The original Lego Movie didn’t merely milk consumer interest in the parent product; it brazenly mocked its own brand and passive consumerism as an approach to living. Alas, much of the charm of the original has been lost in its sequel.
Sunday, Mar. 3 and Tuesday, Mar. 5: Then Came You screens in Rhinebeck and Rosendale with director talkbacks.
The film is a true passion project, and it shows. Peter Jackson, director of Lord of the Rings and Hobbit, has been a lifelong World War I buff, the grandson of a veteran of the Great War. He hired lipreading experts to figure out what the Great War soldiers must have been saying. Jackson has also invested much of his hit-moviemaking wealth into collecting memorabilia, including more than 40 fighter planes that still really fly, which he keeps in an aerodrome in his native New Zealand.
Sunday, Feb. 24: Fellow arts impresarios Chris Silva and Mark Morganstern will face off in “word-to-word and arm-to-arm combat” at the Rosendale Cafe to benefit UlsterUnited4Vets.
For the next two weekends: When Mark Haddon wrote this novel in 2003, he was careful to avoid using the words “autism” or “Asperger’s syndrome” in describing his protagonist. Yet the novel, along with Simon Stephens’ 2012 stage adaptation, went on to garner high praise from the spectrum community for their sensitive depiction of the world as seen by a young man who is neurologically atypical.
Saturday, Feb. 23: Does appearing as an extra in a movie or TV show sound appealing? If you’re willing to hang out at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center for most of the day this Saturday, your wish might come true.
The Ulster Town Board last week backed a request by HBO to shut down four miles of Route 209 for three separate days between April and June for the filming of a miniseries based on Wally Lamb’s best-selling 1998 novel I Know This Much is True.
Friday-Sunday, February 15-17: This year marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to be sold into bondage in North America, at Jamestown.
Their humor ages amazingly well.
The son of Eastern European immigrants, Peter was born in Kingston in 1939. His first language was Serbian.