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Now Screening: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' from the Coen Brothers!

Submitted by melissa on December 10, 2013 - 5:24pm


Screenings here!

Two-and-a-half years ago, I attended an special event at Lincoln Center: Joel & Ethan Coen in conversation with Noah Baumbach. During the talk, the Coens mentioned that their next movie would be "music-based." Now that movie is here and not only is Inside Llewyn Davis another great movie from the minds behind classics like No Country For Old Men, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Hudsucker Proxy, etc, but the soundtrack is absolutely magical.

Set in the early 1960s right before the "Dylan revolution" of folk music, Llewyn Davis is a struggling singer/songwriter who's lost his way after the passing of his musical partner. The story follows him as he goes from friend-to-friend looking for a place to hang his hat and make a little money here and there. His travels are set against the backdrop of a deeply moving sound.

Inside Llewyn Davis is not about a destination, but a journey. Fans of the Coens will rejoice in the dialogue as well as the beautiful wintry scenery of old New York.

Comment with your favorite Coen brothers movie!

Film Series FYI: The Discreet Charm of George Cukor presented by The Film Society of Lincoln Center

Submitted by melissa on December 10, 2013 - 5:02pm


Many of the movies that I grew up with were from the talented Mr Cukor. Have you heard the term "gaslighting" someone? It came from the movie Gaslight starring Ingrid Bergman and a young Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote). I won't ruin it for you, just go see it. The fantastic comedy The Philadelphia Story with Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart is the gold standard of comedy.

Any transplants new to New York should see the Judy Holliday/Jack Lemmon tale of fame, It Should Happen To You. You also have the opportunity to see great (Katherine) Hepburn/(Spencer) Tracy action in Adam's Rib and one of my personal favorites, Pat and Mike. Marilyn Monroe, you ask? How about Let's Make Love.

Film Series FYI: Ben Stiller Directs presented by The Film Society of Lincoln Center

Submitted by melissa on December 3, 2013 - 10:41pm


The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Ben Stiller Directs, December 6-8, a complete survey of actor-director-producer-writer Ben Stiller’s work behind the camera. Following the world premiere of his new film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, at the 51st New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrates Stiller’s body of work as a director — one that happens also to include several of his greatest performances. Tickets are now on sale, visit Filmlinc.com.

Tickets are now on sale. For The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, tickets are $20;  $15 for Film Society members. For the other films screening in Ben Stiller Directs tickets are $10 and only $7 Students, Seniors (62+) as well as Film Society members. Visit www.FilmLinc.com for additional information.

Movies/Actors We're Thankful For - Cinemit Podcast

Submitted by melissa on November 29, 2013 - 11:09am


Download here! - now available to subscribe in iTunes!

Welcome to the Cinemit podcast! Each week, we'll have a different set of guests which will most likely include Cinemit members. We'll be discussing different topics, but we'll always talk about what we watched.

Hosted by: Michael Petrelli aka Petrocs
Guests: Brad Slaton aka Night of the Ranting Brad of the Picking Brains podcast, Cori aka Making Cents with Cori and Melissa aka Dial M For Melissa

Superhero Countdown, this week: The Watchmen vs X-Men: First Class

Want to win a pair of passes to a screening of your choice?
Listen to the podcast and comment on which movie both Brad and Melissa watched this week on Netflix?
Comment below and we'll choose a random winner by the next podcast!

Interview: Director of Belgium's Entry for Best Foreign Film 'The Broken Circle Breakdown'

Submitted by melissa on November 18, 2013 - 7:24pm


Take note of this movie: The Broken Circle Breakdown. You'll be hearing about it more and more as the Academy Awards near because it's the entry for Belgium to be nominated for Best Foreign Film. I predict it'll be nominated as it has a very wide appeal and is equally tragic as it is thought-provoking.

Now playing in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Irvine, CA
see full list of cities below

I spoke with the director, Felix van Groeningen about his movie including his process for adapting the play for the screen. (p.s. The play happens to be written/directed by the lead actor, Johan Heldenbergh.)

"It was so simple and so pure and so beautiful." - Felix van Groeningen when speaking about the play that inspired him.

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