Dear Laemmle Fans,
To those of you who have never visited our blog before, welcome – this is a place where we share information about special events, discount opportunities, and new programs, as well as our weekly film releases. In order to save space in our email newsletter, my weekly update (this written post) has been relocated here, to the blog. You’ll be able to access my weekly update from a link in the email newsletter, or you can bookmark this page (blog.laemmle.com) for access at any time.
In other news, the presidential election is finally behind us, although results are still too close to call. It may be several days before we know any more information, and many are struggling to manage their anxiety in the meantime. My personal recommendation is this: turn off the news, switch your TV to Laemmle Virtual Cinema, and escape with one of this week’s excellent new independent films (CLICK HERE for support on how to connect your TV).
We begin with The German Lesson, adapted from the seminal post-war novel of the same name. Other dramas include Luxor, starring Andrea Riseborough in an archaeologically-themed romance, and Ainu Mosir, the Japanese coming-of-age film presented by Ava DuVernay’s Array. We’re also offering the modern-day Christmas drama The Family Tree, and a re-release of Raining in the Mountain, the 1979 period piece from prolific wuxia director King Hu.
Moving towards funnier fare, we have Call Me Brother, starring long-time Saturday Night Live writer Andrew Dismukes, who just joined the show’s cast last month as it’s newest featured member. Next on the comedy list is 18 to Party, described by one critic as the would-be “lovechild” of John Hughes’s and Richard Linklater’s filmmaking. Other genre films include the Oakland-based dark thriller Disrupted, from indie filmmaker Andre Welsh, and the twisted Swedish horror film Koko-Di Koko-Da.
New documentaries this week include The Tree Man, which digs deep into the roots (pun intended) of Rolling Stones pianist and noted environmentalist Chuck Leavell. There’s also Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking, from CNN presenter and radio host Michael Smerconish, as well as Sky Blossom, a candid look at the millions of teens caring for injured veterans in family homes across America. Last up is Frederick Wiseman’s Hospital, the final film in our retrospective promoting his newest effort, City Hall (also available).
Lastly, while we’re glad to see that our new platform seems to have addressed many of your concerns, we understand that there are some in our audience who are still having difficulty accessing Laemmle Virtual Cinema. In addition to our pre-existing automated support functions, we’re now available for LIVE-CHAT support, several hours every day. You’ll see an optional pop-up chat window on your screen whenever a qualified representative from Laemmle Theatres is available to speak.
That’s all for now – leave a comment below, and we’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible.
All the best,
P.S. Make sure to stop by our Pasadena location this weekend for some hot buttered popcorn, and more of your favorite movie snacks! We’ll be open on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, and on Saturday from 2:00 to 6:00 PM, as part of our Pop-Corn Pop-Ups program.
In addition to our usual offerings, you can pick up a $3 LARGE POPCORN SPECIAL, and show proof of a virtual cinema purchase to redeem a $2 MOVIE NIGHT DISCOUNT. I’m not a mathematician, but that adds up to a pretty good deal (no recount necessary).