UNPOPULAR OPINION is back! L.A.'s Only Funny Podcast
Thursday 10:15pm ONLY!
Dir. Adam Tod Brown, Jeff May and Genevieve Mueller - NOW - 60m approx - $8 General / $6 UNM students with i.d.s
Adam Tod Brown is an editor and columnist at Cracked.com and host of the damn amazing Unpopular Opinion podcast. As coincidence would have it, he also hosts a stand-up comedy show of the same name the first and third Tuesday of every month at Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica. He's performed at fun places like The Stand in NYC and The Improv in Hollywood and has written for the likes of Playboy.com, TheSmokingJacket.com, and Uproxx.com. He believes he can fly. He believes he can punch the sky.
Genevieve Mueller is a writer and comedian living in Albuquerque. Genevieve has a bimonthly column called Comedy Matters in the Weekly Alibi and performs all over the country. Bob Odenkirk said “Thank you for quoting me perfectly” and then gave her a high?five. She was on RISK! (Episode 610) and recently opened for Doug Stanhope and Marc Maron. She co-hosts Dead Things Podcast with Will Bolt.
Jeff May is a comic who used to teach your kids about book stuff in the Boston public school system. He's a frequent guest on the Unpopular Opinion podcast and That Hashtag Show and is probably telling jokes somewhere in Los Angeles at this exact moment.
Bill The Galactic Hero!
Apr 3 to Apr 4
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm
Dir. Alex Cox - 2015 - 90m - All Seats $7
50% of the proceeds will go to ABQ JUSTICE, a grass roots organization for homeless justice and ending police brutality.
SPECIAL THANKS TO BUBONICON 47 WHO WILL BE PROVIDING DOOR PRIZES!
From director Alex Cox (SID AND NANCY, REPO MAN, WALKER) and based on the Soylent Green writer Harry Harrison's novel of the same name - a science fiction comedy channeling AMERICAN ASTRONAUT (!) about the dynamic Human vs Chingers war. Filmed at the beautiful CU, Boulder Campus and featuring an Iggy Pop title tune!
The director describes Bill as “a classic anti-war science fiction novel” and a “counterblast to STAR$HIP TROOPERS.” Cox makes its prole’s-eye view of war sound timely: "It’s told not from the flight deck but from the engine room: or to be more exact, the fusebays, where ranks of expendable Fusetenders Sixth Class wait to replace burned-out fuses, or die."
Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary - ENCORE SCREENINGS!
Apr 3 to Apr 8
Friday to Wednesday 6pm ONLY!
Dir. Gay Dillingham - 2014 - 95m - No Matinees
Over 18 years in the making! In the 1960s, two conventional Harvard professors began probing the edges of consciousness. Over the next five decades, the two greatly impact modern thought, Timothy Leary as a counter-cultural legend and Richard Alpert as Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher. Gay Dillingham’s film, narrated by Robert Redford, offers an intimate portrait of an epic friendship, through life and into the next realm.
“The idea of anything that expands our thinking beyond conventional borders has always been of interest to me. When I see the living, breathing portraits of these characters, especially the early archival footage... To see them intelligent and smart – they were a kind of blessing considering how they have been caricatured in later times. I like what this film explores and I’m glad to be a part of it." - Robert Redford
“This film is stunning and literally left me speechless. It is so powerful on so many levels, whether personal, political, spiritual or ultimately facing death. It is an amazing piece of work. Thank you so much for doing it. You will make history with it.” - Ambassador Joe Wilson
“A great piece of work and an extraordinary story well told.” - Sting
“The film left me open. It’s a historic document chronicling two majestic lives.” - Jeff Bridges, “The Dude”
“It is highly entertaining and enlightening on all levels. I was never bored!” - Kathryn Altman
Apr 3 to Apr 8
Friday to Wednesday 3:30, 8:00
Dir. Kornel Mundruczo - 2015 - 121m - Hungary, Germany, Sweden - In Hungarian with English subtitles
Winner of the Prize Un Certain Regard at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival!
