Rose Theatre

17th Port Townsend Film Festival

I was there for the beginning of the Port Townsend Film Festival, but then for the next sixteen years my involvement was minimal. And yet, every September the memories and excitement comes flooding back. I always miss my friends Peter Simpson and Jim Ewing, but especially during PTFF. I loved listening to them introduce movies. There was eloquence and wisdom between those two men.

Past Rocky's Reviews

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

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

Kaufman, Bergman, Moore and more., 2/24/16

7 Days of Oscar, 45 Years, Macbeth and more., 2/17/16

45 Years, Coen Brothers, Les Liasons Dangereuses and more, 2/10/16

Special Member Event + 6 New Movies!, 2/2/16

Elvis, Held-Over movies, Laurie Anderson, 1/26/16

This Week, 1/20/16

This Week, 1/12/16

This Week, 1/7/16

This Week, 12/31/15

Star Wars and The Big Short, 12/23/15

Spotlight Earns the Spotlight, 11/25/15

A Bounty of Great Movies, 11/20/15

Shakespeare & Cumberbatch Thrill Audiences, 11/10/15

On Tap at the Rose, 11/7/15

The Rocky Horror Picture Show - 40th Anniversary, 10/28/15

My Fair Lady: Winner of 8 Academy Awards, 10/15/15

Davis Guggenheim, 10/14/15

Lili Tomlin, 9/30/15

Meru, 8/19/15

Tangerine, 8/12/15

Hot Weather, Cool Movies, 7/28/15

Classics Night in the Starlight Room, 7/21/15

Amy -  Directed by Asif Kapadia, 7/20/15

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, 7/1/15

Manohla Dargis on The Wolfpack, 6/24/15

Pixar Rules!, 6/16/15

The Salt of the Earth and Woman in Gold Return, 6/14/15

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, 6/2/15

Stratford Festival in HD, 5/29/15

Kristen Stewart in THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, 5/6/15

Wild Tales is Wild Indeed, 4/28/15

The Alloy Orchestra Returns With Son of the Sheik, 4/23/15

The Hunting Ground: 2 weekend showings, 4/14/15

The Wrecking Crew Rocks!, 4/10/15

Seymour: An Introduction and The Wrecking Crew, 4/1/15

Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem and Red Army, 3/27/15

‘71, 3/20/15

Dance 422, 3/10/15

And Now For Something Completely Different, 3/3/15

Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne: Master Filmmakers, 2/25/15

Paul Newman: Coors Connoisseur, 2/20/15

Stewart Stern (1922 - 2015), 2/12/15

Mary Dore - She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, 2/4/15

Academy Award Nominees - Shorts, 1/27/15

Selma and JOHN, 1/22/15

Whiplash, 1/16/15

On the Waterfront, 1/13/15

Pride, 12/30/14

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), 12/23/14

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 12/16/14

Goodbye, Harvard Exit, 12/10/14

Citizenfour, 12/4/14

Mike Nichols, 1931-2014, 11/25/14

Return of the River Returns, 11/18/14

Director Jon Stewart, 11/15/14

Robert Horton, 11/4/14

Bill Murray Day at TIFF, 10/23/14

Tracks, 10/14/14

A Wealth of Great Entertainment, 10/8/14

Programming: How and Why I Select Movies, 9/30/14

Apocalypse Now, 9/16/14

Ward Serrill and Sophie Jane Mortimer, 9/11/14

Movies Movies Movies, 9/3/14

Werner Herzog: A Guide for the Perplexed, 8/28/14

     PTFF is a great immersion in culture, and I'm honored to be a part of it. Congratulations to Executive Director Janette Force, her staff, and the countless volunteers who make it happen.  I'll be introducing movies all weekend at the Rose, and I hope to see you there.  

     THE INNOCENTS, director Anne Fontaine's accomplished film plays through this Thursday, September 22nd in the Starlight. Both SULLY and SNOWDEN are unqualified hits, and will resume after the film festival. 

     MEN: A LOVE STORY, one of my favorite documentaries from the recent Telluride Film Festival opens in the Rosebud next Monday - September 26th - for just four days. Director Mia Chakarova was born in Bulgaria, and teaches photography at the University of California Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and Stanford University. She was asked by a reporter, "What is love for you?"  MC: "It is everything. Only two things truly make me happy - love and art. In a way, they are intertwined. If we are artists, it has to come from a place of love. You have to capture the person's essence, taking the time to truly understand. Not only understand, but to get rid of all the layers and barriers and walls we put up because we're too scared to let someone know who we truly are."

     Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem, and her first movie role was in THE PROFESSIONAL, at age 13. She has had a stunning career, and now as a first-time feature director she brings to the screen A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS, based on Amos Oz's international best-selling novel. It opens in the Rosebud next Monday, and plays for just four days.

     Tickets for CHARADE, our September Classics Film in the Starlight sold out well in advance of tomorrow night's screening, but tickets are currently on sale for our October feature: BONNIE AND CLYDE, which, hard to believe, is nearly 50 years old.

--Rocky

See you at the Rose, and the Starlight Room