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‘Timetravel_0’ Hasn’t Arrived at Orchard Yet

Word from our friends at the Orchard Theatre today that the locally produced film “Timetravel_0” will not open there Oct. 23 as previously scheduled.

We’ll post an update when the film is rescheduled.

In the meantime, a review of the film by yers truly was posted at kitsapsun.com/entertainment on Oct. 17.

More later …  — MM

‘Local Color’ Coming to Cinema Screens

Local Color ,” the excellent, independently made film by director-writer George Gallo that screened at the Lynwood and Orchard theaters back in the spring of 2008, will get a theatrical release.

According to an e-mail from Alex Kirkwood , a former Bainbridge Island resident who was instrumental in bringing Gallo’s film to Kitsap, “Local Color” will open July 3 in New York, with other bookings to follow.

The film is Gallo’s semi-autobiographical account of a young artist who’s inspired by, and in turn inspires, a jaded old painter who thinks his life has passed him by. It includes excellent acting performances by Armin Mueller-Stahl , Trevor Morgan , Ray Liotta , Samantha Mathis and others, including Gallo’s real-life wife, Julie Lott . It also features breathtaking cinematography. In our review (which ran in the April 11, 2008 edition of Kitsap A&E), we called it “a feast for the eyes, a tonic for the heart and a salve for the pain we all feel, one way or another, for the loss of teh old in the rush to the new.”

We’ll keep you appraised of the film’s progress, and let you know when and if we get to see it on local big screens.

More later … — MM

Orchard Has Retro Films at a Retro Price

This from our friends at the Historic Orchard Theatre in downtown Port Orchard:

“The Orchard is bringing back classics at a discounted price on weekends from May 15 through Aug. 23. The two-screen theater located at 822 Bay St., is adding a twist to its typical lineup of art, independent and foreign film. On weekends throughout the summer they’re hosting “Retro Summer ”— bringing back big hits ranging from “Aliens” to “Dirty Dancing” for locals to experience on the big screen at matinee prices.

“‘This is a fun way to appeal to and entertain a wide audience this summer,’ said Kahlen Burgwin, theater manager. ‘If you prefer indie films, documentaries or independent fare, we have something for everyone.’

“This might be the first or 100th time people will catch these classic flicks. It will be a complete experience with big crowds, buttered popcorn and Patrick Swayze larger than life.

“‘We chose movies that we really enjoy and would give anything to see on the big screen again,’ said Mike Pitts, co-owner. ‘The Orchard is an awesome theater and it’s going to be a great arrangement.’”

The lineup includes:

May 15 to 17 — “Dazed and Confused” (1993); Director Richard Linklater’s follow-up to “Slacker” takes an autobiographical look at some Texas teens on their last day of school in 1976. Despite the school’s stratified culture, Randall Floyd (Jason London) moves easily among stoners, jocks and geeks. A star athlete, Floyd wrestles with signing a “no drugs” pledge demanded by the football coach. Like “American Graffiti,” “Dazed and Confused” is rich in period detail.

May 29 to 31 — “Pink Floyd’s The Wall” (1982); Director Alan Parker’s revolutionary rock opera traces the troubled past of Pink (Bob Geldof), a depressed rock star at the end of his rope. With the wall as a metaphor for self-inflicted isolation, Pink is lost in despair, feeling trapped and desperately searching for a way out. “The Wall’s” stylized blend of drama, music and Gerald Scarfe’s brilliant animation earned the film instant cult status.

June 5 to 7 — “Aliens” (1986); After colonist Ellen Ripley survived her disastrous ordeal, nobody believed her story about the “Aliens” being on the planet LV-426. However, approximately 50 years later, the colony on LV-426 was completely destroyed. The government has decided to send Ripley out of cryostasis and to aid a team of tough, rugged space marines into the desolate planet to find out if there are aliens, or survivors. But, what Ripley will begin to realize that her worst nightmare is about to come true.

June 19 to 21 — “Labyrinth” (1986); Teenage Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) embarks on a life-altering quest when she attempts to rescue her little brother, Toby (Toby Froud), from the clutches of treacherous Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie), who lives in a castle surrounded by a giant labyrinth. With just 13 hours to plot a course through the dangerous maze, Sarah must grow up fast, learn her responsibilities and muster supreme courage.

July 10 to 12 — “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981); Get ready to globe-trot with one of the big screen’s greatest adventurers. When Dr. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) — the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist — is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant (resting place of the original Ten Commandments), he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas teamed up to create this all-time favorite.