A cautionary tale about our 'superiority' over 'lesser beasts'...
A seemingly harmless measure that aims to make dog-breeding more disciplined in Hungary kicks off a series of extraordinary events. Favoring pedigree and purebred dogs, the new regulation places a severe tax on those who own mixed breeds -- so owners begin to dump their mongrels and shelters quickly become overcrowded.
This new set of laws has real consequences, especially for 13-year-old Lili (Zsófia Psotta), who's already a pawn in her parent's bitter divorce. Lili can't understand why her dog, Hagen, is now somehow less than other dogs, nor can she comprehend why her father (Sándor Zsóstár) won't simply pay the tax on her beloved companion. Instead, her father, in a fit of rage, abandons Hagen on the streets. Heartbroken, Lili hates her father for making her betray her beloved companion; still innocently believing that love can win over any difficulty, Lili sets out to find her dog and save him.
Meanwhile, Hagen, too, searches desperately to return home to Lili; struggling to survive, Hagen soon learns that not everyone is a dog’s best friend. Wandering the streets, the former housepet falls into a series of dangerous situations. He must flee dogcatchers; he is exploited by a crafty beggar; he even becomes the prisoner of a dog fighting trainer. Hagen is soon back on the street where he joins a pack of stray dogs.
Weeks later, Lili begins to accept the fact that she may never be reunited with Hagen. She is bitterly disappointed, but she tries to focus on preparations for her orchestra’s annual concert so she can reconcile with her father and enjoy the life of a normal teenager.
When Hagen is captured and sent to the pound, his future seems more dismal than ever. He and the other dogs seize an opportunity to escape and revolt against mankind. Their revenge will be merciless -- and courageous Lili may be the only person who can halt this unexpected war between man and dog.
“FIERCE AND BEAUTIFUL. Extraordinarily choreographed.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"REMARKABLE AND RIVETING. This surprising movie is perhaps the most memorable of all the films I saw at this year's Cannes Film Festival. It's haunting, and quite extraordinary." - Pete Hammond, Deadline Hollywood
"Emotionally rousing and technically masterful." – Guy Lodge, Variety
“White God confirms Mundruczó’s position as one of Europe’s most exciting, unpredictable and technically competent directors. In a world where so many filmmakers seem to rework the same material over and over, he’s a true wild card—a filmmaker with ‘un certain regard’ if ever there was one.” – Nick Roddick, Sight & Sound
“A triumphantly idiosyncratic film with smarts and visceral impact in equal measure.” – Jessica Kiang, The Playlist on Indiewire
“A film that no serious movie-lover should miss.” – Nick Roddick, London Evening Standard
“A potent metaphor for everything from immigration to the abuse of power, with it’s striking finale serving as stark warning about our own arrogant belief that we’ll always be at the top of the food chain.” – Alistair Harnkess, The Scotsman
Jazz On A Summer's Day
Saturday 1pm ONLY!
Dir. Bert Stern - 1959 - 85m - A NEW MEXICO JAZZ WORKSHOP SPECIAL EVENT - DONATIONS GREATLY APPRECIATED!
More info on the presenting organization here.
An incredible collection of classic live performances, Jazz on a Summer''s Day captures Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Chuck Berry, Mahalia Jackson, and many others performing at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival!
"Shot in gorgeous color, it's probably the best feature-length jazz concert movie ever made." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The sense of well-being is immense." - Dave Kehr, New York Daily News
"As generous a dish of top jazz music as any cat could take in one gulp." - Bosley Crowther, New York Times
Unfinished Spaces - a free AIA movie night screening!
Thursday 7:00, 9:00
Dir. Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray - 2012 - 86m - AIA Albuquerque Movie Night - Architects in Film - FREE BUT SEATING IS LIMITED!
