Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:
Our theme for this month will be “Personal Space”.
October is slow this year, experiencing an Indian Summer, to set the trees & bushes on fire, to pile up tons of leaves for us to rake, recycle, or burn–but one of these days soon, temperatures will plunge at night, & autumn’s paint brush will be riot with color. We are almost at a point where the new blinds at CSL will not have to be drawn before our screening; the days shorten quickly–traveling to & from work in the dark. The Tacoma Film Club is proud to be able to screen on Saturday, October 11, 2014,one of the most cherished & popular films of the last couple of years, Ang Lee’s THE LIFE OF PI (2012).
Ang Lee has become one of today’s great contemporary filmmakers, spending several years making each film. He has directed 14 films since 1992, many of them award winners & box office champs, including EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN (1994), SENSE & SENSIBILITY (1995), THE ICE STORM (1997), RIDE WITH THE DEVIL (1999), CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON (2000), HULK (2003), BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005), LUST, CAUTION (2007), TAKING WOODSTOCK (2009).
As a director he’s won two Oscars, one for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, the other for LIFE OF PI. For BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN he also won a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, & a Director’s Guild Award.
Ang Lee said: “Every movie I work on becomes my hideout, a place I do not quite understand, but feel the most at home.”
The musical score was written by Mychael Dana, who won an Oscar for it; a very prolific composer, the film club enjoyed his music recently for MONSOON WEDDING, (2001), and WATER (2005).
The cinematography was done by Claudio Miranda, who won an Oscar for it. He has lensed 12 films since 2001,
including THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (2008), TRON: LEGACY (2010), OBLIVION (2013), and is working on STAR TREK 3 for 2016.
LIFE OF PI (2012)
Directed by Ang Lee @ 127 minutes.
Written by David McGee, adapted from the novel by Yann Martel.
The film stars Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Rafe Spall, & Gerard Depardieu.
Synopsis: A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurled into an epic journey of adventure & discovery. He was forced to share this experience with a fearsome Bengal Tiger he nicknamed Richard Parker.
This film won seven Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Musical score, Best Cinematography, Best Special Effects, Best Adapted Screenplay, & Best Editing.
Rotten Tomatoes rated it at 87% Critic’s Approval & 84% Audience Approval. Yet, it was not a box office champion; costing 120 million to make, it grossed 125 million.
Linda Cook of KWOC TV wrote: “Mystical & as endless as the number pi, THE LIFE OF PI works on a number of levels–all of them enchanting.”
TRIVIA: Actor Toby Maguire was first hired as the Writer, even finished shooting all his scenes, when Ang Lee decided that Maguire was just too famous for such a small part; it would be too distracting–so he hired Rafe Spall, & reshot those scenes. The project began in 2002, & several other directors have been attached to it, like M. Night Shyamalan, & Alfonso Cuaron. Ang Lee did a cameo in the film, appearing as a crewman in the food line just ahead of Pi’s mother.
So mark your calendars for a special screening date this Saturday, October 11, 2014 (announced on line & in person at our meetings secondary to a scheduling conflict at CSL). This is a one-time occurrence, & next month we will be on the first & second Friday showings.
Join the TFC for a fun screening of Ang Lee’s fabulous LIFE OF PI. It will show at the Center for Spiritual Living, the church building we rent for events, located at 206 North J Street, on the corners of J & Division Streets, across from the Group Health hospital.
Arrive early, around 6:15 p.m, & join some of us downstairs in the newly remodeled kitchen area for fun, fellowship, & food. It is permitted for folks to bring snacks & beverages, including wine or beer, to share with others. Be sure to clean up after yourselves before heading upstairs to see the movie.
Upstairs, the screening is done in the sanctuary. Remember that there can be no food or beverages brought into it. There will be a donation box by the door, & all monies collected will assist the Club with the rent of the space, the cost of the DVD sometimes, & the screening license renewed annually. Please silence your cell phones during the movie. THE LIFE OF PI is 127 minutes in length, & it will screen at 7:15 p.m., so the movie will be over before 9:30 p.m. See you at the movies!