Rocky’s Review
Northwest Stories

Director Lynn Shelton describes herself as having been audacious as a young girl, but having lost confidence in her creativity in adolescence. Her confidence returned full bloom, and is evident once again in her highly acclaimed new feature OUTSIDE IN, starring Edie Falco and Jay Duplass. Shelton grew up in Seattle, attended Oberlin College and then the University of Washington School of Drama. She's a gifted filmmaker with a talent for drawing great performances from her cast. She was last at the Rose for a Q&A with her film YOUR SISTER'S SISTER (2011). I hope that you can join us in welcoming her back (via Skype) this Saturday night following the 7:00 showing of OUTSIDE IN. [Lynn Shelton's] "actors are always natural and unaffected, but in [Edie] Falco and [Jay] Duplass she's found interpreters who seem to breathe her characters." -NPR. "Another one of Shelton's delightfully untucked meanders into the crossroads of lives, OUTSIDE IN may be her quietly affecting best yet." -The Wrap

     Sharing the Rosebud screen this week with OUTSIDE IN is another Northwest story, DIRTBAG: THE LEGEND OF FRED BECKEY. Fred Beckey's adventures began in Washington's North Cascades range with his brother Helmy in the 1930s. In 1942 the Beckey brothers cemented their place in climbing lore when the teenagers survived an incredible second ascent of Mount Waddington - considered the most difficult climb in North America at the time. This success marked the beginning of Fred's epic tear of first ascents around the world. "DIRTBAG goes a long way to confirm his legacy. It also paints a compelling picture of mania and its contradictions." - Seattle Weekly. "To watch the octogenarian clamber slabby, exposed cliffs seems to be a testament to grit, but also a view of a stubborn old man's refusal to reckon with reality." - Seattle Times

     And we have a very special, nearly-sold out event this Sunday at noon. Port Townsend filmmaker Shelly Solomon will be present for a screening of her newest film EBB AND FLOW, which chronicles the Yamashita family and how they helped save the Pacific Northwest shellfish industry from complete collapse in the 1930s with the Japanese Pacific oyster. The Yamshita family story is an inspiring one, but at the same time a cautionary tale about how a society can turn against its immigrants in challenging times, and is as relevant today as ever. A member of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe will also present for the introduction. 

     John Krasinski's hit thriller A QUIET PLACE moves up to the Starlight Room Friday, and Wes Anderson's delightful ISLE OF DOGS is holding over in the Rose.

     The National Theatre of London presents their acclaimed production of JULIUS CAESAR this Saturday (4/21) and next Sunday (4/29) at 11:00 a.m. "A star-studded political cataclysm for our times." -Daily Telegraph

     We turned people away from our Classics @ the Starlight showing of KING OF HEARTS (1967), so we're bringing it back for another show this Saturday in the Rosebud at 1:15. It is one of those movies that holds up well after all these years. "A surrealistic jewel of a comedy, which you realize when you catch your breath between laughs, has made the case for the sanity of the lunatics and the madness of the war-waging sane." -Los Angeles Times