FREE Tickets are available at our box office beginning at 5:30 - 6:30 pm - Seating is limited - TWO TICKETS PER PERSON, PLEASE
Multi-layered story of Cuba's National Art Schools project, designed by three young artists in the wake of Castro's Revolution.
"Truly exceptional...Confirms that the real power of architecture lies in its ability to both capture the spirit of a place, time and people." - Robert McCarter, practicing architect, Professor of Architecture, Washington University
An Honest Liar
Apr 10 to Apr 14
Friday to Tuesday 6:15
Dir. Justin Weinstein & Tyler Measom - 2015 - 95m - No matinees
A feature documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James ‘The Amazing’ Randi. The film brings to life Randi’s intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con-artists with quasi-religious fervor. A master deceiver who came out of the closet at the age of 81, Randi created fictional characters, fake psychics, and even turned his partner of 25 years, the artist Jose Alvarez, into a sham guru named Carlos. But when a shocking revelation in Randi’s personal life is discovered, it isn’t clear whether Randi is still the deceiver – or the deceived.
"Bounces along enjoyably on a sea of archival clips from Randi's high-profile career, with latter-day input from numerous celebrity pals (and at least one famous foe)." - Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Directors Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein turn a standard bio-doc about an extraordinary man into a rumination on the blurred line between trickery and truth." - Ariel Teplitsky, Toronto Star
Kill Me Three Times
Apr 10 to Apr 11
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Kriv Stenders - 2015 - 90m - Australia - An Alibi Midnight Movie Madness Event - $8 General / $6 Students with ids
A darkly comedic thriller from rising star director Kriv Stenders (Red Dog). Simon Pegg plays the mercurial assassin, Charlie Wolfe, who discovers he isn't the only person trying to kill the siren of a sun-drenched surfing town (Alice Braga). Charlie quickly finds himself at the center of three tales of murder, mayhem, blackmail and revenge. With an original screenplay by James McFarland, the film also stars Sullivan Stapleton (as a gambling addict who attempts to pay off his debts through a risky life insurance scam), Teresa Palmer (as a small town Lady Macbeth), Callan Mulvey (as a wealthy beach club owner simmering with jealousy), Luke Hemsworth (as a local surfer fighting for the woman he loves) and Bryan Brown (as a corrupt cop who demands the juiciest cut). KILL ME THREE TIMES was produced by Laurence Malkin and Share Stallings (the team behind Death At A Funeral and A Few Best Men) and Tania Chambers.
Kumiko The Treasure Hunter
Apr 10 to Apr 14
Friday to Tuesday 4:00, 8:15
Dir. David Zellner - 2015 - 105m
In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of a popular film she's mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota. Believing this treasure to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it - and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she's seen in the movies. With Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, indie mavericks the Zellner Bros. spin a strangely touching underdog fable, populated by eccentrics and elevated to sonic heights by a Sundance award-winning score from electro-indie outfit The Octopus Project, that will leave audiences rooting for the impossible.
"One of the best films to ever premiere at Sundance." - David Ehrlich, Film.com
"A delightfully mannered and eccentric delight." - Mark Adams, Screen International
"Odd, mystical, strikingly original …" - Kristin Tillotson, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Experiments in Cinema v10.T36 - A Basement Films Event!
Apr 15 to Apr 19
Wednesday to Sunday
2015 - Show times t.b.a.
Experiments in Cinema v10.T36 will celebrate it's 10th anniversary at the Guild Cinema April 15-19, 2015. In addition to screening 100 film from 35 different countries we will host several special events. Mike Morris (programmer for the Dallas Video Festival) will be in attendance to stage his expanded cinema live performance, Polish film scholar Kamila Kuc will screen historic avant garde films from that country which have never been seen before in the US, and Argentinean media artists and festival organizers Andres Denegri and Gabriela Golder will present programs of their own work as well as selections from their Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento festival in Buenos Aires. Additionally, San Francisco based filmmaker Kerry Laitala will host a hands-on filmmaking workshop and our artist in residence this year will be Caryn Cline!