July 24 to 26 — “Fight Club” (1999); When corporate drone Edward Norton can’t sleep, his insomnia leads him to take desperate measures and introduces him to roguish rebel Brad Pitt. Together they stage impromptu (and brutal) parking lot boxing matches. But when other men join in the “fun,” Pitt transforms the club from a group of men rebelling against conformity into a nihilistic cult of pranksters with greater malice in store.

August 7 to 9 — “Back to the Future” (1985); In this long-time favorite, eccentric inventor Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) turns a DeLorean into a time machine that inadvertently sends his young friend Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) back to 1955. Not only is Marty stuck in the past, but he also risks throwing the time-space continuum for a real loop when he disrupts his parents’ destiny. It’s a race against time (literally!) to get them to pucker up — and to get him back to 1985!

August 14 to 16 — “Road House” (1989); Never underestimate Dalton (Patrick Swayze), a brawny bouncer and expert martial artist who also happens to hold an NYU degree in philosophy. When he’s hired to police a rowdy bar in the Midwest and falls in love with Doc (Kelly Lynch), he angers her mean ex-boyfriend Wesley (Ben Gazzara), who vows to win her back.

August 21 to 23 — “Dirty Dancing” (1987); Expecting the usual ennui that accompanies a summer in the Catskills with her family, 17-year-old Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) instead finds herself in love. The object of her affection: the resort’s free-spirited dance instructor, Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze). But Baby’s disapproving dad soon steps in to keep Johnny from putting the moves on his artless daughter. The film earned Oscar honors for Best Song (“I’ve Had the Time of My Life”).

All shows are $7, or $5.75 with a Kitsap Card. For show times and current schedules check www.farawayentertainment.com <http://www.farawayentertainment.com> (click on the Historic Orchard Theatre) or contact us to sign up to receive a weekly e-mail (orchardtheater@kitsapfilm.com).

More later … — MM

Take an Aged P to the Movies on Tuesdays

On Tuesdays beginning April 21, The Orchard Theatre in Port Orchard, the Olympic Cinemas in East Bremerton, the Bainbridge Cinemas and the Lynwood Theatre (also on Bainbridge) will offer special admission and concession rates for both matinees and evening shows.

Movie-goers aged 60 and older can get into the theaters on Tuesdays for $4, and can pick up their popcorn and sodas for $2 each.

It’s called Silver Cinemas Tuesdays.

The Orchard Theatre is at 822 Bay Street (360.850.1082), the Olympic Cinemas at 1520 NE Riddell Road in Bremerton (360.475.8888), the Bainbridge Cinemas in the Pavilion, 403 Madison Ave. N (206.855-8173 or (360.373.6282) and the Lynwood Theatre at 4569 Lynwood Center Road on Bainbridge Island (206.842.3080).

Showtimes and more information are available at farawayentertainment.com

More later … — MM

PS — “Aged P” is short for “Aged Parent.” You’d know that, if you read your Dickens (“Great Expectations,” to be exact).

‘Timecrimes’ Brings Critical Acclaim to Orchard Booking

Reviewers seem to like the science-fiction yarn "Timecrimes ," the feature-film debut of director Nacho Vigalondo , which will play at the Orchard Theatre in Port Orchard beginning March 6.

Here’a a sampling:

“A FASCINATING, NAIL-BITING SUSPENSER. Director Vigalondo handles the intricate plotting with faultless execution and the narrative strands are never less than perfectly cohesive.” – Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine

“AN OFF-THE-RAILS THRILL RIDE. JUST WATCH IT – MORE THAN ONCE.” Laura Kern, Film Comment

“IT”S ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. Elegant, tight and brilliant with no loose ends – a perfect film.” – Harry Knowles, Ain’t It Cool News

“ADMIRABLE AND AUDACIOUS.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

“**** AN INTIMATE THRILLER.” – Daniel Holloway, Metro NY

“A TRIPPY BRAINTEASER.” – V.A. Musetto, New York Post

“IF ONLY AMERICAN SCI-FI FILMMAKING WAS THIS CLEVER AND INVOLVING.” – Geoff Berkshire, Metromix

“Witty and well-made, with some real surprises.” – Andy Klein, LA City Beat

“FASCINATING AND FUN. It has long-running cult status written all over it.” – Lewis Beale, Film Journal

“PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST TIME TRAVEL MOVIES OF ALL TIME. Truly a gem to behold.” – Brad Miska, Bloody Disgusting.com

“A GEM.” – Debbie Day, LA Magazine

“EASILY THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE IN A DECADE.” – Lucius Gore, Esplatter

“A wickedly dense seriocomedy. The best genre film at Sundance.” – Eric Kohn, New York Press

I’m going to have a look at it myself, and will post a review ASAP.

More later … — MM