Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:
The theme for the Tacoma Film Club, now in its twelfth year is:
Tango Hotel: Ennui and the World.
Well, here we are feet-first into February, enjoying a mild winter as we view epic blizzards on TV for back East. Having stated that, now watch the snowflakes plan their next surprise right here in the placid South Sound.
TFC is proud to have a screening of Sofia Coppola’s big hit film, LOST IN TRANSLATION (2003), this Friday at CSL. Ms. Coppola, is the daughter of Francis Ford Coppola.
She appeared in all three GODFATHER film, as an infant in the first one, a walk-on in the second one, & as Mary Corleone in Part III. She was 19 years old, taking over for Winona Ryder. The critics trashed her performance, & her defense was that she had to be talked into taking the part, & she never claimed to be an actress. She is niece to Talia Shire, cousin to Nicolas Cage, & granddaughter to Carmine Coppola. She has been married to director Spike Jonze, & dated Quentin Tarantino. She writes & directs her own films, & in 2004, was the first American woman to ever be nominated for a Best Director Oscar (for LOST IN TRANSLATION). She has given us 9 films to date, including THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (1999), MARIE ANTOINETTE (2006), SOMEWHERE (2010), & THE BLING RING (2013).
She has said: “I try to make what I want, what I personally want to see, & I don’t think about the audience too much.”
This film was rated at 7.8 stars on IMDb. It was nominated for 4 Oscars, winning one for Ms. Sofia for Best Original Screenplay. It won 3 Golden Globes (Best Picture-Comedy or Musical, Best Actor, & Best Screenplay).
The cinematography was done by Lance Acord, who has his own production company & he shoots a ton of commercials.
He has lensed 24 films since 1994, including BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1999), ADAPTATION (2003), MARIE ANTOINETTE (2006), & GOD’S POCKET (2013).
The film music was composed by Kevin Shields. He is a rock & roller, the leader of the band MY BLOODY VALENTINE. He has scored 5 films, including AMATEUR (1994), THINGS BEHIND THE SUN (2001), & MARIE ANTOINETTE (2006).
LOST IN TRANSLATION (2003)
Written & Directed by Sofia Coppola @ 101 minutes.
The film stars Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, & Giovanni Ribisi.
Synopsis: A faded movie star, traveling to Japan to film commercials, & a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.
Tagline: Everyone wants to be found.
ROTTEN TOMATOES rated the film at 95% Critics approval 86% Audience approval. IMDb rated it at 7.8 stars.
Richard Corliss of TIME MAGAZINE wrote: “This is a film that revels in its contradictions–for it’s a comedy about melancholy, a romance without consummation, & a travelogue that rarely hits the road,”
Geoff Andrews of TIME OUT wrote: “It’s almost European in its subtlety & nuance–a cinematic cherry blossom.”
James Mottram of FILM4 wrote: “It transcends its initial culture clash comic riff to evolve into something very moving by the end–making it a work of considerable power & pathos.”
So mark your calendars for this Friday, February 5, 2016 and join the Tacoma Film Club for a screening of LOST IN TRANSLATION. It will be shown at the Center for Spiritual Living (CSL), the church building we rent for our meetings & screenings. It is located at 206 N. J Street, on the corner of Division & J streets.
Arrive early, around 6:30 pm, & join many of us downstairs in the kitchen area for fun, fellowship, & snacks. It is permitted to bring snacks & beverages to share with others. Clean up after yourselves before coming upstairs to watch the movie. There is no food drink allowed in the sanctuary. There will be a donation box near the entrance; all donated funds go to pay rent & other Club expenses.
Diane Jensen, new TFC Director, will be on hand to sell annual club membership dues ($20.00). It is the Elizabeth Taylor edition for 2016.
LOST IN TRANSLATION will screen at 7:30 pm & runs 101 minutes. Curtain will fall by 9:340 pm.