BLOW OUT @ CSL

BLOW OUT (1981) A film written & directed by Brian De Palma. It was inspired by Antonioni's BLOW UP, & the idea came to him when he was working on the sound editing for his film DRESSED TO KILL. The cinematography was done by master lenser, Vilmos Zsigmond, who I was lucky enough to work with … Continue reading BLOW OUT @ CSL

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Tacoma Film Club screens BLOW OUT this Friday

November's severe rain and wind comes on the heels of months of sunny serene NW days. As above so below and so the TFC presents three films that reveal another more turbulent side of what we see and judge. Perception takes a severe left turn as the myth of American Empire is shown to be … Continue reading Tacoma Film Club screens BLOW OUT this Friday

Citizenfour screens this Friday, November 6 at 7:15pm

Come join other film buffs this Friday as we discuss this month's theme "If The Truth Be Told". Our first selection this November is "Citizenfour" by former Bay Area gourmet cook Laura Poitras. A circuitous path took Laura from being a line chef in San Francisco's finest restaurants to her present standing as one of … Continue reading Citizenfour screens this Friday, November 6 at 7:15pm

November Discussion Films: If the truth be told

Weather report. The autumnal reds of TFC's September picks fade to gray as the storm winds of November sweep in. As the bear of American Empire searches for a winter's cover the clear eyes of truth come out and have their day. Around a warm camp fire tales of truth are told. As above so … Continue reading November Discussion Films: If the truth be told

RED DESERT @ CSL

Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs: The Producer’s theme for October is: “RED: a planet, a desert, a color.” One would have to say that Indian Summer has settled around us, as moderate warm weather is ushering us into Fall. I ran over to the ocean yesterday, & it was gorgeous on the coast along the … Continue reading RED DESERT @ CSL

RED @ CSL

  Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs: The Producer’s theme for this month is “RED: A planet, a desert, a color”. R E D The Fall Equinox is upon us, even though the autumn colors are slow to materialize secondary to our mild Indian Summer weather. Our Club Director, Jim Robbins, has filled in for a missing … Continue reading RED @ CSL

GONZO @ CSL

Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs: The theme for this month is “A Writers Journey”, covering the lives of authors David Foster Wallace, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, & Hunter S. Thompson. September is only a week old, & it is already walking on big wet feet. They tell us that later in the week some more nice weather … Continue reading GONZO @ CSL

CROSS CREEK @ CSL

Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs: The theme for this month is “A Writers Journey”, covering the lives of authors David Foster Wallace, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, & Hunter S. Thompson. My goodness, Summer appears to be waning. The wonderful wind storms & rain storms have cleaned the wildfire smoke out of the air, & subjected us to some … Continue reading CROSS CREEK @ CSL

PRODUCER FILM PICKS FOR SEPTEMBER 2015

PRODUCER’S FILM PICKS FOR SEPTEMBER 2015 The theme for this month is “A Writers Journey”, covering the lives of authors David Foster Wallace, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, & Hunter S. Thompson. THEATRICAL RELEASE END OF THE TOUR (2015) Directed by James Ponsolt @ 106 minutes. The film stars Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Mamie Gummer, Joan Cusack, & Ron Livingston. … Continue reading PRODUCER FILM PICKS FOR SEPTEMBER 2015

A FACE IN THE CROWD @ CSL

Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs: The intriguing theme for this month will be “Cirque du Soleil”. Alright, Our good weather is continuing, prompting some of us to pray for rain. The Tacoma Film Club has kicked back into gear. Join us this next Friday, 08/14/15, for a screening of the classic A FACE IN THE CROWD … Continue reading A FACE IN THE CROWD @ CSL

BASQUIAT @ CSL

Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs: This month’s theme is “Cirque du Soleil”. Hurrah, August is upon us, the Club’s vacation month is over, & we can add another boffo Summer Party to our list of 12 others in past summers--special thanks go out to Jim & Kay Robbins for their gracious hosting again this year. … Continue reading BASQUIAT @ CSL

