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Shawn Stone

A Really Big Show

by Shawn Stone September 25, 2014

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  After Stanley Kramer’s 1963 smash It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, “big” comedies became the fashion. Traditionally, comedies were usually 90 minutes or less; after Mad squared, Hollywood considered comedy a genre worthy of ...

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Going His Way

by Shawn Stone August 28, 2014

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  A guy walks into Father James’ confessional and tells him he’s going to kill him in a week’s time. The guy explains that, as a kid, he was a victim of brutal sexual abuse at ...

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Me Me Me

by Shawn Stone August 28, 2014

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  Having never read the novel on which If I Stay is based, I can’t judge the merits of Gayle Forman’s book. But the film version, which tells the story of a talented teen named Mia ...

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A Place for Jews

by Shawn Stone August 7, 2014

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  Longtime journalist Marc Gronich’s “ah-ha” moment, when he decided it was time to create a website dedicated to Jewish life and interests, arrived courtesy of Times Union editor Rex Smith. Smith had just given a talk ...

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Dude, Where’s My Brain?

by Shawn Stone July 31, 2014

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  It’s hard not to be impressed by Luc Besson’s audacity in his latest actioner, Lucy. The director and/or producer of such decade-spanning, high-octane entertainments as La Femme Nikita, The Professional, The Transporter and Taken isn’t ...

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Chimps Ahoy

by Shawn Stone July 17, 2014

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  When last we left the rebooted Planet of the Apes series, Caesar (Andy Serkis) had led his genetically enhanced ape friends into the forests north of San Francisco, and the genetically engineered drug that altered ...

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Paul McCartney

by Shawn Stone July 10, 2014

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“How is he gonna top this?” This was what I wondered as Paul McCartney ended his concert at the TUC on Saturday night. He and his band had just finished a breathtaking run of songs that, ...

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All Aboard

by Shawn Stone July 10, 2014

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  “The best-case scenario,” CDTA senior planner Michael Williams explained at a public forum at the Troy Atrium on Tuesday (July 8), “is a three-year timetable.” Williams was describing the hoped-for implementation schedule for the proposed river ...

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For the 21st Century and Beyond

by Shawn Stone July 3, 2014

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  The Clark Art Institute selected Tadao Ando as project architect for its transformative, decade-long expansion because of his “ability to weave architecture into the natural environment.” On a recent tour of the Clark, which reopens to ...

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Local Hero

by Shawn Stone June 19, 2014

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  Who was the first mayor of Troy? Hint: He has a street named after him. Nothing, huh? Need another clue? He served as an aide-de-camp to Gen. George Washington in the Revolutionary War and earned a personal commendation ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone June 12, 2014

  ATTENTION ASPIRING YOUNG THESPIANS  If you haven’t yet signed up for theater camp, it’s not too late. Capital Repertory Theatre is hosting a week-long Acting Intensive in August for teenagers. It will be taught by “theater ...

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Lost

by Shawn Stone June 12, 2014

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  Rule of thumb: If a movie is in some way about the Holocaust, the filmmakers have failed if the audience walks out “inspired” or feeling uplifted in some way. Director and co-writer Pawel Pawlikowski has ...

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Do It Again

by Shawn Stone June 12, 2014

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  Esteemed director Doug Liman finally figured out a way to make Tom Cruise, leading man, sympathetic: Have Emily Blunt shoot him in the head. Repeatedly. In the alien-invasion actioner Edge of Tomorrow, Cruise is an obnoxious ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone June 5, 2014

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REDRUM REDRUM  Tonight (Thursday, June 5), a presentation by game developer and film blogger Kevin McLeod (mstrmnd) will address these questions posed by the good folks at Basilica Hudson: “Is The Shining much more than ...

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Whose Film Is It Anyway?

by Shawn Stone May 22, 2014

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  Dear Warner Bros. Pictures: The name of this movie is Godzilla. Why, then, is the titular character reduced to a supporting role? What makes this frustrating is that the producers got so many things right. First, ...

Joe Triumphant

by Shawn Stone May 22, 2014

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  On Friday (May 16), former New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno was acquitted in federal court in Albany on both counts of fraud with which he was charged. Thus, a nine-year-long effort ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone May 8, 2014

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    CHALK ART RETURNS  Drawing Up Central, a sidewalk chalk art contest on lower Central Avenue between Henry Johnson Boulevard and Lexington Avenue, returns this Saturday (May 10) from 10 AM-2 PM. A project of Equinox, ...

Hard to Like

by Shawn Stone April 24, 2014

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  Jude Law is very entertaining as the ex-con and safecracker Dom Hemingway. He’s thoroughly believable as he brings out the various facets of the character: desperate convict, jealous ex-con, deliriously happy free man, coke-snorting lunatic, ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone April 17, 2014

  ALBANY BARN GRAND OPENING  After years of organizing and plenty of hard work, the Albany Barn is celebrating the opening of their Academy Lofts in the former St. Joseph’s Academy today (Thursday, April 17) from ...

Grown Up Wrong

by Shawn Stone April 10, 2014

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  Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman, who proves as talented a director as actor) behaves like he doesn’t give a damn about anyone but himself—and that may indeed be the case. He’s an 8th-grade dropout on the ...

Our Nixon

by Shawn Stone April 3, 2014

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  Penny Lane’s archival-footage documentary about Richard Nixon, Our Nixon, is a delightful addition to the canon of films, novels, histories and operas about the 37th President of the United States—the only one of that illustrious ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone March 20, 2014

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  MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES  This edition of Ye Olde Art Beat should more properly be called Ye Olde Movie Beat. There are an amazing variety of excellent films screening around the region this week. Tonight (Thursday, March ...

Show Boat

by Shawn Stone March 12, 2014

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  Warner Home Video has been planning to do a Show Boat box set for years. They own all three movie versions of Edna Ferber’s tale of turn-of-the-century riverboat entertainers: an oddball 1929 part-talkie that isn’t ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone March 6, 2014

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  MEMORIES, THEN THE MOVIE  Tomorrow (Friday, March 7), the Williams College Museum of Art will hold a special storytelling evening in honor of the “monuments men,” the team of art historians and curators who traveled ...

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Royal Flash

by Shawn Stone February 20, 2014

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  In 1975, Richard Lester followed up his smashing Three Musketeers films with Royal Flash, casting the ever-insolent Malcolm McDowell as a globetrotting rake of an English officer named Harry Flashman. Flashman, the Victorian antihero of ...