Producers’ Film Picks for April 2011

Producers’ Committee Film Picks for April 2011

This month the club has picked three more outstanding films.

Theme: Alternate paths to reconciliation, remembrance, and acceptance of the end.

DVD

MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)

Directed by John Schlesinger @ 113 minutes.

The film stars Jon Voight, Dustin Hoffman, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver, Brenda Vaccaro, Barnard Hughes, Bob Balaban, and Jennifer Salt.

Synopsis: Hayseed, Joe Buck, travels from Texas to New York City and becomes a freelance stud-for-hire. Soon he develops an unusual and deep friendship with a down-on-his-luck hustler named Ratso Rizzo. All they have is each other in a city that barely notices their existence. Based on the novel by Leo Herlihy. The film won Oscars for Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay.

THE STRAIGHT STORY (1999)

Directed by David Lynch @ 111 minutes.

The film stars Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Harry Dean Stanton, and Everett McGill.

Synopsis: Based on a “true” story about a 73 year old Iowa man who drives a riding lawnmower some 300 miles to visit his ailing brother, with whom he hasn’t conversed for  a decade.

Leonard Maltin wrote, “The film’s measured pace and episodic quality may not appeal to everyone, but its charm and belief in the basic decency of people–make it very special indeed. Farnsworth shines in the leading role.”

THEATRICAL RELEASE

BIUTIFUL (2010)

Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu @ 148 minutes.

It is in Spanish with English subtitles.

The film stars Javier Bardem, Maricel Alvarez, Eduard Fernandez, and Hanaa Bonchaib.

Synopsis: This is the story of Uxbal, a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt, and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona.

SCREENINGS:

BIUTIFUL has already opened at the Grand Cinema on 11 March 2011, the theater website shows it will run a minimum of two weeks; possibly longer.

MIDNIGHT COWBOY will screen at 924 Broadway on Friday, April 1, 2011.

THE STRAIGHT STORY will screen at 924 Broadway on Friday, April 8, 2011.

The TFC Discussion night for these three films will be Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 924 Broadway.

DIRECTIONS:

924 Broadway is in the Pythian Temple, at street level, across the street from the Theater in the Square, in the heart of Tacoma’s Theater District.

The Grand Cinema is located at 606 S. Fawcett Avenue in Tacoma. From Interstate-5: Take the City Center exit toward downtown Tacoma. Follow the signs to the “A” Street off-ramp. Continue along A Street, and turn left at 9th Street. Follow 9th Street up the hill. Turn right at Fawcett Avenue. Stay on Fawcett for three blocks. The Grand Cinema is on the left side in the Merlino Art Center, a large brick building at the corner of 6th and Fawcett.

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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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