are my Top 11:</p><p><strong>11. &quot;Brazil&quot; (1985)</strong></p><p>Terry Gilliam&#39;s &quot;Brazil&quot; is one of the most bizarre movies I&#39;ve ever seen; and consequently, one of my all-time favorites. The warped Christmas setting, though completely random and unexplained, is a perfect match for the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Wh2b1eZFUM" target="_blank">dystopian terror</a> of a society utterly devoid of holiday spirit. Plus, if you ever wanted to see Jonathon Pryce, Jim Broadbent, Peter Vaughn, Katherine Helmond, and Robert DeNiro in a film together&mdash;or rather, spiraling out of control in a wacky, retro-future Orwellian universe&mdash;herein lies your opportunity.</p><p><strong>10. &quot;Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy&quot; (2011)</strong></p><p>A Cold War<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aco15ScXCwA" target="_blank"> espionage thriller</a> starring Gary Oldman may not sound very Christmasy, but factor in a holiday office party as the scene that frames the movie&mdash;with gaudy &#39;70s suits, clouds of cigarette smoke, and a discordant sing-along to the Soviet Anthem, no less&mdash;and the idea of seasonal communion is turned wickedly on its head, like a wind-up doll gone deliriously mad. Meanwhile, in yet another sinister detail from director Tomas Alfredson (&quot;Let the Right One In&quot;), the singing is conducted by a eldritch-looking Santa Claus in a Lenin mask.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>9. &quot;Eyes Wide Shut&quot; (1999)</strong></p><p>In acclaimed director Stanley Kubrick&#39;s <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXEziyz9duA" target="_blank">final film</a>, which premiered shortly after Kubrick&#39;s sudden death&nbsp;from a heart attack, then-married couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman play a charged game of art imitating life. Here is a husband and wife who attend holiday parties together, then seperate, and fleetingly experience sordid lives outside their own. But when their wildest dreams turn to nightmares, notice the perverted symbolism: a Christmas tree (or related seasonal bauble) appears in almost every scene.</p><p><strong>8. &quot;The Apartment&quot; (1960)</strong></p><p>Leave it to filmmaker Billy Wilder (&quot;Some Like It Hot,&quot; &quot;The Lost Weekend&quot;) to write and direct a movie that focuses on the very darkest chasms of the human heart come Christmastime. Jack Lemmon plays the antihero, C.C. &quot;Bud&quot; Baxter: a lonely insurance salesman who decides to drown his sorrows in booze on Christmas Eve. He meets a fellow lonely heart at his neighborhood bar, and then brings her up to his apartment for a little more forgetting. But in a startling twist, they find that Shirley MacLaine&#39;s character is already there, passed out on his bed from a drug overdose. This sequence of events is beyond unfortunate, but also painfully true to life: a mirror reflecting back on those of us who know all too well how <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CufD9Tu1uLE" target="_blank">soul-crushing</a> the holidays can be, and how forced that &quot;cheer&quot; can often feel.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>7. &quot;Gremlins&quot; (1984)</strong></p><p>If you haven&#39;t seen this cult classic about evil little monsters going beserk on Christmas, then I am slightly jealous of your good fortune. The very &#39;80s&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoK0BzYUTrU" target="_blank">black comedy horror film</a>, directed by Chris Columbus (&quot;Home Alone,&quot; &quot;Harry Potter&quot;) and produced by Steven Spielberg, centers on a teenage boy who gets a critter called a Mogwai for Christmas. His dad found the thing in Chinatown, of all places, and he must follow three rules to care for it properly: never expose it to bright light; never get it wet; and most importantly, never feed it after midnight. Of course, the boy does not follow these instructions, and his cuddly little pet, whom he calls Gizmo, eventually mulitiplies into a horde of scary reptilian gremlins that begin terrorizing his small town. Honestly, I always feared that my Furby would do the same thing.</p><p><strong>6. &quot;Batman Returns&quot; (1992)</strong></p><p>Tim Burton&#39;s first appearance on this list, with his second and last entry into the live-action &quot;Batman&quot; franchise of the &#39;90s, is also perhaps the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman_Returns" target="_blank">most Christmasy superhero film</a> in recent memory. Corrupt businessman Max Schreck (Christopher Walken) is described as &quot;Gotham&#39;s own Santa Claus,&quot; Michelle Pfieffer&#39;s Catwoman kisses Michael Keaton&#39;s Batman under the mistletoe, and Danny DeVito&#39;s deranged Penguin wreaks havoc on a snow-covered Gotham City. Ironically, the movie also enjoyed a successful June release in theatres, giving it the highest opening weekend&nbsp;of any film up to that point.