Movies http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh's Historic Theaters and a New Throwback to the Neighborhood Cinema http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-historic-theaters-and-new-throwback-neighborhood-cinema <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For generations theaters have been an important part of thriving cities and towns across the country. In recent years more people are seeing how theaters can be an economic engine of development. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.historictheatres.org/events/conclave/">Conclave Theater tour</a> is held every year in a different city. This year Pittsburgh hosts the tour, showcasing the region's contributions to theatrical architecture.</span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:29:26 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31412 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Historic Theaters and a New Throwback to the Neighborhood Cinema The Summer Movie Season, What to go See and What to Stream http://wesa.fm/post/summer-movie-season-what-go-see-and-what-stream <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The official start of summer might still be a few weeks away, but the summer movie season is already under way. In late May and early June, major studios bring their biggest movies of the year to theaters and drive-ins across the nation, hoping for a blockbuster.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pittsburgh City Paper movie critic <a href="http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/al-hoff/Profile?oid=1345891">Al Hoff </a>dropped by to talk about the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">must-see</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;movies, and which movies are better left to be watched on Netflix.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The biggest film of the summer, at least thus far, is <em><a href="http://www.godzillamovie.com/">Godzilla</a></em>. Hoff said she enjoyed the monster but thought the characters could use more work. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I think they rounded up some really great actors and I think they didn’t give them anything to do other than stand around and react to explosions and buildings falling. Number one, there was three great actresses in that film that had absolutely nothing to do. Two of them you weren’t even sure what their role was, and then the third was just the imperiled mom, which is a waste of anyone that can act. It was a little baffling to me but obviously the focus of the film is Godzilla and the other monsters,” said Hoff.</span></p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 20:01:04 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30130 at http://wesa.fm The Summer Movie Season, What to go See and What to Stream Pittsburgh City Paper Writer Al Hoff Weighs in on the Oscar Buzz http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-city-paper-writer-al-hoff-weighs-oscar-buzz <p>The Academy Awards are right around the corner, Sunday March 2nd to be exact. There’s plenty of speculation about who’s likely to win, along with conversation about who's worthy of the awards.</p><p>Al Hoff is our movie contributor and a film critic for the Pittsburgh City Paper. She's parsed through the top Oscar contenders and says based on critic responses, the two favorites in many categories are <em>American Hustle </em>and <em>12 Years A Slave</em>. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:35:04 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24806 at http://wesa.fm The Chair: One Movie Script, One City, Two Directors http://wesa.fm/post/chair-one-movie-script-one-city-two-directors <p>One feature film, two directors, a pool of equal resources and the city of Pittsburgh.</p><p>This is the premise of a new <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/movies/2014/01/14/Star-local-groups-back-The-Chair-film-project/stories/201401140046">documentary series</a> titled <em>The Chair</em> starting production this month.</p><p>Chris Moore, creator of <em>Project Greenlight</em> and producer of movies such as <em>Good Will Hunting</em> and <em>Promised Land</em>, developed the idea for the series.</p><p>Moore has reached out to directors Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci to see what direction a single production can take under <a href="http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/television/2014/01/13/the_chair_reality_tv_series_from_chris_moore_and_zachary_quinto.html">different directors</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:58:56 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24602 at http://wesa.fm The Chair: One Movie Script, One City, Two Directors Grab Some Popcorn: 7 Theaters Every Pittsburgh Movie Buff Should Experience http://wesa.fm/post/grab-some-popcorn-7-theaters-every-pittsburgh-movie-buff-should-experience <p>Finding a good movie theater is like falling in love.<br /><br />The match between theater and audience-member is an important one; lifelong bonds can be formed if the connection resonates, and viewing a movie in the right venue can mean the difference between a relaxing day off and a bitter drive home.<br /><br />Each person has their own needs for a theater, be them movie selection, general size or atmosphere. If you’re new in town, how could you be expected to choose an afternoon sanctuary when you can barely find your way around the city?<br /> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:26:51 +0000 Reid Carter 16494 at http://wesa.fm Grab Some Popcorn: 7 Theaters Every Pittsburgh Movie Buff Should Experience City Paper Critic Says "Pacific Rim is So Much Better Than the Trailer" http://wesa.fm/post/city-paper-critic-says-pacific-rim-so-much-better-trailer <p>A diverse array of films are hitting screens around town. One film of note for the average Pittsburgher is <a href="http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/a-new-york-heartbeat/Content?oid=1670232">A New York Heartbeat</a>. Pittsburgh City Paper film critic, Al Hoff says movie makers attempted to make Pittsburgh look like Brooklyn in the 1950s. When Hoff asked the film creator why the film was shot in Pittsburgh, she was told it's because of the city’s “gritty alleys, rusty bridges and lack of contemporary graffiti.” Hoff describes the film as a small-scale movie, with a low budget feel, but not bad if you’re looking for an off-beat love story and views of Pittsburgh. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 22:09:39 +0000 Heather McClain 13445 at http://wesa.fm City Paper Critic Says "Pacific Rim is So Much Better Than the Trailer" Free Outdoor Music and Movies Return to Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/free-outdoor-music-and-movies-return-pittsburgh <p>Grab the blankets, picnic baskets and lawn chairs because the free outdoor music and movie season is back in Pittsburgh.</p><p>This weekend marks the beginning of both the 2013 <a href="http://www.alleghenycounty.us/summer/index.aspx">Allegheny County</a> and Pittsburgh Citiparks summer music and movies series.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 15:48:53 +0000 Michael Lynch 10480 at http://wesa.fm Lights, Camera But Where's the Action? http://wesa.fm/post/lights-camera-wheres-action <p>In recent years the number of movies shot in Pittsburgh has some people calling us "Hollywood East."&nbsp; However, it appears the city and state have become <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/ae/movies/pittsburgh-film-office-hopes-tax-plea-will-bring-more-movie-production-to-pennsylvania-686701/">victims of their own success</a>.</p><p>Filmmakers have gravitated to Pittsburgh over the years for a number of reasons, including affordability. But Pennsylvania's current tax credit allotment is capped at $60 million a year.&nbsp; That money dries up quickly in the film industry. So how can Pennsylvania keep up with states like Louisiana, and Georgia, which have no tax credit limit? And what more can be done to lure film and television production to the state?</p><blockquote><p><strong>Guest </strong></p><p><strong>Chris Breakwell CEO of <a href="http://www.31ststreetstudios.com/">31st Street Studios</a>.</strong> Fri, 10 May 2013 00:19:47 +0000 Heather McClain 9291 at http://wesa.fm Lights, Camera But Where's the Action?