Apr 17 to Apr 18
Friday and Saturday 10:45pm ONLY!
Dir. Joel Potrykus - 2015 - 97m - No Matinees
Marty is a caustic, small-time con artist drifting from one scam to the next. When his latest ruse goes awry, mounting paranoia forces him from his lousy small town temp job to the desolate streets of Detroit with nothing more than a pocket full of bogus checks, a dangerously altered Nintendo® Power Glove, and a bad temper. Albert Camus meets Freddy Krueger in BUZZARD, a hellish and hilarious riff on the struggles of the American working class.
"EXTREMELY FUNNY... You kind of want him to succeed in his petty rebellion against boredom, conformity and corporate blandness, and you kind of want him to be punched in the face."- A.O. Scott, New York Times
“Office Space on crack.” - Indiewire
"The incredible Joshua Burge is a Buster Keaton for the 99%" - Nicholas Elliott, BOMB Magazine
"Potrykus has fashioned a vigorous and strangely compelling character study, a sustained burst of punk-rock ferocity, and one of the most original American films to emerge in some time."- Calum Marsh, Village Voice
Este Does Not Make A Movie
Saturday 1pm ONLY!
Dir. Nicholas B. Munoz - 2015 - 72m - All Seats Just $2 - Cast & Crew In Person!!
Starring Estevan Munoz, Ryan Turri, and Matt Peterson. Written by - Nicholas Munoz, Estevan Munoz, and Ryan Turri!
A young avant-garde filmmaker, ESTE (Estevan Munoz), gets hired to be the "Behind-the-Scenes" DIRECTOR of a local indie film entitled, "ABE MAKES A MOVIE". A project that quickly sends him down into a SPIRAL of madness and chaos.
WARNING: Adult language and brief rear nudity!
Burroughs: The Movie - in honor of Poetry Month!
Apr 20 to Apr 23
Monday to Thursday 6:30
Dir. Howard Brookner - 1983 - 90m - No Matinees
An exploration of the life and times of controversial Naked Lunch author William S. Burroughs, with an intimacy never before seen and never repeated. The film charts the development of Burroughs’ unique literary style and his wildly unconventional life, including his travels from the American Midwest to North Africa and several personal tragedies. Burroughs: The Movie is the first and only feature length documentary to be made with and about Burroughs.
The film was directed by the late Howard Brookner. It was begun in 1978 as Brookner's senior thesis at NYU film school and then expanded into a feature which was completed 5 years later in 1983. Sound was recorded by Jim Jarmusch and the film was shot by Tom DiCillo, fellow NYU classmates and both very close friends of Brookner's.
“Rarely is a documentary as well attuned to its subject as Howard Brookner's Burroughs, which captures as much about the life, work and sensibility of its subject as its 86 minute format allows. Part of the film's comprehensiveness is attributable to William S. Burroughs' cooperation, since the author was willing to visit old haunts, read from his works and even playfully act out a passage from Naked Lunch for the benefit of the camera. But the quality of discovery about Burroughs is very much the director's doing, and Mr. Brookner demonstrates an unusual degree of liveliness and curiosity in exploring his subject.” - Janet Maslin, New York Times
“Fans should be excited by the range of images producer/director Howard Brookner has assembled and by the chance to hear and see the author in action. For those who are not fans but are at least mildly curious about the literary figure, Burroughs proves engaging entertainment in its own right. How many documentaries for instance, feature segments in which the subject acts out his own writing? Burroughs, who spends a good portion of the film reminiscing with friends, dons the soiled robe of his character, Dr. Benway, for a grimy surgical escapade mid-way through the movie.” - Chuck Twardy, Lawrence Journal World
Crime Wave a.k.a The Big Crimewave
Apr 20 to Apr 23
Monday to Thursday 8:30pm ONLY!
Dir. John Paizs - 1985 - 80m - No Matinees
IN ANTICIPATION OF OUR 11 ANNUAL SUMMER FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR!
