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1028 Scott Blvd., Covington KY 41011 859-491-2030
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Interactive directional map
Printable map and written directions
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How to get Tickets
Note: Online sales for both Sunday screenings will cut off at 1 pm July 18; online sales for Tuesday and Wednesday will cut off at 4 pm on July 20 and 21, respectively.
859-491-2030, Tue-Fri 12-5p
877-548-3237, Mon-Fri 9a-7p
In person at these area locations
(click each location for a map):
Sitwell's Coffee House
513 281 7487
Lookout Joe Coffee Roasters
513 871 8626
513 651 5483
Tickets will also be sold at the door, subject to availability.
Hollywood, American Indie, Art House.
Regardless of origin or genre, movies have touched everyone's life.
Starting with this universal premise, For the Love of Movies provides a capsule history of American cinema and the people who write about it via clips and snippets from roughly two dozen films. Director Gerald Peary ties these films to information about, and interviews with, prominent film critics. For those who've read serious film reviews over the years, connecting the faces and thoughts of Stanley Kaufmann, James Agee, Molly Haskell, Andrew Saris, Pauline Kael, Robert Sherwood, et. al., with their bylines is an illuminating experience.
What is film criticism? Does it matter anymore? With an oversaturated film market where lousy films now clearly outnumber quality works, do film reviews help us filter the "must see" from overhyped mass-market junk?
Peary explores these issues from the perspective of a thirty-year film critic, tempered with the realization that the movies, the writers and communication technology have changed considerably in recent decades. He laments the passing of an era and is clearly dubious about film criticism on the web.
With greater reliance on the Internet, where anyone and everyone can be a film critic, are the attributes of accountability, veracity and impartiality diminished by lack of standards, fictional reviews and rampant plagiarism? How significant is the loss of accomplished, experienced journalists and critical thinkers via contraction of print newspapers? Who will replace the serious writers who helped us explore and understand complex films? While mainstream films will be recognized via massive studio marketing budgets, who will step up to tell us about lesser-known Indie and foreign films?
The thrust of For the Love of Movies goes far beyond the story of movies and movie writers.
The demise of film criticism in American newspapers is synonymous with the decline of newspapers in general. One could posit that the media whore syndrome that consumed the tabloids, 24x7 news channels and the Internet has been willingly embraced by newspapers seeking to slow their death spiral. As sound bytes and word bytes merge and reasoned writing is replaced with gawking, stalking, celebs, fans and tweets, the prized target -- a dumbed-down short attention span consumer -- is now urged by some publications to help "report the news." It's no wonder that literate, intellectually curious individuals are deserting newspapers in droves. That same scenario, on a limited scale, is playing out in the movie industry. While movie ticket revenue is up (increased ticket prices, 3-D surcharges), movie attendance is down.
Local Connection ~ Do you remember Dale Stevens, Roger Grooms and Jim DeBrosse -- Cincinnati film critics who would come to us regularly via print and broadcast 25-30 years ago? Cinema authorities Larry Thomas and Craig Kopp remember this and more. They will join us to share a Cincinnati perspective in the post-film discussion, addressing issues raised by the film as well as sharing local movie history and their own opinions on cinema worth seeing.
Post-Film Discussion Leaders
LARRY THOMAS is a film critic, writer, on-air personality and music aficionado. He grew up in the movie business - his family owned and operated a movie house in West Virginia.
Back in the 90s, Mr. Thomas was a co-owner and film programmer at the Movies Repertory Cinema on Race St., downtown (now home to Cincinnati Shakespeare) and was also a principal in the early days of The Neon, the Dayton (OH) art cinema. More recently, he was the editor of WGUC's Artscape Magazine and currently wears two hats - owner of Larry Thomas Booking Service - scheduling films for theaters in Ohio , Indiana, Iowa, Michigan & Kentucky, and film critic for Cincinnati Public Radio with on-air film reviews via WVXU's Cincinnati Edition and written reviews on the WVXU website. Many of Larry's reviews are posted here, at WVXU.org.
A veteran of more than 30 years in the media industry, Craig graduated from Bowling Green State University and went to work in radio news in Toledo. In 1977, Craig joined WEBN in Cincinnati as part of its fledgling news operation, where he eventually became the director of the station's award-winning news department. ("Yes," says Craig, "rock stations used to have award-winning news departments.")
After his tenure at WEBN, Craig became co-anchor of a successful political talk show on 55KRC and currently is the news director at WNKU FM in Northern Kentucky, where he also hosts "Consider This" - a music, news and feature show 3-6pm Monday through Friday.
On the visual side of the media business, Craig has extensive television experience as a film critic and feature reporter for Channels 9, 12 and 19 with print experience in the same vein with the Cincinnati Post and The Community Press newspapers. During his stints as a movie critic and feature writer, Craig logged a million-plus miles in the air, traveling to New York and Los Angeles to view films and interview actors, directors and writers.