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A Night at the Opera – A Review of The Marriage of Figaro

A Night at the Opera – A Review of The Marriage of Figaro

By: Tom Pollard On November 4, 2017, I entered the Benedum Center to experience Mozart’s comic opera, The Marriage of Figaro. It was opening night, and I arrived at the theater an hour before the opera began to take advantage of their free Pre-Opera Talk. I like the background information given in these presentations. The story in this work is timeless and the music beautiful,

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Silence of the Lambs

Silence of the Lambs

By: Tom Pollard Silence of the Lambs, adapted from a novel by Thomas Harris, was released in 1991. This frightening, psychological horror film is driven from beginning to end by a talented group of actors who match this gripping story. It follows an FBI cadet who has the opportunity to assist the bureau in solving a case before she graduates from the academy. It seemed

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The Marriage of Figaro Opens at the Benedum

The Marriage of Figaro Opens at the Benedum

By Janice Lane Palko “The same themes people love in movies are found in opera. We have sex, drugs, and rock and roll,” said Danielle Pastin, who sings the lead of Countess Almaviva in Pittsburgh Opera’s upcoming performance of The Marriage of Figaro at the Benedum Center from Nov. 4-12. While Ms. Pastin was only joking about opera having rock and roll, it does have

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Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead

By: Tom Pollard George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead was released in 1968 to reviews that linked the film’s financial success to its over–the- top violence and terror, which they felt would be eaten up by young audiences that had nothing better to do with their time and the price of a movie ticket in their pockets. Since this film had a budget of

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Me, Earl and the Dying Girl

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl

After viewing this work I had mixed feelings.  I know I never want to spend another 105 minutes watching this film again but somehow I’m glad that I came across the DVD.  Before sitting down with this film I knew that this was an indie film and I knew before being released it won a few very prestigious awards at the Sundance film festival in

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Is the Biltmore on Your Bucket List?

Is the Biltmore on Your Bucket List?

If you’ve never been to the Biltmore Estate, you should consider adding it to your bucket list. Located in Asheville, North Carolina, the Biltmore is the nation’s largest home. Grandson of industrialist Cornelius Vanderbilt and heir to the family’s vast fortune, George Vanderbilt built the estate as his summer retreat in the late 19th Century. The French Renaissance chateau-styled house has 250 rooms,  including thirty-five

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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

  Groundhog Day was released on February 12, 1993. Why it wasn’t release ten days earlier is one of the criticisms I have about this movie. The others are that it wasn’t filmed in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and finally, that director Harold Ramis felt it wasn’t necessary to use the real Punxsutawney Phil to star in his production. Other than those shortcomings, this film is one

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The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

  The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh is categorized as a fantasy, and its premise is that Pittsburgh has a major league basketball team that has a chance to start winning its games. After you accept that fantasy, you have to buy into the idea that a major league franchise can be owned and operated by someone with limited mental ability. OK, maybe the first two

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The Mothman Prophecies

The Mothman Prophecies

  Although the story of the The Mothman Prophecies is set briefly in Washington, D.C., and mostly in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, the film was shot primarily in Western Pennsylvania. So we consider this a “Pittsburgh movie.” The Mothman Prophecies was released in 2002 and is based on a book by the same name written by parapsychologist John Keel. The movie stars Richard Gere as

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Dominick and Eugene

Dominick and Eugene

Dominick and Eugene premiered in 1988 and features Tom Hulce as Dominick and a relatively new actor back then Ray Liotta as his twin brother, Eugene. Dominick is mentally impaired from a previous head injury while Eugene is in training to become a physician. We learn that their mother is dead, and their father “went away.” Dominick supports the two of them by collecting garage

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