Elmore Leonard is arguably one of the greatest American writers in history. His work has been adapted many times for both TV and the big screen. Some adaptations have been exceptionally good, such as "Jackie Brown" or "Out of Sight." Others not so much, as was the case with the TV show "Karen Sisco" and the movie "The Big Bounce."
Countless actresses have tried and failed to make it in the music industry, but Taylor Momsen is not one of them. Armed with a raspy, gritty growl, the 17-year-old "Gossip Girl" star fearlessly fronts her hard rock band, The Pretty Reckless. With the release of the band's first full-length album "Light Me Up," Momsen is ready to rock - and she has the pipes to prove it.
On Feb. 10, Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken, aka Big Gigantic, came to The Waiting Room Lounge to show us what they're capable of. That they did, and then some. Some cats in an electro group called Somasphere, who hail from Lincoln, came along. The show started at 9 p.m. and didn't stop until 2 a.m. - you've got to love it when a band appreciates your presence and gives you your money's worth. For 12 bucks, the price was right.
If you think cold weather will keep UNO students away from Student Night at Film Streams, think again.
"Another Year," directed by Mike Lee, began playing late January and can be seen at Film Streams until Feb. 10. The movie takes place in the UK and focuses on a happily married couple in their 60's. Although Tom and Gerri (Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen) seem to be very much in love, their friends and family have deep issues with getting older.
Twenty years ago, Sir Anthony Hopkins played Dr. Hannibal Lecter in "Silence of the Lambs." It turned into one of the defining roles of his long, illustrious career and still terrifies viewers. In his new film "The Rite," Hopkins turns in a typically strong performance, but really it's just a riff on reliable old Hannibal the Cannibal.
For the fourth year in a row, "Oscar Shorts! Academy Award Nominated Films" opens Friday, Feb. 11 at the Ruth Sokolof theater. They will present the films nominated for Best Animated Short and Best Live-Action short, as they have done in the past. For the first time, they will be showing this year's nominees for Best Documentary Short.