January 19, 2020
Harlan Jacobson’s Talk CinemaJanuary 19, 2020
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
HarrietJanuary 19, 2020
Biopic / 2019 / 125 minutes
If ever a historical figure demanded a heroic biopic its slave-turned-emancipator Harriet Tubman, a promise director Kasi Lemmons delivers on to exciting effect with her 2019 film Harriet. Picking up Tubman's life as she flees slavery and following through to her journey to a gun-toting freer of slaves, Lemmons – an actor of note herself – avoids biopic stateliness to cast her heroine as the original black woman action hero, dramatizing her incredible story in a manner that is as profoundly moving as it is thrilling. In the title role Cynthia Erivo makes good on her recent big screen successes, proving she has the acting chops and charisma to make it as a lead, delivering an emotional and physically powerful performance appropriate for a person of Tubman's iconic stature. With Leslie Odom Jr, Joe Alwyn, Clarke Peters and a strong turn from pop star Janelle Monae.
Honey BoyJanuary 19, 2020
Biopic / 2019 / 95 minutes
It's rare that a celebrity confessional makes for a brilliantly compelling film, but Shia LaBoeuf's Honey Boy – directed by Alma Har’el – proves the exception to the rule. Written as a form of rehab therapy following a high profile arrest, LaBoeuf's nakedly autobiographical story ping-pongs between his life at 12 under the tutelage of his former rodeo clown father and his efforts at recovery as a young Hollywood star ten years later. Har’el’s understated but dramatically intuitive direction tackles both periods with a heartfelt, harrowing and oftentimes hilarious emotional honesty, and the actors playing LaBoeuf's onscreen avatar (Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges) are both terrific. But the film's primary revelation is LaBoeuf himself playing his own father, portraying the troubled, charismatic and emotionally abusive Svengali figure as the center of his deepest pain, but finding redemption in acceptance and, ultimately, love. With FKA twigs, Laura San Giacomo and Martin Starr.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (35mm)January 19, 2020
Comedy / 2019 / 161 minutes
The phrase “love letter to Hollywood” gets thrown around critical circles with obnoxious regularity, but if any film ever deserved the distinction it’s Quentin Tarantino’s magnum opus Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. A rose-tinted look back at Tinseltown circa 1969 that follows three primary characters – a fading TV star (Leonardo DiCaprio), his stunt double/best friend (Brad Pitt) and infamously doomed starlet Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) – Tarantino’s ninth and possibly penultimate film is less an attempt at historical documentation and more an effort of historical reclamation, a cinematic balm to pop culture’s darkest moment and a nostalgic longing for a time that never truly existed. As always Tarantino is at the top of his directorial game, and with the powerhouse trio of DiCaprio, Pitt and Robbie dropping movie star charisma bombs into to every scene, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood lands as the auteur’s most purely enjoyable film, a world that film fans will cherish getting lost in.