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“Barney’s Version” is good acting, quality writing and laughter rolled into one

“Barney’s Version” is good acting, quality writing and laughter rolled into one

        Life has been a little rough for most of us lately, what with finals week right around the corner. After a long day of slaving over the computer and text books, it is important to seek a little rest and relaxation. Sometimes (especially on a snowy day) we just need to […]

Ashland Independent Film Festival will host Oscar night celebration

Ashland Independent Film Festival will host Oscar night celebration

The Ashland Independent Film Festival will hold its 2011 Oscar Night Gala on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m. at the Historic Ashland Armory. The fundraiser for the AIFF will feature dinner and dessert by Helena Darling Fine Catering. A no-host bar will be sponsored by South Stage Cellars and Wooldridge Creek Winery, with all […]

“Unknown” just another average rollercoaster ride

“Unknown” just another average rollercoaster ride

    Watching “Unknown” is a little like riding the rollercoaster at the county fair. There are a few chills,  thrills and unexpected bumps along the way, but afterward, when you step from the platform, you can’t help but feel a little let down, wishing there had been something more. Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) […]

“The Blues Brothers” remains a classic

“The Blues Brothers” remains a classic

        “It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.” Easily one of the most memorable lines in all of moviedom, I still wish I had a pair of classic Wayfarer shades every time I hear it.  If […]

“Blue Valentine” falls short

“Blue Valentine” falls short

Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams star in “Blue Valentine,” as Dean and Cindy. Their marriage is on the rocks and after the death of the family dog, issues slowly come to a head as they both reflect on their past as a couple. This all occurs over a two day period. After they drop their […]

ECOS film series draws a crowd

More than 80 people came to the opening film for the Ecology Center of the Siskiyous winter film series last Wednesday, more than any of the showings last year. “Dirt” provided a comprehensive, and sometimes comical, look at what was described as the largest living system on our planet, urging veiwers to pay a little […]

Movie Review: “The King’s Speech”

Movie Review: “The King’s Speech”

    What do you do if you are the king of nearly one-quarter of the world’s population and, finding your empire poised on the brink of one of the most pivotal episodes of the twenteieth century, you can barely make your way through a single sentence? The importance of voice is revealed in “The […]

Coen Brothers create a new classic

Coen Brothers create a new classic

        The Coen Brothers have once again succeeded in mesmerizing us with another beautifully told story. It seems that every time we go to the theater to see a Coen Brothers film, we are partaking in an important part of cinematic history. “True Grit” is another film for the books. Mattie Ross, […]

What to rent: “Delicatessen”

What to rent: “Delicatessen”

Some movies always seem fresh. Although it was released nearly twenty years ago in 1991, “Delicatessen,” from the French directing team of Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Juenet (“City of Lost Children,” “Amélie”), still feels as exciting and innovative as it did the day it premiered. Equal measures David Lynch and the Coen brothers, this dark […]

What to rent: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

What to rent: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) is a very old man living in a horse-drawn caravan with his daughter Valentina (Lily Cole), his assistant Percy (Verne Troyer), and Anton (Andrew Garfield), an additional member of his troupe of mummers. The four travel the streets of London performing short plays in order to eke out a meager living. […]