The Muppets are back in the theater with all new songs and celebrity cameos. What did Alan & Chris think of their efforts this time around? Will it likely be one of their favorites of the year like the previous film? Next up Frodo Baggins (aka Elijah Wood) goes art house with a thriller (Grand Piano) where he’s a pianist staging a comeback. Movie news and recommendations round out the episode…and sadly no review of “Ride Along” yet. Alan learns that the penalty for any further delay might mean he needs to take in an additional screening of “The Single Mom’s Club”.
Recommendations – “The Emperor’s New Groove”, “Crazy Heart”
The 2014 Oscars have come and gone. Among the winners were the Italian film “The Great Beauty” for Best Foreign Language Film. Fresh from a screening of the film, Alan & Chris weigh the film’s merits and consider whether the Academy made a good choice. Time is also spent discussing “Wadjda” which has the distinction of being the first feature length film ever to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia.
The results from the Oscar challenge are also revealed…someone is headed to a screening of “Ride Along”.
Recommendations – “Drug War”, “Psychos”
The Academy decided that “Inside Llewyn Davis”, the latest film by the Coen Brothers, was worthy of only two nominations in the less lauded categories of Sound Mixing and Cinematography. Alan & Chris weigh in with their thoughts on whether or not this was one of those infamous academy slights. They also talk about the recent highly successful kids film “The Lego Movie”. With 2014 promising to be a great year in movies the hosts also share their most anticipated films and then each give a recommendation for a film you might have missed.
Recommendations – “Beware of Mr. Baker”, “A Serious Man”
The Bridge Hispanic Mission of Hickory will be holding a free community screening of "The Perfect Game" at the Carolina Theater Thursday, March 20th at 6:15pm. A discussion on the film will be held after the screening led by Bridge director Brandon Martin.
About the film:
Living amidst poverty in Monterrey, Mexico, a group of boys discovers the joy of sandlot baseball under the guidance of Cesar, an aspiring Major League Coach thwarted by discrimination. Armed with the dream of playing a real Little League game, the young players defy a total lack of resources, disapproving parents, and widespread prejudice to find themselves on a journey all the way to the 1957 Little League World Series. Based on a true story. Rated PG
Footcandle Film Society is pleased to announce that we will be screening the 2014 Oscar winner for best foreign language film "The Great Beauty" Wednesday, March 12th & Thursday, March 13th at 7pm at the Carolina Theater. An optional discussion will be held following the film on both nights.
About the film:
Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.