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>5. &quot;Kiss Kiss Bang Bang&quot; (2005)</strong></p><p>In this underrated crime caper from writer/director Shane Black, a theatrical thief (Robert Downey Jr.) teams up with a gay detective (Val Kilmer) to solve a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-ekNtkhLjs" target="_blank">murder mystery</a> at Christmastime. Downey and Kilmer have surprisingly great comedic chemistry, likely aided by the kitsch romanticism of a snowless LA with plastic trees and Christmas lights. An actress also entagled in the crime (Michelle Monaghan) even shows up in a sexy Santa costume at one point.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>4. &quot;The Shop Around the Corner&quot; (1940)</strong></p><p>Two employees at a Budapest gift shop (Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan, respectively) can barely stand one another; and yet, unbeknownst to both of them, are falling in love through the post as each other&#39;s anonymous pen pal. But as fate would have it, Christmas is ultimately what brings these squabbling soulmates together. In the film&#39;s memorable final scene, Stewart puts a red carnation on his lapel&mdash;thus revealing his identity to Sullivan as her longtime mystery correspondent&mdash;and the two share a passionate embrace on Christmas Eve. Does this <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033045/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1" target="_blank">oft-repeated romantic comedy</a> scenario sound familiar? Watch &quot;You&#39;ve Got Mail&quot; (the 1998 Nora Ephron-directed remake starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks), relive the nostalgia of AOL dial-up, and feel old.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>3. &quot;Edward Scissorhands&quot; (1990)</strong></p><p>Magical is the first word that comes to mind when I think of &quot;Edward Scissorhands,&quot; which is exactly the spirit that director Tim Burton conjures up in every fairy-tale frame. Johnny Depp&#39;s impressive silent film actor performance is another revelation (how could one not fall in love with his sweet, gentle, sadly<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099487/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1" target="_blank"> scissor-handed hero</a>?) and the bizarro world that the rest of the characters inhabit looks positively ethereal once the snow starts to fall. In fact, Winona Ryder twirling like an angel admist snowflakes and ice sculptures is perhaps the purest embodiment of Christmas I have ever seen put to film: an exultation of whimsy, wonder, and most of all, hope.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>2. &quot;The Nightmare Before Christmas&quot; (1993)</strong></p><p>Yes, Christmas features prominently into the plot, but Tim Burton&#39;s story is just as much about Halloweenteen and its delightfully creepy inhabitants as it is about what Jack Skellington discovers in the land of elves and Santy Claus. Plus, the incredible <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-LXKoNOMj0" target="_blank">stop motion animation</a> from director Henry Selick (&quot;James and the Giant Peach,&quot; &quot;Coraline&quot;) remains as mind-blowing today as it was when the film was first released.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>1. &quot;Die Hard&quot; (1988)</strong></p><p>I don&#39;t care what <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/katienotopoulos/here-is-an-opinion-that-is-not-as-clever-as-you-might-think" target="_blank">Buzzfeed</a> says; this movie is the epitome of yuletide joy. If you don&#39;t believe in miracles after watching Bruce Willis bungee jump through explosions on a fire hose, what hope is there for the world? Also, as a card-carrying member of the Alan Rickman fan club, I simply cannot fathom why audiences tout his role in &quot;Love Actually&quot; (quite possibly the most overrated holiday film of all time, in which he plays one of the most unlikeable characters) over his turn in this priceless gem. Old standbys like &quot;Miracle on 34th Street&quot; and &quot;Home Alone&quot; aside, &quot;Die Hard&quot; reigns as the ultimate Christmas movie.</p><p><strong>What are your favorite unconventional Christmas films?</strong></p><p><em>Leah Pickett writes about art and popular culture for WBEZ. Follow her on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">@leahkpickett</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 09:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-12/11-alternative-christmas-movies-watch-year-109384 Who's behind those eyes? http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/whos-behind-those-eyes-108882 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/115479411&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em>Editor&#39;s note: This presentation and its accompanying interview were published in 2013. The Chicago International Film Festival is set to celebrate its 50th anniversary in October 2014.