Saturday, May 26, 2007

Launching Metro Classics

As you can see, there's a new addition to the sidebar. We've managed to convinced the powers that be at Landmark Theatres to allow us to program and run a repertory film series this summer at the Metro Cinemas in Seattle. It's going to be a nine week series constituting a decade-by-decade survey of film history from the 1920s to the 2000s. If the series is successful (meaning if we can draw enough customers to break even) then they're going to let us continue to program rep films in the future, and possibly expand the program to Landmark theatres in other cities around the country.

So if you, or anyone you know is in the Seattle area this summer, come on out to the scenic U-District and catch some great films and help further the nationwide cause of repertory cinema.

Free popcorn for anyone who finds me and mentions The End Of Cinema!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Darth Vader: Jackass

From the good people at The House Next Door, where you can also find my friend Ryland's very fine appreciation of Revenge Of The Sith.

In the comments section for Ryland's post, you can find this great summary of George Lucas from House founder Matt Zoller Seitz:

"But what he's good at -- immensely complex action scenes packed with so much information you can't absorb it all in one viewing; primal pulpy metaphors for emotional states and moral quandaries -- are things very few filmmakers even attempt post-silent cinema, and he succeeds. That's why the movies are great in spite of the fact that they're always teetering on the brink of incoherence and stupidity and often toppling in."