Whiskey and Popcorn Reviews… Shia LaBeouf’s HONEY BOY is a Cathartic Journey for the Troubled Actor

Tuesday Mahrle and Kaely Monahan

Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios

—By Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle

Shia LaBeouf explores his own childhood in the highly meta and cathartic film Honey Boy. In this film, the child star is 12-year-old Otis. His father is an ex-rodeo clown and convict who now acts as his guardian. We come to discover that Otis, and by extension LaBeouf, experiences intense trauma, resulting in the star coming to his lowest point.
Emotional, humorous and very intense, Honey Boy is one of the highlights of the year.

Listen to Whiskey and Popcorn’s full Honey Boy review online now.

Whiskey and Popcorn is a movie podcast by local film critics Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle. You can hear their full movie reviews on whiskeyandpopcorn.org.

Whiskey and Popcorn Reviews… Sensational! PARASITE is Why We Go See Movies

Tuesday Mahrle and Kaely Monahan

Courtesy of Neon

—By Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle

Darkly humorous with a biting edge, Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite is a masterpiece of cinematic storytelling. Greed, classism and horror are wrapped in a hysterical package that will leave you in stitches. The poor Kim family finds a way to easy street only to find out the high life is not what they expected. Make sure you don’t miss this movie.

We recommend pairing this film with your favorite soju-cocktail.

Parasite is Rated R and is now playing exclusively at Harkins Camelview.

And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Scottsdale International Film Festival Nov. 1–10.

Listen to Whiskey and Popcorn’s full Parasite review online now.

Whiskey and Popcorn is a movie podcast by local film critics Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle. You can hear their full movie reviews on whiskeyandpopcorn.org.

Sparking Conversations That Inform, Educate and Resonate

Oscar buzzworthy film opens Scottsdale festival

Founded in 2001, the Scottsdale International Film Festival (SIFF) celebrates humanity by sharing stories from diverse filmmakers and connecting audiences with award-winning cinema from around the globe. During its 19-year history, the 10-day event has presented more than 700 films — ranging from major Academy Award winners to undiscovered indie gems — to more than 100,000 attendees.

The Festival returns for its 19th year by kicking off opening night Friday, Nov. 1, at 7pm at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Enhanced and expanded from previous years, SIFF will open with Noah Baumbach’s film “Marriage Story” starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. Listed as one of this season’s most anticipated motion pictures, the divorce drama has already captured the attention of worldwide film connoisseurs at events such as the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals.

“Scottsdale is now being recognized as a cultural film hub and having the opportunity to locally premiere buzzworthy films such as “Marriage Story” is a testament to how far we have come in the industry,” said SIFF executive director, Amy Ettinger. “SIFF is excited to showcase some of this year’s finest films and cultivate a broader audience.”

Attendees are encouraged to arrive at 7pm to enjoy a catered dessert reception featuring live entertainment from the Scottsdale Philharmonic. The screening of “Marriage Story” will begin at 8pm.

The Festival moves to Harkins Shea 14 from Nov. 2 through Nov. 3 and adds a third location at the Harkins Camelview at Fashion Square from Nov. 4 through Nov. 7. SIFF will return to Harkins Shea 14 Nov. 8, for the remainder of its film screenings.

Photos courtesy of Netflix/Wilson Webb

Showcasing more than 55 films from dozens of countries, originating from both first-time and seasoned filmmakers, the complete 2019 SIFF schedule will be announced Oct. 1. With a curated selection of comedies, dramas, documentaries, thrillers and more, audience members will be sure to find their niche. SIFF encourages all attendees to bring their critical thinking skills and appreciation for the arts and get ready to immerse themselves into the world of cinema.

Tickets for opening night may be purchased online starting Tuesday, Oct. 1, for $25, or at the door on the day of the event for $28. To learn more about the Scottsdale International Film Festival, featured screenings and ticket information, visit http://www.scottsdalefilmfestival.com.

The Performing Arts Season

An escape from everyday life

Catherine Walker and Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Catherine Walker and Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

By Kathryn M. Miller ~Arizonans are a resilient bunch – anyone who lives through a summer in the Valley can attest to that. Economic downturns are taken in stride. Housing bubble-bursts are recovered from. Budgets are cut. Belts are tightened. Yet somehow, progress is made, growth happens and in the midst of it all, art always finds a way – to be seen and heard, to exhilarate, to challenge, or as Pablo Picasso put it, to “wash away from the soul the dust of every day life.”

Earlier this year, when the state announced 2016 budget cuts to the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the organization came back with a positive message, with Executive Director Robert C. Booker saying, “We remain steadfast and determined, committed to the opportunity within our mission to imagine a future where everyone can participate in and experience the arts.

Canadian Brass

Canadian Brass

Other arts organizations have faced similar challenges and risen to the occasion, as represented by their longevity, such as the Scottsdale Cultural Council, which is celebrating a number of milestones this coming year.

“This season we celebrate a number of milestones: the 40th anniversary of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the 30th anniversary of Scottsdale Public Art, SMoCA’s “Sweet 16” and the 15th Scottsdale International Film Festival,” says Neale Perl, president and CEO of the nonprofit Council.

Perl credits an “engaged board, experienced and committed staff and broad base support from individuals, businesses, foundations and government.” The Council is also firmly focused on serving its audiences now and into the future.

“In our case, it’s essential to have strong relationships with artists and programming that’s relevant to our community,” he says. “It’s going to be an extraordinary year for the arts in Scottsdale, and we invite everyone to be part of it.”

Arts organizations are also finding ways to breathe new life into old art forms. By introducing fresh works that appeal to broader audiences, Arizona Opera Company has had an overwhelming positive response to its Arizona Bold initiative, according to General Director Ryan Taylor.

The company introduced audiences to Cruzar la Cara de la Luna and Eugene Onegin this past season and it will continue its bold approach this upcoming season as the first U.S. opera company to present Emmerich Kálmán’s Arizona Lady.

“It has been rewarding to discover the depth of talent who have heard of the enthusiasm from the community and are eager to perform with us,” says Taylor. “Our artistic and production teams have taken particular joy in looking through the company’s 44-year history, discovering titles that have never been presented before, engaging some of the brightest singers, designers and directors whose vision promises to showcase the relevance of incredible masterworks, and invigorate new audiences as well.” |CST

Look for the 2015-16 Performing Arts Preview beginning on page 70.


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