&nbsp;</em></p><p>The <a href="http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/">Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF)</a> is fast approaching the mid-century mark.</p><p>This year is the 49th outing of the longest running competitive film festival in North America.</p><p>So what accounts for its longevity? The commitment to showcasing work by new directors? A Midwestern audience starved for non-Hollywood movies?</p><p>Or could it be that alluring logo?</p><p>That&rsquo;s what caught the eye of John Laffler, who founded <a href="http://www.offcolorbrewing.com/home">Off Color Brewing</a>, one of the many craft beer ventures upping Chicago&rsquo;s reputations for great suds.</p><p>Laffler&rsquo;s never even been to CIFF. But he was well aware of the festival&rsquo;s presence when he asked Curious City:</p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><em>Whose ubiquitous eyes are those on the Chicago International Film Festival posters? Is she single?</em></p><p>Now I&rsquo;ll be honest. This wasn&rsquo;t the most challenging Curious City assignment. All it took was a peek at the CIFF&nbsp;website to answer Laffler&rsquo;s question.</p><p>But <a href="http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/history/">never mind</a> &mdash; there&rsquo;s always more to a good story!</p><p>So I brought Laffler together with Michael Kutza, who founded CIFF (and still runs it). He created the logo in 1967.</p><p>Laffler said a bit more about those &ldquo;ubiquitous&rdquo; eyes.</p><p>&ldquo;They&rsquo;re so catching, so seductive and nuanced,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s an amazing logo and I just never knew who it was.&rdquo;</p><p>Well, in this <a href="https://soundcloud.com/curiouscity/whos-behind-the-eyes-in-the" target="_blank">interview </a>Kutza explains that it took a while to come up with the logo. In 1965 he had a simpler concept: an image of a globe and a reel of film side by side.</p><p>The next year he turned to photographer <a href="http://skrebneskiphotographs.com/home.html">Victor Skrebneski</a> to &ldquo;sexy&rdquo; things up. That&rsquo;s where the image of this sixties <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_girl">&ldquo;it girl&rdquo;</a>, all shaggy bangs and mysterious shades, comes from.<a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/wbez-assets/curiouscity/CIF/01+Colleen+Moore+INSPIRATION+CIFF.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CROPPED Colleen Moore INSPIRATION CIFF.jpg" style="height: 228px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Colleen Moore, silent film star and inspiration for the CIFF logo. Click to enlarge. (Image courtesy of Michael Kutza)" /></a></p><p>But it was an &quot;it girl&quot; from a much earlier generation who inspired the final design: <a href="http://www.colleenmoore.org/">Colleen Moore.</a></p><p>&ldquo;She was in the &#39;20s the most successful comedian in silent film,&rdquo; said Kutza. &ldquo;She was part of the D. W. Griffith and Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford era of film.&rdquo;</p><p>Moore, famous for personifying the flapper, saw her career flounder in the transition to sound.</p><p>After retiring she married Homer Hargrave and <a href="http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1955&amp;dat=19690320&amp;id=b5AjAAAAIBAJ&amp;sjid=s6AFAAAAIBAJ&amp;pg=4832,3716722">made Chicago a home for over 30 years.</a></p><p>Kutza says he met Moore through legendary<em> Chicago Sun-Times</em> gossip columnist <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/June-2004/The-Lost-World-of-Kup/">Irv &ldquo;Kup&rdquo; Kupcinet</a>.</p><p><a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/wbez-assets/curiouscity/CIF/01+cif+large.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/01 cif.jpg" style="height: 181px; width: 140px; float: left;" title="The Chicago International Film Festival Program, 1965. The original logo. Click to enlarge. (Image courtesy of Michael Kutza)" /></a>After Moore&rsquo;s husband died in 1964, Kup thought she needed someone to pull her out of her &ldquo;widow role&rdquo; and predicted she and Kutza would be a good team. And he was right.</p><p>&ldquo;She helped me with the first film festival and introduced me to some amazing people who were her buddies in the old days,&rdquo; recalled Kutza. &ldquo;Lillian Gish came through. Myrna Loy, Joan Crawford, they&rsquo;re all hanging out with this lady Colleen Moore, at the Pump Room.&rdquo;</p><p>Kutza says it was the iconic look of the silent era that inspired the final logo.</p><p>&ldquo;<a href="http://thehairpin.com/2013/01/scandals-of-classic-hollywood-the-most-wicked-face-of-theda-bara">Theda Bara</a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mae_Murray">Mae Murray</a>, they all had the same look!&rdquo; said Kutza. &ldquo;But you put them together, and take the eyes, the hair and &lsquo;the this.&rsquo; You come up with the symbol.&rdquo;</p><p><a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/wbez-assets/curiouscity/CIF/02+cif+large.