Rose Theatre

Levitated Mass

I find a playful parallel  between LEVITATED MASS and APOLLO 11. Both events - moving a 340 ton rock and landing on the moon - were massive, first-time undertakings. While the giant rock traveled only 105 miles, and the Apollo 11 spacecraft traveled over 953,000 miles, both events were monumental and, in their own way, riveted the public. And how curious that two days ago NASA announced that after sitting untouched in storage for nearly 50 years, the lunar samples collected during the Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions will be studied for the first time. LEVITATED MASS and APOLLO 11 are excellent movies, and both have received 100% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.

Past Rocky's Reviews

Dance Camera Tour, 3/12/19

Member Benefits, 2/13/19

Cold War, 2/6/19

Dance on Camera Tour, 1/24/19

Joni @ 75, 1/16/19

New Year’s Eve, 1/3/19

Writers, 12/6/18

Widows, 11/29/18

Hate / Heal, 11/4/18

Free Solo, 10/25/18

Wife / Colette, 10/13/18

A Star is Born, 10/4/18

Gilda & Co., 9/25/18

Sweet Spot, 9/12/18

Programming Movies, 8/30/18

Spike Lee, 8/16/18

Marc Forster, 8/2/18

New York, 7/26/18

Fathers & Daughters, 7/15/18

Fred, 7/7/18

Rider / Rogers, 6/27/18

Write with Light, 6/15/18

The Two Rachels, 6/6/18

Disobedience, 5/31/18

RBG, 5/16/18

Tully & Giselle, 5/4/18

Senior Superheroes, 4/28/18

Northwest Stories, 4/19/18

Woof!, 4/14/18

Sonia & Andy, 4/5/18

Comedy! Comedy! Comedy!, 3/29/18

Stormy Weather, 3/14/18

Allison Janney, 3/2/18

Oscar Week, 2/22/18

Sam Shepard, 2/9/18

Hedy Lamarr, 1/31/18

Best Parent, 1/27/18

The Shape of Water, 1/10/18

Rosamond Purcell, 1/6/18

Goldsworthy & Oldman, 12/28/17

Frances McDormand, 12/24/17

Star Wars and Lady Bird, 12/13/17

Paris Pilgrimage, 11/28/17

Greta Gerwig, 11/22/17

Refrigerators, 11/16/17

Herb & Dorothy and more, 11/13/17

Remarkable Individuals, 11/1/17

Loving Vincent, 10/26/17

Royalty Rules, 10/13/17

Battle of the Sexes, 9/28/17

Greetings From Telluride, 9/10/17

Wind River & Spain, 8/31/17

Columbus, 8/25/17

Women & Film, 8/10/17

Inconvenient Sequel, 8/6/17

Mother & Daughter, 7/14/17

25th Anniversary, 6/27/17

Wonder Woman, 6/3/17

Laura, Chuck & Norman, 5/20/17

Happy Trails, Renée, 5/13/17

A Swan Lake, 5/3/17

Swiss Cows, 4/25/17

Dance on Camera - Day 2, 4/23/17

Zucchini, 4/6/17

Robert Osborne, 3/7/17

Poetry, 2/24/17

Amadeus, 2/2/17

POP QUIZ!, 1/21/17

I Am Not Your Negro, 1/12/17

Tangoheart, 1/5/17

Star-struck, 12/21/16

From the Balcony, 11/17/16

Mahler & Mom, 11/12/16

Alvin Ailey, 11/3/16

Community Arts Film Series, 9/29/16

17th Port Townsend Film Festival, 9/23/16

Off to Telluride, 8/31/16

PTFF Essay, 8/23/16

Wild Flowers, 8/2/16

Music Movies, 7/22/16

Summer Movies, 7/13/16

It’s Our Anniversary, 7/9/16

This Week, 6/30/16

Summer’s Greetings, 6/22/16

Love is in the air!, 6/17/16

5 New Movies, 6/8/16

Food Movies, 6/1/16

Tim Burton and more!, 5/28/16

This Week’s Great Films, 5/18/16

Steampunk Animation, Walken, Berlin Phil and more., 5/11/16

The King and I, My Golden Days and more., 5/4/16

This Week, 4/27/16

Spring Has Sprung!, 4/20/16

Spring Salutations, 4/14/16

This Week, 4/8/16

This Week, 3/30/16

J.J. Abrams, Sally Field and more., 3/23/16

New movies!, 3/18/16

A Week of Incredible International Cinema, 3/9/16

Michael Moore, Mustang, Maggie Smith and more, 3/1/16

    The chemistry and magnetism between Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem is undeniable. In EVERYBODY KNOWS - their ninth film together - director Asghar Farhadi plays to those strengths in this taut Spanish thriller. In this film, however, they do not play impassioned lovers, but rather ex-lovers, Paco and Laura, who were together in their youth. "Old flames have a habit, though, of refusing to be snuffed out. Ex appeal is real." (The New Yorker).

     When I saw the trailer for WOMAN AT WAR it seemed tailor-made for Port Townsend. When I saw the actual movie it didn't disappoint. This delightful new movie from Iceland is thoroughly enjoyable, and as a special treat to Rose Theatre members, we offering a free screening at noon on Saturday, March 23rd. Tickets are available only at the box office, beginning Thursday, March 14th at 3:30; 1 ticket per member. View the trailer. "Woman at War is something wonderful." -Los Angeles Times

     Film scholar and educator Ted Walch returns to the Starlight Room for another two-day series on March 30th and 31st. He returns to celebrate the work of director Sidney Lumet. Beginning with Lumet's directorial masterpiece 12 ANGRY MEN (1957), Walch then turns to Lumet's greatest achievement, NETWORK(1976). And he concludes the weekend series with RUNNING ON EMPTY (1988). With each film Lumet honored the writer - Reginald Rose for 12 ANGRY MEN, Paddy Chayevsky for NETWORK, and Naomi Foner for RUNNING ON EMPTY. Each film suits its style to the story, and not the story to the style. Each film is also a sublime collaboration by a deeply professional director who always took charge by taking a back seat.

     The work of Jonathan Demme, one of my favorite directors, is represented this Saturday night as we present SOMETHING WILD in the Starlight at 10:00 PM. Melanie Griffith and Jeff Daniels star.

     Opening next Friday, March 22nd GLORIA BELL, starring Julianne Moore, and US, from horror-master Jordan Peele (GET OUT). 

--Rocky