The time seems right for ‘The Quiet American’

October 26, 2010

For Friday February 25, 2011:

With all of the incredible events happening in the Middle East, this film kind of  fits into this revolutionary mood.

The Quiet American will fill in nicely…  (This is a bit of re-post from last October).

I completely forgot about one of my favorite movies which has been waiting in the wings for it’s showing on movie-night at The Big Yellow House. This is a powerful movie with great scenes and sounds.  It stars Michael Caine,  Brendan Fraser and Do Thi Hai Yen.  This is actually a remake of a 1958 version of this story.

Per the producers: Set in early 1950s Vietnam, a young American (Fraser) becomes entangled in a dangerous love triangle when he falls for the beautiful mistress of a British journalist (Caine). As war is waged around them, these three only sink deeper into a world of drugs, passion, and betrayal where nothing is as it seems. Based on the classic novel by Graham Greene — you’ll find yourself riveted by the fascinating intricacies and ever-developing intrigue of this outstanding motion picture.

Doors open at 6:15. (the daylight is getting later), so the movie will start at 7:00.  There will probably be some beverages and snacks as always.  I hope to see you all.


All winters are not created equal…

January 13, 2011

Rumor has it, Norwegian winters are more equal than some.

The holiday season has come and gone. The mighty Oregon Ducks football run has come and gone. The Last-Friday Cinema has survived another year.  (That would make a total of 1…)  There were a couple of missed Last-Fridays due to holidays, and birthdays, and wedding showers and other important events.  But now, it’s just plain old winter.  This month’s offering has a definite winter feel to it.  O’ Horten is a funny and quirky sort of movie from Norway. It’s a story about Odd Horten, who is a train engineer in Norway who must retire because of his age.

Per the synopsis: The moment the train leaves the station without train driver Odd Horten aboard, he realizes that the path ahead is a journey without printed timetables and well-known stations. Horten has retired, and the platform does not feel like a safe place anymore. This is a movie, that some say starts kind of slow. I didn’t think so.  This is not your typical

Max Von Sydow-playing-chess-with-the-grim-reaper-kind-of-Scandinavian-film.  It’s in color, it’s funny and it’s very good.  By the end, you will be delighted with this movie. It stars Baard Owe and Espen Skjonberg.

The curtain rises at the Big Yellow House on January 28th, 2011 at 7:00 PM sharp. Doors open at  6:15 and I suspect there will be some food and drink as always.  I hope to see you there.


I’m Not Scared….

October 28, 2010

I’m not scared to show I’m Not Scared this Friday night 10/29/10 at The Big Yellow House.  JoAnn has as much as guaranteed that it will be a hit.  “The Award-Winning Thriller That Shocked America” is what’s on the cover.  Very interesting, since it’s an Italian film.  I look forward to showing it and I’m confident that it will be very good.  This is a thriller that takes place in southern Italy. It’s a relatively short movie (101 minutes) with good visual and sound.

Doors open at 6:15, show at 7:00. Very good possibility that some food and beverages will be happening .  I hope you can make it.

From The New Yorker: A stirring and beautifully made poetic thriller about the natural gallantry of a boy. Michele (Giuseppe Cristiano), a frisky ten-year-old, is spending a carefree summer in the golden wheat fields of southern Italy when he finds something unaccountable-a tiny, pale creature kept captive in a pit near an abandoned farmhouse. He makes a bond with this ghost, who turns out to be a boy his own age, feeding him and taking him out for air. At the same time, Michele tries to penetrate the mysterious goings on at his house, where the adults, including the violent roughnecks his father brings home, quarrel viciously.


Halloween is near and this movie scares me..

October 25, 2010

It doesn’t scare me in the traditional sense.  It scares me because I know basically nothing about it.  It ‘s kind of an off-Broadway film that maybe didn’t live up to some people’s expectations.  “So why in the hell am I showing it ?” you ask..   Good question.  I think the answer is; I like weird and different stuff, and it’s free, and there’s food and it’s Halloween weekend, so why not?

It stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, and other notable actors.

This movie will not be  showing on Friday, October 29, at 7:00 at the Big Yellow House. The fun starts at 6:15.  As always, there is a good possibility that some snacks and beverages will be served.  I hope to see you then.


Enough already with these up-beat musical type movies…

September 19, 2010

I was told to get serious and to show something with a bit more weight.

So for September’s movie at the Big Yellow House; The Last-Friday Cinema will be showing Rabbit Proof Fence.

Based on a true story, this film travels from its joyful opening scenes to a conclusion that’s very moving.  The title refers to a 1,500-mile fence separating outback desert from the farmlands of Western Australia. It is here, in 1931, that three aboriginal girls are separated from their mothers and transported to a distant training school, where they are prepared for assimilation into white society by a racist government policy. This film stars Kenneth Branagh (Henry V) and Tianna Sansbury.  It came out in 2002.  I really enjoyed this movie.

The showing will be Friday, September 24, at 7:30. The fun starts at 6:30.  As always, there is a good possibility that some snacks and beverages will be served.  I hope to see you then.


Not the Endless Summer, but close…

August 23, 2010

You probably didn’t notice that there was no movie night in July.  No problem.  This has been a very busy summer. There were, and still are lots of birthdays, weddings, vacations and other fun things to do before the rains come.

So for a low-pressure summertime story, it just seems natural to go to the beach.  But this is not just any beach.  These are the beaches for big-wave surfing.  I know many of the regular LFC audience has seen this movie,  but it’s awesome and is worth a second viewing.  The film is officially considered a documentary, but it’s more fun than your typical documentary, and it’s really cool to watch these amazing and crazy athletes do what only they can do.

Movie night will be Friday August 27 at the Big Yellow House. Doors open at 6:45, the movie starts at 7:30. There will some kind of snacks and beverages of course, and four new theater seats will make their debut.


A possible reason for Mamma Mia! the Movie to exist….

July 5, 2010

This movie review of  Mama Mia! in the New York Times was suggested by Brain.  (It’s written by a real! film critic.) It tries to explain why movies like Mamma Mia! are not a total waste of time…