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/02 cif.jpg" style="height: 192px; width: 150px; float: right;" title="The Chicago International Film Festival Program, 1966. A sexier version. Click to enlarge. (Image courtesy of Michael Kutza)" /></a>Kutza says the logo doesn&rsquo;t refer to a real person; instead, it distills the general power of film.</p><p>Still, Moore lent her very real star power to jump starting CIFF.</p><p>&ldquo;From the very first film festival here in Chicago, we had Betty Davis and King Vidor, you name it,&rdquo; Kutza recalled. &ldquo;We didn&rsquo;t have an audience but we had movie stars.&rdquo;</p><p>The audience did grow. But save for minor tweaks, the logo has remained the same.</p><p><a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/wbez-assets/curiouscity/CIF/03+cif+large.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/03 cif.jpg" style="float: left; height: 196px; width: 150px;" title="The Chicago International Film Festival Program, 1967. Those ubiquitous eyes finally appear for the festival’s third outing. Click to enlarge. (Image courtesy of Michael Kutza)" /></a>Sadly, not many of Colleen Moore&rsquo;s films have survived, though here&rsquo;s a snippet from her most famous role <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88PMhS1oYjs">Flaming Youth</a>.</p><p>She does leave another legacy in Chicago: Her fantastical, fabulous &ldquo;Fairy Castle,&rdquo; a dollhouse she had built over seven years. It now resides in the Museum of Science and Industry: Take a tour <a href="http://www.msichicago.org/whats-here/exhibits/fairycastle/history-of-the-fairy-castle/">here.</a></p><p><em>The 49th Chicago International Film Festival runs October 10-24.</em></p><p><em><a href=" http://www.wbez.org/users/acuddy-0" rel="author">Alison Cuddy </a> is the Arts and Culture reporter at WBEZ. You can follow her on <a href=" https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy"> Twitter</a>, <a href=" https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison"> Facebook </a> and <a href=" http://instagram.com/cuddyreport"> Instagram</a></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/whos-behind-those-eyes-108882 Morning Shift: Is it fair for established filmmakers to use Kickstarter? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-14/morning-shift-it-fair-established-filmmakers-use <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Spike Lee-Flickr- thomas.rome_.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Kickstarter originally began as a way to get the average person&#39;s project out of the shadows, but now bigwigs are using it to fund their pet projects. Is this fair? Also, a chat with R&amp;B and blues artist Syleena Johnson.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-43.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-43" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Is it fair for established filmmakers to use Kickstarter?" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 08:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-14/morning-shift-it-fair-established-filmmakers-use The Lone Ranger comes home to Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2013-06/lone-ranger-comes-home-chicago-107602 <p><p>A new Lone Ranger movie is being released next month. That brings to mind the masked man&rsquo;s Chicago connection.</p><p>The best-known Lone Ranger was Clayton Moore, a Chicagoan. Born in the city in 1914, he attended Hayt Elementary, then dropped out of Senn High School to become a circus acrobat. In 1938 Moore began working in movies as a stuntman and bit player. By the late &lsquo;40s he&rsquo;d become a familiar face in low-budget Hollywood epics.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/06-11--The%20Lone%20Ranger%20Unsmasked.jpg" title="Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger--pre-digital imagining (author's collection)" /></div><p>In 1949 the Lone Ranger radio program was making the transition to TV. Moore was cast in the title role because he sounded like the actor who played the Ranger on the radio. The radio guy was considered too bulky to make a convincing action hero.</p><p>Clayton Moore made the Lone Ranger role his own. He appeared in 169 TV episodes and two feature films. After the show was cancelled in 1957 he continued to travel the country, making personal appearances.</p><p>Moore returned to his hometown for a series of shows in June 1976. He checked in at the Lincolnwood Hyatt. His van was too big for the regular lot, so he was told to park outside. He was concerned about leaving the vehicle unattended, but figured, what could happen in Lincolnwood?</p><p>The next morning Moore found the van had been forced open. Several items had been stolen. The biggest loss was an antique Remington firearm, valued at $1200.</p><p>&ldquo;Lone Ranger Robbed in Chicago Suburb!&rdquo; the headlines read. Moore was livid&mdash;&ldquo;There will be retribution!&rdquo; he thundered. But the Remington and the rest were never recovered.