Friday, July 21, 2017

Review: Dunkirk

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 3:02 PM


“The Dunkirk Spirit” is a phrase known to British citizens of all backgrounds and a source of pride for many. It refers to the ability to succeed under impossible circumstances. That capacity is ascribed to the British for events at the Battle of Dunkirk, which occurred at the beginning of World War II in late May and early June 1940. It was a rare set of circumstances in which ordinary citizens were needed to help rescue more than 300,000 British soldiers surrounded by enemy troops and trapped on the beach at the French town of Dunkirk.

That story is not well known in the U.S., in part because the heroics belonged solely to our allies, and also because no one has tried to tell it through an appropriately epic-scale Hollywood film. The ascent of filmmaker Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception) has made that idea not only possible but advisable. A British-American with dual citizenship, Nolan possesses what may be Hollywood’s most elusive gift — the ability to create blockbuster movies that also appear substantial.

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Seventh annual 'Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies' scheduled for August 1

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 8:45 AM

Presented nationwide by Fathom Events, the seventh annual "Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies" will take place 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Canal Place and Elmwood Palace theaters. This year's screening celebrates what would have been Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia's 75th birthday and features a "complete, never-before-seen performance" by the band shot at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. on July 12, 1989. More info here.
Location Details The Theatres at Canal Place
The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St.
Central Business District
New Orleans, LA
(504) 581-2540
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Location Details AMC Elmwood Palace 20
1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan
Harahan, LA
(504) 733-2029
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Shotgun Cinema screens Chantal Akerman's No Home Movie Thursday night

Posted By on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 3:03 PM

Chantal Akerman
  • Chantal Akerman

No Home Movie (2015) is the last film by celebrated experimental filmmaker Chantal Akerman, who died shortly after its release. The documentary builds on extended conversations with Akerman's mother Natalia (who was a survivor of Auschwitz) to examine existential questions.

Shotgun Cinema screens No Home Movie at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 20 at Tigermen Den (3113 Royal St.). The screening will be preceded by Le Francais et Les Mots, "a French language lesson with additional information about French-language films." Tickets are $7. More information is here.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Traveling exhibit featuring sexual assault survivors' portraits opens July 20

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 10:06 AM


Shreveport artist Mollie Corbett's exhibit "Outlier," a collection of portraits, stories and documentary film depicting sexual assault survivors, opens at New Orleans Public Library's main branch Thursday.

For this installation, Corbett identified and photographed 15 survivors from the greater New Orleans area. With her work, she hopes to dispel victim stigma and raise awareness of sexual assault, which many public health groups say is distressingly common: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveys regularly find that as many as one in three women and one in six men have experienced sexual violence at some point in their lives.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Broad Theater screens underground transgender classic, Funeral Parade of Roses

Posted By on Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 4:41 PM


Little seen in the U.S., Toshio Matsumoto's 1969 film Funeral Parade of Roses was loosely based on Oedipus Rex and examines the underground gay and transgender culture of Tokyo in the late 1960s. It blends narrative, experimental and documentary elements and was cited by director Stanley Kubrick as a major influence on his A Clockwork Orange.

The Broad Theater will screen Funeral Parade of Roses tonight, July 15, through Wednesday, July 19 at 8:30 p.m. The film has just received a 4K restoration. More information and tickets are here. Don't miss the trailer below.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Review: Endless Poetry

Posted By on Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 1:39 PM

Alejandro Jodorowsky and Adan Jodorowsky in Endless Poetry
  • Alejandro Jodorowsky and Adan Jodorowsky in Endless Poetry

Inspiration comes in unpredictable forms. At 88 years old, legendary surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky is enjoying a late-career surge unique in the history of film, but it’s a renewal largely born of frustration. Unable to find financial backers for his decidedly noncommercial work, the auteur behind early-’70s art-house classics including El Topo and The Holy Mountain went 23 years without making a film before the release of 2013’s autobiographical The Dance of Reality.

Jodorowsky wrote innovative graphic novels (among other projects) during his decades away from film. As demonstrated by The Dance of Reality and its sequel of sorts, Endless Poetry, Jodorowsky seems to have elevated his artistry by developing all those movie projects he never got to finish. His films as an octogenarian writer-director are the most sophisticated and relatable in his entire body of work. No filmmaker has ever caught a second wind so late in a celebrated career.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Elmwood theater screens Carole King: Tapestry concert on Tuesday night

Posted By on Sat, Jul 8, 2017 at 3:29 PM


The Elmwood Palace theater and Fathom Events present Carole King: Tapestry on Tuesday, July 11 at 7 p.m. The film captures a 2016 London concert by the legendary singer-songwriter in which she performed her classic 1971 album Tapestry in its entirety for the first time. The program also includes an exclusive interview with King. More information is here.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Review: The Survivalist

Posted By on Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 6:09 PM


It’s easy to forget how crucial a role sound plays in the experience of a film. Neither dialogue nor music interrupts the first 17 minutes of first-time feature director Stephen Fingleton’s riveting dystopian thriller The Survivalist. Set in an unspecified future in which oil production has ceased, industrial food distribution has collapsed and populations have plummeted. The Survivalist uses its extended introduction to acclimate audiences to the film’s unique minimalist style.

The emphasis is on visual storytelling as the soundtrack presents ambient forest sounds and the soft clatter of tools and implements used to sustain the solitary life of the title character (who remains unnamed) on a small farm. The Survivalist reduces film to an elemental state to reflect what happens to human life when food is scarce and survival is everything. It’s not often viewers see form and content working together like that on film.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Prytania Theatre announces Christopher Nolan film series

Posted By on Sat, Jul 1, 2017 at 3:04 PM

Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight
  • Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight

The Prytania Theatre (5339 Prytania St.) has announced a July film series spotlighting the innovative work of British-American director Christopher Nolan. Included is Nolan's new film, Dunkirk, a World War II epic that reportedly is almost dialogue-free. It opens nationwide on July 21. All films will be screened on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. More information is here.

Here's the schedule:

July 9 — Memento

July 16 — The Dark Knight

July 23 — Dunkirk

July 30 — Inception

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Review: The Beguiled

Posted By on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 5:36 PM


“Write what you know” often is the first piece of advice received by anyone looking to develop a unique voice as an author. That approach has characterized the work of writer-director Sofia Coppola throughout her accomplished career.

Coppola not only won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for her 2003 film Lost in Translation, but also became the first American woman ever nominated for a Best Director Oscar. She managed a similar breakthrough with The Beguiled, winning a prestigious Best Director award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival as the first American woman ever nominated for that prize.

For Coppola, finding inspiration in her own life experiences has led to a clear emphasis on stories about women told from a uniquely female perspective. In The Virgin Suicides, The Bling Ring and other films, she has explored the nature of relationships among women in a group setting as few filmmakers before her have done. It’s no surprise that Coppola’s work typically stands in stark relief alongside that of her peers in male-dominated Hollywood.

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