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Primitive For a Day

The Burning Man Festival and Burning Man: Just Add Couches Rating *** A must see Directed by Joe Winston. By Bill Boisvert The Burning Man Festival seems to be all things to all people. As filmmaker Joe Winston describes it, the organizers “build a four-story human effigy and burn it as the basis of a […]

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A Mind Is a Terrible Thing

¹ Rating * Has redeeming facet Directed and written by Darren Aronofsky With Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman, Pamela Hart, Stephen Pearlman, Samia Shoaib, Ajay Naidu, and Kristyn Mae-Anne Lao By Bill Boisvert What is it like to be smart? That’s a question that movies find almost impossible to answer, partly because thought itself […]

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Tricks of Memory

Dark City Rating * Has redeeming facet Directed by Alex Proyas Written by Proyas, Lem Dobbs, and David S. Goyer With Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, Richard O’Brien, Ian Richardson, and William Hurt. By Bill Boisvert People complain that movies are shallow, but I think they’ve become too highbrow. Take German expressionism, the cinematic […]

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Demonstration Of Power

By Bill Boisvert I’d planned to spend Saturday at Taste of Chicago, but when I leave the subway someone thrusts a leaflet into my hands warning that the Ku Klux Klan will appear in force at Daley Plaza that afternoon. By three o’clock the plaza has come to life with a crowd of perhaps 50 […]