TFC Film Picks for February 2010

Producer’s Committee Film Picks for February 2010 Theatrical Pick opening at the Grand Theater.

A SINGLE MAN (1995) Written & Directed by Tom Ford @ 99 minutes.The film stars Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Nicholas Hoult, and Matthew Goode.Synopsis: In 1962, during the Cuban missile crisis, a British college professor, living in Los Angeles and teaching literature, struggles to find meaning in his life following the death of his long time partner. The teacher has kept up an impeccable facade for eight months. We witness the fateful day when erosion and cracks in that illusion take their toll, where love has been violated and interrupted, and a man’s life struggles to reinsert balance, focus, and direction. Colin Firth and Julianne Moore have both been nominated for Golden Globe Awards. Firth won Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival.

The film is based on a dark novel by Christopher Isherwood. Roger Ebert wrote, “Hemingway once wrote, “ain’t it pretty to think so.” The words apply for me to those situations where we imagine the reality to be different than it really is. Perhaps our imagination is a protective strategy.”

DVD Choices

SAFE (1995) Written & Directed by Todd Haynes @ 119 minutes.The film stars Julianne Moore, Xander Berkeley, and Peter Friedman.Synopsis: An upper middle class housewife living in California seems to have a privileged, almost perfect existence–until one day when subtle changes begin to effect her and she becomes ill; moving from small headaches to other forms of horrific rebellion within her body. Medically and psychiatrically, nothing can be found as a cause for these mysterious maladies. Finally she resorts to New Age solutions, enrolling in a holistic health spa in search for answers. This is a “horror movie of the soul”, suggesting that possibly our environment may soon become an adversary, or perhaps that the emptiness of some people’s lives can lead headlong into a total breakdown of our vehicle, our instrument–our bodies. Tagline, “In the 21st century nobody will be….Safe.”

PERSONA (1966) Directed by Ingmar Bergman @ 83 minutes.The film stars Bibi Anderson, Liv Ullmann, and Gunnar Bjornstrand. Synopsis: A personal existential statement by Bergman, on the surface we have the story of a celebrated actress, Elizabeth, who goes mute in the middle of performance of ELECTRA. She retreats into silence, shutting out communication with the external world; perhaps rejecting its horrors. Her psychiatrist loans her a seaside cottage for the summer, and a nurse, Alma, to accompany and attend her. Perhaps what we think we know about others is a reflection of what we ourselves project upon them. Individuals, like film itself, can be interpreted in infinite ways. Tagline: One of the ten best films of our time. Roger Ebert wrote, “Most of what we think of as “ourselves” is not direct experience of the world, but a mental broadcast made up of ideas, memories, media input, other people, jobs, roles, duties, lust, hopes, and fears. Elizabeth chooses to be who she is. Alma is not strong enough to choose not to be Elizabeth.”

A SINGLE MAN opens at the Grand Theater on Friday, January 29, 2010.

PERSONA will be screened at CSL on Friday, February 5, 2010.

SAFE will be screened at CSL on Friday, February 12, 2010.

See you at the movies!

Glenn

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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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