Schedule for Wednesday, February 10
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The Last Station
"Every second Helen Mirren is on-screen in The Last Station is a study in peerless talent." (USA Today)
Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer, both nominated for Academy Awards for their performances, dazzle in this captivating look at the turbulent final year in the life of Leo Tolstoy. As Tolstoy (Plummer) becomes increasingly radical with age, he decides to reject his vast wealth—much to the dismay of his wife, the Countess Sofya (Mirren). The desperate countess is soon employing every trick she can muster to seduce her husband’s loyal disciple (James McAvoy), the man she blames for Tolstoy’s new will. Much more than a simple period biopic, The Last Station is high drama, filled with intrigue, sensuality, and a classical marital showdown featuring two legends in prime form.
Michael Hoffman. 2009. 112 m. R. UK. Sony Pictures Classics.
"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.
Guest of Cindy Sherman
“Fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse, bittersweet autobiography, and witty trip down art-world memory lane.” (New York Times)
Paul H-O was the irreverent host of the ’90s public-access show “Gallery Beat,” covering the extreme antics and sky-high prices of the contemporary art scene. Then he fell for the ultimate insider: Cindy Sherman, whose photographed self-portraits in hundred of guises lofted her into the art-world stratosphere. What was it like for Paul to cross over to Cindy’s celebrity-studded life? Made over the course of 15 years, Guest of Cindy Sherman is both a vivid picture of the New York scene and a wry look at art superstars and male anxiety.
Q&A: directors Paul H-O and Tom Donahue
This film has been rescheduled for June 23, 2010 due to weather restrictions in February.
Paul H-O/Tom Donahue. 2008. 88 m. NR. US. Trela Media.