"One of the best known and respected Canadian "cult" films, Crime Wave carries on in the unabashedly Canadian tradition of Goin' Down The Road, while providing the viewer with an experience entirely outside traditional mainstream Canadian film.
Crime Wave stars its director John Paizs as Steven Penny, a young filmmaker who is trying to make a "colour crime movie" called Crime Wave. Only he can't come up with the middle of the film, just variations on the beginning and ending. Steven is obsessed with colour crime, and filmmaking. He reads Colour Crime Quarterly magazine, and has posters in his room for 1950s B-movies like Teenage Crime Wave, Outside The Law and Stolen Face.
The movie is narrated by Kim, the little girl of a family that rents Steven a room above their garage. Steven teaches Kim different things about colour crime movies. He shows her his Bolex camera, explains why he only writes by streetlight, and plays her an audio tape which captured the sound of a camera that he borrowed from the NFB being run over by a car. In return, Kim tries to help Steven with making his movie." - CANUXPLOITATION
"Each and every time I see the film, I'm not only howling with laughter as hard as I did when I first saw it, but absolutely floored by how astoundingly brilliant and original it is." - Greg Klymkiw, Electric Sheep
Planetary - An Earth Day Special Screening!
Wednesday 4:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Guy Reid - 2015 - 84m - No Matinees
The provocative and breathtaking film from the Planetary Collective and that brings into focus our connection to all living things on planet Earth.
The planet is suffering form a series of crises: crises in the environment, society, economics, and ecology. There is also a crisis of perspective: how to place oneself in the context of life on earth; how to see our home in a larger worldview; how to justify our lifestyle choices in relation to our fragile planet. It can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate through these questions yet everyone is seeking the answers. What is required is a shift in culture, a new way to see our planet and each other and PLANETARY shows us how.
Some of the greatest thinkers of our time offer insights on how to achieve a sustaining global society. With intimate interviews from renowned experts including astronauts Ron Garan and Mae Jemison (the first African American woman in space), celebrated environmentalist Bill McKibben, National Book Award winner Barry Lopez, anthropologist Wade Davis, National Geographic Explorer Elizabeth Lindsey and Head of the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu school, the 17th Karmapa and others along with stunning cinematography and a remarkable soundtrack, PLANETARY shows us that the guidance we need comes from within.
Cheatin' plus short "Footprints"
Apr 24 to Apr 25
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Bill Plympton - 2014 - 90m total - An Alibi Midnight Movie Madness Event - $8 General / $6 Students with ids
A newlywed wife proves the depth of her love by becoming her cheating husband’s mistresses!In a fateful bumper car collision, Jake and Ella meet and become the most loving couple in the long history of Romance. But when a scheming “other” woman drives a wedge of jealousy into their perfect courtship, insecurity and hatred spell out an untimely fate. With only the help of a disgraced magician and his forbidden “soul machine”, Ella takes the form of Jake's numerous lovers, desperately fighting through malfunction and deceit as they try to reclaim their destiny.
The Dead Lands
Apr 24 to Apr 28
Friday to Tuesday 3:30, 8:00
Dir. Toa Fraser - 2015 - 108m - New Zealand/UK - In Maori with English subtitles
Hongi (James Rolleston) – a M?ori chieftain’s teenage son – must avenge his father’s murder in order to bring peace and honour to the souls of his loved ones after his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery. Vastly outnumbered by a band of villains, led by Wirepa (Te Kohe Tuhaka), Hongi’s only hope is to pass through the feared and forbidden Dead Lands and forge an uneasy alliance with the mysterious “Warrior” (Lawrence Makoare), a ruthless fighter who has ruled the area for years.
"Offers proof that a well-crafted, fight-filled revenge story is the type of pic least reliant on the English language to impress, which this does in spades." - Steve Newall, Flicks.co.nz
"For those willing to take the journey, The Dead Lands proves to be a memorable, rewarding experience." - Jason Gorber, TwitchFilm
The Wrecking Crew - a new doc on the West Coast Sound!
