Richard Linklater helped carve out a place for himself as a writer-director of indie films in the nineties. He has flirted with Hollywood on occasion since then, but his best work continues to be the modestly-budgeted movies he makes that push the conventional boundaries of filmmaking.
The term "supergroup" has been around since 1968, when it was most often used to describe the formation of the rock band Cream, whose members had previously starred in other groups. Since then, numerous supergroups have come and gone, though sometimes they prove to be alarmingly short-lived.
In the past fifteen years, South Korea's domestic film industry has had a renaissance, emerging as a producer of quality cinema whose best films once again outperform megabudget foreign releases from Hollywood and elsewhere. In the process, South Korean movies have gained an international audience, as well.
Eastern Iowa in the sixties and early seventies wasn't exactly a hotbed for R&B. Local radio stations played the biggest hits, but nothing more. The cultural landscape was changing, however, and thanks to television shows like The Midnight Special, even whitebread America had a chance to groove to such things as the oh-so-smooth stylings of Philly Soul.
The annual Oscar ceremony is upon us. Film fanatics often disagree with the winners, but that doesn't stop them from talking about them.I've invested a lot of time into seeing the Best Picture winners and all I have to show for it is some random trivia!
The late Tom Clancy wrote seventeen novels, most centering on the character Jack Ryan. A new film, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, is opening this month. It's the fifth Jack Ryan movie, but the first not based on a Clancy book. Here's a look at all of the Ryan films.
From time to time, a city not otherwise known for such, becomes a force in the world of music. In the eighties and nineties, such a place was Manchester, England. Known primarily as the cradle of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester became a hotbed for rock and pop groups. From Joy Division to Oasis, Manchester had a steller, two-decade run of producing influential and dynamic music acts.
Jane Austen wrote just six novels during her relatively short lifetime. Dating back to 1938, when the BBC aired a 55-minute version of Pride and Prejudice, there have been over fifty Austen-related productions for the big and small screens. The Des Moines Public Library owns over two dozen of these productions.
Swedish music artists have hit the American top ten singles chart three times in the last year, their best run of success in two decades. Here's a look back at a few Swedish acts that have had spectacular success in the States.