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Music Made Me: Mike Hosty

The rollicking blues enthusiast shares the five albums that shaped his rugged musical outlook.


Music

Phil Bacharach
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Will the Circle be Unbroken (1972) 

My dad bought this album and played it over and over on his new 1978 Nikko hi-fi stereo, which I still have. It was the guitar playing of Doc Watson and Merle Travis that really caught my ear. Amazing picking, playing and songs like “Tennessee Stud.”
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Amour

Brace yourself for an unflinchingly honest love story.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke isn't the obvious choice for a movie about love at its weightiest and most profound. In previous works like Funny Games, The Piano Teacher and Caché, he has crafted cinematic nipple twists that tweak audiences while examining humankind at its cruelest.
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

To the Wonder

Film buffs run hot-and-cold on Terrence Malick, and his latest may leave them frigid.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Terrence Malick either inspires or bores. There isn’t much middle ground when it comes to assessing the famously reclusive filmmaker who has made only six features since his 1973 debut, Badlands.
 
Friday, August 9, 2013

The Place Beyond the Pines

The epic crime drama's route runs from great to good.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Now available on Blu-ray and DVD, The Place Beyond the Pines is two-thirds of a great movie. Director Derek Cianfrance’s follow-up to 2010’s Oscar-nominated Blue Valentine is a tense, powerful crime thriller with some weighty stuff on its mind. It speaks to the filmmaker’s know-how that not even a crazily contrived third act can damper its haunting power.
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Kidnapped!

The legends of ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly and J. Edgar Hoover stemmed from Oklahoma City.


Features

Phil Bacharach
Eighty years ago this week, Oklahoma City set the stage for two legends in the annals of true crime.
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

42

A solid hit.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
In chronicling the real-life tale of Jackie Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947 when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, 42 is schmaltzy, sentimental and shameless. There is no dabbling in highfalutin niceties like subtext or nuance. Writer-director Brian Helgeland, who penned the hardly simplistic L.A. Confidential, keeps his focus simple and is content to let his hero worship fly.
 
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Monsters University

The college-set Disney/Pixar prequel graduates without honors.


Children's

Phil Bacharach
If Monsters University is any indication of what children think college is like, maybe it’s no wonder that increasing numbers of young people are forgoing higher education. The follow-up to Disney/Pixar 2001’s Monsters, Inc. imagines university life as a suffocating place ruled by mean-spirited cliques and droning professors.
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Before Midnight

Make time for the brilliant, moving conclusion to Richard Linklater’s trilogy of tales of Jesse and Celine.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
In Before Midnight, the latest of director Richard Linklater’s odes to romance — a high-minded odyssey begun with Before Sunrise in 1995 and continued with Before Sunset in 2004 — there’s a sly bit that reflects the personal baggage fans of this trilogy bring to the multiplex.
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Fred Won’t Move Out

An exploration of a man of constant sorrow.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Old age, a spouse suffering with dementia, grown children in the position of caring for their parents — these are tough, complicated themes in Fred Won’t Move Out, new to DVD next week.
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

At Any Price

A gifted filmmaker takes a detour with a farmland melodrama.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Ramin Bahrani has directed three extraordinary, independently produced films about characters living on the margins on society. That trio — Man Push Cart (2005), Chop Shop (2007) and Goodbye Solo (2008) — rightly earned him scads of critical acclaim and excitement about his future projects.
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Exhausted exams

In the wake of glitches with online standardized testing, some school districts and state lawmakers question the validity of the exams.


News

Phil Bacharach
Nothing gets people testy like test-taking, especially when accessing the test becomes a sort of test in itself. That was the case last month for 9,100 Oklahoma students in sixth through 12 grade whose scores on online tests were invalidated because of a technological snafu.
 
Monday, May 13, 2013

To the Wonder


Drama

Phil Bacharach
To the Wonder
7:30 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$6-$8
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Place Beyond the Pines

The route of ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ is great to good.


Thriller

Phil Bacharach
The Place Beyond the Pines is two-thirds of a great movie. Director Derek Cianfrance’s follow-up to 2010’s Oscar-nominated Blue Valentine is a tense, powerful crime thriller with some weighty stuff on its mind. It speaks to the filmmaker’s know-how that not even a crazily contrived third act can damper its haunting power.
 
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Company You Keep

Old radicals don't learn new tricks.


Thriller

Phil Bacharach
Baby boomers can be their own worst enemy. The generation that was going to change the world instead settled on thinking the world of themselves. Youthful idealism, aging and compromised idealism, pining for that youthful idealism — nothing fuels anti-boomer sentiment like boomer sentimentality.
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

42

This Jackie Robinson biopic is a solid hit.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
In chronicling the real-life tale of Jackie Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947 when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, 42 is schmaltzy, sentimental and shameless. There is no dabbling in highfalutin niceties like subtext or nuance. Writer-director Brian Helgeland, who penned the hardly simplistic L.A. Confidential, keeps his focus simple and is content to let his hero worship fly.
 
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
 
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