As we are enjoying a warm and wet winter as the rest of the country basks in misery, let us take it a step further and warm ourselves further with a get-together this Friday, 1/15/2010. We had a find turn out for our feature last week, MRS. BROWN. So let us continue on that roll and watch BRICK (2005). This film is a member-pick from John Kephart. It was written and directed by Rian Johnson, and it was his debut feature film. It already has begun to enjoy cult status for its audacious script and unique vision. Johnson graduated from USC Film School in 1996, and has directed some music videos while getting up the funding for this great Indie venture. He has gone on to direct, THE BROTHERS BLOOM (2008). He said, “Teen movies often have an unspoken underlying premise in which high school is seen as less serious than the adult world. But when your head is encased in that microcosm it’s the most serious time of your life.”
It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a child actor who started working when he was seven years old. He did a lot of television. I remember him in an episode of CHINA BEACH in 1991. He had a nice part in Robert Redford’s A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT (1992), did the remake of ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD (1994), worked with Heath Ledger in 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (1999), spent five years as a regular on 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN, had the voiceover lead in TREASURE PLANET. After BRICK he went on to do THE LOOKOUT (2007), STOP-LOSS (2008), KILLSHOT (2008), MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA (2008), and (500) DAYS OF SUMMER (2009). He resides in New York City and Los Angeles.
BRICK co-stars Lukas Haas who also started his acting career at seven years old, hitting it big with WITNESS (1985), LADY IN WHITE (1988), RAMBLING ROSE (1991), ALAN & NAOMI (1992). He is good friends with another child actor who has successfully made the transition to adult roles; Leonardo de Caprio. Haas starred on Broadway in WAITING FOR GODOT working with Robin Williams, and Steve Martin.
BRICK (2005) Written & Directed by Rian Johnson @ 100 minutes.
The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nora Zehetner, Lukas Haas, Noah Fleiss, and Richard Roundtree. Synopsis: A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. The film won “Special Jury Prize” at the Sundance Film Festival. Tagline: A detective story. Roger Ebert wrote, “What is unexpected and daring is that BRICK transposes the attitudes and dialogue of classic noir detective fiction to a modern Southern California high school.”
Philip French wrote, “BRICK is an immensely enjoyable film–a virtuoso exercise that is at once an affectionate homage, an excursion into romantic fantasy and an oblique commentary on teenage life.”
Carina Chocano of the LA TIMES wrote, “Rian Johnson has taken a well-worn much-revised genre, adapted it to what has become a cliched setting and transcended both in the process. It’s rare to see a debut as witty and assured as this.”
So come one, come all and join us this Friday, January 15, 2010, for a screening of BRICK (2005) at the Center For Spiritual Learning, 206 North J Street, located on the corner of Division and J Streets in Tacoma. Arrive by 6pm and enjoy some fellowship with members and guests, meeting in the kitchen area downstairs. Another wonderful repast will be created by the Phantom Director and Farishta. We will still have our club raffle, tickets costing one dollar, with the winners receiving 40% of the cash collected, or a wonderful DVD. The meals are ready by 6:15pm. Anyone who wishes can also bring other goodies, like wine, cheese, bread, or desserts.
NOTE: For this screening we will be sharing the kitchen area with a second group who will arrive by 7:30pm, so we will need to clean up our things, and vacate upstairs to the sanctuary. We will have a short film about 7:15pm, followed by the raffle and announcements, with BRICK screening immediately afterward. See you at the movies!!!