September 8th, 2009

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Van Gogh - Brush with Genius on an IMAX screen

**Van Gogh - Brush with Genius** features an art historian who gains access to the letters of tortured artist, Vincent Van Gogh. Written to his brother Theo, Vincent details the passion for the paint brush and his interpretation of reality.

Paintings normally seen in a crowded art museum are given the full blown IMAX magnification. For art historian, this feature is worth the price of admission, yet the narrative is a bit clunky and heavy handed. Two unintentional laughs occur when the narrator (as Vincent Van Gogh) describes his own death and the slicing of his ear.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Free Ford Fridays!

The national unemployment figure has risen to 9.7%, the highest number in 26 years. Smart business people are making adjustments and remembering the rule of economics; business is only charging the price that the market can bear. One corporation that is persevering over this recession has remembered the importance of philanthropic pursuit.

Last year, Ford Motors made headlines as the auto manufacturer that did not accept the 2008 government bail out. Instead of taking from the American Taxpayers, Ford Motors is giving to the community in a direct way. Ford has partnered with the Museum of Discovery and Science to bring **Free Ford Fridays** to the Museum on September 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2009. Families will receive free exhibit admission to the museum where they can spend a day exploring hundreds of hands-on exhibits. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Friday.

On the top floor is the **Aviation Station,** which traces the evolution and physics of flight, from the Wright Brothers to potential exploration on Mars. The elements of life are explored on the same floor, which features exhibits about water, air, fire and wind. Next to the exit of the IMAX theatre doors on the second floor are two permanent exhibitions featuring dinosaurs and an Egyptian Mummy.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Aleksandr Petrov and "The Old Man and the Sea"

**The Old Man and the Sea** is far superior for two reasons, American author Ernest Hemingway and Russian animator Aleksandr Petrov. Produced ten years ago as the first animated film produced on the IMAX screen, **The Old Man and the Sea** garnered an academy award for best animated short subject. The film pays homage to Hemingway’s novella that won the Noble Prize for Literature in 1954.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

"Bright Star" burns the fastest

"A thing of beauty is a joy for ever"
John Keats

For a movie about the Romantic Poets that one is forced to study in high school and college, **Bright Star** fufills ticket buyers expectations. The film is full of tea, hoop skirts and English countrysides, but writer/director Jane Campion communicates a contemporary feeling about the life and times of poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw), his girlfriend and seamstress Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) and his financial companion and sometime poet Charles Armitage Brown (Paul Schneider).

While not necessarily a love triangle, these three individuals provide contrasting perspectives. The highbrow Brown treats Brawne with sarcastic contempt until she retaliates with the comment;
"Stitching is more important than writing because I can make money for it."

In contrast to Brown, Brawne feels an attraction to the sickly Keats, who has become a hit in literary circles for his poem "Endymion." As Brawn helps Keats overcome his shyness, the poet teaches poetry clinics to the neighborhood children. The children and Miss Brawne learn that a poem needs understanding of all the senses. From her personal experiences with Keats, Brawne learns that art and craft can be one of the best ways to channel grief.

With a running time of approximately two hours, **Bright Star** seems just long enough to spark an interest in the poetry of John Keats. A talkative movie, the narrative moves at a brisk pace with doses of humor. This is no **Masterpiece Theatre** with British actors in love with the sound of their own voices, **Bright Star* features realistic performances. The young Ben Whishaw is as endearing as a Jonas Brother. As delightful as Abbie Cornish's performance is, it is Paul Schneider who gives a trans-formative performance of a crass man who is made vulnerable.

**Bright Star** will be a film that will be talked about come Oscar time in 2010.