Schedule for Thursday, February 4
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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
A Face in the Crowd
“The founding movie of postmodern times... It has never ceased to be relevant.” (Village Voice)
Budd Schulberg’s razor-sharp script about politics, media, and America’s fatal attraction to the false charms of homespun populism prefigures today’s Glenn Becks and Sarah Palins. Featuring Andy Griffith as a guitar-plucking hobo turned celebrity who abuses his newfound power, this film is as apt today as when it was filmed. Griffith’s complex portrayal of plainspoken wisdom and exploitative egoism—far and away his best performance—is backed by fantastic performances from Lee Remick (in her debut), Patricia Neal, and a young Walter Matthau.
Elia Kazan. 1957. 125 m. NR. US. UCLA Film and Television Archive.5:05 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.5:10 PM 7:30 PM
East of Eden
“A film of great performances, atmospheric photography, and a sure sense of period and place.” (Time Out)
East of Eden may be best remembered for James Dean’s first major role, his red-hot turn as a tortured young man desperate for the love of his Biblethumping father (Raymond Massey). While this film rocketed Dean into the stratosphere of fame, the rest of the cast— especially Julie Harris and Jo Van Fleet, in an Oscar-winning role as Dean’s wayward mother—is as deserving. This adaptation of John Steinbeck’s family tragedy was Kazan’s first color movie.
Elia Kazan. 1955. 115 m. PG. US. Warner Bros.7:40 PM