TFC Film Choices for May 2009

the-assassination-of-jesse-james-by-the-coward-robert-ford-soundtrackProducer’s Committee Film Picks for May 2009

 

DVD & VHS:

 

THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD (2007) Directed by Andrew Dominik @ 160 minutes.

The film stars Brad Pitt, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker, Casey Affleck, and Sam Rockwell. Synopsis: This is a familiar tale told more completely than usual, standing tall amongst the dozens of films that depicted the life and death of Jesse James—being concerned with showing us the endgame, those twilight months of the infamous James Gang, how years of violence, murder, crime, and seclusion had taken their toll on the few remaining gang members, how Jesse descended into eccentricity, paranoia, and terribly unpredictable behavior. The focus this time is on young Bob Ford, illustrating how his heinous act came to bloody fruition, and what it really cost him. There were two Oscar nominations for the film—one for Affleck, and one for cinematographer Robert Deakins. Tagline: “Beyond the Myth lies America ’s greatest betrayal.”

 

AUGUST RUSH (2007) directed by Kirstan Sheridan @ 114 minutes.

The film stars Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Robin Williams, Terrence Howard, and Mykelti Williamson. Synopsis: This is a magical film, part fairy tale, part Charles Dickens and part today— all framed in a sparkling halo of music, Classical, Celtic, and Rock. An 11 year old boy in an orphanage, who believes that his parents are out there somewhere, discovers that he is a musical prodigy, ending up shining at Julliard. The boy feels strongly that if he plays his music loud enough to enough people—somehow his parents will hear it, recognize it, and be drawn to it and to him. Tagline: “An incredible journey moving at the speed of sound.”

 

Theatrical film opening on April 24, 2009

 

THE SOLOIST (2008) Directed by Joe Wright @ 109 minutes.

The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, and Katherine Keener.

Synopsis: An LA journalist happens to meet a homeless musician, who turns out to be a former prodigy at Julliard. What started out as simply data for an article in his newspaper evolved into a unique relationship—as the journalist assisted the schizophrenic cellist to move from Skid Row to the stage of a concert hall. This film, based on actual events, is a tribute to music and friendship. Tagline: “Life has a mind of its own.”

 

THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD

will screen at CSL on Friday, May 1, 2009.

AUGUST RUSH will screen at CSL on Friday, May 8, 2009.

 
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About Glenn Buttkus

Former actor and Special Ed teacher for the blind, newly retired, spending my days struggling as poet, photographer, novelist, husband, and grandfather.
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