Film Club Members and Movie Buffs:
Our Theatrical film pick, A SINGLE MAN, will open as scheduled at the Grand Theater this Friday. This gives us three weekends, and 2.5 weeks to see it. It has a lot of buzz, and appears to be a solid film. It did not win a Golden Globe, but the Oscars are to be announced soon.
A SINGLE MAN @ 99 min, (R)
“A sorrowful beauty infuses every frame of this remarkable debut feature from fashion designer Tom Ford. Loosely based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man visits a single day in the life of gay Brit expat George Falconer (Colin Firth), a teacher at a Los Angeles college who plans on suicide to end his pain over the death of his lover, Jim (Matthew Goode). The film is stunningly visualized, with Ford achieving a feeling for light and texture to rival Wong Kar-wai’s. Life with Jim is seen in black-and-white flashbacks that contrast vividly with the rich color palette of his present encounters, notably with Kenny, beautifully played by Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy), a student whose interests exceed the academic, and his British friend Charley (Julianne Moore), a divorcee who fantasizes that George will marry her. Moore is explosively good, especially in her drunk scene. But the film belongs to Firth. Uncanny at showing the heart crumbling under George’s elegant exterior, he gives the performance of his career. Ford is a true visionary, but it’s his humanity that gives the love story a ravishing, bruised grandeur.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Nominated for THREE Golden Globes: Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Supporting Actress (Julianne Moore), & Best Original Score!
Like the speck of sand that seeds a pearl, it’s the tiny fleck of kitsch at the heart of “A Single Man” that makes it luminous and treasurable, despite its imperfections. — Leslie Felperin, Variety
Colin Firth isn’t the only reason to see A Single Man, but he’s certainly the best. — Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
Wrenching and ravishing. … An exquisite, almost sensual grief suffuses every frame. — Bob Mondello, NPR
This is a wonderful movie. — A.O. Scott, New York Times
Fri, Jan 29: (2:25), (4:50), 7:15, 9:20
Sat/Sun, Jan 30/31: (12:05), *(2:25), 4:50, 7:15, 9:20
Mon-Thurs, Feb 1-4: (2:25), (4:50), 7:15, 9:20
A discussion will follow Saturday’s 2:25pm showing
See you at the movies!