Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:
May Day has sprung upon us, and we are dizzy with the pole dancing as we pull the colorful ribbons out of our hair, and begin to enjoy the warmer weather. Of course, most of us have been acutely aware of the longer days, since our 7 p.m. screening times are now done in daylight. The Tacoma Children’s Theater, who also use CSL, has loaned us some blackout curtains, so this should help significantly for our screenings.
The cinematic theme for this month will be “unconventional fatherhood”.
Join us this Friday, May 3, 2013, as we proudly screen one of the Coen Brothers early hits, RAISING ARIZONA (1987). They have given us 19 films since 1984. For several years Joel Coen was given the director’s credit, with brother Ethan being the co-writer & producer, but after 2004, they simply admitted that from day One, they have always co-directed, produced, and written all their films. They are known as the “two-headed director” . Some of their trademarks within their movies are botched crimes that are often unsympathetic, lengthy scenes with music and no dialogue, certain phrases repeated often, at least one fast-talking character, graphic violence, dry humor, and often opening the film with a voice-over narration. Some of films I have really enjoyed include BLOOD SIMPLE (1984), MILLER’S CROSSING (1990), FARGO (1996), THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998), O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? (2000), NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2007), & TRUE GRIT (2010).
Trivia: Kevin Costner turned down the lead role in the film. 15 babies played the quintuplets; one of them was fired when it learned to walk. Holly Hunter’s role was written specifically for her, according to the Coens, even though it is rumored that Kate Capshaw was once considered for the part. Nathan, Jr., never cries in the movie, even though all the other major characters do. The Coens have final cut on all their films, and always have. They are in a small club of filmmakers that have won Oscars for producing, writing, and directing in the same year. They edit their own films, and often use the fake name Roderick Jaynes in the credits.
Joel Coen has said, “Living in NYC, I like Hollywood just the way it is, 3,000 miles away from where I reside.”
The film’s musical score was written by Carter Burwell, who has composed scores for all 19 Coen Brothers films. He has scored over 85 films, including WATERLAND (1992), KALIFORNIA (1993), ROB ROY (1995), GODS & MONSTERS (1998), HAMLET (2000), THE ALAMO (2004), IN BRUGES (2008), TWILIGHT (2008), & THE BLIND SIDE (2009).
The cinematography was done by Barry Sonnefeld. He has lensed 15 films, but mostly he is now a director, and has directed 21 films. He started off shooting Porn films. He once turned down the job of directing FORREST GUMP (1994). Some of the other films he has lensed include BIG (1988), WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (1989), & MISERY (1990).
RAISING ARIZONA (1987)
Directed by Joel Coen, written by the Coen Brothers @ 94 minutes
The film stars Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, William Forsythe,
Trey Wilson, Frances McDormand, and Randall “Tex” Cobb.
Synopsis: When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop discover they cannot conceive their own family, they become desperate enough to kidnap one of a local furniture tycoon’s quintuplets. While trying to conceal their crime, and enjoy their new “family”, their lives become hilariously complicated.
Tagline: A Comedy beyond belief.
Rotten Tomatoes rates the film at 90% critic’s approval, and 82% for the audience approval.
Pauline Kael of THE NEW YORKER wrote: “RAISING ARIZONA is no big deal, but it certainly does have an infectious rambunctious charm.”
Geoff Andrews of TIME OUT wrote: “Starting from a point of delirious excess, the film leaps into dark and virtually uncharted territory to soar like a comet.”
Richard Corliss of TIME MAGAZINE wrote: “Adding to the Coen Brother’s pristine command of screen space, they have added robust humor, and a plot that keeps outwitting expectations.”
Eric Meyerson of FILMCRITCS wrote: “ This movie is an explosive funny exploration of fertility, homemaking, and the foibles of the working class.”
So mark your calendars for this Friday, 5/03/13, and bring May in with a rush of fun and laughter, joining the Tacoma Film Club at their screening of the Coen Brothers delightful hit RAISING ARIZONA (1987). It will screen at the Center for Spiritual Living, located at 206 North J Street, on the corner of Division and J, across from the Group Health hospital. Arrive early, around 6 p.m., and join us downstairs in the kitchen area for fellowship. It is permitted to bring along snacks & beverages, including wine, to share with others–but please remember to clean up after yourselves, and it is not permitted to take any food or drink into the sanctuary upstairs during the screening. There will be a donation box upstairs in the sanctuary, and these donations assist the Club in renting the space and other expenses we have for equipment, licensing, and our several parties every year. The film will start at 7:15 p.m. and it runs 94 minutes, so we should be finished before 9:30 p.m. See you at the movies!