Archive for the 'Sad Places' Category

Fresh CUZine ink is best aroma

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Out on the streets, constructive reading can be hard to come by. Luckily, Champaign-Urbana, we have a solution for you this holiday weekend! We also pay respects to our editor’s late uncle, a Navy veteran.

There will be hell toupée in D.C.

Friday, January 20th, 2017

It is rare for us to offer a rational lampoon on the politics of our day, but, here it is! We go top-heavy with humor as WILLIAM SHATNER LENT ME HIS HAIRPIECE jogs past memories and jib-jabs a presidential transition of power.

IOW: DP did BLOOD work in C-U

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

From the “Images of the Week” Dept.: Two titans of cinematography, gone. Three footnotes in Champaign-Urbana film history, remembered. Four rare archival photos, presented in full FLESH AND BLOOD.

FOW: Bowie exits EARTH for stars

Friday, January 15th, 2016

In the premiere of our “Flicker of the Week” Dept.: British superstar David Bowie left five decades’ worth of artistic output here on planet Earth, including two curious fantasy films playing local theaters this weekend.

Veritable vault of video to vanish

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

We had a good thing going, you and we, but the forces of media upheaval, consumer complacency, and altogether reasonable life changes have pried us apart as feared. Don’t you cry, TR. We’ll always have Chambana.

Building NAFF-ticipation no longer

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

The sixth annual New Art Film Festival is … not accepting entries just yet. Read on, MacNAFFs…


Friday, January 2nd, 2015

From the “Images of the Week” Dept.: Investigative reporting by The Pantagraph in Bloomington focuses on helping the mentally ill more effectively in the video, SHORTCHANGED.

Article du C-U: Ebertfest ’14, pt.2

Friday, July 11th, 2014

New informants bring their perspectives to the table in highlighting “Ebertfest” 2014. In the second filing, Brian Paris navigates the crest of emotion that greeted LIFE ITSELF.

Article du C-U: Ebertfest ’14, pt.1

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

New informants bring their perspectives to the table in highlighting “Ebertfest” 2014. In the first filing, editor Jason Pankoke elects for dependency even as an independent.

Joe A. Lester, 1969-2013

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Bensenville, IL, resident Joe Lester, a make-up artist with The ImageWorks FX of Chicago, has passed away at age 44.

C-U Film Leader: 6.27.2013

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

In this edition of C-U Blogfidential’s all-purpose column, “The C-U Film Leader,” we talk about THE GARDEN OF CHLOE auditions, the passing of Gary Gardner, on-line Pens to Lens videos, the Avon Theatre’s new little sister, and film contests galore!

Vid store, prod house put to rest

Monday, May 20th, 2013

We wish the best of success for every media-making business out there, but sometimes certain good things must end. The Movie Fan of Normal and Prairie Production Group of Champaign, for instance, both quit doing business at the end of April.

Consulting the MAYA calendar

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Your editor made a movie once. The tragedy is not what happened on screen, but the fact it never made it to any screen at all.

O! Wherefore art thou, Rialto?

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

In the second helping of our brain-food-for-thought regarding the survival of local movie theaters, we conjure the ghosts of brick-and-mortar cinemas past complete with a visual ode to downtown Champaign’s former Rialto Theater.

C-U Biz-en-scène: 12.10.2011

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

In this edition of C-U Blogfidential’s all-purpose column, “C-U Biz-en-scène,” we invoke the “Short Form” clause out of necessity while re-gifting our weekly Calendar feature listing the movies now playing/renting near you!