Aside from the Sundance Shorts Program (which doesn’t have a trailer leaving me either to post all of the shorts here, in which case you wouldn’t need to come to the theater, or to just let you know it’s happening next week), we’ve got two new films to show you this weekend!
Two in the Wave
I was quite distraught to visit IMDB yesterday only to read that Leslie Nielsen had passed away. He, along with Mel Brooks and Monty Python, were the driving influences in forming my sense of humor as a kid. In elementary school, a teacher asked us who we would like to have dinner with, living or dead, and I chose Leslie Nielson. I took in all of his films for a while, from Airplane! to Mr. Magoo (imagine my excitement when he teamed up with Mel Brooks for Dracula: Dead and Loving It!). Even his Bad Golf… videos and book are hilarious. By coincidence, I found his “biography,” The Naked Truth, at Goodwill about a month ago and a quick flip through practically demanded I buy it. Now, it’s jumped to the top of my reading list as my little tribute to one of my boyhood idols.
While not quite as personal for me, there are millions of people for whom Irvin Kirshner holds a special place. After all, he did direct The Empire Strikes Back which, as is my understanding, is wildly regarded as the best of the Star Wars films.
May your day be less like this (NSFW [language], as if you’re at work today):
And more like this:
I hope you’re all gearing up for some epic Thanksgiving dinners and the ensuing food coma. And while your in that serene, semi-conscious state, what could be better than doing some Black Friday shopping without even having to leave your house? Forgive me, my friends, for being presumptuous, but there is nothing better than that. And the Hollywood Theatre has an amazing offer for you. To the release!
Click here and purchase a Hollywood Theatre Discount Card and we will throw in 4 more free passes to any regularly scheduled film at the Hollywood Theatre! That’s a regular face value of $98 for just $50! Give the Discount Card as a holiday gift and treat yourself to 4 movies on us!
This special offer expires at midnight on Tuesday, November 30th, so act now!
Still feeling generous? There is still time to donate to Film Action Oregon via the Willamette Week Give!Guide effort today.
–If you give $50 – $99.99 via the Give!Guide, you’ll get a postcard containing a batch of coupons.
–Next, if you’re 35 or under and give the $10 minimum, you’re automatically entered in a drawing for all manner of goodies including a check from Willamette Week for $500.
–At $500, there’s home delivery of a nice, recyclable New Seasons grocery bag containing a bottle of A to Z Wineworks finest, a 12-ounce bag of freshly roasted Stumptown coffee beans, tea from Smith Tea, and a 22-ounce Widmer beer.
–A $1,000 donation ups the wine component — to Rex Hill Reserve Pinot Noir and adds some fancy Moonstruck chocolate.
–At $2,500 or more the wine and chocolate get better, and you get one of Willamette Week’s owners — Publisher Richard Meeker or Editor Mark Zusman — at your door with a further enhanced shopping bag.
The history of 35mm film prints fascinates me. There are probably thousands of movies lost to the world due to all manner of reasons. The studio not caring about the prints or negatives, fires, theft, etc. The really interesting part is when these movies resurface. Maybe they weren’t even lost, but the only copies available were in horrible condition. It doesn’t matter. The romantic in me wishes I could be lucky enough to find one. I didn’t even realize collecting 35mm prints was an option until a year ago. Frequently, I’m visited by pangs of jealousy at our own Dan Halsted’s Indiana Jones-esque quest for a mountain of kung fu prints.
So, when I heard a new print of the original King Kong had been found, I was quite excited and I hope you are, too!