Movies are magical. The good ones hold you captive in a great story, to a different time and place, and then bring you back home. In two hours, they leave you changed, having learned new things and lived a different life.
You know a film is one of the "great ones" when even a cameo from Young MC can't derail it. Up in the Air may have went scoreless on its six Oscar nods, but the film still ranks as one of my favorites from the 2000s decade.
Confronted with eight companies in six intriguing programs over five days at the festival of modern dance known as SPF6 at the ODC Theater in San Francisco, Ballet To The People called in the Special Forces, in the person of dance omnivore, Leigh Donlan.
Payne Bradley's new suite of dances entitled Up in the Air appear to be her way of having a conversation with legendary, long dead choreographers. She speaks the language of classical ballet with fluency and a modern accent. There is also an elegance, a very American chic.
Up In The Air was born out of an idea for a photoshoot of dancers amid hot air balloons in Napa Valley, and further inspired by the work of artist Seán Patrick McArdle, who is creating a painted backdrop for the piece.
Should Capitol Hill be looking to Hollywood for better scripts? Actor George Clooney thinks that while Democrats have accomplished a great deal for the U.S., they "have done a terrible job so far" of getting this through to Americans.
50/50 no doubt will be dismissed by critics who distrust movies that deal with feelings, rather than ideas. But it proves that it's possible to be emotional and thoughtful -- and funny -- at the same time.