independent film http://kcur.org en Film Review: The French-English Hybrid 'Chinese Puzzle' Celebrates Complicated Lives http://kcur.org/post/film-review-french-english-hybrid-chinese-puzzle-celebrates-complicated-lives <p>There's a scene in <span class="itemprop" itemprop="name">Cédric </span><span class="itemprop" itemprop="name">Klapisch</span>'s warm, exuberant comedy<em> Chinese Puzzle </em>that perfectly captures both the beauty and complications of a life well lived. A discussion between two men (one living, one a hallucination) proposes that a piece of embroidery is an apt metaphor for the human condition: on one side is a lovely picture of a moment captured in time. But turned over, one sees all of the knotty entanglements.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:52:00 +0000 Steve Walker 58854 at http://kcur.org Film Review: The French-English Hybrid 'Chinese Puzzle' Celebrates Complicated Lives Film Review: 'Venus in Fur' Tests The Limits Of Dominance And Submission http://kcur.org/post/film-review-venus-fur-tests-limits-dominance-and-submission <p>Despite director Roman Polanski's checkered personal history, his film resume is nearly blot-free.</p><p>From <em>Rosemary's Baby</em> to<em> Chinatown</em> to <em>The Pianist</em>, Polanski films examine our capacity to strive and dream in the face of brutal outside influences.</p><p>While his adaptation of David Ives' Tony Award-winning play <em>Venus in Fur </em>isn't at the level of those movies, it has a familiar and intoxicatingly dark tone and pulse.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:25:24 +0000 Steve Walker 58927 at http://kcur.org Film Review: 'Venus in Fur' Tests The Limits Of Dominance And Submission Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' July 11-13 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-july-11-13 <p>Looking for a great film to see the weekend of July 11-13? <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>'s independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:</p><p><strong>Steve Walker: </strong></p><ul><li><em>Obvious Child</em></li><li><em>Begin Again</em></li><li><em>Ida </em></li></ul><p><strong>Cynthia Haines: </strong></p><ul><li><em>Ida </em></li><li><em>A Hard Day's Night </em></li><li><em>Chef</em></li></ul> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:04:59 +0000 Beth Lipoff 58761 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' July 11-13 What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, July 11 http://kcur.org/post/whats-showing-independent-foreign-documentary-film-july-11 <p></p><p>Examine the personal relationships of three disturbed couples and hear the controversy about the political influence of two conservative Kansas billionaires. &nbsp;</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, our indie, foreign, and documentary film critics examine the latest films showing on area screens.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:56:37 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58760 at http://kcur.org What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, July 11 Film Review: To Woo A Big Factory, Tiny Village Plots 'The Grand Seduction' http://kcur.org/post/film-review-woo-big-factory-tiny-village-plots-grand-seduction <p>When independent films feature a small town and a huge corporation at their core, they are usually depicted as foes like David and Goliath – the good and the average against the lumbering giant.</p><p>"Local Hero" from 1983 comes to mind, as does<em>&nbsp;"</em>Promised Land," the recent movie about fracking in the Midwest.<em>&nbsp;"</em>The Grand Seduction<em>,"&nbsp;</em>however, reverses that formula, proving that the battle lines aren’t always drawn that cleanly.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:05:47 +0000 Steve Walker 57759 at http://kcur.org Film Review: To Woo A Big Factory, Tiny Village Plots 'The Grand Seduction' 4 Films To See At The Kansas City LGBT Film Festival This Weekend http://kcur.org/post/4-films-see-kansas-city-lgbt-film-festival-weekend <p></p><p>As the march toward full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in America advances at varying speeds, there remains a sense that the LGBT community can still be marginalized in the movies. That's what makes film festivals like <em>Out Here Now</em> so relevant to the LGBT communities and their staunch allies.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker 57393 at http://kcur.org 4 Films To See At The Kansas City LGBT Film Festival This Weekend