PRODUCER’S FILM PICKS FOR AUGUST 2015

Producer’s Film Picks for August 2015 The intriguing theme for this month will be “Cirque du Soleil”. THEATRICAL RELEASE AMY (2015) Directed by Andy Kapadia & 128 minutes. Synopsis: This is a documentary about the life of singer Amy Winehouse, told mostly in her own words, including archival footage not seen before. Her tragic end is both … Continue reading PRODUCER’S FILM PICKS FOR AUGUST 2015

Film Discussion Meeting on Wednesday, June 17

The June 2015 Film Discussion meeting of the Tacoma Film Club will be held at the CSL Church Building, 206 North J Street, Tacoma on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 7:00pm. Our theme this month is "Poetic Icons: Past and Present" We will be discussing 2 films available on DVD: JODOROWSKY'S DUNE (2013) HOLY MOTORS … Continue reading Film Discussion Meeting on Wednesday, June 17

HOLY MOTORS @ CSL

  Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs: The inspired Producer’s theme this month is: Poetic Icons: Past & Present. Alright, hopefully, most of you made it to the Grand Cinema to see our theatrical pick, SLOW WEST, & we had a fine turn-out of the screening last Friday of JODOROWSKY”S DUNE, sparking a lot of chatter directly after … Continue reading HOLY MOTORS @ CSL

JODOROWSKY’S DUNE @ CSL

Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs: The Producer’s theme for June is: Poetic Icons: Past and Present  So we have the opportunity to view & discuss films by a debut director, & two iconoclastic directors. Oh my goodness, June is upon us, rife with first day showers to keep our Spring gardens & lawns healthy. In the … Continue reading JODOROWSKY’S DUNE @ CSL

PRODUCER’S FILM PICKS FOR JUNE 2015

Producer’s Film Picks for June 2015 The designated theme for this month is: “Poetic Icons: Past and Present” THEATRICAL RELEASE: SLOW WEST (2015) Written & Directed by John Maclean @ 84 minutes. The film is starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee,  Ben Mendelson, Caren Pistorious, & Rory McCann. Synopsis: A surrealistic Neo-Western, filmed in New Zealand, … Continue reading PRODUCER’S FILM PICKS FOR JUNE 2015

THE THIN BLUE LINE @ CSL

Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs: The Producer’s theme for this month is: Drawing Lines: The Art of Documentary, Alright, we survived May Day, & things are quieting down in Baltimore, & even as people are still  being shot in Texas by Islamic extremists for continuing to draw cartoons of Mohammad--we can take a deep breath & … Continue reading THE THIN BLUE LINE @ CSL

RASHOMON @ CSL

Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs: The Producer’s theme for this month is: The Art of Documentary. May turned out to be an interesting month to find the thematic balance the producers always strive for, with the Grand Cinema launching their Documentary Month. We encourage everyone to scramble to see the fine Dramedy WHILE WE’RE YOUNG at the … Continue reading RASHOMON @ CSL

PRODUCER’S FILM PICKS FOR MAY 2015

  Producer’s Film Picks for May 2015 The theme for this month’s picks is: The Art of Documentary. At the Grand Cinema, this will be Documentary Week, & there will be 8 of them showing only one night each. We are urged to see some of these, so that the theme will be more interesting to discuss. … Continue reading PRODUCER’S FILM PICKS FOR MAY 2015

CITY LIGHTS @ CSL

Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs: The Producer’s theme for this month is: City Streets & the Human Gesture. Well, gosh it is April in Paris, & in Tacoma. We dodged the bad Winter most folks in the country experienced, & Spring is evident all about us. Our first film for this month, CITY LIGHTS (1931), was … Continue reading CITY LIGHTS @ CSL

