Born today in 1946, William Oliver Stone is a two-time Academy Award-winning film pioneer who does not shy away from controversial subject matter. He received a Purple Heart for his bravery in the Vietnam War. While studying film at NYU, he was taught by Martin Scorsese!
Our thoughts and thanks are with the brave firefighters who are currently battling the Four Mile and the Reservoir Road Fires. No film could capture the peril and plight of these heroes, but a few come close.
The Bicycle Film Festival celebrates its 10th year at the Starz Film Center this weekend. Brendt Barbur, festival founder, transformed the trauma of getting hit by a car while cycling into a celebration of song, music and film in honor of the bicycle.
This weekend's schedule includes:
The Birth of Big Air (September 10 - 7 p.m.)
It's about time Mat Hoffman's story was told -- and now it has been done by just the right people. Directed by longtime friend Jeff Tremaine and produced by Priya Swaminathan, Spike Jonze, Mark Lewman and Johnny Knoxville, the film pays tribute to this BMX legend.
Riding the Long White Cloud (September 10 - 9 p.m.)
There are many martial arts films worthy of mention, but there is truly something special about the Kung Fu film. The best Kung Fu films transcend gravity defying acrobatics and arduous fight sequences, often emphasizing honor and loyalty.
Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin was born today, September 1, in 1939. She has won a multitude of awards for her many talents including a Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award! We wish a very happy birthday to this very funny lady!
For those about to begin High School, we salute you. Because many schools start back up this week, we have celebrated teachers on film, and while you could not pay me to relive High School, watching movies about this particular rite of passage is just darn amusing.
There's a reason why many of our popular shows are remakes from the UK: our friends across the pond really know how to do good TV, especially clever, thrilling mysteries. So if you're in the mood for a smart whodunit check out one of these fine British mystery series.
Wire in the Blood - Psychologist Dr. Tony Hill is called upon to help the police solve a series of brutal murders in the northern English town of Bradfield.