Hello Dayton Most Metro! We're moving along in a big way this weekend. If you still need to see LA LA LAND - now the highest grossing film in THE NEON's history - Thursday will be your last chance to catch it with us. If you still need to see 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, Sunday will be your last chance to catch this gem at THE NEON. On Friday, we will open two very different films that have something in common. JACKIE and ELLE both have lead performances that have been nominated for "Best Actress" at this year's Academy Awards. Natalie Portman gives an incredible performance as Jackie Kennedy - one … [Read more...] about 2 New Films, 2 “Best Actresses” at THE NEON
Hello Everyone, I'm up to my old TIFF tricks now. Long days/nights...minimal sleep. My first film today was The Weinstein Company's big Oscar hopeful for this year - LION, directed by Garth Davis and starring Dev Patel. This is the story of a little Indian boy who gets lost in the streets of Calcutta - hundreds of miles away from home. After eventually being adopted by an Australian family, 20+ years later he begins a trip to find his birth family. Once again, I found myself interested in trimming this film down. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I'm watching dozens of … [Read more...] about TIFF 2016 – Day #4
Today is my last day of needing to wait in line for early-morning tickets...thus my last day of waking up at 6:00am. How refreshing! In addition to seeing 3 films yesterday, I got to hang out with a dear friend, Bill Taylor, who I met in line at a screening of TALK TO HER (one of my favorite Almodovar films) back in 2002 (my first year at TIFF). Bill just completed his first feature film (which I will soon get a chance to see), and we have played 2 of his short films at the Dayton LGBT Film Festival over the years. It was great to catch up. VIOLETTE was the first film of the day, and … [Read more...] about Toronto – Day #6 – 2013
Hello Everyone, Tomorrow (Fri, Aug 16), we will open the new film from my favorite director Pedro Almodovar - I'M SO EXCITED. This film is a return to the tone of his earlier work. It's a sex farce that's more in the vein of WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN than ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, but it's certainly not without social commentary. Even though Almodovar's work runs the gamut in regards to stories and themes, you can always tell his work by the incredible design and color palette. Synopsis for I'M SO EXCITED: "A very varied group of people are in a precarious situation aboard a … [Read more...] about I’M SO EXCITED – Almodovar’s Latest & BIG LENS News at THE NEON!
Hello Everyone, We're gonna keep on movin' at THE NEON. If you still need to see LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED, tomorrow will be your last chance (7/11). On Friday, we will open the documentary that audiences are adoring - 20 FEET FROM STARDOM. In addition, we will hold MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and KON-TIKI for another week. For this week's remaining showtimes, visit our website at www.neonmovies.com. Synopsis for 20 FEET FROM STARDOM: "Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight … [Read more...] about 20 FEET FROM STARDOM Opens at THE NEON
Hello Everyone, We're moving right along at THE NEON. Though we're holding both of our current attractions (BEFORE MIDNIGHT and THE EAST), we also had room to open a new romantic comedy that I saw at last year's Toronto International Film Festival - LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED. It's directed by Academy Award winner Susanne Bier and stars Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm. For this week's remaining showtimes, visit our website at www.neonmovies.com. Several of you have been asking...and I'm excited to announce that the new adaptation of Shakespeare's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Joss … [Read more...] about LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED Now At THE NEON!
Hello Everyone, I'm sad to report it, but THE SKIN I LIVE IN did not perform well enough to stick around for a 2nd week. If you still need to see the latest from master filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, Thursday will be your last chance to see it at THE NEON. On Friday, we will begin the latest film from Lars von Trier (director of BREAKING THE WAVES, DANCER IN THE DARK and DOGVILLE). MELANCHOLIA has received a 100% rating from numerous sources including Entertainment Weekly, Variety, The Los Angeles Times, and the cast includes Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, … [Read more...] about MELANCHOLIA Opens Friday at THE NEON!
Hello Everyone, Special thanks to all of you who came out over the weekend. This was our best Thanksgiving Weekend ever, and THE DESCENDANTS is certainly a hit!! (Interesting to note, 2nd place goes to the Thanksgiving weekend we opened AMELIE in 2001...3rd place to our Thanksgiving opening of SIDEWAYS - also Alexander Payne - back in 2004.) If you haven't had a chance to see MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, Thursday will be your last chance to see it at THE NEON. On Friday, we will open the latest film by my favorite filmmaker of all time - Pedro Almodovar. THE SKIN I LIVE IN is … [Read more...] about New Almodovar Film at THE NEON!
Hello Everyone, We're opening two new films this weekend. First is a documentary for which we have received numerous requests - perhaps as many as we received for BUCK. This time, instead of a horse trainer, the subject is regarded as "the best driver who ever lived" - SENNA. We will also open a small African film which will only play for one week. If you've been to THE NEON recently, I'm almost certain you've seen a trailer for LIFE, ABOVE ALL - a film for which Robert Ebert gave a 100% review. Synopsis for SENNA: "Senna's remarkable story, charting his physical and spiritual … [Read more...] about SENNA and LIFE, ABOVE ALL at The Neon
OK... Once again, I find myself getting in much too late to type a full recap...so I'll make it short and sweet...with more to come. The Tilda Swinton Interview/Q&A was a divine experience. The 75 minutes flew by - I could have stayed for hours!!! BARRYMORE - a film with Christopher Plummer reprising his role as John Barrymore (from his one-man-show on Broadway) - was solid, but not cinematic enough to get a theatrical release. I think it will make a better Masterpiece Theatre evening. Next, I saw SHAME - the new Steve McQueen film starring Michael Fassbender. A film about … [Read more...] about Toronto – THE FILM – Day #4, Part 1