A Teacher is one of the many incredible films playing at the Loft Cinema Film Fest this week, and I've written about it in this week's TW issue. Out of all the festival films I previewed, this one stuck with me the longest. A Teacher stars newcomers Lindsay Burdge and Will Brittain as a teacher and a student who are in the midst of an illicit affair. What could have been mere sensational, tabloid fodder is instead a moving film about love under disastrous circumstances. It's one of the best debut films I've ever seen.
What's your film-making background?
I didn't go to film school. I did, however, study film theory and cultural anthropology in undergrad as well as media theory in grad school. In a way, I feel like that gives me a leg up to explore more non-traditional types of narratives than someone with formal filmmaking training.
I'm not a big fan of long trailers, but The Hobbit trilogy will get a pass.
I love J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. I wore out my VHS copy of the 1977 animated Hobbit film, but I wasn't too crazy about latest adaptation. I think the whole story can fit in one three-hour movie, but I can't resist how beautiful these movies look. The second installment of the Peter Jackson's vision for the series will hit theaters Dec. 13, but this three minute trailer should hold you over.
The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., presents Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, at
8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 2. Admission is $6.
Sophie Huber, 2012, Switzerland, 80 min.
A documentary about laconic, chain-smoking Harry Dean Stanton, beloved and iconic actor of more than 200 films. This captivating, beautifully composed tribute, stunningly lensed in color and in black and white, reveals, often in song, glimmers of Stanton's fascinating life. The film explores the actor's enigmatic outlook on his life, his unexploited talents as a musician, and includes candid scenes with directors David Lynch and Wim Wenders and actors Sam Shepard, Kris Kristofferson and Debbie Harry.
The good folks over at Maker House are playing the film noir classic Sunset Boulevard tonight 7 p.m. According to their Facebook page, they've built a 20-foot movie screen for the occasion! The film stars Gloria Swanson as a washed-up, delusional actress and William Holden as an eager screenwriter/gigolo, and in my opinion, is one of the greatest films ever made. I'm obviously not alone on this.
Tonight is your chance to watch it with a bonafide movie critic. Joe Morella, formerly of Variety, will be in attendance and will be providing some sort of commentary after the film I'd imagine. Morella's written a fair share of books covering Hollywood's Golden Age, including biographies on Mia Farrow, Judy Garland, and Rita Hayworth.
The event tonight kicks off a four-part series Morella will be presenting on classic films at Maker House. Up next on the schedule is Shakespeare in Love on Nov. 22. I'd love to hear Morella's take on why that won Best Picture over Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line.
Maker House is located at 283 N. Stone Ave. Admission is free, but you should probably RSVP at the event's Eventbrite page here.
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