Monday, June 25, 2012

Week of June 22 to June 28 (Mann)

What’s on at the Tropic
by Phil Mann

Does reality bother you? It’s so boooorrrring, isn’t it? Quotidian problems, like noisy neighbors and boats parked on the street. Wouldn’t it be nice to have something more meaningful to worry about, like Planet Earth being threatened by a Norse god who is harnessing trans-nuclear power to destroy it. Oh yes, and you’ll get half a dozen Superheroes to help you out. Time for THE AVENGERS …. in the Tropic’s marvelous 3D.

Joss Whedon's delicious ode to the Marvel universe boasts clarity, conviction and characters who live and breathe. There are moments of genuine pathos, genuine humor, genuine surprise. As much as the film adheres to the strictures of the standard comic-book movie, it also pops with a knowing, loving, Whedon-world jokiness that keeps everything barreling along.” (Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle) “Comic-Con nerds will have multiple orgasms.” (David Edelstein, New York Magazine)

Back in the real world we have POLISSE, a drama about the Paris police Child Protection Unit that could be a hand-held camera documentary. The cops are deeply, almost unprofessionally invested in their cases, and when they interrogate a perp, it’s almost a verbal gang rape. The plot is loose, more the story of these cops than of a particular case.
It’s from the police procedural genre, but like nothing you’ve seen on TV. “It’s raw where, say, ‘SVU’ is slick. It’s personal where ‘CSI’ is histrionically forensic. It’s funny where ‘NCIS’ can be labored…. I might see a better movie in the next few months, but I’m not sure how.” (Wesley Morris, Boston Globe)

LOST BOHEMIA is a real documentary, the story of the artists who occupied studios atop Carnegie Hall for decades, until they were ousted in the name of cultural progress. You had a glimpse of it last year in the documentary about New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham, who was one of the dispossessed. The 165 studios were amazing sunlit domains, provided by Andrew Carnegie as part of a grand plan to create an artists' community along with his great concert hall, and the inhabitants were equally amazing. It’s sad to witness the hopelessly out-of-touch efforts of Carnegie Hall to relocate them. I’m reminded, in a small way, of recent actions by the landlord at the Armory on White Street pressuring The Studios of Key West, which fortunately had a better outcome.

Hold overs include fun films for everyone: THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, plus BERNIE, HYSTERIA and DARK SHADOWS.

Lots coming on the Special Event front.

On Friday, the Key West Modern Dance Film Fest, presents A NEW DANCE FOR AMERICA:The Choreography, Teachings and Legacy of Doris Humphrey.

On Saturday morning at 10:30am the Kids Saturday Movie Club presents, BABE (1995). Only a buck for all kids and accompanying adults.

Sunday brings the Ballet in Cinema Series: RAYMONDA, live from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow at 11:00am, with an evening encore at 7:00pm. Starring Svetlana Zakharova, “Queen of it all …., more beautiful than ever, more serene in command of the dance, more beguiling in playing her role – she smiles, and the world is well lost – and more absolutely a prima ballerina than any other dancer I know at the moment.” (The Financial Times)

While the balletomanes are otherwise occupied down in The George Digital Theater, the main screen in the Carper will be rocking with SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, Hosted by Frankie Key West with a Disco Costume Contest, raffles and more. It’s not just a movie; it’s an event. That’s Sunday, starting at 8:00pm.

And on Monday, it’s REVENGE OF THE NERDS (1984), this week’s Lovable Losers Classic.

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