Showing past events
Christmas, Again (35mm) + Q&A with Cast and CrewDecember 18, 2021
Drama / 2014 / 80 minutes
A heartbroken Christmas-tree salesman returns to New York City hoping to put his past behind him. Living in a trailer and working the night shift, he begins to spiral downwards until the saving of a mysterious woman and some colorful customers rescue him from self-destruction.
Q&A with Kentucker Audley and Sean Price Williams following screening
Todd Melby Presents: FargoDecember 11, 2021
Drama / 1996 / 98 minutes
Todd Melby's new book A Lot Can Happen in the Middle of Nowhere: The Untold Story of the Making of Fargo is the true story of the Coen Brothers’ epic film of murder, mayhem, and malfeasance on the frozen landscapes of Minneapolis and North Dakota, offering an inside look into what Roger Ebert called “one of the best films I’ve ever seen.” The book includes a foreword by William H. Macy and twenty behind-the-scenes photographs. Todd Melby is a reporter, author, and podcast producer. He lives in Minneapolis.
The Coen brothers were well established by the time they released Fargo in 1996, but it’s hard to find a film in their oeuvre that encapsulates their sensibilities better. A pitch black crime comedy set against the snowy wastes of Minnesota, the film follows a harried car salesman who hires a pair of inept criminals (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife in order to extort a ransom from her wealthy father-in-law. It’s pure delight to watch Macy struggling to maintain a facade of Midwestern politeness as things go from bad to worse, and the masterfully executed regional accents are a hoot, but the real secret weapon of Fargo is Frances McDormand as Marge, the extremely pregnant, pleasantly mannered police officer investigating the case. The role won her the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Coens took one home for Best Screenplay, so is it fair to say that Fargo a modern classic? You betcha.
Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia + Q&A with Hamilton MorrisNovember 20, 2021
Documentary / 2017-2021 / 88 minutes
Synthetic Toad Venom Machine (S03 E01; originally aired 1/4/21)
Haunted by past mistakes, Hamilton embarks on a journey to correct an error in his reporting and identifies the origin of an international toad venom smoking phenomenon.
Synthetic Ibogaine, Natural Tramadol (S03 E04; originally aired 1/25/17)
After revealing a scientific mystery around Tramadol-addicted cows in Central Africa, Hamilton follows a Gabonese opiate addict to a psychedelic ritual.
Q&A to follow
Harlan Jacobson’s Talk Cinema Presents: C’mon C’monNovember 14, 2021
C’MON C’MON is a wonderful character movie on the road with Joaquin Phoenix totally changing it up as a radio journalist embarking on a road trip with his pint-sized nephew.
By Mike Mills, one of the funniest observers of modern American life and whose last film, 20th Century Women, sets the stage for this film: an adult and a kid teaching each other a few tricks along the way with the truth about life on the planet earth. With Gaby Hoffmann and a kid you want to see more of, Woody Norman.
“C’MON C’MON comes straight out of Telluride and Toronto to TALK CINEMA at THE ROXY on Sunday Nov 14, high noon. Reserve now!
Talk Cinema, Inc., co-founded in 1992 by Harlan and Susan Jacobson, is the nation’s most inclusive and longest running sneak preview and discussion program with thousands of attendees in 12 major U.S. metropolitan areas. Talk Cinema’s mission and the basis of our longevity is that our audiences get to be among the first to see a new movie and discuss with special guests – seeing films the way critics and industry insiders get to do at film festivals.
Talk Cinema offers a curated series of surprises selected by film critic Harlan Jacobson. The films included in the program may be an indie comedy, a provocative documentary, a foreign language Oscar-nominee or the next breakout hit. Screenings are introduced and followed by moderated conversations hosted by distinguished guest speakers.
Talk Cinema audiences were among the first to screen The Clouds of Sils Maria, Nightcrawler, Timbuktu, White God, 1001 Grams, The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, The Farewell Party, Blue is the Warmest Color, Lunchbox, Le Weekend, Ida, The Last Sentence, Tim's Vermeer, The Great Beauty, The German Doctor, Obvious Child, Finding Vivian Maier, ,Locke, Silver Linings Playbook, The Other Son, Barbara, Quartet, Blancanieves, Renoir, The Attack, Twenty Feet From Stardom, The Artist, Le Havre, Melancholia, Habemus Papam, Monsieur Lazhar, and Two Days in New York among thousands of titles.
Talk Cinema regularly features guest speakers include Boston Globe’s Ty Burr, Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post, NPR's Bob Mondello, Facets Multi-Media Founder Milos Stehlik, The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips, The Philadelphia Inquirer's Steven Rea, Programming Consultant Laura Blum, New York Times contributor Glenn Kenny, Fordham University’s Brian Rose, Colin Covert of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Sheryl Mousley, film curator at The Walker Art Center, Euan Kerr of Minnesota Public Radio, Loyola University Lecturer Zbigniew Banas, and Columbia College Professor and screenwriter Ron Falzone to name a few.
Doors at 11:30 AM
Screening 12 PM