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/06-11--Lincolnwood%20Hyatt.JPG" title="Lincolnwood Hyatt--now The Purple Hotel" /></div><p>A few years later, the producer of a new Lone Ranger movie got a court order to prevent Moore from wearing his trademark mask in personal appearances. Moore responded by substituting a pair of wrap-around sun glasses. The dispute was eventually settled, and Moore went on as the masked man until his death in 1999.</p><p>The 2013 Lone Ranger film stars Johnny Depp. But Depp is playing the &ldquo;faithful Indian sidekick&rdquo; named Tonto. The Ranger is portrayed by Armie Hammer.</p><p>Why didn&rsquo;t Depp take the title role? You don&rsquo;t compete with a legend. The one and only Lone Ranger will always be Chicago&rsquo;s own Clayton Moore.</p><p>Hi-yo, Silver&mdash;away!&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2013-06/lone-ranger-comes-home-chicago-107602 Michael Phillips: Why Go to the Movies? http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/michael-phillips-why-go-movies-107086 <p><p>In an age when any blockbuster or indie film can be summoned up to your computer, TV or smart phone, are we witnessing the end of a favorite American pastime&mdash;going to the movies? On Thursday, April 25, <em>Chicago Tribune</em>&nbsp;film critic <strong>Michael Phillips</strong> explored film-industry trends, the impact of technology, and what it all means for Hollywood and the rest of us.</p><div>In addition to his work at the <em>Tribune</em>, Phillips was co-host of the long-running, nationally syndicated TV show &quot;At the Movies&quot; in its final season, after filling in for host Roger Ebert off and on since 2006. Phillips also covers movies for CLTV and can be heard most Fridays on WGN-AM. He guest-hosted the popular Filmspotting podcast (broadcast on WBEZ-91.5 FM), and has been a guest on a variety of programs including &quot;Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,&quot; &ldquo;Entourage,&quot; &quot;The View,&quot; &quot;Charlie Rose,&quot; BBC radio, MSNBC and Chicago&#39;s ABC-TV Channel 7.</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/EC-webstory_16.jpg" title="" /></div></div><p>Recorded live on April 25, 2013 at Elmhurst College.</p></p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/michael-phillips-why-go-movies-107086 CNN's Ohio rape trial coverage ridiculed http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/cnns-ohio-rape-trial-coverage-ridiculed-106133 <p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><iframe align="right" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="169" scrolling="no" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MvUdyNko8LQ?rel=0" width="300"></iframe></span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>&#39;ANYONE WOULD FIND THEMSELVES ON THE SIDE OF ... THESE POOR YOUNG MEN, WHO WERE VERY GOOD AT TAKING TESTS AND PLAYING SPORTS WHEN THEY WERE NOT RAPING ...&#39;</strong> <em>Gawker</em> ridicules&nbsp;<a href="http://gawker.com/5991003/cnn-reports-on-the-promising-future-of-the-steubenville-rapists-who-are-very-good-students" target="_blank">CNN&#39;s coverage of the Steubenville, Ohio, trial of &quot;star football players.&quot;</a><br />*<em> The Atlantic: </em>&quot;<a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/03/cnns-not-only-one-peddling-sympathy-steubenville-rapists/63204/" target="_blank">CNN&#39;s not the only one peddling sympathy</a>&quot; for rapists.<br />* HyperVocal.com: <a href="http://hypervocal.com/news/2013/cnn-rape-apology-onion-sportsdome/" target="_blank"><em>Onion&nbsp;</em>parody perfectly anticipated CNN&#39;s coverage -- two years ago</a>.<br />* Former porn star Traci Lords says she and her mother were <a href="http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/porn-star-raped-in-stupidville/story-fnd134gw-1226598635684" target="_blank">also raped in Steubenville</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>SPEAKING OF OHIO ...</strong>&nbsp;Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) has reversed his opposition to gay marriage after his own son came out; but Speaker John Boehner, also from Ohio, says he <a href="http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/boehner-i-cant-imagine-ever-supporting-gay-marriage" target="_blank">&quot;can&#39;t imagine&quot; ever changing his position</a>.<br />* Satire from Andy Borowitz: Other Republicans inspired &quot;<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2013/03/portman-inspires-other-republicans-to-stop-speaking-to-their-children.html" target="_blank">to stop speaking to their children</a>.&quot;<br />* U. of C. law school prof: &quot;Those who think that the marriage of same-sex couples is incompatible with their religious beliefs ... <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/geoffrey-r-stone/same-sex-marriage-in-illi_b_2883601.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago&amp;ir=Chicago" target="_blank">cannot legitimately or with a proper respect for the American system of law and justice attempt to impose those beliefs on those who disagree</a>.