The carnival is setting up in Memorial Field, and chairs are already lined up along the parade route. This annual rite of spring can mean only thing in Port Townsend: It's time for the Rhododendron Festival. Not to intentionally complicate your already busy lives, but the Rose and Starlight are blooming with some tantalizing movies this week, and two of them - BORN TO BE BLUE and SWEET BEAN - will be playing for only 4 and 3 days respectively. Following on the heels of Don Cheadle's visceral performance as Miles Davis in MILES AHEAD, Ethan Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend Chet Baker, whose tumultuous life is thrillingly re-imagined with wit, verve and style to burn in BORN TO BE BLUE.
SWEET BEAN is a sweet story about a lonely Japanese baker who hires a 76-year-old woman to be his new assistant, and soon learns that she has a wonderful new recipe for sweet red bean paste, which she claims comes from her communion with nature. The Wall Street Journal said, [Director Naomi] Kawase's sweet, slow film becomes a meditation on solitary lives lived at the margins of society; on old age, and on the urgency of telling our stories, which may sometimes include recipes."
And the sparks fly - in a loving way - in THE MEDDLER, Lorene Scafaria's (NICK AND NORA'S INFINITE PLAYLIST) comedy about a mother - with too much time on her hands - and her daughter. The movie stars Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and J.K. Simmons.
THE FAMILY FANG holds over for a second week in the Starlight beginning Friday, as evening shows only. This indie feature, not surprisingly, outperformed CAPTAIN AMERICA this past weekend. And that's what I like about P.T. audiences. Thank you for your adventuresome taste in movies.
Both French movies in the Rosebud - MARGUERITE and APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD depart this Thursday.
And last but not least, one of my all-time favorite movies - ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN - and directed by one of my all-time favorite directors - Alan J. Pakula - screens next Wednesday, 5/25 in the Starlight as part of our monthly Classics Series. Only 20 tickets remain.
And don't forget, if you're heading to the Rose or Starlight this evening -Tuesday - members receive a free medium popcorn. Have a great Rhody Festival week.
See you at the Rose, and the Starlight Room