Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:
The Tacoma Film Club theme for this month will be “the quest to find fugitives–and the
price paid for succeeding in the search.”
February has started out gently, and according to Punxatawney Phil, we will have an early spring; the better to enjoy classic films with. This Friday, February 11, 2013, the Tacoma Film Club is happy to screen a politico-thriller, RENDITION (2007). It was directed by Gavin Hood. He was born in South Africa, and is former lawyer. He is actually an actor, producer, Director, who studied film classes at UCLA. He has directed 10 films from 1998-2013, including TSOTSI (2005), for which he won an Oscar, and
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (2009).
Jean Renior: “The terrible thing about this world is that everyone has his reasons.”
The cinematography was done by Dion Beebe, an Australian, who lives in South Africa. He won an oscar for shooting MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (2005). He has lensed 31 films from 1989-2013, including CHARLOTTE GRAY (2001), CHICAGO (2002), IN THE CUT (2003), COLLATERAL (2004), NINE (2009), and GANGSTER SQUAD (2013).
The film music was done by a collaboration of Paul Hepker & Mark Kilian, scoring 34 films, including BONE DADDY (1998), BLIND HORIZON (2003), & TSOTSI (2005).
Directed by Gavin Hood @ 122 minutes.
The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Omar Metwally, Reese Witherspoon, Peter Sarsgaard,
Alan Arkin, Meryl Streep, & Bob Gunton.
Synopsis: This is a tale about the CIA’s controversial “extraordinary practice rendition”, whereby prisoners can be transfered, while in custody, to other countries; places where torture is more tolerated. It is based “on a true story”.
Tagline: “What if someone you love–just disappeared?”
Roger Ebert wrote: “RENDITION is a valuable and rare film that is really about the
theory and practice of two things; torture and personal responsibility.”
ROTTEN TOMATOES rated this film at 47% critics liked it, and 63% for the audience.
Geoff Pevere of the TORONTO STAR wrote, “This is a gripping piece of entertainment with a clear head on its shoulders.”
Peter Travers of ROLLING STONE wrote,” This movie is crawling with Oscar winners, but they have to struggle to hold this script together.”
Philip French of THE GUARDIAN/OBSERVER wrote, “This political thriller rips aside the veil of evasive language that hangs between us and the murky world we live in. It respects the audience by leaving us to exercise our moral judgements on how we see what is being done “on our behalf.”.
James Berardinelli of REEL VIEWS wrote, “The film treads into the minefield of debate that exists surrounding the question of Constitutional Rights versus National Security.”
So mark your calendars and join us as the TFC screens RENDITION this Friday, February 8, 2013 at the Center for Spiritual Living; located at 206 North J Street, on the corner of J and Division streets, across from the Group Health hospital. The doors open at 6 p.m.. Come and enjoy the fellowship of other movie lovers downstairs in the kitchen area. Anyone who wishes to may bring snacks or beverages, including wine, to share with others. The film club 2013 membership cards are still available, just $20.00 for the year. Please remember that NO food or drink can be taken into the sanctuary while watching the movie. RENDITION will screen at 7:15 p.m., and it is 122 minutes long. So the curtain will go down around 9:30 p.m. See you at the movies!