About CB Wismar

CB Wismar has fashioned a career out of being a storyteller. From his early days as a writer and producer of television shows and short films in Hollywood, where he managed to get three EMMY nominations and was twice a finalist in the Short Subjects competition for an “Oscar,” to his years of creating corporate videos for Fortune 500 companies and producing large form events and concerts, his goal has always been to create experiences.

Being…Simply the Best

Being the Ricardos

Luci and Desi. They were giants. Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem. They are legends. Aaron Sorkin. He’s an undisputed genius. Add together, mix well and roll out onto the screen as Being the Ricardos and the recipe holds up from start to two hour and five minute finish.

It’s highly unlikely that many of […]

By |2022-01-21T12:21:29-05:00January 21st, 2022|Main Street, Movie Reviews|

A Big Slice of “Licorice Pizza”

Paul Thomas Anderson, writer and director (read “auteur”) of “Licorice Pizza” has a fondness of Los Angeles that infuses every scene of his latest film.  It’s 1973 in the San Fernando Valley – that vast string of bedroom communities north of the Hollywood Hills and Mulholland Drive.  During the 2 hours and 13 minutes of […]

By |2022-01-17T09:54:21-05:00January 16th, 2022|Main Street, Movie Reviews|

West Side Story

Spielberg+ Bernstein+ Kushner+ Sondheim= AMAZING

The wait for West Side Story is finally over as the pandemic release of Steven Spielberg’s rendering of the class has finally hit the theaters, just in time for the holidays. And, it is …AMAZING

From the opening credits through to the final heart-rending high angle shot of the impromptu funereal parade, […]

By |2022-01-09T13:37:49-05:00December 13th, 2021|Main Street, Movie Reviews|

A Touch of Holiday Nostalgia

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Berkshire Theatre Group, Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, MA

Without question, this is the time of year that is flavored with nostalgia. The daily fusillades of pandemic numbers, employment crises, political caterwauling do little to “make the season bright.” To borrow a holiday standard, “We need a little Christmas … right this very minute.”

Irving Berlin’s […]

By |2022-01-09T13:38:20-05:00December 10th, 2021|Backstage|

The Power of the Dog

Streaming on Netflix

The Power of the Dog is a masterful, engaging, intricate film that serves as a bully pulpit for both director Jane Campion and actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Campion has long been considered one of the elite writer/ directors ever since The Piano debuted in 1993 and the awards community went on hyper-drive.

As for Cumberbatch, […]

By |2021-12-07T12:27:26-05:00December 6th, 2021|Movie Reviews|

Delicious, Deadly Dysfunction- House of Gucci Review

Very early in the unfolding saga of the catastrophic decline of the Gucci family, it becomes obvious that Producer/Director Ridley Scott wants us to understand that the avalanche was internally created, simply waiting for the right earthquake to make the mountain tumble. Lady Gaga (Patrizia Reggiani) is the earthquake, and much to the delight of […]

By |2021-11-29T12:43:31-05:00November 29th, 2021|Main Street, Movie Reviews|

Storytelling without Words

Amber Maida does not simply enter a room. Fully aware of her surroundings and sensitive to the energy found there, she moves like the dancer she was trained to be. As an artist, her work is fully reflective of her spiritual and physical journeys, the triumph she had over what could have been debilitating disease […]

By |2021-10-29T10:36:24-04:00October 29th, 2021|Featured Artist|

Art as Meditation

Richard Klein’s The Understory at ICEHOUSE Project Space, Sharon

Richard Klein is an artist of note who has cobbled together a life of creating, curating and writing about art and its influence. With a career that extends beyond 20 years as curator at The Aldrich Contemporary in Ridgefield, CT, he has embraced the awesome task of […]

By |2021-10-27T13:11:59-04:00October 26th, 2021|Featured Artist|

DUNE- Movie Review

“Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?”

There is something ominous about the closing line of Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. The film, delayed for release because of the pandemic and its likely influence on worldwide box office, has finally appeared in theaters and, simultaneously on HBO Max.

As Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) and his mother, […]

By |2021-10-25T09:45:48-04:00October 25th, 2021|Main Street, Movie Reviews|

The Long Goodbye- No Time to Die

The critic for The Guardian may have said it best. “… a neat and gripping thriller …” What was true in that send up of 1962’s Dr. No, the first of the James Bond film franchise, seems equally appropriate for No Time to Die, playing locally at most theaters.

This is Daniel Craig’s “goodbye” in the […]

By |2021-10-12T14:11:10-04:00October 12th, 2021|Main Street, Movie Reviews|
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