Based on the best-seller by Amos Oz, A Tale of Love and Darkness is the story of his youth, set against the backdrop of the early years of the State of Israel. The film details the young man’s relationship with his mother and his beginnings as a writer, while looking at what happens when the stories we tell become the stories we live. Hebrew language with English subtitles.
Closing October 13
Two brothers – Toby (Chris Pine), a straight-laced and divorced father trying to provide for his son, and Tanner (Ben Foster), a short-tempered ex-con – rob branch after branch of the bank that’s foreclosing their family land. The pair seem to be getting away with their calculated crimes until they reach the radar of a foul-mouthed Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges), who’s determined to crack one last case before he retires.
Closing September 29
Jake is a quiet, sensitive middle schooler with dreams of being an artist. He meets the affably brash Tonyat his grandfather’s funeral, and the unlikely pair soon hit it off. The budding friendship is put at risk, however, when a rent dispute between Jake’s father and Tony’s mother threatens to become contentious.
All this is to set-up the fact that I saw Absolutely Fabulous on my own last Monday morning, and I did not know what to make of it. To be fair, I didn’t even realize Ab Fab meant before seeing it in the flesh. I grew up in Northern Ontario in a border town, so my childhood was flush with American television channels during the 80s and 90s.
One of the only activities I like to do more than watch stuff on screens, is to read. Not that I necessarily have to pick. Occasionally I try to meld these practices together—the reading and the viewing—so at the moment I’m reading about Reinhard Heydrich in anticipation of seeing Anthropoid, which will play at The Screening Room before too long.
“Throughout Resnais’ work we plunge into a memory which overflows the conditions of psychology, memory for two, memory for several,” insists Deleuze. This notion of being lost in thought is a crucial feature of Resnais’ world. Indeed, one can immediately perceive this plunging process at work in Hiroshima Mon Amour, which begins with the passionate entanglement of two bodies, covered in ash, at other times in moisture.
Closing September 1
A new film from Woody Allen: In the 1930s, a young Bronx native (Jesse Eisenberg) moves to Hollywood where he falls in love with the secretary (Kristen Stewart) of his powerful uncle (Steve Carrell), an agent to the stars. After returning to New York, he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life.
Sunday October 16 @ 7pm + discussion after the film
Three sisters live together in a large house in the city of Kamakura. When their estranged father dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral, and meet their shy teenage orphaned half-sister. Bonding quickly, they invite her to live with them. She eagerly agrees, and a new life of joyful discovery begins for the four siblings.
Japanese language with English subtitles.
Closing Thursday August 25
Edina and Patsy are still living the high life they are accustomed to: shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hot-spots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!
Closing Thursday September 22
Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father (Viggo Mortensen) devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, beginning a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent.
Have I ever mentioned that I have only walked out of a movie once, and that this occurred roughly a month ago? I made it nearly all the way through High-Rise, the new Ben Wheatley film that adapts JG Ballard, before I had to bail out of respect for my sense of imagination.