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Cary Grant: Leader of the 99%!

May 20th, 2012 § Leave a Comment

A month or more or two or less ago, we here at Seattle’s greatest theatre brought you a brand-spanking-new print of the greatest screwball comedies of all time, starring two of the all time greatiest greats, Grant (not Ulysses S.) and Hepburn (yes Katherine). That film was “Bringing Up Baby,” and we promised you one more film to complete our mini-Grant fest. Well, after a short reprieve, we offer a reprieve from SIFF overload with another brand new Cary and Katherine print of “Holiday,” another great comedy of the same year (1938!).

Which sister is the right romantic choice? (hint: which sister is given top billing?)

Now, why does this film resonate for me (apart from my unwavering love for the two?), especially nearly 80 years on? It’s because the film espouses the ethos for our main character that money is not all there is, and that though you may love someone for the right reasons initially that familial pressures may and will push you toward the most monetarily beneficial of careers. A battle of the classes ensues in this film, and not so much that one is particularly right or wrong (though the pursuit of money is thought of as the only “American” mindset by the daughter’s father), but that happiness is independent and ultimately up to the individual as to the best way to live your life. The expectations of the father and the unspoken expectations of the daughter will of course lead our romantic hero to decide his best due course. This film, shot near the end of the Great Depression but not at all inclined to Hollywood’s proclivity to further the ideal life of leisure and luxury, feels altogether timeless and poignant in today’s Not-So-Great Depression. Bravo.

—barely-scraping-by-and-loving-every-second, dan

Steve Jobs: Absolutely Absorbing

May 14th, 2012 § Leave a Comment

I only got time to drop a quick line about this film, but suffice it to say, this is a NOT TO BE MISSED FILM!

Let me break it down for you, you know how all those VHS events at Grand Illusion (curated by our good friends at Scarecrow Video) have a warmth and vibrancy and immediacy that sucks you right into your overplush velvet seats in the cozy womb of our theatre? Now couple that with the fireside chat of the late Steve Jobs from a rescued VHS tape of an interview that took place shortly before his return to Apple and you have yourself an incredible experience that reminds you why you love every Apple product you own. The reason? The man’s unwavering enthusiasm to building the best products that create the best personal computing experience for the greatest number of people.

Thanks for the 21st century Steve

Normally the lack of edits and often static framing would drive you batty, but you don’t notice as the man’s words and thoughts enrapture and enthrall you. Come on, I know you have at least owned an iPod. This is the best interview with Steve I’ve ever seen, Apple fans and even those just interested in hearing one of the brightest minds of the 20th century be picked for your pleasure will find a lot to take away from this film.

yours truly, blogy-blog-guy, dan

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