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On Animation and Workflow

by The Staff February 26, 2015


  This screening Saturday night at EMPAC is part of a colloquium that brought together “small groups of artists, curators, visual effects specialists, engineers, and theorists to informally discuss ideas centered around the conditions of the ...


Artistic Identities

by Ann Morrow January 29, 2015


  In The Lives of Hamilton Fish, a film by New York City artist and songwriter Rachel Mason, a politician named Hamilton Fish is linked by fate to a criminal also named Hamilton Fish. Mason, who ...

Albany Institute of History & Art

Silver Screen Thrills

by Ann Morrow October 31, 2013


  It’s . . .  showtime! Maybe not for the Madison Theater itself—that will be tonight (Thursday, Oct. 31) when it welcomes the community with a Halloween screening—but on Tuesday it was the moment of truth ...

From Big Screen to Small

by David King October 3, 2013


  Metroland ran a cover story titled “The Great American Videogame” in 2008. The premise was that some games have become so influenced by culture—literature, film, politics, science and religion—that they have the impact that that ...

Readers’ Poll: Arts

by The Staff March 13, 2013


    Best Movie Theater 1. Spectrum 8 Theatres 2. Regal Colonie Center Cinema 13 3. Bow Tie Cinemas Movieland Your love for the Spectrum has only gotten stronger with age: The venerable arthouse won by more than 300 votes this ...


Fall Film Preview

by Shawn Stone September 13, 2012


Let’s forget the recently ended, thoroughly dismal summer movie season. From the horror in Colorado (which had a genuine effect on film attendance), to the generally dismal parade of actual product, the cinema summer of ...

Artists and Aliens

by B.A. Nilsson March 29, 2012


If, like me, you’re an insomniac, and/or you enjoy the early antemeridian hours, you’ve tuned in to the radio program Coast to Coast AM. Which means you’ve heard the callers, the people phoning in from ...

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by The Staff September 28, 2011


The last time the onedotzero international touring film festival visited EMPAC, audiences were well pleased. This explains tonight’s (Thursday’s) return of onedotzero with two distinct—and separately ticketed—programs. The onedotzero shows are noted for presenting explorations of ...


Film Socialisme

by The Staff June 22, 2011


To many cinephiles, it’s a better world just because filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard is still in it. To others, the 79-year-old Godard is a pain in the ass. The French New Wave stalwart’s latest, Film Socialisme, ...

Time and Space Limited

Legion of Dumb

by Ann Morrow February 16, 2011

Eagle of the Ninth

The Eagle starts as a rip-roaring adventure story about the fabled Ninth Legion, a band of battle-tested Roman centurions who disappeared after being sent into the highlands of Caledonia (Scotland), a barbarian-infested territory so ferocious ...