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The Cinema Lounge
The Cinema Lounge will meet on Monday, June 11 at 7:00pm to discuss the topic "Surprise endings--are they still a surprise?"
Adam's Rib Celebrates Star Wars 30th Anniversary and Unearths Some Buried Treasures
By Adam Spector
A Sneak Peek at Sequels and Other Sizzling Hot Movies at "Coming Attractions Trailer Night, Summer 2007"
By Cheryl Dixon, DC Film Society Member
Real-life husband and wife team Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony star in a movie based on the true story of Salsa King Hector Lavoe, who is credited with bringing salsa stateside in the 70s. The trailer clips look like J-Lo and Marc Anthony are just playing themselves.
Joe & Bill observe that this is a terrific attempt to keep a lighthearted, almost “fun” tone to a movie that deals with the much more serious issue of childhood molestation. You won’t see that in the trailer. The straight story is that Lindsay Lohan portrays a rebellious teenager whom her alcoholic mother (Felicity Huffman) brings back home to Idaho to her grandmother’s strict rules where the interaction reveals the ties that bind one generation to another.
Girls Just Want to Have...
In Iran, women are banned from men’s sporting events. Director Jafar Panahi uses comedy to depict these women’s struggles as they attempt to see the World Cup qualifying match. Joe said that this is “one terrific movie.”
Actress Marion Cotillard channels Edith Piaf in a stunning Oscar-caliber performance on the hard-luck life of the famous French singer. Actors Pascal Greggory, and Gerard Depardieu also star. Olivier Dahan directs.
This trailer of an American woman, Nora, falling in love with a French man received warm applause. Parker Posey stars, along with Gena Rowlands and Melvil Poupaud.
Care to discover the secrets of one night long ago? This trailer features a packed powerhouse: Vanessa Redgrave, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Natasha Richardson, Patrick Wilson, Hugh Dancy, and Barry Bostwick in a story of a woman’s tell-all about being young and in love with a certain somebody.
Director Davis Guggenheim bases this story on real life. It’s the story of a young girl attempting to make it on the boy’s soccer team. Carly Schroeder, Dermot Mulroney, Elizabeth Shue, Andrew Shue are featured.
Wearing her classic cardigan twinsets, teen detective Nancy Drew aims to solve a Hollywood mystery. Emma Roberts, Rachel Leigh Cook, Max Thieriot, Josh Flitter, and Tate Donovan star. This trailer prompted laughter and questions of Why? Why? Why? The Answer: money, money, money. Emma Roberts is Julia Roberts’ niece.
I was fortunate to have seen this movie last year during the Venice Film Festival and I was not alone in the audience looking at the trailer and trying to figure out what the plot is. Joe & Bill commented very favorably on the Japanese anime art “reaching for the moon.” Here’s how I described the movie in the December 2006 edition of Storyboard:
“Writer/Director Satoshi Kon (Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers) delivers on this anime film based on the popular sci-fi novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui. The key to an unconventional and highly advanced psychological tool is stolen, and the thief then uses the device to remove unsuspecting dreamers’ personalities. Dr. Chiba, a therapist who uses this device to enter patients’ dreams to explore their unconscious thoughts as part of the course of treatment must now discover whodunit. Paprika is the alter ego of Dr. Atsuko Chiba. Very entertaining film with strong visuals.”
Judd Apatow: Master of the Universe (and His Acolytes)
Writer/Director Judd Apatow crafts a low-brow comedic tale when a one night stand between Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen results in a pregnancy.
The audience was clearly tickled by this trailer. Most agreed this looks like it will be a truly funny movie.
Robin Williams, Many Moore, John Krasinski, Eric Olsen, and DeRay Davis. Marriage counselor, Farther Frank, portrayed by zany Robin Williams, pushes his charges to the ultimate relationship test in this romantic comedy. Joe & Bill observe that this will have to go up against the “Transformers.”
The audience chuckled as Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Michael Cera star as nerdy teens trying to partay, get laid, and act cool, the usual. You’ve seen this one before.
The Animal's Not for Eating
Love is awkward. Love is blind. There is someone for everyone. Two dorky kiwis find each other and love in this romantic comedy filmed in New Zealand.
A Parisian rat aspires to become a celebrated bistro chef and joins forces with a not-so talented chef-in-training. Computer animation is enhanced by the voices of Brad Garrett, Ian Holm, Peter O’Toole, Brian Dennehy, John Ratzenberger, and Janeane Garofolo. Astute audience observation: “No penguins!”