PRODUCERS’ FILM PICKS FOR APRIL 2015

Producers’ Film Picks for April 2015 The theme for this month is: City Streets & the Human Gesture. THEATRICAL RELEASE ’71  (2014) Directed by Yann Demange @ 99 minutes. The film stars Jack O’Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris & Richard Dormer. Synopsis:  A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying riot in Belfast … Continue reading PRODUCERS’ FILM PICKS FOR APRIL 2015

ALIVE INSIDE @ CSL

Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs: The theme for this month is: IDENTITY & MEMORY: Am I who I remember, or who I forgot? We are blessed with crazy weather--warmish days, freezing nights. I warned our tulip tree that by blossoming early, it was living on the edge; & few days ago after several of our frosty … Continue reading ALIVE INSIDE @ CSL

PRODUCERS’ FILM PICKS FOR MARCH 2015

Producers’ Committee Film Picks for March 2015 The theme for March is: Identity & Memory; Am I whom I remember or who I forgot? DVD IRIS (2001) Directed by Richard Eyre @ 91 minutes. The film stars Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet, & Hugh Bonneville. Synopsis:  This is the true story of famous novelist Iris Murdoch, … Continue reading PRODUCERS’ FILM PICKS FOR MARCH 2015

Freudian Psychosexual Stages of Development in Fight Club

Fight Club (1999) In my previous posting about Fight Club I argued that the fight scenes are not meant to be taken literally, but represent a struggle taking place “inside the head” of the narrator. In other words it is a psychological film, and those who watch and interpret it primarily as being a violent … Continue reading Freudian Psychosexual Stages of Development in Fight Club

An introduction to the Tacoma Film Club screening of Fight Club

Fight Club (1999) is directed by David Fincher and is based on a novel of the same name published in 1995 by Chuck Palahniuk. It stars Edward Norten and Brad Pitt. The theme for our discussion films this month is, Masculinity: Collateral Damage. When I used to teach Introductory Psychology, I had the students participate … Continue reading An introduction to the Tacoma Film Club screening of Fight Club

UNFORGIVEN @ CSL

Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs: The Producer’s theme for this month is Masculinity: Collateral Damage February is here, & we continue to dodge the Winter Bullet. We are proud, this month, to include two films directed by Clint Eastwood. The Tacoma Film Club is excited about screening one of his most acclaimed films, UNFORGIVEN (1992).  Eastwood … Continue reading UNFORGIVEN @ CSL

PRODUCERS’ FILM PICKS FOR FEBRUARY 2015

Producers’ Committee Film Picks for February 2015 The theme for this month will be: Masculinity: Collateral Damage THEATRICAL RELEASE: AMERICAN SNIPER (2014) Directed by Clint Eastwood @ 132 minutes. The film stars Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, & Ben Reed. Synopsis: This is the true story of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL sniper, who … Continue reading PRODUCERS’ FILM PICKS FOR FEBRUARY 2015

January 2015 Film Discussion Night Wed Jan 14

The January 2015 Film Discussion meeting of the Tacoma Film Club will be held at the CSL Church Building, 206 North J Street, Tacoma, WA. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7:00pm. We will be discussing 2 films available on DVD: CHICAGO 2002 SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (1986) We will also be discussing … Continue reading January 2015 Film Discussion Night Wed Jan 14

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE @ CSL

Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs: The theme for the first selections in the Club’s twelfth year is: “The stuff of life--bread & circus, bread & water, & bread & wine.” Compounding the audacious creative musical choices this month, we are excited about presenting another Stephen Sondheim musical, with book by James Lapine. The original Broadway … Continue reading SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE @ CSL

PRODUCERS’ FILM PICKS FOR JANUARY 2015

  Producers’ Film Picks for January 2015 The theme for the first selections in the Club’s twelfth year is: “The stuff of life--bread & circus, bread & water, & bread & wine.” THEATRICAL RELEASE INTO THE WOODS (2014) Directed by Rob Marshall @ 124 minutes. Written by James Lapine. Starring: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James … Continue reading PRODUCERS’ FILM PICKS FOR JANUARY 2015