Archive for the ‘Features’ Category

Once, late

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Because I live within spitting distance of the Fireweed Cinema, I elected to see “Once” Wednesday night. Was it Wednesday? Guess so. My husband urged me to take the car rather than walk, which is what I normally do. It’s icy after all.

I was most taken aback by the crowds, especially for a movie that has already had its moment in the theaters. I also felt like a lame-o for going to a movie that is distributed by Fox Searchlight, rather than being cobbled together by UCLA film students. This is especially true since last year I only managed to make it to “Shortbus” by an already established indie darling.

Plus, “Once” had been so heavily promoted on NPR earlier this year that I felt I had heard the promo more than I hear Bede Trantina’s voice. But I dragged myself to the theater anyway. It was more than worth it, surprisingly. All my doubts — what if I hate the music, what if the story line is contrived — were put away as the movie went on.

And what’s better than being elbow to elbow with strangers for a couple of hours, all of you focused not on the Christmas gifts you still have to buy or the tickling feeling of a cold virus settling into your nasal passages or the fact that it’s dark at 3:40 today. Instead, for a little while you can be whisked to Ireland on the sounds of accessible pop songs. What’s wrong with that?

AIFF Announces the Best of the Fest

Friday, December 7th, 2007

AIFF is proud to announce the winners of the Best Feature, Best Short, Best Documentary and Best Short Documentary films for the 2007 festival. (more…)

Decisions on a Wednesday Night

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

We have three great programs going head to head tonight (Wednesday)–the Martini Matinee (8pm at Anchor Pub & Club), the feature Once (8pm at Fireweed), and Surreal Cinema (8:30pm at Fireweed).

Martini Matinee is our short attention span cinema for the fabulous cosmo film crowd! These films are not the usual mix. A movie trivia contest with some great prizes will be part of the evening’s festivities. Tickets are $10 or free entry with ALL EVENT PASS.

Surreal Cinema includes some unusual films stressing the subconscious or nonrational significance of imagery arrived at by automatism or the exploitation of chance effects, unexpected juxtapositions, and strange stories.

Once is the AIFF 2007 Center Piece Film and is being shown on the big screen at the Fireweed. Once is the winner of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award.

Find out more information for Once or watch a trailer.

The Tuesday Night Late Show

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

There are four features screening tonight (Tuesday), including a late night screening of The Metrosexual (10pm at the Fireweed). Well, its late for a weekday night for a 40-something like me. The other features include Your Beautiful Cul De Sac Home (5:30pm at Bear Tooth), Body/Antibody (7:45pm at Bear Tooth) and A Cold White Place (6pm at Fireweed).

If features aren’t your thing, or you just want a change of pace, check out The Mix (Fireweed at 8pm) for some of this year’s best shorts and animation.

Find out more information for The Metrosexual or watch a trailer.

Find out more information for Your Beautiful Cul De Sac Home.

Find out more information for Body/Antibody or watch a trailer.

Find out more information for A Cold White Place.

No Place Like Home

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

I had the best intentions of going to shows on Sunday, but a really late flight back into Anchorage made me a zombie most of the day. So the first film I’ve seen thus far in the fest is “No Place Like Home,” Perry Henzell’s second and last feature film (screens 8:30 Thurs at Out North).

A few years ago, my husband and I were torn between renting “The Harder They Come” or “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.” We were looking for something from the ’70s and funky, probably because one of our favorite movies is “Boogie Nights.” “The Harder They Come” won out — it just has a better name. And we loved it. Gritty and authentic, it has a lot of things that make homages to gangsta life appealing. The main character is both lovable and loutish. And it’s easy to see how he becomes caught up in crime, that that’s perhaps the only viable way he has of becoming of supporting himself. It’s also a treat to see Jamaica before it became the cruise-ship destination it is today. There are references in that movie that help explain some of the Jamaican presence in early hip-hop in the celebration of dance and parties and gangster culture. See the book “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop,” by Jeff Chang.

“No Place Like Home” reads like an unfinished work. The last couple of scenes, in which the protagonist, Susan O’Meara, recalls her placid days on the island and we see what became of her lover, just fail to come together.Unlike Orson Welles, who somehow managed to stitch together a watchable “Othello” that was many years in the making, this film needed a better editor.There are some treats, though. The young woman in the shampoo commercial is P.J. Soles who was briefly married to Dennis Quaid and I think had roles in “Halloween” and “Our Winning Season.”And, of course, the music is a highlight, as are the scenes in which Susan nimbly handles her Pentax camera shooting portraits of Jamaicans dancing, picking their way through a chaotic market and hanging out on the beach.

Find out more information for No Place Like Home.

The African Queen on the Big Screen

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

The African Queen is the festival’s Classic Film this year. This film is still not available on DVD in the United States. Come see it on the big screen Monday at 5:30pm at the Bear Tooth theater. Find out more information for The African Queen.

Monkey Warfare

Monday, November 19th, 2007

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Apollo 54

Monday, November 19th, 2007

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Nailed

Monday, November 19th, 2007

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Two Tickets to Paradise

Monday, November 19th, 2007

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