Computer-animated penguins surf. John Heder, Jeff Bridges, Jane Krakowski, James Wood lend their voices. What is this fascination with penguins? Who said “I hear crickets?”
A lab accident gives a dog superpowers. Underdog saves the day! The beloved TV cartoon character appears as a real, talking dog. We’ll have to see this one...
Just Can't Wait to See What Happens Next
God (Morgan Freeman) appears to a congressman (Steve Carell) and instructs him to build an arc in preparation for the great flood and the animals lining up two by two. Wanda Sykes and John Goodman join in the fun. From the creators of “Bruce Almighty.” This trailer scored high on laughter.
This trailer, the overall winning trailer got WILD applause! The effects were dazzling. There’s appropriate suspense: “July 13th, the rebellion begins,” “There’s a storm coming….” The trailer teases with enough for one to grasp the plot, but there’s still enough room for surprises. Harry’s back at Hogwarts and no one believes that Voldemort is back and posing a serious threat, plus there’s that new teacher and a possible love interest. What are Harry and his friends to do? Joe & Bill query: Again???? How many have ordered the 7th book?
Another WILDLY applauded trailer! Director Davis Silverman, and writers Matt Groening and James L. Brooks finally bring the Simpsons to the BIG screen. 18 years in the making…Family patriarch Homer Simpson must save the world from a disaster, which, of course, he himself has created. The gang, including Mr. Burns, Moe, Apu, Principal Skinner, Krusty, etc. is all here.
No Need to Go On (You're Gonna Pay Me How Much?)
The mighty Fantastic Four return to use their super powers against a new foe: the sleek-looking Silver Surfer. Ioan Gruffudd , Jessica Alba, Chris Jones, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon, Kerry Washington, and Andre Braugher, with Lawrence Fishburne as the voice of the Silver Surfer.
Bruce Willis returns in a thrill by the minute, bang ‘em up action/adventuire guy flick. He’s combating internet terrorism. The trailer features one of the most perfectly choreographed car crash stunts I’ve ever seen.
The boys are back in town. Boys just wanna have fun! Danny Ocean (Gorgeous George Clooney) rounds ‘em up for more eye candy action. The boys are still having fun, this time gathering when one of them gets messed over by the Godfather (Al Pacino!). Ellen Barkin is “the female” in this one.
The Triumph of Greed Over Imagination
This is the year of the return of Parker Posey, who as Fay Grim, stars along with Jeff Goldblum. He’s a CIA operative in what looks like an action thriller/espionage tale. Grim must obtain some information that the CIA wants.
Gabriel Byrne and Laura Linney star in this story of a husband’s discovery of a murder and the toll this discovery takes on his marriage and the surrounding community.
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Patricia Clarkson, and Abigail Breslin star in this story of dueling chefs and a single woman’s attempts to raise a young girl. The film’s tagline: the recipes you create for yourself are the best. Sweet. Chick flick.
The Truth Is Out There
The dysfunctional relationship of New York City couple Burt and Linda Pugach is explored in this torrid, true tale done documentary-style. Wonderful vintage photos and film footage of 1950s – 1970s New York. Mellow soundtrack. Don’t give it away.
People, Connection, Sexuality, Closed Circuit TV. Creepy soundtrack. The trailer is heavy on silent imagery. What’s this all about? 2006 Cannes Jury Prize winner.
Jon Voight, Terence Stamp, Dean Cain in a “bound to be controversial” story about a 19th century massacre involving Mormons.
Gruesome tale of team exercise gone bad. People working out their issues….
Don Cheadle, Cedric the Entertainer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Taraji Henson, Martin Sheen, Mike Epps, Keith Sweat. Director Kasi Lemmons presents the biography of Ralph “Petey” Green, an ex-con turned highly popular 60s DC DJ, talk show host and community activist. This trailer suggests the movie will be fun, but with serious undertones. And a possible Oscar nomination for the much-talented Don Cheadle. Clearly an audience favorite on the applause-meter.
2 BONUS TRAILERS & RAFFLE
Audience members were treated to a very, early look at two fall releases, Resident Evil: Extinction and The Brothers Solomon.
Q&A With Director John Dahl: You Kill Me
On June 4 DC Film Society members had a rare opportunity to talk with director John Dahl after a screening of his newest film You Kill Me at Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema. DC Film Society's director Michael Kyrioglou moderated the discussion.
