Rob Levy is a native St. Louisan freelance writer who has been published in several print and online publications including St. Louis Magazine, St. Louis Business Journal, The Riverfront Times, Playback, Noisy Paper and The Beacon. Since 1995 he has has hosted Juxtaposition on KDHX. He also is a co-host of The Sound Board music podcast and Weekend Justice podcasts for needcoffee.com. He also has written about music, film and pop culture for need coffee.com, anglotopia.net and several other online publications.
Wednesday brings another day of move madness as the St. Louis International Film Festival moves deeper into its second week.
I have noticed that although many of the weekday afternoon screenings at Plaza Frontenac are intimate in size, they more than make up for this in stature. This is a sharp contrast from the less laid-back evening and weekend offerings, which attract a diversely interesting group of movie lovers.
The day features two collections of shorts as well as some great documentaries and feature films.
We are at the half way mark of the festival this year. So far things have gone swimmingly with brisk ticket sales and a lot of chatter about what films people have seen.
If you have a case of the Mondays then why not go see a movie at the St. Louis International Film Festival?
There is so much going on today you could go manic just thinking about it.
All indications are that today's snow made no impact on keeping folks from the Film Festival today.
Marshall The Miracle Dog has been sold out for weeks. Friends and family members of the cast and crew enthusiastically supported it when it wa splayed at the Tvoli this afternoon.
AT KDHX Bob Reuter’s Last Tape was shown at 7:30pm. Josh Rolens’ film about one of our city’s most beloved citizens has been expanded from its original format in order to include more material about Bob and his amazing life. After the show Bob Reuter’s Alley Ghost played in tribute to him.
I knew Bob for over a decade and I miss him dearly. The film articulates a lot of what we already knew, Bob had a hard life and deserved all the successes he had late in his life. It is the perfect celebration of his life.
Mr. Turner the new Mike Leigh film debuted at Plaza Frontenac. In it Timothy spall inhabits the world of J.M.W Turner, the famed British painter. It had all of the normal features of a Mike Leigh film, serious drama, great choreography, a very detailed script, an ensemble of versatile actors and a musical score that jars your senses to frame the action onscreen.
Timothy Spall was pretty good as Turner, walking the tightrope of playing him both as a monster and a genius simultaneously. Leigh painstakingly details the painter’s relationships, warts and all in exposing the essence of an eccentric artist whose talent was not widely embraced until after his death.
Looking back over the weekend all signs point to a great start for SLIFF. They had some sellouts, premiered some big movies and also introduced indie film to some new people.
One of the nice things about movies is that they can indeed serve as a tonic for getting away from all your worries. But they also can make you think and gain a wider perspective. So as we enter the second act of SLIFF 2014, I urge you to go out see some movies. Bring a friend or two and explore the world outside.
The first day of programming at the St. Louis International Film Festival begins today!
Friday saw a lot of people coming out to see movies. Whether it was Foxcather, Wild or the Nick Cave documentary, a lot of people saw some great movies!
With even more options to choose from today what will a discerning cinephile do?
It's not really fair to plunge your audience into a such a deep chasm of conundrums on the first full day of the fest. Friday is a day of big films, foreign thrillers and nostalgic salutes and timely documentaries.
With so much going on, I have some tough choices to make.
The 23rd St. Louis International Film Festival begins today. Sponsored by the Whitaker Foundation,
it’s one of the most exciting days of the year.
I love movies and relish the chance to see them with other people who love movies! I also love how there is a serious energy at work as the festival gets under way.
Although we have barely made it into November, it's almost Christmas for St. Louis film lovers.
From November 13-23 thousands of people will descend upon a myriad of venues for the 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival.
Although St. Louis is arguably the epicenter of the baseball world there are still a contingent of die-hard loyalists who root, root, root for our other home team. Huh?
Well the team in question is the St. Louis Browns who left St. Louis in 1954 for Charm City and henceforth became known as the Baltimore Orioles. The tragic thing is that unlike the traumatic moves made by sports teams today, this one happened without a whimper.