Rocky’s Review
Gratitude Revealed

FANTASTIC FUNGI was a major hit at the Rose in 2019. And now the director, Louie Schwartzberg, is back with a timely new film, GRATITUDE REVEALED. The documentary is Schwartberg's response to the pandemic, his way of helping people reconnect with themselves and the world after the isolation that we all went through. The film is an immersive experience intended to showcase the resilience of the human spirit. "A documentary to thwart the bad habit of negative thinking." -San Francisco Examiner

     The turning of the foliage is not the only sign of Fall. Next week marks the return of our live simulcasts from the Metropolitan Opera (MEDEA), another new play from the National Theatre of London (JACK ABSOLUTE FLIES AGAIN), and the resumption - after a two year absence - of a Fall movie season with an abundance of great movies to see at the Rose and Starlight. 

     And the season kicks off with one of the best reviewed movies of the year. Writer-director Todd Field (IN THE BEDROOM, LITTLE CHILDREN) returns with his first film in 16 years, focusing his lens on Lydia Tár (Cate Blanchett), the first chief female conductor of a major symphony orchestra and an essential interpreter of classical music in the 21st century. 

     TÁR is a take-no-prisoners showcase for Blanchett, and likely an Oscar-nominated performance. Field's scathing character study turns the maxim "whom the Gods would destroy, they first make mad with power" into the foundation for a portrait of a precipitous downfall. "One of the boldest and most exciting new American movies that I've seen in years." -IndieWire"The movie belongs to Blanchett, in a turn so exacting and enormous that it feels less like a performance than a full-body possession." -Entertainment Weekly. TÁR opens 11/28

     Other exciting movies to look forward to in the weeks ahead: THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER: FEATURING BRANDI CARLILETHE BANSHEES OF INISHERINBLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVERALL THAT BREATHES and ARMAGEDDON TIME starring Anthony Hopkins and Anne Hathaway.

Cinematically Yours,
Rocky