Rocky’s Review
Gilda & Co.

"I'd much rather be a woman than a man. Women can cry, they can wear cute clothes, and they're the first to be rescued off sinking ships." "Fame changes a lot of things, but it can't change a light bulb." "I base most of my fashion taste on what doesn't itch." Ah, how I miss Gilda Radner and her wonderful wit.

     Fortunately director Lisa D'Apolito decided to open a unique window into the whimsical world of beloved comedienne Gilda Radner. Weaving together Radner's recently discovered audio tapes and interviews with her friends and fellow performers, D'Apolito has created a love letter to Gilda and her brief but brilliant career. LOVE, GILDA is now playing in the Rose

     WE THE ANIMALS - which plays through this Thursday - is a visceral coming-of-age story propelled by astounding performances by three young first-time actors and stunning animated sequences. Three boys tear through their childhood in the midst of their young parents' volatile love. "Every once in a while a movie grabs you, unsuspecting, and hustles its way into your heart. 'We The Animals' does that." -Wall Street Journal

     THE WIFE, starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce, and adapted from Meg Wolitzer's acclaimed novel interweaves the story of a long-married couple and the secrets, compromises, betrayals and mutual love that binds them. "Close owns this movie, from beginning to end; it's a performance of such intelligence and subtlety that only when the movie is long over do you start wondering whether the plot holds." 

     Congratulations to the Port Townsend Film Festival for what was most certainly one of their finest community festivals in their nineteen-year history. It was phenomenal from beginning to end. PICK OF THE LITTER, one of the many popular films at PTFF this past weekend, begins a week-long engagement at the Rose this Friday. It follows a litter of puppies from the moment they're born and begin their quest to become guide dogs for the blind. 

     I was especially pleased to see the great turnout this weekend for Buster Keaton's silent classic STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. because the Rose also begins its week-long run this Friday of PIONEERS: FIRST WOMEN FILMMAKERS. This valuable, recently restored series spotlights the daring, innovative, and trailblazing work of the first female filmmakers and restores their centrality to the creation of cinema itself. The Rose is one of the very few theatres in the entire country to be presenting this remarkable collection of rare silent films. Don't miss it.

     The National Theatre of London presents JULIE this Saturday (9/29) and next Sunday (10/7) at 11:00 a.m. "A superlative production. Exhilarating." -Time Out. "Vanessa Kirby is magnetic as Julie." -Mail on Sunday.

     Our salute to Paul Newman continues next week with SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION. It is already sold out, but tickets are still available for the last film in the series, NOBODY'S FOOL on October 17th.

--Rocky