Schedule for Tuesday, August 18
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In the Loop
"A sharply written, fast-talking, almost dementedly articulate satire on modern statecraft." (New York Times)
The US President and the UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war would be a good thing. When one British official makes a passing comment to a reporter that "war is unforeseeable," it becomes a major news story that accelerates a run-up to war in the Middle East. A laugh-out-loud political satire on the diplomatic misunderstandings and behind-the-scenes power plays between the British and US governments preceding the Iraq war. The Village Voice calls it "a flying circus of backstage political damage control and deal-making."
LULU ("Animation Shorts Suite")
Armando Iannucci . 2009. 106 m. NR. UK. IFC Films.5:00 PM
Stepping from the darkest recesses of noir’s tradition of amoral antiheroes is Jack Carter (Michael Caine), a London gangster who returns to the steel town where he grew up to find out who killed his brother and seek bloody revenge. Everything, from the bleak Northern England setting to Roy Budd’s jazz soundtrack, bristles with restless noir energy, while Mike Hodges’ direction is bluntly effective.
Mike Hodges. 1971. 112 m. R. UK. Warner Bros.5:05 PM 7:30 PM 9:50 PM
"Subtlety and nuance mark both the film's dialogue and performances. It's hard to see how Dancy and Byrne could be any better." (LA Times)
After moving into her new apartment, Beth, a broken-hearted teacher, finds herself drawn to Adam, her socially inept downstairs neighbor whose head seems lost in the stars. When he reveals that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, her parents (Peter Gallagher and Amy Irving) are understandably concerned, but she can’t deny their unique connection. Rose Byrne and Hugh Dancy deliver knockout performances, and Writer/Director Max Mayer examines the challenges of an exceptional modern relationship with a humorous and heartfelt touch.
Max Mayer. 2009. 99 m. PG-13. US. Fox Searchlight.7:15 PM 9:30 PM
The September Issue
R.J. Cutler takes us behind the scenes of the making of Vogue’s 2007 September issue, the largest in the magazine’s history. While the film has its Devil Wears Prada moments—See Anna Wintour alienate her staff! Watch sycophants suck up to their queen! Behold as she shatters designers with a single stare!—it also delves deeper, revealing a skilled, complex woman who does not take her considerable power lightly. Cutler examines a Vogue office populated with a wide array of characters, including the fire-haired Creative Director Grace Coddington. It’s Anna’s world, but in many ways Grace is the real star here. She’s fascinating, larger-than-life, and downright cool; much like the magazine itself.
Q&A August 18, 7:30: R.J. Cutler, director, will be interviewed by New York Times critic Janet Maslin.
R.J. Cutler. 2009. 90 m. PG-13. US. Roadside Attractions .7:30 PM