Mr. Avengers (AKA Joss Whedon) goes small time indie with an updated take on Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" while Mr. Precious (AKA Lee Daniels) moves from smaller focused character study to a sprawling historical drama in "The Butler". Alan & Chris give their thoughts on both films, answer questions from the mailbag, discuss films in the works and last but not least…give some recommendations on films to catch up with.
Recommendations – "Hombre", "The Hudsucker Proxy"
The Footcandle Film Society and the Hickory Community Theatre are partnering to bring Hickory a special screening of the hilarious comedy, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” on Thursday, September 5 at 7:00PM.
“We are very happy to be able to partner with the Theatre at this juncture,” said Footcandle co-founder Alan Jackson. “When we were approached with this idea it sounded like great fun for our members.”
The film is a 1975 British farce written and performed by the comedy group Monty Python, which was at the time made up primarily of Graham Chapman,John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, and directed by Gilliam and Jones. It was conceived during the gap between the third and fourth series of their popular BBC television programme Monty Python's Flying Circus. In contrast to the group's first film, “And Now for Something Completely Different”, a compilation of sketches from the first two television series, Holy Grail was composed of new material, and is therefore considered the first "proper" film by the group. It generally parodies the legend of King Arthur's quest to find the Holy Grail. The film was a success on its initial release, and Idle used the film as the inspiration for the 2005 Tony Award-winning musical “Spamalot”.
The movie screening is a promotional event for the Theatre’s staging of “Spamalot, which opens on September 13. Costumed members of the show cast will be on hand for a Grail trivia contest with prizes from the Hickory Community Theatre.
The film screening is at the Carolina Theatre, 222 First Ave NW in Downtown Hickory at 7:00PM on Thursday, September 5th. Admission is free for Footcandle members and $5 for the general public on a space available basis.
For further information, call the Hickory Community Theatre at (828) 327-3855 or click www.footcandle.org.
HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. “Spamalot” is produced by the Guild at Hickory Community Theatre.
The internet was astir when it was announced that Ashton Kutcher (That 70's Show) was going to play Steve Jobs in a film that would explore the life of the Apple founder. So how did Kelso do? A discussion on the harrowing documentary "The Act of Killing" follows. To lighten things up afterwards the fellows jump into some Hollywood news items and round out the show as always with their recommendations of films you can watch from the comfort of your own couch.
Recommendations – "Indie Game: The Movie", "Unbreakable"
Footcandle Film Society is pleased to announce that will be partnering with the League of Women Voters of Catawba Valley in celebrating the 93rd anniversary of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote by screening "Iron Jawed Angels" Saturday, August 24th at 2:15pm. Doors will open at 2pm and admission is free and open to the public.
Joss Whedon. Heard of him? He's a fellow who directed a little indie film called "The Avengers". William Shakespeare. Unless you slept through English class in high school you know he wrote a play or two. Footcandle is proud to announce that we'll be screening Mr. Whedon's modern black and white adaptation of Mr. Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" on Thursday, September 12 at 7pm.
About the film:
Filmmaker Joss Whedon brings to the screen this latest adaptation of Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedy shot over a period of 12 days at the director’s own house in California.