Articles by ChasAndrews

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Helms Braves ‘Cedar Rapids’

“That was awesome. Super awesome.” Starring Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anna Heche, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Stephen Root, Sigourney Weaver and Kurtwood Smith. Directed by Miguel Arteta Meet Tim Lippe (pronounced lip-ee). Lippe is as mild-mannered and squeaky-clean as they come – no alcohol, no drugs, no cursing, etc. He’s an insurance salesman for BrownStar Insurance in Brown Valley, Wisconsin. He lives alone in a small but nice house and his girlfriend is former teacher Macy Vanderhei (Weaver) who comes over once a week for sex. Tim exists in the small bubble of his comfort zone: has good relations with…


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Local & Regional Films Take Home Top Awards

(Photo above of former mayor Jerry Abramson and his wife) Louisville native Greg King and New Albany, Indiana filmmaker Ray Cart are among the winners of the top prizes at the 2011 Derby City Film Festival which was held February 18th through the 20th. Greg King and David Teague’s “Our House” took home Best Documentary and Cart’s “Queens of the Dead” won the Audience Choice award for favorite film. Cincinnati Filmmaker Michael Maney’s film “Meth” took home the award for Best Short Film and Actress Stephanie Brait picked up Best Actress for her role in the same film. Another Cincinnati…


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3rd Derby City Film Festival

Just leaving a reminder to come out and support independent filmmaking at this year’s Derby City Film Festival. In its third year the fest showcases local as well as international short films and features. Here’s info from the press release: The festival will open with a short film screening group from The Bob Rogers Group (BRG), a production company based in Louisville. The BRG film program of 8 short films will be free to attend and begin at 6:00 PM on February 18th. The official opening night film at 8:00 PM will be “The Very Worst Thing” a film about…


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Portman, Kunis Vie for Being ‘Black Swan’

Maddening! Starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Vincent Cassel, and Wynona Ryder. Directed by Darron Aronofsky I was hesitant to see this movie. I’ve had several friends say that it’s the greatest thing since Elvis, sliced bread, and the invention of the wheel. Any other detractors are mumbling. In fact Yahoo! Movie reviews gives it a pretty high average rating in their system. Still, I held out on seeing it until last night. My verdict: It’s okay. That’s not to say that it’s a bad movie; far from it. This is the kind of movie made for up-and-coming filmmakers…


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13th Annual Jewish Film Festival

Tomorrow (Feb. 12) kicks-off the 13th Annual Jewish Film Festival. The festival features 10 award-winning international films aimed at providing audiences a means to understand Jewish culture and its intricacies. The first of the films shown is “Tough Crowd”, an eight minute short created by Louisville native Jeffrey Roth and feature film “Eli and Ben.” Following that Congregation Adath Jeshurun will host the opening night event Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.   Tickets cost $15 and include a dessert reception. “A Film Unfinished” will be shown on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 at Chao Auditorium for free. On Sunday, Feb. 20…


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It’s a List… a List of Places to Eat

Months ago my uncle returned to Louisville for a job. Having been away for at least five years I made a suggestion: each weekend we’ll try a new place to eat. So far we’ve ate at over twenty places in Louisville. Some of them franchise, some of them local. Below is the list of places in the ‘Ville we’ve stopped at: Applebee’s B.D.’s Mongolian Grill Bearno’s BJ’s Pizza and Grill Bluegrass Brewing Company Boombozz Pizza Brick House Tavern and Tap Buffalo Wild Wings Café Mimosa Chili’s CiCi’s Pizza Clifton Pizza Company Fat Jimmy’s Flanagan’s Ale House Five Guys Burgers and…


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‘Voice Teacher’ on Line Two

The Derby City Film Festival, partnered with the Louisville Jewish Film Festival, are bringing you the documentary film “Voice Teacher.” “Voice Teacher” is about a man who teaches people how to sing –over the phone. Here’s the synopsis: Don Roberts is a construction worker, only he doesn’t build buildings, he build’s throats. Singers of all stripes regularly attend his studio in Oneonta, NY, but rarely in person. Don teaches over the telephone; a bizarre and controversial approach, according to many in the singing world. Day after day, Don teaches voice to world-renowned cantors and up-and-coming opera singers. But to enter…


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Oscar Noms: Jenny and ‘The Dude’

It’s been a busy morning on my side of the Net. The Academy Awards dropped their nominations list and as I fervently scanned over it I couldn’t believe what I saw: Mark Ruffalo is nominated for an Oscar. I jest. Ruffalo is a good actor and you should check out him in movies such as “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “The Brothers Bloom.” This year’s “Oscar surprise” is that hometown actress Jennifer Lawrence is nominated for her work in the film “Winter’s Bone.” “Winter’s Bone” is based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell about a seventeen-year-old girl named…


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Kutcher and Portman’s ‘NSA’ Relationship

Disjointedly tasteless with moments of awesomeness. Starring Ashton Kutcher, Natalie Portman, Kevin Kline, Ludacris and Lake Bell. Directed by Ivan Reitman It’s theorized that in Hollywood there is a machine. It lives, breathes, and exists below the streets of Los Angeles much like the purported ones that record all of our phone conversations exists somewhere beneath the windswept plains of Nebraska. Studio Execs keep this machine secret, looking behind their backs as they take the Metro to a clandestine tunnel located directed under Century City to another rail line that transports them to the room where this machine is kept….


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Movies on Disc: ‘First Snow’

A taut little thriller. Starring Guy Pearce, J.K. Simmons, Piper Perabo, and William Fichtner. Directed by Mark Fergus. When New Mexican salesman Jimmy Starks (Pearce) breaks down in the middle of nowhere -and I can’t emphasize ‘nowhere’ enough- he dawdles around a quaint pit stop while his car is being repaired. After a beer and an attempt to sell a bartender on buying a Wurlitzer, he pokes around and finds Vacaro (Simmons), a man who makes his money telling fortunes. Giving him 15 bucks, Vacaro has a reading that scares himself. Starks is given his money back and sent on…