The phrase: "Don't Quit Your Day Job" is usually an insult. Like if someone sings badly, they're told "Don't Quit Your Day Job." But it's funny, often for an artist, it's the day job that provides the inspiration, material, or even just a structured schedule for their art. One Kansas City Police officer honed his acting skills working as an undercover cop.
We take a look at what's showing at movie theaters around Kansas City, whether it is the latest summer blockbuster or independent movies. The Movie Critics rate and possibly berate the latest offerings.
The 1948 classic film noir, "Sorry, Wrong Number," about a woman who overhears a murder plot, started out as a radio drama. A new production marks the opening of an experimental space in the Crossroads Arts District called Fishtank Performance Studio.
Screenwriter and BlueCat Screenplay Competition founder Gordy Hoffman joins Steve Kraske to talk about the importance of a good screenplay, the elements necessary for a good screenplay, and what themes are currently popular in Hollywood.
By Up to Date, May 7, 2009
Kansas City, MO – Any critic worth their weight in salt will tell you that no matter how good the special effects, no matter how talented the actors, no matter how renown the director, a film is nothing without a good screenplay.
UMKC film professor and screenwriter Mitch Brian and film critic Jason Heck talk about their picks for the best characters and films with a leaning toward the crazy side of things - 'insanity' in the movies.
By Up to Date, March 20, 2009
Kansas City, MO – Up to Date's video guys -- UMKC film professor and screenwriter Mitch Brian and film critic Jason Heck talk with guest host Stephen Steigman about their picks for the best characters and films with a leaning toward the crazy side of things - 'insanity' in the movies.
With so many movies in the theaters, it can be hard to know which ones to see. That's why the Movie Critics join us every other Friday to share their reviews of the latest films, and to discuss cinema news.
By The Walt Bodine Show
Kansas City , MO – The Movie Critics are:
John Tibbetts, Associate Professor of Theatre and Film at the University of Kansas
Tom Poe, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at UMKC
Steve Kraske talks with the director of Must Read After My Death, a film that may serve as a model for future film distribution: it was released in L.A. and New York City on one day, and on-line for $2.99 the next.
By Up to Date, March 6, 2009
Kansas City , Mo. – Independent film critics Cynthia Haines and Steve Walker join Up to Date host Steve Kraske for a conversation with director Morgan Dews about his new film.
Chinese movie fans unite! Each Saturday this month, the second annual Kansas City Chinese Film Festival will present a new film from China at the Rio Theater in Overland Park. The theme for this year's festival is families, and each film will be followed by a discussion led by a local scholar of Chinese studies.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Steve Kraske discusses romantic comedies with video gurus Mitch Brian and Jason Heck.
By Up to Date, Feb 6 2009
Kansas City , Mo. – From classics like The Apartment and The Philadelphia Story to more modern offerings like Groundhog Day, Jason and Mitch give us insight on what makes this genre so popular and enduring. Only in a romantic comedy could a hit man find love when his work and high school reunion coincide or three sisters play musical spouses and still come out all right.
Four years ago, film director and KU professor Kevin Willmott wowed audiences at the Sundance Film Festival with his film CSA: The Confederate States of America. This week, he'll return to Sundance - where they're showcasing his latest project, The Only Good Indian.
Critics Cynthia Haines and Steve Walker review the latest art, independent, and foreign films playing on area screens.
By Up to Date, Dec 26, 2008
Kansas City, MO – Critics Cynthia Haines and Steve Walker review the latest art, independent, and foreign films playing on area screens, including Milk, Frost/Nixon, Vicki Cristina Barcelona, Slumdog Millionaire, Nothing Like the Holidays, Cadillac Records, Synecdoche, Boy in the Striped Pajamas and many more.