&quot;</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>CTA FARES CONFUSING? HERE&#39;S HELP.&nbsp;</strong>With even some board members seemingly bewildered by <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/ct-met-getting-around-0318-20130318,0,3127194.column" target="_blank">the plan they approved last week</a>, the <em>Tribune</em> serves up <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/acrobat/2013-03/74876853-17200729.pdf" target="_blank">a chart translating&nbsp;<em>how you pay now</em> to <em>how you&#39;ll pay under the incoming Ventra system</em></a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>THE STORY OBAMA, REPUBLICANS &#39;DON&#39;T DARE TALK ABOUT.&#39;</strong> In another time, another political climate, you might expect President Obama or his opposition to brag about the Dow&#39;s stratospheric rise. But&nbsp;writing for <em>Mediaite</em>, Joe Concha&nbsp;says <a href="http://www.mediaite.com/online/stock-market-soars-to-new-heights-the-big-story-the-president-gop-don%E2%80%99t-dare-talk-about/" target="_blank">both sides are quiet</a>: Obama, to avoid compromising his rep as &quot;champion for Main Street&quot;; Republicans, to avoid suggesting &quot;any good economic news ... going into the midterm election season.&quot;<br />* Sarah Palin makes fun of Obama&#39;s teleprompter reliance ...&nbsp;<a href="http://wonkette.com/506795/wonkette-infiltrates-cpac-as-sarah-palin-reads-joke-about-obamas-teleprompter-from-teleprompter" target="_blank">while reading from a teleprompter</a>.<br />* ABC contributor Matthew Dowd says Palin and the rest of the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/03/matthew-dowd-cpac-reminds-me-of-going-to-the-land-before-time/" target="_blank">reminded him of &quot;a &#39;Flintstones&#39; episode.&quot;</a></span></p><hr /><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><em><span style="color: rgb(165, 42, 42);">Looking for Friday&#39;s WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">Here you go</a>.</em></span></span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>&#39;EARTH HOUR TEACHES ALL THE WRONG LESSONS.&#39;</strong> An adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School says this Saturday&#39;s environmental awareness-raising festivities will in fact <a href="http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/earth-hour-s-counterproductive-symbolism-by-bj-rn-lomborg" target="_blank">increase the world&#39;s carbon dioxide emissions</a>.<br />* Following undercover video showing cows struggling to stand as they were prodded to slaughter by forklifts, new legislation in states across the country seeks to <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/bills-seek-end-farm-animal-abuse-videos" target="_blank">end farm-animal abuse ... (wait for it) ... <em>videos</em></a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://readwrite.com/2013/03/17/how-saving-veronica-mars-could-destroy-the-movie-industry" target="_blank"><img alt="'Veronica Mars'" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/VeronicaMars.jpg" style="float: right; height: 150px; width: 150px;" title="'Veronica Mars'" /></a><strong>&#39;HOW I SAVED VERONICA MARS AND DESTROYED THE MOVIE INDUSTRY.&#39;</strong> Reflecting on the Kickstarter campaign that seems set to <a href="http://readwrite.com/2013/03/17/how-saving-veronica-mars-could-destroy-the-movie-industry" target="_blank">revive the TV show starring <strong>Kristen Bell</strong></a>, Brian S Hall&nbsp;says he did it with &quot;technology I carry around with with me everyday.&quot;<br />* Is New York-based startup <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/18/business/media/barry-dillers-aereo-service-challenges-cable-television.html?_r=0" target="_blank">a cable TV killer</a>?</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>QUESTIONS MOST OFTEN ANSWERED WRONG IN <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/habemus-news-quiz-x-106101" target="_blank">FRIDAY&#39;S NEWS QUIZ</a>.</strong></span></p><blockquote><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em>A national survey finds that, over the last 40 years, in all regions of the country, the percentage of U.S. homes with guns is _____ (up, down, unchanged).</em></span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em>Which of these events now holds the record for most tweets per minute? (Pope Francis&#39; 2013 election,&nbsp;Barack Obama&#39;s 2012 reelection,&nbsp;Barack Obama&#39;s 2008 election,&nbsp;The Britney-Madonna kiss at the VMAs.)</em></span></p></blockquote><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Now it&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/habemus-news-quiz-x-106101" target="_blank">your turn to avenge those who guessed incorrectly</a>.</span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.<br />* Get this blog by email, free. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.</em></span></p></p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/cnns-ohio-rape-trial-coverage-ridiculed-106133