The New York Times just published Terrence Rafferty’s piece about Ralph Fiennes’ new film about Charles Dickens, THE INVISIBLE WOMAN. He directs and stars as the great novelist and, as it happens, plays Magwitch in a new production of GREAT EXPECTATIONS, which we’ll open in multiple theaters this month. We’re also excited to open THE INVISIBLE WOMAN on Christmas Day.
The filmmakers of THE IMPALER will participate in a Q&A after the 7:30 screening at the NoHo on Halloween.
Blood Brother is a breathtaking film packed with humanity. It chronicles the life of ROCKY BRAAT, a young American who, on a trip to India, finds himself volunteering at a group home for kids with HIV. With Rocky and the irrepressible children, it’s love at first sight and their lives soon become intertwined.
Fortunately for Rocky and film audiences, his good friend STEVE HOOVER just happens to be a gifted filmmaker. Skeptical at first, Hoover is persuaded to travel to India and document Rocky’s exploits. The result is a powerful and eloquent depiction of the situation at the group home, illuminating Rocky, the plight of the kids, village life in India, and the nature of love, amongst other things.
There’s scarcely a need to go into further detail about Blood Brother. Yes, it’s well-made, even unexpectedly stylized at certain points. But more than that it’s a transformative experience. Brilliantly, it compels us to watch things that are very hard to watch, yet does so with such love and tenderness that we never feel the need to turn our heads. Buoyed by Rocky’s courage, we feel that we too can look into the heart of suffering and face it with newfound resolve and compassion.
In a Q&A session at the Royal, Hoover related that all ticket revenue from Blood Brother will be donated to a non-profit recently founded to support Rocky’s work. If that’s not enough you can also donate directly HERE.
For Laemmle audiences Blood Brother is yet another example of film transcending entertainment, commerce, and one might argue, even art. It’s a must see.
– Marc H.
FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM director Farah Mann, stars Kristanna Loken and Patricia De Leon and co-screenwriter Chris Loken will participate in a Q&A after the 7:50 screening at the NoHo on Friday, October 18.
Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the 1978 classic, John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN, with a series of HALLOWEEN films on the big screen. The celebration begins in October 9th with John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN and continues through the month with HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MEYERS on 10/16 and HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MEYERS on 10/23.
The celebration concludes on October 30th with a $15 7:00PM triple feature of all three movies!
To mark Laemmle Theatres 75th anniversary as a local, family-owned business, Film Journal International just published a very informative piece about us: our history, philosophy about our place in L.A. County communities, and plans for the future.
Film Journal International reports: “What has remained unchanged from our last report is the “community commitment” of the company. Owned and operated in the second and third generations by Greg and his father, Robert Laemmle, the circuit was established in 1938, when Bob’s father Max and his uncle Kurt Laemmle took over a neighborhood theatre in Highland Park. (In case you are noticing the family resemblance, Carl Laemmle, the founder of Universal Pictures, was a second cousin to circuit founders Max and Kurt.)”