Saturday 19 Apr
 
 
 photo 85cca911-3826-446b-828b-785107dd2ef3_zpse09f07ac.jpg

 

OKG Newsletter


Home · Articles · By Phil Bacharach
Phil Bacharach
 
Top Articles from
No articles in this section

Oculus

The paranormal horror of 'Oculus' is more spooky than scary.


Horror

Phil Bacharach
The late, great movie critic Roger Ebert coined the term “idiot plot” to describe any flick in which the story is set in motion because of its idiotic characters.
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox is a lip-smacking crowd pleaser.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Sometimes you must board the wrong train to get to the right station. It’s a bit of wisdom that figures prominently in — and is offered by — The Lunchbox, a sweetly engaging Hindi-language film about two wounded souls who make an accidental but vital connection in the Indian city of Mumbai. What makes an already-appealing movie all the more delicious is that it is set in motion by food.
 
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel — with its polarizing auteurism — is quintessential Wes Anderson.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach

There isn’t much middle ground when it comes to how one feels about Wes Anderson, the filmmaker behind Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom. His meticulous visual style and unflagging quirkiness have won both ardent fans and detractors; one viewer’s delight is another viewer’s preciousness.

 
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tim's Vermeer

In the fascinating Tim’s Vermeer, a man seeks to replicate a Vermeer masterpiece through mirrors and lenses.


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
The question of what makes art has fueled debate ever since prehistoric man began etching on the walls of caves, or at least ever since college students began frequenting coffeehouses. Tim’s Vermeer, a documentary by the magician duo Penn & Teller, doesn’t exactly shed light on the definition of art, but it does contribute to the conversation by examining that arcane place where art and technology intersect.
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Jung at heart

Animated film mixes in Super 8 film, newsreels and live-action footage to tell an existential tale of family.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
From Korea to Belgium, a boy’s upbringing in Approved for Adoption becomes an existential journey.
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises is a high-flying exit for master animator Hayao Miyazaki


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Fans of Hayao Miyazaki were understandably disappointed when Japan’s master animator announced that his latest feature, The Wind Rises, would also be his last. The 73-yearold filmmaker has given us some of animation’s most brilliant and beautiful works, including My Neighbor Totoro and 2001’s Oscar-winning Spirited AwaySo, yeah, the guy has definitely earned his retirement, and the studio he helped found, Studio Ghibli, is sure to continue making terrific pictures. But it doesn’t make Miyazaki’s departure any less bittersweet.
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

LETTERS


Letters to the Editor

Phil Bacharach
I appreciate that Chicken-Fried News is supposed to be irreverent and clever, but it should at least remain accurate. Unfortunately, the Feb. 19 brief, “Money to spend,” (Oklahoma Gazette) isn’t particularly irreverent or clever, and it’s not accurate.
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Past

The Past, an explosive tale of relationships in crisis, is another triumph for Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Asghar Farhadi burst on the international stage with 2011’s Oscar-winning A Separation, but he was making great movies in his native Iran well before the world took notice. It’s not surprising, then, that the director is no fly-by-night talent. His latest, The Past, is another brutally effective exploration of domestic crisis.
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Get shorty

The best of 2013’s short films come to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.


Features

Phil Bacharach

2014 Academy Award-nominated animated short films

5:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Feb. 28-March 1; 12:30 p.m. Sunday and March 2

 

2014 Academy Award-nominated live-action short films

8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Feb. 28-March 1; 3 p.m. Sunday and March 2

 

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

415 Couch Drive

okcmoa.com

236-3100

$7-$9

 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Grandmaster

Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster, about kung fu legend Ip Man, is a triumph of action and visual artistry.


Action

Phil Bacharach

The Grandmaster

7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

415 Couch Drive

okcmoa.com

236-3100

$7-$9

 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Lone Survivor

Peter Berg's Navy SEALs epic reminds us that war is hell while glorifying it, too.


Action

Phil Bacharach
Maybe it really is possible to have your cake and eat it, too. Lone Survivor, a dramatization of a real-life U.S. mission in Afghanistan that went horribly awry, somehow manages to chronicle a massacre of Navy SEALs while simultaneously transforming the experience into a fist-pumping recruitment tool.
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Wolf of Wall Street

Excess becomes a bit, um, excessive in the new film from Martin Scorsese.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach
After venturing outside his comfort zone in 2011’s family-friendly Hugo, Martin Scorsese returns to his cinematic turf of crooks, creeps and crime in The Wolf of Wall Street.
 
Friday, December 27, 2013

American Hustle

David O. Russell's latest proves there’s still a lot of criminal fun to be had from the time of polyester and disco.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach
Starting a major motion picture with a bald guy working on a comb-over isn’t the most obvious of choices. But American Hustle begins with Christian Bale, paunchy and fleshy and in decidedly non-Dark Knight shape, fixing his hair with a watchmaker’s precision. He glues down a massive comb-over and maneuvers a monstrous toupee before the coup de grâce: dousing the hirsute creation in nearly half a can of hairspray.
 
Friday, December 20, 2013

Muscle Shoals

The musical greatness of a nondescript Alabama town is explored in the documentary Muscle Shoals.


Documentary

Phil Bacharach

Muscle Shoals

7:30 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

415 Couch Drive

okcmoa.com

236-3100

$7-$9

 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Do you hear what we hear?

Yule love to stream these seasonal songs instead of the same ol’ claptrap heard 24/7 in dentists’ offices and department stores.


Music

Phil Bacharach
Christmas songs are as big a part of the season as crowded shopping malls and spiked eggnog, but there are only so many times you can hear “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls” without wanting to wretch just a little. Here are some suggestions for compiling a Yuletide playlist that perhaps isn’t quite so musty. Much of the music can be purchased or ordered locally at Guestroom Records, Size Records and the like.
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
 
Close
Close
Close