Few silent films speak as loudly as Fritz Lang’s near-opus Metropolis (M is his best film). A split dystopian/utopian society is at the heart of this futuristic tale from 1927. When a “soulless” worker from the subterranean mechanical heart of this metropolitan city finds himself topside, he falls in love with a beautiful woman who
The Toledo Jewish Film Festival, a five-week event showcasing one significantly Jewish film per week, kicks off on Monday, May 22 with Remember. Starring Oscar winners Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau, Remember (2015) is the tale of two old men taking a cross-continental trip to track down the Nazi who destroyed both of their lives
The one thing you absolutely need to accept about any film festival is that you won’t make it to every showing. Even when the films all play on one screen, and aren’t running concurrently, it’s just too big a time commitment for most people. That reality being realized, it’s imperative to select films carefully, plotting
If you reference celebrities with ties to Toledo, everyone knows Jamie Farr, the star of TV series MASH. Dig a little deeper and people will say Katie Holmes, the star of ‘90s teen TV series Dawson’s Creek and films such as Thank You For Smoking and Batman Begins. After that, it gets a little hazy.
Assimilation is hard, especially when you’re from another planet. Meditate on the meaning of adjustment with the Michigan Theater’s upcoming screening of the 1984 Afrofuturist film, The Brother from Another Planet. Sometimes silly, but always fascinating and thoughtful, this classic sci-fi film follows a sweet-natured, mute Black man who has escaped enslavement on another planet.
The Maumee Uptown Business Association wants your short films. Hosting the Maumee Film Fest in September, the MUBA is seeking submissions from filmmakers high school age or older. Compete for cash prizes and recognition. Films must have a maximum run time of 12 minutes. In addition to the main film competition, there is also a
The sign says “For rent.” But if you know the drill, you know they won’t rent to you. And then you’re humiliated again— another rejection due to unfair treatment. Every day, Americans are discriminated against based on race, age, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation and family status. Renting or buying real estate becomes nearly impossible
Conservation landscaping— the idea that you don’t need to destroy the natural order of things to make use of the land— is a growing practice in the U.S., but the concept requires the attention of ordinary folks to take hold. Join the Wild Ones Oak Openings Region Chapter, Black Swamp Conservancy and Multi Faith Council
In 1973, 180 coal miners at the Brookside Mine in rural Kentucky went on strike. The owners refused a labor contract, but the strike continued. Scabs were hired to fill their jobs, but the strike continued. More than year of violence, bloodshed, and the death of a miner led to a union contract— but nothing was
The Toledo Lucas County Public Library closes out its Film Focus series with a doozy. Screening the supernatural Belgian/French war film Neither Heaven Nor Earth, the Library hopes to send viewers home to sleep with the lights on. A French army captain and his men run into trouble in Taliban-occupied Pakistan when people from both
Perfect for folks who like to travel or look at other people’s vacation slides. The Kiwanis Club of Tecumseh is presenting their Kiwanis Travel and Adventure Cinema series, Great Rocky Mountain RV Adventure. Explore the scenic backroads of America, from New Mexico up to Yellowstone, without ever leaving your chair. If you’ve never seen the
If you’ve heard about the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th, but don’t have Netflix, you are in luck. The First Unitarian Church in Toledo will be holding a screening and discussion of the 2016 film, named for the amendment that abolished slavery. An investigative look into the prison system and the racial inequality of justice in America,