Timely, topical, toxic, scary, and uncomfortable! These are a few of the words that can describe 99 Homes. Think “location, location, location” and you will know this movie is about the real estate market. In brief, a desperate, unemployed construction worker (Andrew Garfield) in the post-economic crash of Orlando, Florida accepts a job with a real-estate broker (Michael Shannon) who is ruthless in his evictions. A Faustian deal with the devil is in the making.
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I’ll admit it: this native Northern gal had to look up the definition of a “keeping room” while doing this review. According to Central Virginia Home’s web page, a keeping room refers to a room just off the kitchen where families and servants gathered to do chores and have meals, as it was often the warmest and coziest room in the house. More on that in a minute…
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They tell me the romantic comedy is dead. That to have two characters realize their undying love for each other on the top of a skyscraper, tears abundant, as audiences warm the deep ventricles of their hearts, is extinct. Outside of Nicholas Sparks and perhaps those tales involving vampires, the genre has died. Yet, perhaps it has not.
Continue reading “Ceci N’est Pas Une Pipe: A Review of James C. Strouse’s PEOPLE PLACES THINGS”
Over the past several weeks I have had a few folks ask me…
How do you watch so many films over such a short period of time?
My answer, easily, is WITH OUR EYES. But that got me thinking, perhaps we need a guide to help those veteran Film Club members PLUS those experiencing Lost Weekend for the first time navigate successfully and ultimately become one of those fabled members that make it through all 18 screenings! I have developed this trusty guide to assist in making this upcoming weekend one you will talk about for a very long time.
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Hello there Film World:
On Thursday September 24th, 2015 Film Club will be kicking off our LOST WEEKEND IV in grand style with a screening of 99 Homes directed by Ramin Bahrani which stars Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, and Laura Dern. We then follow this up with 16 more films plus a block of shorts over the next three days. It is an intense ride full of laughter, intensity, emotion, tears, and the best part – community!
To me, that is what makes Lost Weekend special. I would argue that the first Lost Weekend we put on was all about the movies, working to find a way that we could show several great films over a full weekend, but then evolution stepped it. What Lost Weekend became was a chance for us, a film community, to watch great films, but also interact with some great businesses that support our beautiful habit.
I would like to take a moment to recognize these sponsors and really say THANK YOU for their support. So, when you can – visit their websites, like them on Facebook, and really take a moment to appreciate that they have brought us four Lost Weekend events. Without them this could not be possible!
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A few weeks back Film Club 3.0 screened Eden, the first of what looks to be many Film Club offerings from Broad Green Pictures. Coming up this weekend: A Walk in the Woods and Samba; the former, the film adaptation of travel writer Bill Bryson’s 1998 book of the same title, is a release so eagerly anticipated that even the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is planning for its potential impact. ATC Executive Director, Ron Tipton, is quoted here saying that the ATC is “planning for how to manage the surge of new hikers” they expect will be inspired by the film.
Continue reading “The UPSTART That Is Off To A Great Start: A Conversation with Broad Green Pictures Pictures”
Here is a full list of upcoming screenings with Film Club at our local Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for the month of September 2015.
Click the link of the title below to purchase tickets! Enjoy!
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