Rose Theatre

Paris Pilgrimage

Earlier this month I was working on a film in France, and once that responsibility was met, two important personal journeys were at the top of my Paris to-do list. I wanted to pay my respects at the gravesite of Georges Méliès (1861-1938), the great French illusionist and director whose film A TRIP TO THE MOON (1902) is considered among the most important early science fiction/fantasy films. Martin Scorsese paid a beautiful tribute to him in his film HUGO.

Past Rocky's Reviews

Oscar Week, 2/22/18

Sam Shepard, 2/9/18

Hedy Lamarr, 1/31/18

Best Parent, 1/27/18

The Shape of Water, 1/10/18

Rosamond Purcell, 1/6/18

Goldsworthy & Oldman, 12/28/17

Frances McDormand, 12/24/17

Star Wars and Lady Bird, 12/13/17

Greta Gerwig, 11/22/17

Refrigerators, 11/16/17

Herb & Dorothy and more, 11/13/17

Remarkable Individuals, 11/1/17

Loving Vincent, 10/26/17

Royalty Rules, 10/13/17

Battle of the Sexes, 9/28/17

Greetings From Telluride, 9/10/17

Wind River & Spain, 8/31/17

Columbus, 8/25/17

Women & Film, 8/10/17

Inconvenient Sequel, 8/6/17

Mother & Daughter, 7/14/17

25th Anniversary, 6/27/17

Wonder Woman, 6/3/17

Laura, Chuck & Norman, 5/20/17

Happy Trails, Renée, 5/13/17

A Swan Lake, 5/3/17

Swiss Cows, 4/25/17

Dance on Camera - Day 2, 4/23/17

Zucchini, 4/6/17

Robert Osborne, 3/7/17

Poetry, 2/24/17

Amadeus, 2/2/17

POP QUIZ!, 1/21/17

I Am Not Your Negro, 1/12/17

Tangoheart, 1/5/17

Star-struck, 12/21/16

From the Balcony, 11/17/16

Mahler & Mom, 11/12/16

Alvin Ailey, 11/3/16

Community Arts Film Series, 9/29/16

17th Port Townsend Film Festival, 9/23/16

Off to Telluride, 8/31/16

PTFF Essay, 8/23/16

Wild Flowers, 8/2/16

Music Movies, 7/22/16

Summer Movies, 7/13/16

It’s Our Anniversary, 7/9/16

This Week, 6/30/16

Summer’s Greetings, 6/22/16

Love is in the air!, 6/17/16

5 New Movies, 6/8/16

Food Movies, 6/1/16

Tim Burton and more!, 5/28/16

This Week’s Great Films, 5/18/16

Steampunk Animation, Walken, Berlin Phil and more., 5/11/16

The King and I, My Golden Days and more., 5/4/16

This Week, 4/27/16

Spring Has Sprung!, 4/20/16

Spring Salutations, 4/14/16

This Week, 4/8/16

This Week, 3/30/16

J.J. Abrams, Sally Field and more., 3/23/16

New movies!, 3/18/16

A Week of Incredible International Cinema, 3/9/16

Michael Moore, Mustang, Maggie Smith and more, 3/1/16

Kaufman, Bergman, Moore and more., 2/24/16

7 Days of Oscar, 45 Years, Macbeth and more., 2/17/16

45 Years, Coen Brothers, Les Liasons Dangereuses and more, 2/10/16

Special Member Event + 6 New Movies!, 2/2/16

Elvis, Held-Over movies, Laurie Anderson, 1/26/16

This Week, 1/20/16

This Week, 1/12/16

This Week, 1/7/16

This Week, 12/31/15

Star Wars and The Big Short, 12/23/15

Spotlight Earns the Spotlight, 11/25/15

A Bounty of Great Movies, 11/20/15

Shakespeare & Cumberbatch Thrill Audiences, 11/10/15

On Tap at the Rose, 11/7/15

The Rocky Horror Picture Show - 40th Anniversary, 10/28/15

My Fair Lady: Winner of 8 Academy Awards, 10/15/15

Davis Guggenheim, 10/14/15

Lili Tomlin, 9/30/15

Meru, 8/19/15

Tangerine, 8/12/15

Hot Weather, Cool Movies, 7/28/15

Classics Night in the Starlight Room, 7/21/15

Amy -  Directed by Asif Kapadia, 7/20/15

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, 7/1/15

Manohla Dargis on The Wolfpack, 6/24/15

Pixar Rules!, 6/16/15

The Salt of the Earth and Woman in Gold Return, 6/14/15

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, 6/2/15

Stratford Festival in HD, 5/29/15

Kristen Stewart in THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, 5/6/15

Wild Tales is Wild Indeed, 4/28/15

The Alloy Orchestra Returns With Son of the Sheik, 4/23/15

The Hunting Ground: 2 weekend showings, 4/14/15

     The second journey was really more of a cinematic homage, a desire to say hello and to pay my respects to another great French innovator - 89-year-old director Agnès Varda. Her films, photographs, and art installations focus on documentary realism, feminist issues and social commentary. And her work was central to the development of the French New Wave film movement in the 1950s. Her films include THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS, THE GLEANERS AND I, VAGABOND and CLEO FROM 5 TO 7.

     I knew where Ms. Varda lived, and in an uncharacteristically bold and unannounced gesture, I knocked on her door. When you see her delightful new film, FACES PLACES, opening this Friday in the Rosebud, you will understand that not finding her at home was the perfect denouement to this personal journey. Thank you, Ms. Varda, for your gift of cinema to the world, for enriching my life and the life of the Rose Theatre.

     "A film of sheer joy, its exuberance surpassed only by its tenderness and purity of purpose." -The Washington Post. "Sheer perfection. Unlike any movie you've ever seen." -Rolling Stone. "Unforgettable. Despite its unassuming, conventional ethos, 'Faces Places' reveals itself as a powerful, complex and radical work. Agnès Varda's modesty is evidence of her mastery." -The New York Times. "Irresistible." -Village Voice

      Fifty-five years from now, Greta Gerwig - like Ms. Varda - will be another great 89-year-old director. I will be 119-years-old. Given the likely state of my faculties at that time, I would like to say right now, Thank you, Ms. Gerwig for creating Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson. As played by Saoirse Ronan, "Lady Bird" is smart, passionate and strong. LADY BIRD - a great crowd-pleaser this past weekend - will be holding over in the Rose for another week. And beginning this Friday it shares the Starlight screen with THE FLORIDA PROJECT. JUSTICE LEAGUE, in 2D and 3D, departs this Thursday, 11/30.

     Our December Classics Night screening in the Starlight of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE sold out more than a month in advance, so we've added a second showing in the Rose; Saturday, December 23rd, 12:00. Tickets are now on sale.

     Starting next Friday, December 8th, BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY.