Loft Cinema General Manager Jason Denholm on why he chose Daisies as his staff select film.
“Daisies” is a film which is difficult to convey in words. The descriptions most commonly associated with reviews of the film – “new-wave”, “absurdist”, “anarchic”, “Surrealist”, “Dada”, “feminist”, “nihilistic” – are accurate but incomplete. “Daisies” is a collage where the whole adds up to more than the sum of its parts. The films impact is sensual, it is the brilliant succession of images, sounds, and colors - and their juxtapositions - rather than straight narration that conveys what is “Daisies” ostensible subject: avarice and lust. But this is where “Daisies” proves to be such a powerful film – it is sharp and concise without being didactic, and multiple readings of the film and its ‘meaning’ are not only possible, they are inevitable. Some of these are contradictory, and so much the better. It is a film to be experienced with the senses, let it wash over you, and don’t try to understand it too quickly.
Daisies plays on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 7:00pm
4:05 pm • 20 February 2014 • 2 notes
Join us in celebrating the amazing career of the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the kindest guests we’ve ever brought to The Loft, at a special screening of Capote on Wednesday, March 5. A career highlight reel featuring scenes from some of his best and most memorable films will play before the feature. One of the most accomplished actors of his generation, Philip Seymour Hoffman will truly be missed by all those who love movies. #philipseymourhoffman #capote
4:54 pm • 4 February 2014 • 1 note
It’s not about watching cat videos, it’s about watching cat videos together! The Internet Cat Video Festival returns Saturday, February 8 at 7:00pm!
4:53 pm • 3 February 2014 • 3 notes
February’s edition of The Loft Film Guide is here! Pick one up at the theater, your local hangout, or download from our website: www.loftcinema.org
1:54 pm • 30 January 2014
This February celebrate the films of Audrey Hepburn at The Loft, with screenings of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Funny Face, Charade and Sabrina. A different Hepburn film every Thursday at 7:00pm.
3:21 pm • 21 January 2014 • 252,806 notes
Sweet Lincoln’s mullet, Anchorman is this weekend’s cult classic. Playing Friday, 1/24, and Saturday, 1/25, at 10:00pm.
#willferrell #ronburgundy #whalesvagina #scotch #sandiego
3:15 pm • 21 January 2014 • 1 note
Sundance Film Festival 2014
Young Ones - review by Peggy Johnson, Loft Cinema, Executive Director
A Western set in the not too distant future. Or a dystopian view of an alternate reality?
In Young Ones, director/writer Jake Paltrow creates a dustbowl society facing a bloody conflict over water. Enduring a prolonged drought, this is a civilization that uses mechanized mules, whose fuel is more plentiful and less expensive than the water required to keep a real mule alive.
Only a few diehards hang on to their now fallow rural land, their water rights seized by another state.
Young Ones is structured with three chapters, one for each of the three men living in the lifeless desert: a father, his son and a young neighbor from a rival clan.
The first is Ernest Holm, who believes the rains will return and that his ground, now fallow, can once again be green.
Ernest, portrayed by Michael Shannon, is the quintessential cowboy, a man of few words with a sadness that is never fully explained - the strong silent type with a big gun he’s not shy about using, living in what appears to be the middle of nowhere with his two kids.
The second is Ernest’s son Jerome (Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Road, The Congress), who gains strength and wisdom as circumstances require.
The outsider is Flem Lever (Nicholas Hoult, About a Boy), a schemer who romances Jerome’s sister (Elle Fanning).
Director Paltrow cited the short novels of S.E. Hinton as an inspiration. The film was shot on location in South Africa, a desert landscape that is the fourth primary character in this powerfully told story of family and survival.
Young Ones screens at The Loft Cinema with director Jake Paltrow in person on Thursday, January 30th at 7:00pm as part of Sundance Film Festival USA.
2:36 pm • 21 January 2014 • 1 note
Sundance Film Festival 2014
Ida - review by Peggy Johnson, Loft Cinema, Executive Director
Ida (pronounced Ee-dah) is an elegant jewel of a film with stark beauty, an excellent cast and a wholly satisfying story. Ida is one of those rare films in which every shot has not only beauty but balance and interest, in the framing, the camera angle, the light. Shot in black and white, even the subtitles are thoughtful, part of the composition, not an afterthought.
A stark reminder of the pain that continued long after the war ended, Ida explores mid-60s Poland as it faces its current reality while processing its recent history.
The title character is an orphan raised in a convent, on the brink of taking her vows. Ida is sent to spend some time with her aunt before she takes her vows so that she can find out how she ended up in the Catholic orphanage - and so she can be certain of her decision.
Her aunt, her only living relative, wastes no time in telling Ida that she is a Jew. This fact drives the rest of the film through a search for the truth, Ida’s coming of age and she and her aunt coming to terms, each with her own personal burden.
Ida is the first film by Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort) shot in his native Poland and it’s a quiet triumph.
2:52 pm • 19 January 2014 • 2 notes