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Night Catches Us

Night Catches Us, the first feature by writer/director Tanya Hamilton, is being held over at Zeitgiest through the 30th & then January 1st-4th, all @ 5:30 pm.

Here’s their description:

In the summer of ’76, as President Jimmy Carter pledges to give government back to the people, tensions run high in a working-class Philadelphia neighborhood where the Black Panthers once flourished. When Marcus returns—having bolted years earlier—his homecoming isn’t exactly met with fanfare. His former movement brothers blame him for an unspeakable betrayal. Only his best friend’s widow, Patricia, appreciates Marcus’s predicament, which both unites and paralyzes them. As Patricia’s daughter compels the two comrades to confront their past, history repeats itself in dangerous ways. Night Catches Us masterfully reckons with the complexity of its characters’ revolutionary ideologies and internal desires. Bell-bottoms, Afros, potlucks, and Caddies set the scene as the film potently interweaves political media with an evocative soul-inspired score by The Roots, summoning a vivid sense of place and time. The golden light that bathes characters’ faces seems to express the promise—and elusiveness—of the necessary change Marcus and Patricia struggle for so dearly—each by separate means. Starring Anthony Mackie, “The Hurt Locker; Tariq Trotter, lead singer for The Roots; Kerry Washington, “Ray,” “Lift”, “For Colored Girls” and the incredible Jamara Griffin. Winner Audience Award – New Orleans Film Festival 2010 and the FIPRESCI Award at the 2010 Seattle Film Festival.


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Christmas Day, say heyyy

Well I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a pretty rad Christmas day planned. After some skype-ing the relatives and opening of gifts we’re heading out in pursuit of dim sum. It turns out that Panda King is closed today, but the one other restaurant in the GNO that does dim sum, Royal China is open at 4pm!

The it’s off to see True Grit at Clearview. Showtimes today: 11:15am  1:50  4:25  7:00  9:35pm

Then it is off in pursuit of my annual egg nog daiquiri.

Merry Xmas!

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It’s a Wonderful Life

Why don’t they make Christmas movies about lending industry fraud and affordable housing anymore? Oh right, because the corporate take-over of the media, politics, well, everything, is complete. And they’d rather have us laughing our dumb heads off at some inane nonsense…Wow, someone is really cranky. Maybe she needs a little “Capra-corn” to bring her some Christmas cheer.

Well, maybe the corporate takeover is not totally complete as we’ve got one independently run movie house left in New Orleans. At noon Prytania is showing a matinee of Frank Capra’s holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life.

I wonder what George would have thought about the bailout?

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Christmas Vacation

I’m staying in town for the holidays this year. I’ve decided that this is not  the best time of year to go on a big trip, which is one of the best realizations I’ve had in a long time.The Griswalds, however, are not so wise.

La Divina Gelateria continues their Monday night film series tonight with National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, written by the late, great John Hughes. Come watch Chevy Chase in his last funny moments on celluloid. 8pm. Free. Of course, you’ll buy a delicious espresso drink, or maybe a panini.

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Big Easy International Film Festival

The Big Easy International Film Festival starts this evening and continues through Thursday the 16th. The festival will screen ten feature films and then several programs of short films organized by category. There are films from local, national and international filmmakers, with an emphasis on Louisiana filmmakers. Here are the film descriptions with trailers. And the schedule. Tickets are $10 per movie or $75 for an all access pass. All at the Theatres at Canal Place.

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North by Northwest

Why not spend this cold-ass afternoon indoors with (arguably) one of Hitchcock’s absolute best: North by Northwest. Just make sure no one slips a microfilm into your pocket on the way in. $5.50. Noon. Prytania.

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Black White + Gray

Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe is about the lives of museum curator Wagstaff and his lover, photographer Mapplethorpe, of  70’s and 80’s New York art world fame.

Speaking of Robert Mapplethorpe, the book Patti Smith recently published about her and Mapplethorpe’s early days in New York, Just Kids, would make a great holiday gift.

The film screens tonight at 7:30 pm @ the Contemporary Art Center. $7. $5 for CAC and New Orleans Film Society members.

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