Rocky’s Review
Drive My Car & Red Rocket

The quiet masterpiece DRIVE MY CAR, is a haunting road movie traveling a path of love, loss, acceptance, peace, and the soul-sustaining, life-shaping power of art. Two years after his wife's unexpected passing, a renowned stage actor and director (Yusuke) receives an offer to direct a stage production of Uncle Vanya at a theater festival in Hiroshima. There he meets a young woman assigned by the festival to chauffeur him in his beloved red Saab. Forced to confront truths from his past, Yusuke begins to face - with the help of his driver - the haunting mysteries his wife left behind. Winner of three prizes at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, including Best Screenplay. Best Film of the Year - New York Film Critics Circle. "Demands to be seen on a big screen." -Globe and Mail. "It is an engrossing and exalting experience." -Guardian. "For a century and more, film directors have explored crosscurrents between art and life, and how one informs the other. [Director Ryusuke] Hamaguchi makes that exploration a fully humanized one." -Chicago Tribune.

     Sean Baker likes to turn his camera on the people and places Hollywood usually ignores. In films like TANGERINE, the story of a transgender sex worker that was shot on an iPhone, and THEFLORIDA PROJECT, a look at an unemployed single mother and her young daughter who live at a rundown motel in the shadow of Walt Disney World. Baker has made a career of lives lived on the economic margins. RED ROCKET, his latest film, is no different. The off-beat comedy centers on Mikey Saber, a down-and-out adult film star who returns to his small Texas hometown after washing out in the industry. It may be Baker's strongest and most assured effort yet, a film that's funny, disturbing and revels in existing in a moral grey zone. "Raunchy, restless, cinematically vital..." -Chicago Tribune. "An uproariously unhinged slice of Americana" -The Reveal

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     Fabulous Door Prize Night & Classics Night. Fabulous Door Prize Night returns this Friday. And our always-popular Classics Night returns to the Starlight Room on Sunday January 23rd with SINGING IN THE RAIN (1952), starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor. Tickets are now available online or at the box office.

     One of the best reviewed films of the year is Pedro Almodóvar's PARALLEL MOTHERS (opening 1/28) starring Penélope Cruz. We now have three of his films in our streaming Film Library: ALL ABOUT MY MOTHERBAD EDUCATION and VOLVER. We've also just added the wonderful drama MAUDIEstarring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke. 

     Love movies and popcorn and being part of a great team? The Starlight is in need of another manager for Fridays and Saturdays. If interested please write to me at rocky@rosetheatre.com. 

     Just a reminder that our venues are still vaccination-only by state mandate. Movie patrons of all ages must provide 1) full Covid-19 vaccination documentation and 2) photo ID. Masks required when not eating or drinking. Youth patrons without photo ID must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. MERV-13 air filters have been installed in the Rose HVAC system. Thank you for keeping our community safe.
     
Cinematically yours,
Rocky