‘Birdman’s’ Antonio Sanchez comes to Cincinnati

By: Grant Vance ~Staff Writer~ Xavier Music Series will cater to fans of 2015 Oscar winner “Birdman: Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance” for its next concert with the arrival of Antonio Sánchez. Sánchez composed the score for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s award-winning film using his stylistic jazz drumming that created an energetic atmosphere of anxiety. “Birdman” not only took home four Academy Awards, but also grabbed the winning spot at the Grammy’s for Best Score Soundtrack thanks to Sanchez’s talents. Sanchez’s ensemble from his album “Migration” will join him for his performance, bringing its swing jazz repertoire to accompany his drums. … Continue reading ‘Birdman’s’ Antonio Sanchez comes to Cincinnati

From Golden Globes to Oscars: A prediction

By: Grant Vance ~Managing Editor~ Fresh out of the Golden Globes and barreling straight into Oscar nominations, award season is back with a vengeance. Several of Sunday’s Golden Globe winners are sure to overlap with Thursday’s list of films and filmmakers nominated for an Academy Award, but there will be some variations, as is the case every year. Based off the Golden Globe winners, along with common patterns established by The Academy throughout the years, there are a handful of films likely to rack up the most Oscars for 2015. The three films I believe will attract the most Oscar … Continue reading From Golden Globes to Oscars: A prediction

“Birdman” soars successfully

By: Grant Vance ~Staff Writer~ Darkly comedic and relentlessly satirical, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” is a masterpiece of film. “Birdman” follows the formerly successful movie star, Riggan Thompson (played appropriately by the magnificent Michael Keaton), on his bitter journey of redemption in the eyes of his once-beloved fans. Years after the massive commercial, critical and career-ending flop of “Birdman 3,” the third film in the Birdman franchise, Riggan sets his sights to the stage, where he aims to write, direct and star as the lead in his very own Broadway play in the hopes of recovering his career. Though there are countless reasons why “Birdman” is a great film, its strongest quality lies in the introspection of … Continue reading “Birdman” soars successfully