We’re moving things along at THE NEON. If you still need to see NEVER LET ME GO or IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, you only have Thursday (10/28) to catch them with us (www.neonmovies.com). On Friday, we start two new films – A WOMAN, A GUN AND A NOODLE SHOP – based BLOOD SIMPLE – a Coen Brothers film (which will only play for one week) and CAIRO TIME – starring one of my all-time favorites – Patricia Clarkson (which may only play for one week).
Synopsis for CAIRO TIME: “A married magazine editor falls for one of her husband’s old acquaintances while vacationing in Cairo in this romantic drama from writer/director Ruba Nadda. Juliette (Patricia Clarkson) is a magazine editor who is happily married to Mark (Tom McCamus), a Canadian diplomat. Their kids are all grown up, and they’ve planned a three-week vacation in Cairo together when Mark gets delayed in the Palestinian territories and Juliette is left to navigate the Egyptian capitol alone. In order to ensure his wife’s safety until he arrives, Mark asks his former security officer and longtime friend Tareq (Alexander Siddig) to be her guide though the city. He never imagined that they would fall in love, but the more time Tareq and Juliette spend together the more difficult is becomes for them to deny their intense attraction to one another.” (Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide)
Synopsis for A WOMAN, A GUN AND A NOODLE SHOP: “Wang is a miserable yet cunning noodle shop owner in a desert town in China. Feeling neglected, Wang’s wife secretly goes out with Li, one of his employees. A timid man, Li reluctantly keeps the gun the landlady bought for ‘killing her husband later’. However, not a single move they make escapes the boss’s notice, and he decides to bribe patrol officer Zhang to kill the illicit couple. It looks like a perfect plan: the affair will come to a cruel but satisfying end… or so he thinks, but the equally wicked Zhang has an agenda of his own that will lead to even more violence.” (Sony Pictures Classics)
This film is based on BLOOD SIMPLE – a film by The Coen Brothers. It was directed by Yimou Zhang – director of RAISE THE RED LANTERN, HERO and HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS.
The Living City Film Fest continues next week with a rare 35mm print of a Peter Bogdanovich classic starring Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd! Here are the remaing films in the Jeff Bridges retrospective:
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (sponsored by Chisano Marketing) – Nov. 1 at 7PM
THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT (sponsored by Jeff Martin Florist) – Nov. 8 at 7PM
RANCHO DELUXE (sponsored by CityWide Development) – Nov. 15 at 7PM
Single tickets will be $8 each available before each show.
“REVELATION, the award-winning short film by writer/director Will Graver, will have its local premiere Saturday, Oct. 30, at 3:30. The majority of the film was shot on the campus of Wright State University last year and features local talent. In the zombie-filled world of the film, two young people seek shelter on a large college campus where they find a mysterious man living alone in the campus tunnels. Everyone must decide who can be trusted as they struggle to survive the zombie threat.
‘This is a zombie movie with a message,’ said Graver. ‘It’s a social commentary focusing on the importance of human interaction in times of need.’
REVELATION has been an official selection at various film festivals, including Scotland’s Deep Fried Film Festival. It won the award for ‘Best Zombie Film’ at the 2010 Fright Night Film Festival in Louisville, KY.
The premiere will begin at 3:30 p.m. with several locally produced short films. The 28-minute Revelation will be followed by a 15-minute documentary about its production and a Q&A session. The event should last about an hour and a half. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at The Neon box office.” (taken from WSU media release) To watch the trailer for REVELATION, visit http://revelationzombie.com/ .
“In conjunction with a concert taking place at Gilly’s featuring Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers (the concert takes place on November 12), Cityfolk presents Brigitte Berman’s 1981 documentary on jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke – BIX. Bix was a gifted composer, magnificent cornetist and doomed alcoholic (he died at 28) who battled those demons at a very inopportune time, the prohibition era of bootleg ‘hooch.’ He looms, with Louis Armstrong as one of the two most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s. The movie captures interviews with boyhood friends from his hometown of Davenport, Iowa, and key musical collaborators such as Hoagy Carmichael.” (taken from Cityfolk press notes) This film will screen on Wednesday, November 3 at 7PM. Admission will be free!
On Thursday, November 18 at 8PM, New York director Gary Beeber (a Dayton native) will bring his movie DIRTY MARTINI AND THE NEW BURLESQUE to town – “a feature-length, independent documentary that explores the outrageous world of the performers who created the ‘new burlesque’ scene in New York City. Get to know Miss Dirty Martini and her friends Julie Atlas Muz, World-Famous *BOB*, Bambi the Mermaid, Tigger!, Scotty the Blue Bunny, and many other cult stars. The movie’s seductiveness comes from its sexy acts as well as its dark exploration of the performers’ struggle to pay their bills, quest for stable love relationships and inability to envision the future after burlesque. The relationship between sex work, burlesque and feminism are discussed. As a classically trained dancer, Dirty Martini has struggled since childhood to overcome criticism of her size. Like Bette Midler, she began her career as part of the downtown drag scene where she
was accepted for her talent. She went on to develop her act in the East Village drag clubs where the gay community appreciated her glamour and kitsch.
Dirty Martini redefines female beauty and allows other women, of all shapes and sizes, to feel uninhibited in expressing their raw sexuality.” (taken from press notes) In addition to the documentary, Beeber is also rounding up regional Burlesque stars to put on a show for attendees. More details will be available in the coming days, but for now you can check out a teaser trailer by clicking HERE. Advanced tickets for this event will cost $15 – and will be available this weekend at THE NEON’s box office. Tickets on the day of the show will be $20.
For the past several weeks, many of you have been asking about WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. Please help us spread the word that this important film will begin its run on November 5th.
We hope to see you very soon.
SHOWTIMES for October 29 – November 4:
YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER (R) 98 Minutes
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 12:50, 5:10, 7:20
Monday – Thursday: 5:10, 7:20
A WOMAN, A GUN AND A NOODLE SHOP (R) 95 Minutes
Friday – Thursday: 3:00, 9:30
CAIRO TIME (PG) 90 Minutes
Friday: 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40
Saturday: 1:00, 5:30, 7:30, 9:40
Sunday: 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40
Monday: 3:10, 5:20, 9:40
Tuesday: 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40
Wednesday: 3:10, 5:20
Thursday: 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (R) Minutes
BIX (NR) 116 Minutes