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Wex Celebrates Film Restoration and Preservation

Hope Madden Hope Madden Wex Celebrates Film Restoration and Preservation

The Wexner Center for the Arts has long championed the restoration and preservation of film. Year round, their programming celebrates films salvaged from obscurity by the meticulous, sometimes harrowing efforts of those working to restore and preserve our cinematic heritage. But for the first time, the art center has planned a five-day celebration of the […]

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Oscar Picks & A Preview of The Drexel’s Red Carpet Bash

Hope Madden Hope Madden Oscar Picks & A Preview of The Drexel’s Red Carpet Bash

I have the good fortune of co-hosting the Drexel Theatre’s Red Carpet Bash this Sunday night in honor of the 87th Academy Awards celebration. The event is a longtime community favorite with paparazzi opportunities, loads of great local foods, and prizes for costumes/dress, trivia and, of course, the most accurate picks – which suggests that […]

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Greater Columbus Arts Council Wants More Film Produced in Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans Greater Columbus Arts Council Wants More Film Produced in Columbus

The Greater Columbus Arts Council is tasked with promoting the patronage and support of a very wide spectrum of visual and performing arts groups, ranging from dance to music to theatre to sculpture. Film has always fallen under that umbrella, though the organization is now placing a larger emphasis on the growth of the film […]

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Film Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman work well together. The writing/directing team produced two new era superhero movies – Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class – and now they want to create a new kind of spy movie with Kingsman: The Secret Service. Based on comics by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, their screenplay hips up the […]

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Film Review: Two Days, One Night

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: Two Days, One Night

A woman wakes from a nap due to a phone call. She’s baking for the kids. It seems like a lovely way to spend your afternoon, really, drowsy and surrounded by the smell of baked goods. So why does Sandra (Oscar-nominated Marion Cotillard) sound defensive about the nap and too enthusiastic about the treats with […]

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Film Review: A Most Violent Year

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: A Most Violent Year

J. C. Chandor knows what he wants to say. He knows the content, the concepts, and the situations, and while you may not, do not expect to be spoon fed. His 2011 debut Margin Call wasted no time getting audiences up to speed on Wall Street’s inner workings, nor did Chandor preface 2013’s All Is […]

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Oscar Nominations and Snubs

Hope Madden Hope Madden Oscar Nominations and Snubs

The Academy takes some punches every January as the rest of us scratch our heads over the films and performances they deem most deserving of recognition, and even more questionable, those they believe are not. 2015 is no different. The Oscar nominations reveal much deserved love for Birdman, Boyhood, and The Grand Budapest Hotel, but […]

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