Schedule for Tuesday, January 26
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A Single Man
"The film belongs to Firth. Uncanny at showing the heart crumbling under George's elegant exterior, he gives the performance of his career." (Rolling Stone)
Famed fashion designer Tom Ford offers a stunning and stylish directorial debut with his elegant A Single Man. Colin Firth gives a mesmerizing performance (nominated for an Academy Award) as the college professor caught between sweet reverie and mournful reality, as he navigates a single day in 1962 Los Angeles. Julianne Moore is his best friend and Matthew Goode his former lover in this adaptation of the celebrated novel by Christopher Isherwood. With Ford's meticulous attention to detail and a luscious musical score, A Single Man is an exquisite aesthetic experience of deep emotional power.
Tom Ford. 2009. 99 m. NR. US. The Weinstein Company.5:00 PM 7:10 PM
"Few American actors over the past 35 years have flickered and smoldered with such craft and resilience." (New York Times)
Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) is a hard-living, fading country star reduced to playing bowling alleys and hoping for complimentary drinks to get him through the night. Overshadowed by a former protégé (Colin Farrell), Blake eventually seeks redemption from a sympathetic and lovely young journalist (Maggie Gyllenhall).Crazy Heart features nuanced, understated performances by Farrell, Gyllenhall, and Robert Duvall—but the real story here is Jeff Bridges. In a career filled with “career performances,” Bridges manages to top himself. Oozing authenticity and gutter charm, Bridges sings and strums his way through a set of original songs and embodies this beat-up country sage with incredible ease. A remarkable turn, it’s no surprise Bridges has been nominated for the Academy Award (Best Actor), alongside fellow Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (Best Supporting Actress).
Scott Cooper. 2009. 111 m. R. US. Fox Searchlight.5:05 PM 7:25 PM
“Lee Remick gives one of the most affecting performances of her underrated career.... Kazan handles it all with a sure touch.” (Dave Kehr)
Jo Van Fleet plays an octogenarian intent on staying put even as a government worker (Montgomery Clift) is intent on evicting her before a nearby dam floods her land. She is unyielding, but something—the landscape, the atmosphere, the woman’s passionate granddaughter, played by Lee Remick—begins to melt Clift’s reserve, and you start to wonder who is saving whom. With powerful acting, masterful direction, and a haunting score, Wild River is Kazan’s neglected masterpiece.
Elia Kazan. 1960. 110 m. NR. US. Criterion/20th Century Fox.5:15 PM
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
“Directed...with an easy naturalness that has brought out all the tone of real experience in a vastly affecting film.” (New York Times)
Kazan adapted Betty Smith’s beloved novel for the screen in his first film, casting Peggy Ann Garner, who was awarded a special Oscar, as the girl determined to rise above her turn-of-thecentury Brooklyn tenement existence. Kazan elicted sensitive performances all around—from James Dunn (Best Supporting Actor) as the wistful, alcoholic father, Dorothy McGuire as the strong-willed mother, and Joan Blondell, who plays free-spirited Aunt Sissy.
Elia Kazan. 1945. 128 m. NR. US. Criterion/20th Century Fox.7:35 PM