Hello Again. Thanks for coming back! Half way through today marked the half way point of the festival. And by the end of the day, I had seen 20 films in all...but there's lots more to go. My first film of the day was the thriller COLONIA, directed by Florian Gallenberger. Starring Daniel Bruhl and Emma Watson, this film started out like a conventional political thriller about civil unrest in Chile in 1973. But then it became an over-the-top cult escape thriller. This is the story of Colonia Dignidad - a hideous compound in Chile that housed a religious cult and also served as a … [Read more...] about TIFF 2015 – Day #5
Hello Again! Today started off much the way they'll all start. I pulled myself out of bed after 4.5 hours sleep and scurried into the industry ticket line. (Not having to run across town each morning is really fantastic.) The first film I saw today was from one of Canada's most beloved filmmakers - Atom Egoyan (THE SWEET HEREAFTER, CHLOE, and many more). REMEMBER stars Christopher Plummer as a Holocaust survivor with dementia who escapes from his nursing home to seek revenge on the Auschwitz commander who killed his family. Though a serious and intriguing subject, with moments of … [Read more...] about TIFF 2015 – Day #2
Hello Everyone, The response to STILL ALICE was really terrific this weekend. Most customers agree that Julianne Moore's performance is honest and beautifully done...and that she will deserve the Academy Award this Sunday. STILL ALICE will stick around, and on Friday, we will open a contender for this year's "Best Foreign Film" Oscar - TIMBUKTU - the first time a film from Mauritania has ever received a nomination. The last day for TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT will be Thursday, Feb. 19. MR. TURNER is slated to open on Feb. 27 and THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is set to open on March … [Read more...] about Oscar Nominee TIMBUKTU Opens & FREE Oscar Party Details at THE NEON!
Hello Everyone, Over the past few years, more and more people have been interested to see as many of the Oscar nominated films as possible before the ceremony...and now you can get even closer to that goal by having access to all 15 nominated short films. Starting Friday, we will open all three programs of the Oscar Nominated Short Films - ANIMATION, LIVE ACTION and DOCUMENTARY. Showtimes can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this newsletter or by visiting our official site at www.neonmovies.com. In addition, we will hold two other big nominees - THE IMITATION GAME and FOXCATCHER. (As … [Read more...] about 15 Oscar Nominees Start Friday at THE NEON
Wednesday, September 10.2014 Hi Again! I only saw three films today, but I also attended a pretty great, intimate party. First off, I saw OUT OF NATURE - a Norwegian film about a man who decides to spend the weekend hiking in the mountains…away from his job, his wife, his son. In film school, you're taught to - "Show. Don't Tell." This simply means that an audience should be able to figure out what someone is thinking by their strong performance…not by what a narrator or bad dialog is telling us. This film is a rule-breaker - but it's also the point. As the protagonist is getting … [Read more...] about TIFF 2014 – Day #7
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 Hello. Thanks for coming back! STILL ALICE was my first film today. Based on a famous novel, this is the story of a linguistics professor who is dealing with early onset Alzheimer's. We learn in the film that diagnosis can come late in highly educated people - as they learn to have tricks to help retain their memory. Julianne Moore plays the lead in this film, and she's terrific. This is a sad story due to the fact that we're watching the terrible effects of a hideous disease…but Moore brings such humanity to the role that you can't let go. There's no … [Read more...] about TIFF 2014 – Day #6
Hello Everyone. The booking fairy has granted us a wish! THE NEON currently has Dayton's exclusive booking of THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT...and that's great for you, because THE NEON has Dayton's best first-run ticket prices (not to mention a great selection of microbrews and imported beers). We hope you'll make plans to come out and support this film that is winning audiences & critics over across the country. Synopsis for THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT: "The Kids Are All Right is the heartfelt new comedy from acclaimed director Lisa Cholodenko, starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and … [Read more...] about Free Ticket Contest & THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT @ THE NEON!!