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The Vessel
Faith-based art film is simple and eloquent
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Film Review  September 16, 2016, by Steve Davis
"...They say the power of faith can achieve the impossible. In The Vessel, a small Latin American coastal village remains numbed by a horrible tragedy 10 years ago: An unanticipated tsunami devastated an elementary schoolhouse in broad daylight, leaving the town childless in the blink of an eye..."

SXSW Film Review: 'Vessel'
Diana Whitten takes viewers inside the fight for reproductive rights
DAILY SXSW  March 9, 2014, by Jordan Smith
"...Serving as a ship's doctor on Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior II, Gomperts met women in South America traumatized by unwanted pregnancies in countries that deny them legal access to abortion – a circumstance that does not reduce need for the procedure, but instead makes it far less safe, even, all too often, deadly. Determined to do something about that, and on a colleague's suggestion, Gomperts transformed a shipping container into a health clinic – stocked with supplies to perform pharmaceutical abortion – and strapped it aboard an ocean-going vessel in an effort to bring reproductive rights to women at sea, in international waters, where the laws of her country, the Netherlands (where abortion is legal) would control what happened on the ship..."

SXSW Film Review: 'Vessel'
Screens Story  March 14, 2014, by Jordan Smith


The Finest Hours
Perfect effects and performances made this sea-rescue movie a dandy
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Film Review  January 29, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...Chris Pine (off the USS Enterprise’s bridge for a moment) leads a rough-hewn ensemble cast as a rookie Coast Guard sailor who, along with three others, is sent from Chatham, Mass., into the freezing, hurling maw of the dead-of-night ocean in search of the stricken vessel. On board the Pendleton is Casey Affleck’s Chief Engineer Sybert, who finds himself suddenly upgraded to captain after the massive tanker is literally torn into two pieces following a rogue wave..."

Passengers
Bound for a distant planet, two persons awake prematurely
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Film Review  December 23, 2016, by Kimberley Jones
"...A space vessel named Avalon crosses the galaxy on autopilot from overpopulated Earth to the roomy frontier planet Homestead II, as 5,000 passengers and another 250 crew blissfully hibernate in their pods. They’ll awaken 120 years after launch but still a luxurious four months out from their destination, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the amenities of this galactic cruise ship, including a sushi bar, basketball court, and next-level infinity pool with a bird’s-eye view of the cosmos...."

A Hijacking
This psychologically tense Danish drama about modern-day piracy doesn't cater to cliches or sentimentality.
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Film Review  June 28, 2013, by Steve Davis
"...Two points of view dominate the tense narrative in A Hijacking: the captured vessel’s amiable cook, Mikkel Hartmann (Asbæk), and the maritime company’s hands-on CEO, Peter Ludvigsen (Malling). Both actors are superb..."

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The third coming of C.S. Lewis' Narnia fantasy/allegory series has arrived.
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Film Review  December 17, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has all the elements of a rip-roaring Saturday-afternoon matinee (including 3-D, natch) and the intended Christian allegory, yet a more appropriate rechristening would be The Voyage of the Yawn Treader. Really, in a fantastical universe populated by a leonine Christ figure (Aslan, voiced by Neeson), a chatty seagoing mouse (Reepicheep, voiced by Pegg), and a vessel that appears to have been ripped straight from one of Ray Harryhausen's old Sinbad epics, you'd expect some sort of gravitas or, at the very least, some memorable derring-do..."

Pandorum
Two crew members wake up aboard a spaceship with no knowledge of their identities or their mission in this horror/science-fiction amalgam.

Film Review  October 2, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...It's nearly bad enough to make Anderson's film, from which it borrows heavily (along with The Descent and Roger Corman's Galaxy of Terror and many other, better films) look downright Kubrickian in its space-oddityness, but not quite. Quaid and Foster play Payton and Bower, two space travelers who awake from hypersleep in the bowels of a gigantic, seemingly empty vessel that's powering down fast..."

WALL-E
By turns sad, hilarious, exciting, and ultimately, hopeful, this is a film of Great Truths masquerading as child's play.
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Film Review  June 27, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...Thus safely ensconced, he dreams not of electric sheep but of love. And then, without warning and in a blast of fiery thruster thunder, a titanic vessel lands in his back yard and deposits EVE (Knight), an ovoid female robot who has been given a directive to discover if life – plant life, animal life, any life – has blossomed in the seven centuries since Homo sapiens turned their back on their home world..."

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
This third Pirates outing is an empty vessel haunted by the ghosts of its sabre-rattling betters.
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Film Review  June 1, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Chow Yun-Fat, Bill Nighy, Stellan Skarsgård, Tom Hollander, Naomie Harris and Keith Richards. Like The Flying Dutchman, this third Pirates outing is an empty vessel haunted by the ghosts of its sabre-rattling betters..."

