- Your Voice
Complete with mutton chops, marijuana, and mystery, director Paul Thomas Anderson's complex adaptation of the even more complex Thomas Pynchon novel is a haze filled journey down the rabbit hole of 1970's California - and a viewing experience unlike any other.
The craft beer craze takes center stage in Tucson next month, as the Old Pueblo preps for an onslaught of visitors, special events and beer-centric celebrations.
Sony Pictures’, “The Interview”, a comedy starring Seth Rogan and James Franco as two reporters who are sent on a mission by the CIA to assassinate North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has been pulled from its Christmas Day theatrical release. The cancelling of what may be one of the most talked about movies of the season comes after an unknown person or group threatened to attack any theatres that played the film. Several major theatre chains pulled their support for the movie in the past week, prompting Sony to make a decision.
According to news reports, the North Korean government is angry over the official release of the Seth Rogan film, "The Interview".
While many theaters backed away from showing "The Interview" on the planned Dec. 25 opening after terrorists threats that have reportedly been linked to North Korea, some other theaters have expressed an interest in showing the controversial picture.
While The Loft Cinema has been embracing the Holiday spirit with their recent Sing-A-Long Spectacular and correlating Ugly Sweater contest, this coming Saturday (Dec. 20th) continues in the grand Loft tradition with a midnight showing of the 1975 cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” A signature event for Tucson’s premiere art theater that has lasted 36 years (and counting), this fishnet filled affair tells the story of young couple (Barry Bostwick & Susan Sarandon) who break down in the middle of nowhere and find their way to a curiously isolated castle. Once inside, they meet mad scientist/transvestite Frank N. Furter (insert knee slap here) and a group of similarly zany house guests who all participate in the creation of a “living muscle man.”
Sing-A-Long Spectacular (Dec. 11th)
As the weather continues to drop this month, The Loft Cinema has graciously given Tucson residents an opportunity to spend Sunday afternoons in the warm company of Hollywood’s brightest stars. December’s Monthly Series proudly presents the Films of 1939 with the showing of five silver screen classics for fans of all ages; proudly commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Hollywood’s greatest year. Fully remastered and shown on pristine 35mm film, these screen masterpieces are truly a treat for even the most casual of movie fans looking for a fun day at the theater. Showing this Sunday is John Ford's legendary western "Stagecoach", but before that be sure to check out First Friday Shorts and support the new wave of cinematic talent in the area.
Ask any music connoisseur and they will tell you, compositions are meant to be experienced in the flesh. The modern advancements of iPods, try as they might, simply cannot do justice to the enchantment of a live performance – the way a photograph is not telling of the expansive beauty within a Tucson sunset. This is even more true with the orchestra. There is a carnal syncopation with the soul as wood and brass fuse together to create a symphonic wall of sound. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra is well aware of the magic within a live spectacle, which is why they have decided to take one of cinema’s greatest musical accomplishments and perform it live at the Tucson Music Hall. As part of its “Superpops!” series, the orchestra will be performing Disney’s iconic “Fantasia” live in concert over the holiday weekend.
Most of us remember Michael Keaton’s successful string of comedies in the early 1980s that started off with “Night Shift” and “Mr. Mom”. Afterwards, he starred in Tim Burton’s highly anticipated “Batman” in 1989. By 1992, he once again played the caped crusader in “Batman Returns”, earning Keaton widespread acclaim. Then something happened; Keaton’s movies were more “misses” than “hits” until he seemed to disappear from cinema screens overnight. Keaton’s career had fallen into the category of insignificance. He missed out on meatier roles and blockbuster box office winners. Years later, even as he found himself providing voices to successful animated films (“Cars”, “Toy Story 3”), Keaton was never handed that potential Academy Award acting part or movie. Until now.
The Loft Cinema continues its monthly celebration of writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s exceptional film resume, giving local Tucson residents an opportunity to catch up with the elusive director’s work just in time for the release of his new crime drama “Inherent Vice” out December 12th. Influenced by the works of all-time greats like Martin Scorsese and Robert Altman, the multiple award winning Anderson has become one the most renowned filmmakers of the last twenty years with a body of work that flawlessly exhibits his knack for bold visuals and grandiose storytelling. Films being shown this week include Anderson’s eccentric romantic comedy “Punch-Drunk Love” followed by what many consider to be his masterpiece, the fiercely powerful “There Will Be Blood.”
By now the latest golden sci-fi nugget “Interstellar” has drawn mass attention as this generation’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”. The film is leaving moviegoers in awe as one of the most aggressively visual space epochs to date, and critics have dubbed the film an instant center-piece to a genre that uses the cosmos as a backdrop. But the sensational reviews should come as no surprise to those who know the mastermind behind the product. Christopher Nolan has a long list of films that have brought nothing but wide eyes and smiles to the faces of science fiction fanboys. “Following”, “Memento”, “The Dark Knight Trilogy”, “The Prestige”, and “Inception” make up the complete list of films written and directed by the filmmaking savant. Nolan’s list of films have collectively earned 15 Oscar nominations, have resounding approval from critics, and average profits of about six times the amount of their budgets. On the whole, Nolan is seemingly incapable of producing a bad film. So what makes the prolific visionary so much better than the rest? Here are a few of Nolan’s movie-making methods that subtly contribute to his flawless resume.
In November, The Loft Cinema will be presenting work from writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s stellar filmography, just in time to get caught up for the release of his star-studded mystery thriller “Inherent Vice” (in theaters Dec.12).
Bring your own trick-or-treat bag, come dressed in your best Halloween costume and you could win a scarifying prize at the Beetlejuice Halloween Spooktacular. Details: Friday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m.; The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.; 795-0844.
Now in its 10th year, the Tucson Film & Music Festival will open its festivities with an outdoors screening of Desert Dreams at the Cinema La Placita, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and a 10-min animated film, The Oceanmaker. Bill Elm & Joe Peña will then perform a special live music score to a cult classic animated film (title to be announced at the event). Chairs and benches provided will seat about 175. Attendees may bring their own chairs, blankets, etc. There's a grass area. Dress for evening cold.
(Family Features) Date night doesn't have to require reservations at an overpriced restaurant or an over-the-top production. You can easily turn your own home into the perfect romantic setting for a special night you both deserve.
The Loft Cinema is celebrating the cinematic legacy of the late, great actor/comedian/Oscar-winner Robin Williams with special Labor Day holiday weekend screenings of three of his most beloved films, all showcasing his range, versatility and one-of-a-kind talent. Net proceeds to benefit COPE Community Services, Inc.
Cinema La Placita is an summertime outdoor movie series that screens classic domestic and international movies in the La Placita Village courtyard in beautiful downtown Tucson on Thursday evenings, May 15-August 28. Pull up a chair or spread a blanket and settle down with some fresh popcorn and enjoy a classic movie under the stars.
The cinematic climate is changing in countless ways, but one in particular is affecting the world on a much broader scale. Viral marketing and distribution through avenues such as Netflix has fused with a public hunger for knowledge that is satiated through a surge in documentary filmmaking. The impact of this readily distributed knowledge and information is perhaps more powerful than ever. One company in particular has learned this lesson the hard way. After the release of the popular 2013 documentary “Blackfish”, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. has begun to feel the sting of public opinion.
The highly regarded San Diego Comic Con event never disappoints when it hits the west coast every July. The buzz around the event is not without warrant.