Cinema

​Korine and McConaughey Introduce ‘The Beach Bum’

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 17th, 2019

Harmony Korine keeps a tight grip on his title as one of the most critic/critique-proof filmmakers of recent times with “The Beach Bum,” a sultry companion piece to 2012’s memorable “Spring Breakers.” Not without its own kind of middle-aged charm and a worldview to match, “The Beach Bum” is virtually unthinkable without Matthew McConaughey as priapic poet Moondog, a quintessential stoner icon whose consumption of marijuana is rivaled only by his quest for constant sexual…

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​Another Film Legend to Visit Fargo

by Gabrielle Hersch | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 17th, 2019

The 2019 Fargo Film Festival this February saw huge success, particularly with the appearance of Academy Award visual effects winner Richard Edlund, who received the festival’s Ted M. Larson award for his outstanding career. But Fargo’s wonderful accomplishment of hosting legendary filmmakers doesn’t end there.

Yet another legend will grace the stage of the Fargo Theatre this spring: Academy Award-winning documentarian Frederick Wiseman. Thanks to the efforts of The Fargo Theatre…

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​Artist Rashid Johnson Makes Feature Debut with ‘Native Son’

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 10th, 2019

Screenshot of Native Son

Following a world premiere as one of the opening night selections of the Sundance Film Festival in January, conceptual visual artist Rashid Johnson’s adaptation of Richard Wright’s venerable “Native Son” debuts April 6 on HBO. The third big screen version of the story of Bigger Thomas, Wright’s film retains many of the book’s central plot points and its ideological critique of institutional racism. The screenplay, by Pulitzer-winner Suzan-Lori Parks, updates sparingly and,…

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​Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Tethers Audience to Gut-Check Self-Examination

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 3rd, 2019

With enough mirrors, doublings, and doppelgangers to make Hitchcock, Kubrick and Welles proud, Jordan Peele’s “Us” cements the filmmaker’s reputation as a master craftsman and visual stylist. Creepy, funny, and wicked sharp, the film’s genre is horror, the ideas are expansive and the execution clean. An ominous text prologue alludes to the networks of unused and abandoned tunnels snaking underneath the streets and communities of the United States (shortly, a glimpse of the VHS…

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​In an Excellent Debut, Writer-Director Nia DaCosta Explores ‘Little Woods’

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 27th, 2019

Screen capture of Little Woods

Set in the fictional Little Woods, North Dakota -- a small town in the western oil patch not too far from the Canadian border -- Nia DaCosta’s first feature film as writer-director marks an auspicious and confident debut. Recalling some of the same issues explored in Courtney Hunt’s memorable “Frozen River,” “Little Woods” also shares its point of view through the harrowing day-to-day of two working-class women pushed to break the law to survive. While “Frozen River”…

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​Fargo Film Festival 2019: Hidatsa’s ‘trail of tears’ documentary

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 21st, 2019

We Are Still Here photograph during documentary

FARGO – Most people know the Trail of Tears that followed the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The U.S. government – under the direction of President Andrew Jackson – forcibly removed tens of thousands of Natives from their ancestral homes.

Thousands were murdered or died along the way west of the Mississippi River.

Less well known is that in 1869 the Xoshga Hidatsa People under the leadership of Crow Flies High and Bobtail Bull, fled persecution and lived along the Missouri River near…

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​Fargo Film Festival 2019

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 20th, 2019

We Are Still Here

The 19th Fargo Festival begins on Tuesday, March 19th and runs until Saturday, March 23. Continuing a tradition of excellence in local arts programming, the event provides both casual moviegoers and cinephiles with multiple opportunities to see remarkable shorts and features on the two big screens of the Fargo Theatre. Guided by Fargo Theatre Executive Director Emily Beck, organizers work year-round to prepare for the largest annual moving image event in the state of North Dakota.

Fargo Film Festival 2019

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Fargo Proud: Northern Lights Films Debuts Another Feature at Sundance

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 20th, 2019

To the Stars feature photograph

Early 1960s Oklahoma is an ideal setting for classic coming of age themes in Martha Stephens’s “To the Stars.” Richer in characterization and emotion than it is in plotting, “To the Stars” capitalizes on Andrew Reed’s beautiful monochromatic cinematography, with inky blacks and shimmering silvers aspiring to the same kind of nostalgia conjured by the legendary director of photography Robert Surtees in “The Last Picture Show.” Shannon Bradley-Colleary’s screenplay…

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​‘Small Talk,’ Big Themes

by Gabrielle Hersch | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 20th, 2019

Film still from the movie Small Talk

With the 19th annual Fargo Film Festival underway this week, film lovers and filmmakers are flocking to the Fargo Theatre to catch screenings. One local filmmaker, Steven Warkel, got to see the short film that he wrote and directed, “Small Talk,” come to life on the big screen.

“Small Talk,” which was produced last spring as a student film for MSUM’s film production program, follows a young man through turbulent emotions as he processes the hospitalization and potential death…

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Voting for Pedro: ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ Turns Fifteen

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 13th, 2019

Efren Ramirez

Bonafide modern classic “Napoleon Dynamite” celebrates fifteen years of sweet jumps with a victory tour featuring stars Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez. As part of the 2019 Fargo Film Festival, Jade Presents will bring the film to the Fargo Theatre on Thursday, March 21. Heder and Ramirez will participate in an on-stage discussion following the movie.

Ramirez spoke to High Plains Reader film editor Greg Carlson about becoming an accidental icon.

HPR: You were born in Los Angeles and got…

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