I would like to suggest to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences that they create a new category: Best Parent. And the Oscar winner this year on March 4th would be Michael Stuhlbarg, for delivering the showstopper in CALL ME BY YOUR NAME. In a soliloquy that may stand as the most stirring single scene of last year, the parent - filled with paternal affection - has a tender talk with his son following a discreet heartbreak. The scene is breathtaking.
As written by James Ivory (A ROOM WITH A VIEW, HOWARDS END, THE REMAINS OF THE DAY) and directed by Luca Guadagnino (I AM LOVE), CALL ME BY YOUR NAME is a piercingly honest and moving gay coming of age romance set in Italy in 1983, where same-sex attraction is not so readily accepted and the characters need to be eased into admitting what they might be feeling.
"Another ravishment of the senses. The charismatic Chalament, Hammer, and Stuhlbarg transform beauty into feeling." -Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer showcase some of the richest chemistry I've ever witnessed in a movie. It's sublime." -Matthew Jacobs, Huffington Post
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME opens in the Rose Theatre this Friday. And quite coincidentally, the great Michael Stuhlbarg can also be seen in THE SHAPE OF WATER, moving to the Starlight Room this Friday.
I will never forget seeing MY LEFT FOOT for the first time. I was utterly astonished by Daniel Day-Lewis' performance as Christy Brown; born with cerebral palsy, he learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor. With PHANTOM THREAD, the actor's latest film, Mr. Day-Lewis has announced his retirement from acting.
Paul Thomas Anderson's exquisitely idiosyncratic PHANTOM THREADexplores the borders between love and masochism in a distinctly new twist on old Hollywood gothic romances. The movie is both strange and mesmerizing, with a superb cast that includes Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps. It opens in the Rosebud Friday.
The Metropolitan Opera's new production of Puccini's TOSCA is receiving glowing reviews. Our live simulcast from the Met is this Saturday at 9:55 a.m. "A smashing production...a grand triumph...[An] excellent cast led by a magnificent Sonya Yoncheva in the title role, Vittorio Grigolo as her lover Cavaradossi and Zeljko Lucic as the nefarious Scarpia...A rousing success."-Huffington Post
Along with TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and ON THE WATERFRONT, I usually watch LOCAL HERO at least once a year. It's an all-time favorite of mine from 1983, starring Burt Lancaster. It's a quirky comedy, and I'm presenting it for the first time, Late Night @ the Starlight, Saturday, February 24th
AND THE WINNER IS...The Academy Award nominations were announced this morning, and our current three features, along with Friday's new movies earned an astonishing 36 nominations, including five Best Picture nominations, and 10 for acting.