We Need to Hear From YOU
We are always looking for film-related material for the Storyboard. Our enthusiastic and well-traveled members have written about their trips to the Cannes Film Festival, London Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, the Munich Film Festival, and the Locarno Film Festival. We also heard about what it's like being an extra in the movies. Have you gone to an interesting film festival? Have a favorite place to see movies that we aren't covering in the Calendar of Events? Seen a movie that blew you away? Read a film-related book? Gone to a film seminar? Interviewed a director? Taken notes at a Q&A? Read an article about something that didn't make our local news media? Send your contributions to Storyboard and share your stories with the membership. And we sincerely thank all our contributors for this issue of Storyboard.
Calendar of Events
Now in its fifth year, Silverdocs is one of the most important documentary film festival in the U.S. This year's festival takes place June 12-17 at the AFI Silver Theater. Nearly 100 films will be screened, shorts and features from all over the world. But there is more than just the movies--conference programs and panel discussions will explore topics such as "Beyond Belief" on religion and film; "Perspectives on War" on the issues of past and present wars; and "Why Democracy?" a series of films intended to initiate a global conversation about democracy. This year's Charles Guggenheim Symposium honors Jonathan Demme.
Second Annual Asia-Europe Film Showcast
This series, taking place in various venues, looks at the topic "From Kama Sutra to Amour: Love in Asia and Europe." How is love portrayed in European films? Does it differ from its depiction in Asian cinema? Short films from Japan, Korea, China, India, France, Italy, Spain and Germany will be shown June 4-15, in pairs with one European and one Asian film. On June 4 at the Goethe Institute at 6:30pm is The Swimmer from Germany and About Life; And I Know from China. On June 5 at 6:30pm at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura is Dedicated to Love; Does It Matter? from Italy and My Night with Ms. Marple; Spring from Korea. On June 6 at 6:30pm at the Alliance Français is Princess of the Road; Le Baiser from France and True Love is Just Film from India. On June 7 at 6:30pm is Why Is One-Way Love So Painful; 49 Days of Happiness from Japan and Ana + Manuel; The Best Typist in the World from Spain. On June 11 at 6:30pm at the Embassy of India is Intent; Meaning from India and Pizza Amore; At This Moment; Vital Spirits from Germany. On June 12 at 6:30pm at the Embassy of Korea is Surgery; Game; Midori; The Replacemente from Spain and War Movie; Off to the Timing Sea from Korea. On June 13 at 6:30pm at the Japan Information and Cultural Center is Pacotille; French Kiss from France and Heart on Fire; Japanese Tradition-An Armchair Theory from Japan. On June 14 at 6:30pm at the Goethe Institute is Fragrance of the Jade from China and Lu' Does Not Make Miracles; My Family is Magical and Immense from Italy. Closing night will be at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura on June 15 at 6:30pm with films from all eight countries. Reservations are required; see the website for details.
Hang 'Em High! A Clint Eastwood Summer Film Festival runs from June 4 to August 24, Mondays in Crystal City at 18th and S. Bell Streets and Fridays in Rosslyn at Gateway Park, South Lynn and Lee Highway. Films start at dusk, between 8:30pm and 9:00pm. On June 4 is High Noon; on June 11 is Hang 'Em High; on June 18 is Bronco Billy; and on June 25 is Two Mules for Sister Sara.
Seventh Annual DC Caribbean Filmfest
In celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month, this film festival takes place at the Gala Theater, 3333 14th Street, NW.
Guerrilla Film Fest
On June 1 and 2 is the Guerrilla Film Fest, held at the Carnegie Institution. On June 1 at 7:00pm is a program of short films and at 9:15pm is the feature documentary Lovable. On June 2 at 7:00pm is the "Collection of Best Shorts Part I" and at 9:15pm is the "Collection of Best Shorts Part II. See the website for more information.
Smithsonian Resident Associates
Broadway to Hollywood III: The Musicals, on June 24 at 1:00pm, explores the influence of the Broadway musical on Hollywood movies. Dwight Blocker Bowers will take you through the song and dance of the stage to the screen musical with a selection of video, audio and still images.
True Grit: The Life and Films of John Wayne, on June 3 at 1:00pm celebrates the centennial of John Wayne's birth. Using slides and film clips, Max Alvarez discusses the life and career of the great silver screen icon. More John Wayne events are at the AFI, the Archives, and Films on the Hill.
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