Although we haven't been presenting OSCAR WEEK for too many years, this year's edition is definitely our most ambitious: 11 Oscar nominated films and individual achievements in 7 days. And the total would have been 15 had I been able to get all the films that I wanted. I was particularly bummed not to be able to present MUDBOUND. The cinematographer, Rachel Morrison, is the first woman in the 90 year history of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences to be nominated in that category for an Academy Award. The film also showcases a beautiful performance by Mary J. Blige, who has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress. And director Dee Rees was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Whether revisiting a favorite film or catching up with one that you missed, enjoy OSCAR WEEK.
REBELS ON POINTE is an act of rebellion in a tutu. In profiling the famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, director Bobi Jo Hart explores universal themes of identify, dreams, family, loss and love. Founded over 40 years ago on the heels of New York's Stonewall riots, the company has a diverse cult following around the world. "A delightful, engaging cultural experience." -Los Angeles Times. The movie opens Friday in the Starlight Room for one week.
LA BOHEME, the world's most popular opera returns to the Metropolitan Opera and the Rose this Saturday, February 24th, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Franco Zeffirelli's classic production features Angel Blue, Anita Hartig, and Sonya Yoncheva. Alexander Soddy and Marco Armiliato share conducting duties. The Met has performed LA BOHEME more than 1,200 times, more than any other opera.
LOCAL HERO, our Late Night @ the Starlight show this Saturday is sold out. The movie is one of my perennial favorites. It's funny, sweet and quirky, and at 35 years of age, loses none of its punch.
And tickets are almost gone for A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH, our Classics @ the Starlight feature March 7th. Roger Ebert called it "one of the most audacious films ever made - in its grandiose vision, and in the cozy English way its expressed...The special effects show a universe that never existed until this movie was made, and the vision is breathtaking in its originality."