Apr 24 to Apr 28
Friday to Tuesday 5:45pm ONLY!
Dir. Denny Tedesco - 2014 - 95m - No Matinees
What the Funk Brothers did for Motown…The Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound. Six years in a row in the 1960s and early 1970s, the Grammy for “Record of the Year” went to Wrecking Crew recordings. And now, THE WRECKING CREW tells the story in pictures and that oh, so glorious sound. The favorite songs of a generation are all here, presented by the people who made them for you. THE WRECKING CREW is a documentary film produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of legendary late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco. The film tells the story of the unsung musicians that provided the backbeat, the bottom and the swinging melody that drove many of the number one hits of the 1960s. It didn’t matter if it was Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, The Byrds or The Beach Boys, these dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the American “west coast sound” a dominant cultural force around the world. The film is a fun and moving tribute from Denny to his father and to the music, the times and to the secret star-making machine known only as “The Wrecking Crew”.
"A treasure trove of witness-at-creation anecdotes and enduringly potent ‘60s pop classics. A well-nigh irresistible treat for aficionados of music.” - Joe Leydon, Variety
“A sing-along, joyful doc. A must to see and listen to” - Indiewire
"A wonderful, touching and hilarious film about the unsung stars of so many records that you carry in your heart.” - Elvis Costello
"It was incredible! It had everything I wanted to see and more that I didn’t expect.” - Peter Frampton
The Secret Garden
Apr 25 to Apr 26
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon
Dir. Fred M. Wilcox - 1949 - 92m - MOM'S MATINEE PRESENTS THE CLASSIC 1949 VERSION! ALL SEATS $5
Enormously popular child actress Margaret O’Brien (Meet Me in St. Louis) touches the heart in this classic adventure of a young orphan sent to live at the dark and foreboding English estate of her widowed uncle and his crippled son, played by fellow child sensation Dean Stockwell. Led by a strong will and a stubborn temperament, Mary Lennox (O’Brien) discovers the existence of a secret garden, the history of which slowly reveals the mystery of her uncle and his son’s embittered lives. Eventually, the beloved garden becomes the only hope for their happiness and restoration from the haunting grip of the past. Produced by Clarence Brown, the film is based on the popular novel by acclaimed children’s author Frances Hodgson Burnett (Little Lord Fauntleroy). A dazzling technical effect aptly derived from The Wizard of Oz brings the secret garden alive in a radiant color sequence, making it, and the film, a magical place you’ll have to experience yourself!
Apr 29 to May 2
4:30, 8:30 Wednesday to Saturday
Dir. Lance Edmonds - 2015 - 91m
An exploration of the interconnectedness of a small town in the northern reaches of Maine. When Lesley, the local school bus driver, (Tony nominee Amy Morton) becomes distracted during her end-of-day inspection, she fails to notice a sleeping boy in the back of the bus. What happens next shatters the tranquility of her small Maine logging town, proving that even the slightest actions have enormous consequences. Stricken by an overwhelming sense of guilt, Lesley’s fragility is further tested by her husband (John Slattery)—a local logger preoccupied by the imminent closing of the town paper mill—and the boy’s mother Marla Krause), a disaffected young woman looking to take advantage of a delicate situation. Shot on location in the stark, frozen Maine hills, BLUEBIRD fosters a profound sense of place—chillingly capturing the setting’s lonely yet beautiful tone—thanks to the masterwork of cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes (MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, TINY FURNITURE).
"A heart-breaking American indie with a top-notch cast." - Marshall Fine, The Huffington Post
"Arresting and emotional." - Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist
"Atmospheric and deeply emotional." - Hillary Weston, BlackBook
"A remarkable achievement." - Jordan Hoffman, Film.com
"A quietly affecting indie drama." - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
Apr 29 to May 2
Wednesday to Saturday 6:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Kathleen Collins - 1982 - 86m - No Matinees
A rediscovered indie gem from a little-known black woman filmmaker becomes the must-see film in NYC, gets front-page coverage (above the fold) in the Times on opening day, packs in crowds, earns great grosses, and then has its run extended… and extended again!
