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‘Tár’ seeks to unscramble one’s motivations

‘Tár’ seeks to unscramble one’s motivations

“Tár” (2022). Cast: Cate Blanchett, Noémie Merlant, Nina Hoss, Sophie Kauer, Mark Strong, Julian Glover, Adam Gopnik, Allan Corduner, Mila Bogojevic, Sylvia Flote, Fabian Dirr, Zethphan Smith-Gneist, Tilla Kratochwil. Director: Todd Field. Screenplay: Todd Field. Web site. Trailer. Understanding what drives us is crucial to our success in life’s endeavors. But, if we truly wish to attain the goals we seek for ourselves, we need to grasp what impels us and the beliefs that underlie our ambitions. Should we fail on this point, we could end up with a mixed bag of results, some satisfying, some not. The process of unscrambling those motivations thus becomes integral to assessing and appreciating how matters turn out for us, a concept explored in the new dramatic character study, “Tár.” Lydia Tár (Cate Blanchett) has made quite a name for herself. The internationally renowned conductor has taken the classical music world by storm, leading some of the globe’s most prestigious orchestras. She has also composed her own pieces, established initiatives to support world musicians and landed a position teaching aspiring conductors. In addition, Lydia has overseen the production of an extensive repertoire of recordings, most notably all but one of the symphonies of Gustav ...
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Turning Tragedy into Change on The Cinema Scribe

Turning Tragedy into Change on The Cinema Scribe

Tune in for the latest Cinema Scribe segment on Bring Me 2 Life Radio, beginning Tuesday November 8, available by clicking here. You can also catch it later on demand on Spreaker, Spotify, Apple, iHeartRadio, Google Podcasts, Castbox, Deezer, Podchaser and Jiosaavn ...
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‘Till’ transforms tragedy into change

‘Till’ transforms tragedy into change

“Till” (2022). Cast: Danielle Deadwyler, Jalyn Hall, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Patrick Thomas, Frankie Faison, Haley Bennett, Tosin Cole, Jayme Lawson, John Douglas Thompson, Kevin Carroll, Keith Arthur Bolden, Roger Guenveur Smith, Marc Collins, Diallo Thompson, Tyrik Johnson, Sean Michael Weber, Eric Whitten, Darian Rolle, E. Roger Mitchell, Brendan Patrick Connor, Tim Ware, Carol J. Mckenith, Keisha Tillis. Director: Chinonye Chukwu. Screenplay: Michael Reilly, Keith Beauchamp and Chinonye Chukwu. Web site. Trailer. It takes a lot to recover from an unspeakable tragedy. Some of us, in fact, may never be able to rebound from the pain. However, one of the most effective and meaningful ways to recoup from such calamities is to turn those dire circumstances into impactful and lasting reform. That may not be easy to accomplish, and we could encounter countless obstacles along the way. But with faith, determination and conviction, we just might bring about the transformation we seek, an objective sought and achieved in the new fact-based historical drama, “Till.” In the summer of 1955, Black Chicago teenager Emmett Till (Jalyn Hall) was looking forward to visiting his cousins (Marc Collins, Diallo Thompson, Tyrik Johnson) in the small town of Money, Mississippi. As a personable, gregarious young ...
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‘Nothing Compares’ looks at the perils of being ahead of one’s time

‘Nothing Compares’ looks at the perils of being ahead of one’s time

“Nothing Compares” (2022). Cast: Audio Interviews: Sinéad O’Connor, Kathleen Hanna, Chuck D, Peaches, John Reynolds, John Maybury, Elaine Schock, Róisín Ingle, Clodagh Latimer, Jeannette Byrne. Archive Footage: Kris Kristofferson, Charlie Rose, Joe Pesci, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, Tim Robbins, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Haile Selassie, Gay Byrne. Director: Kathryn Ferguson. Screenplay: Eleanor Emptage, Kathryn Ferguson and Michael Mallie. Web site. Trailer. Being ahead of one’s time can be a dual-edged sword. On the plus side, it can get one noticed when breaking new ground in a particular milieu. On the downside, however, it can get one scorned if these new ideas run counter to prevailing opinion. And, ironically, sometimes it can be both, creating a firestorm of controversy from which it may be difficult to emerge without some wounds while on the way to achieving success. Such was the experience of a shy, unlikely Irish pop star who exploded on the music scene as a global sensation, and then disappeared from it almost as quickly, as chronicled in the insightful new Showtime documentary, “Nothing Compares.” In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Sinéad O’Connor emerged seemingly out of nowhere as one of the biggest names in the music business. She ...
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New Movies on Frankiesense & More

New Movies on Frankiesense & More

Join yours truly and show host Frankie Picasso for six new film reviews on the next movie edition of The Good Media Network’s Frankiesense & More video podcast! The show, to begin airing on Thursday October 27 at 1 pm ET, will also feature recaps of two recent film festivals, the 40th annual Reeling LGBTQ+ International Film Festival and the 58th annual Chicago International Film Festival. Tune in on Facebook or YouTube for all the fun and lively discussion! ...
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This Week in Movies with Meaning

This Week in Movies with Meaning

Reviews of “Bros,” “Moonage Daydream” and “Murina,” as well as a podcast preview and two film festival recaps, are all in the latest Movies with Meaning post on the web site of The Good Media Network, available by clicking here ...
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