Drawing Restraint 9
Iconoclastic artist Matthew Barney and his paramour Björk flood the screen with arresting images and sounds, and though little of it makes ordinary sense, it's compelling nevertheless.
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Film Review  June 30, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...We may never fully appreciate or understand what, exactly, is going on in Barney's intricately regimented mind, but the word made flesh that arrives upon the screen is never less than spellbinding. Drawing Restraint 9 finds the artist and his paramour Björk (who supplied the film's hauntingly obtuse score) embarking upon a hyper-ritualized sea voyage-cum-marriage-and/or-tea ceremony aboard a gargantuan Japanese whaling vessel..."

The Aristocrats
The gleefully profane The Aristocrats provides a survey of some of the best comic minds in the business.
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Film Review  August 26, 2005, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The journeys are as various as the individuals who tell the joke. Directors Jillette (of the magic duo Penn & Teller) and Provenza (primarily a comic actor) recognize that the joke is merely a vessel for the personal exercise of style..."

Bruce Almighty
In a nutshell, Bruce Almighty is about a funny guy named Bruce – a reporter covering quirky "special interest" issues – who dreams of becoming a respected anchorman, not realizing...
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Film Review  May 23, 2003, by Kimberley Jones
"...Neither half is wholly successful, mostly due to Carrey's unwavering smarm. He wears a smirk throughout, playing not a flesh-and-blood character but a vessel for Jim Carrey's Crazy Antics, and I can't help but wonder if the film might have worked with a more sincere, if less comically inspired, actor at the helm...."

"Jim Roche: Some Americans Feel Like This" at Bale Creek Allen Gallery
The show's hand-stenciled, colorful re-creations of political signs are a timely vessel for America's honesty
Arts Review  February 2, 2017, by Sam Anderson-Ramos
"...Roche has repurposed political signs, some with ugly messages, into rather beautiful, precisely handled artworks that commemorate and contain them at their wackiest and at their most dangerous. The result is a timely vessel for America's honesty, the type we usually pass on a highway from here to there, and without a second thought...."

Patched Atoms: Feds OK Restarting the Nuke
Despite not really knowing why South Texas Project 1 sprang a leak, federal regulators are satisfied with the $4 million repair job.
News Story  August 8, 2003, by William M. Adler
"...Among the nation's 103 commercial nuclear reactors, the twin 15-year-old nukes at the South Texas Project -- owned in part by the city of Austin -- are new kids on the pressurized-water block. So it jolted the industry when a routine inspection during an April refueling shutdown uncovered indications of metal fatigue: leaking coolant at the bottom of the massive STP Unit 1 reactor vessel..."

In Creative Hands
How artists shape the ancient medium of clay into works of stunning variety
Arts Story  May 6, 2005, by Rachel Koper
"...He employs a fairly complicated glazing process. When the vessel is completely dry, he applies wax with a brush..."

Sharkwater
Rob Stewart, a marine biologist and underwater photographer, makes up for in passion what he lacks in narrative subtlety in this cautionary documentary about the eradication of the planet's sharks.
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Film Review  February 1, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...Stewart interviews pro-finning figures, including Asian shark's fin entrepreneur William Goh of Rabbit Brand, who defends his industry with the surreal argument that the shark is "a very fierce animal … they bite you and tear you, there is pain, and you die." Well, no, actually, unless you're Robert Shaw, they don't. Stewart sets out to uncover the truth behind the shark-finning industry and, to his and our good fortune, falls in with legendary "rogue conservationist" Paul Watson's Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and ends up aboard Watson's equally outlandish vessel Ocean Warrior..."

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
It's a Russell Crowe's nest of a performance in this seafaring adventure.
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Film Review  November 14, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...As Capt. Lucky Jack Aubrey, commander of the British naval vessel HMS Surprise, which stalks the French warship Acheron 'round Cape Horn in 1805, Russell Crowe has finally found a role he can sink his teeth into with as much testosterone gusto as he did with his early career high-point Romper Stomper..."

Stumbling Into a New Architecture of Music
Convergence is where you find it, scheduled or not
DAILY Chronolog  August 8, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...And told me how, in fact, many of the singers performed regularly with Conspirare – as well as with acclaimed vocal groups around the world. And so Convergence is a sort of splinter group, or maybe a supergroup, of these professional vocalists and instrumentalists – and they've recently converged in the ATX and are planning on several events in the near future. And it was a pity – seriously: Because the music sounded eerie and lovely, the voices superb, the instruments (among them a set of just-designed objects called skiffs, and a percussive thing known as the Owl) as beautiful as they were intriguing – it was a pity that I was already scheduled to attend two other shows. And so had to miss the Convergence show Vessel at the MACC that night. Luckily, O interested reader, NewMusicBox's Andrew Sigler has reviewed Vessel – and his thoughtful consideration can be reached by clicking these words...."

Author by Author
Notable Folks in Their Own Write
Books Story  May 1, 1998
"...Monitor, steamed down the coast from New York to join the rest of the federal ships blockading the entire Southern coastline. Although many had been expecting her arrival, and had read about her in the newspapers, the appearance of this revolutionary war vessel had to be no less startling than if a UFO had set down on the waves..."

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