Monday, June 30, 2014

2014 Summer/Fall Season

Don't forget to purchase your passes for the upcoming season. And remember, you now purchase your passes at the box office.

July 13 - 20 Feet From Stardom
July 27 - Wadjda
August 10 - Frances Ha
August 24 - Girl on a Bicycle
September 7 - The Book Thief
September 21 - Instructions Not Included
October 5 - Barbara
October 19 - Gloria
November 9 - Of Time and the City
November 23 - Unfinished Song

It's going to be a really interesting season. These are mostly films that have never been shown in North County. Invite your friends to come along.

Last week's film "Starbuck" provided for some excellent discussion. Someone in the audience asked if this story was based on fact. I'm not sure if the filmmaker had researched the history into this phenomenon. But yes, there are several cases of multiple children from sperm donors. There is actually a documentary about just such a happening. You might want to check it out. It's available from Netflix.

 Or just check out this link:

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Critic's Corner

Gail Brown has been busy going to lots of movies. She has so many reviews we'd like to share - but we'll have to pick and choose so as not to overwhelm.

Cast:  Jon Favreau, Robert Downey, Jr. (almost a cameo), Sofia Vergara, Dustin Hoffman (almost a cameo), Scarlett Johansson

Synopsis: A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family

Critics Weigh In:
When a film doesn't have any form of engaging conflict, it’s difficult to like it. Chef is your straightforward, feel good, everything works out in the end project that reeks of passion project.

Pretty simply, Chef has all the strengths of mainstream Hollywood comedies and all the strengths of indie films, without the weaknesses of either. The plot has continual forward momentum without any art-house slack, but nothing that happens is a contrivance, and all the key performances are wonderfully naturalistic.

Favreau's a big man who knows how to wield a chef's knife and shoots the food truck scenes with a hectic good nature that's infectious. There's no message beyond the obvious -- a good sandwich can solve a lot of problems

As for me…

*Did not see this as a 2 hour production.. 1 ½ hrs maybe more like it
*Everyone with me loved it and gave it a 10..for me it was maybe a 7.5 ish as an overall film
*Enjoyable, sweet, predictable…some good family messages about children and parents
*I gained five lbs just watching this film!  It could bring back the cheese sandwich!

If you're a gourmet cook, love to ‘look’ at food and watch it being prepared…you will like this movie.

*Jon Favreau has a lot of friends in Hollywood that like him a lot—that is probably why the cast signed on for this movie (especially RDJr and Scarlett J)

12 of us attended and gave it a 7 through a 10.

Casting and acting from the actors who played the Four Seasons were excellent.

Movie was 2 hours 14 min…dragged a few times but enjoyable and worth seeing since it is a true story with aspects that we did not know.

Anyone who is thinking about stardom should see the downside of it all by watching this movie…the pressures, challenges, jealousies, family issues, money problems….not all it’s cracked up to be.

Critics are mixed as usual.  If you like their music, it’s a walk down memory lane.

Hope to see you all on July 13th for 20 Feet from Stardom.