The story of a marriage of two remarkable people, both at a crossroads in their lives. Sara Rogers, a black professor of philosophy, is embarking on an intellectual quest to understand “ecstasy” just as her painter husband Victor sets off on a more earthy exploration of joy.
Celebrating a recent museum sale, Victor decides to rent a country house where he can return to more realism after years working as an abstract expressionist. Away from the city, the couple’s summer idyll becomes complicated by Sara’s research and by Victor’s involvement with a young model. When one of her students casts Sara as the woman scorned in a film version of the song “Frankie and Johnny,” she experiences a painful emotional awakening. While dealing with strong individuals and feelings, the film is also charming--Collins described it as a comedy about a young woman who takes herself too seriously.
One of the very first fictional features by an African-American woman, Losing Ground remains a stunning and powerful work of art.
“Partly because those images have remained unseen for so long, and partly because Ms. Collins, who died in 1988, was such a bold and idiosyncratic filmmaker, “Losing Ground” also feels like news, like a bulletin from a vital and as-yet-unexplored dimension of reality.”- A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“The movie is a nearly lost masterwork.... Had it screened widely in its time, it would have marked film history. Collins has made, in effect, a musical with no fantasy but plenty of imagination. “Losing Ground” plays like the record of a life revealed in real time.” - Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Song of the Sea
May 30 to May 31
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon
Dir. Tomm Moore - 2014 - 93m - MOM'S MATINEE brings back a total enchanter - Ireland/Luxembourg/Belgium/France/Denmark - All Seats $5
From the filmaker of THE SECRET OF KELLS! Oscar nominated for Best Animation Feature too!
The story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land. Song of the Sea features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny. Music is by composer Bruno Coulais and Irish band Kíla, both of whom previously collaborated on The Secret of Kells.
Song of the Sea was produced by Cartoon Saloon in co-production with European partners Melusine Productions (Luxembourg), The Big Farm (Belgium), Nørlum (Denmark) and Superprod (France), with the support of The Irish Film Board, Broadcasting Authority Of Ireland, TG4, Section 481, Eurimages, Luxembourg Film Fund, Wallimages, Centre du cinema et de l’audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Danish Film Institute, West Danish Film Fund and Danish Radio.
Ernest & Celestine
Jun 27 to Jun 28
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon
Dir. Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar and Stephan Aubier - 2012 - 80m - MOM'S MATINEE brings back a great one! - France - In English - All Seats $5
OSCAR NOMINATED FOR BEST ANIMATION FEATURE 2014! Featuring the voices of Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman and Jeffrey Wright!
Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer – and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn't long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities.
Fresh from standing ovations at Cannes and Toronto, Ernest & Celestine joyfully leaps across genres and influences to capture the kinetic, limitless possibilities of animated storytelling. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, a constantly shifting pastel color palette bursts and drips across the screen, while wonderful storytelling and brilliant comic timing draw up influences as varied as Buster Keaton, Bug Bunny and the outlaw romanticism of Bonnie and Clyde. Bringing it all together is the on-screen chemistry between the two lead characters – a flowing, tender and playful rapport that will put a smile on your face and make your heart grow.
Based on the classic Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest & Celestine won France's César Award for Best Animated Feature, and has been nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 86th Academy Awards.
"Extraordinary! To call it one of the most beautiful animated films in recent years is not enough. It is enchanting!" - Le Monde
"A Wonder! From start to end the film overflows with humor, poetry, music and tenderness." - Le Figaro
"Just about perfect! Loaded with charm and adventure and without a speck of smarm, this elegantly paced, sometimes dark and frequently funny animated treat should be embraced worldwide." - Screen International