TFC Producer’s Committee Film Picks for April 2010

Opening at the Grand Theater on March 19, 2010

 THE GHOST WRITER (2010) Directed by Roman Polanski @ 128 minutes.

The film stars Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams, Timothy Hutton, Tom Wilkinson, Eli Wallach, and James Belushi. Synopsis: A ghostwriter hired to complete the unfinished memoirs of a former British prime minister uncovers secrets and political intrigue that soon put his own life in jeopardy. A Hitchcockian tale told by a master filmmaker. Roger Ebert wrote, “The film is handsome, smooth, and persuasive. Polanski, at 76, provides a reminder of directors of the past who were raised on craft, not gimmicks, and depended on deliberate rhythm of editing, rather than mindless quick editing.”

Found on DVD:

CHINATOWN (1974) Directed by Roman Polanski @131 minutes.

The film stars Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Diane Ladd, John Hillerman, and Burt Young. This movie is a member-pick from Barbara Madsen. Synopsis: Private detective Jake Gittes finds himself overwhelmed in a scandalous adultery case involving the rich and powerful of 1937 Los Angeles. A gripping, atmospheric mystery that excels in virtually every aspect—with a strong narrative drive, tremendous cinematography and art design, and outstanding performances by the entire cast. Tagline: “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.” Film was nominated for 11 Oscars, and won one for writer Robert Towne. It was the winner of 4 Golden Globes: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, & Best Writer.

THE MATADOR (2006) Written & Directed by Richard Shepard @ 96 minutes.

The film stars Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis, Philip Baker Hall.Tagline: “A hitman and a salesman walk into a bar…..” Synopsis:  A chance encounter in Mexico City between a down-on-his-luck salesman and a burned-out hitman [who facilitates fatalities] turns into a strangely profound relationship which provokes each to act in ways neither would have imagined possible. “Fate steps in to form a friendship between two men from irreconcilable worlds that will alter their lives forever.”

SCREENINGS:

THE GHOST WRITER opens @ the Grand Theater on March 19, 2010.

The Grand is located at 606 S. Fawcett Ave. in Tacoma.

CHINATOWN will be screened @ 924 Broadway on April 2, 2010.

THE MATADOR will screen @ CSL on April 9, 2010.

The Center for Spiritual Learning is at 206 N. J Street in Tacoma.

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