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.
Footcandle Film Society will be partnering with the Hickory Internatioal Council for a screening of the Saudi Arabian-German film "Wadjda" Thursday, February 27th at 7pm at the Carolina Theater. We hope you can join us for the film and stay for a discussion afterwards.
About the film:
"Wadjda" is a 2012 Saudi Arabian-German film, written and directed by Haifaa al-Monsour. It is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and is the first feature length film made by a female Saudi director. It tells the story of an 11-year-old girl, Wadjda, living in Riyadh who dreams of owning a bicycle that she passes in a store every day on her way to school.
Exodus Homes and the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Lenoir Rhyne University will present a special showing of “Life of a King” starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. which portrays the life story of local chess mentor Eugene Brown, and his one-man mission to give inner-city kids in Washington D.C. something he never had - a future. He discovered a multitude of life lessons through the game of chess during his 18-year incarceration for bank robbery, and went on to share the game as a strategy for living. The film will be shown on February 24, 2014 at 6:00pm in the Belk Centrum Auditorium.
Brown is a member of Exodus Missionary Outreach Church, and a lifelong friend of the Rev. Reggie Longcrier, founder and executive director of Exodus Homes, a Catawba County United Way agency that provides faith based supportive housing for homeless recovering people returning to the community from treatment centers and prison.
After his release and reentry into the workforce, Brown developed and founded the Big Chair Chess Club in Washington, D.C. to get kids off the streets, and gave them a new vision for their life above their circumstances. The film “Life of a King” tells his story from daring introductory chess lessons to groups of unruly high school students in detention to the development of the club, and the teens' first local chess competitions. The film reveals his difficult, inspirational journey, and how he changed the lives of a group of teens who had no endgame. The film was released in late 2013, and has been showing in theaters around the country.
Exodus Homes and the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Lenoir-Rhyne University decided to bring the film here with Eugene Brown as their special guest for the evening. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a panel discussion after the screening for questions and answers about using chess as a strategy for successful living, and the making of this inspiring film.