November 14, 2021
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
Deep BluesNovember 14, 2021
Documentary / 1992 / 91 minutes
In 1990, commissioned by Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, veteran music film director Robert Mugge and renowned music scholar Robert Palmer ventured deep into the heart of the North Mississippi Hill Country and Mississippi Delta to seek out the best rural blues acts currently working. Starting on Beale Street in Memphis, they headed south to the juke joints, lounges, front porches, and parlors of Holly Springs, Greenville, Clarksdale, Bentonia, and Lexington. Along the way, they visited celebrated landmarks and documented talented artists cut off from the mainstream of the recording industry. The resulting film expresses reverence for the rich musical history of the region, spotlighting local performers, soon to be world-renowned, thanks in large part to the film, and demonstrating how the blues continues to thrive in new generations of gifted musicians.
Screen Slate Presents: House of Wax (35mm)November 14, 2021
Horror / 2005 / 113 minutes
An in-name-only remake of the 1953 Vincent Price film that in fact owes a massive, unacknowledged debt to Tourist Trap (1979), House of Wax is easily one of the most purely entertaining studio horror films of the 2000s. Elisha Cuthbert leads a cast of twentysomethings-as-teens mostly plucked from The WB shows who end up in a ghost town after their cars break down. They soon discover that the site is in fact a massive wax museum—and the sculptures may not be entirely made of paraffin. Director Jaume Collet-Serra creates a genuinely eerie atmosphere of terror and suspense around R-rated gore, and the gooey set piece at the film’s climax is rife with indelible imagery. But House of Wax is also known as the quintessential film appearance of Paris Hilton, who was then at the peak of her fame. Despite the cringey allusions to her sex tape, she holds her own in one of the more memorable roles of the era.
House of Wax screens alongside I Know Who Killed Me, starring Lindsay Lohan, whose tabloid-fuelled feud with Hilton is an essential part of 2000s lore.
Screen Slate Presents: I Know Who Killed Me (35mm)November 14, 2021
Horror / 2007 / 105 minutes
In this torture porn-inflected psychological thriller, Lindsay Lohan plays Aubrey, a multitalented high schooler from a stable home who, after being kidnapped and tortured, loses her memory and returns as Dakota, a teenage stripper who claims to be a different person. Is Dakota really someone else—and if so, who, really? Or is Aubrey going through a PTSD-related dissociative episode? After years as a Disney darling, Lohan had achieved mainstream success with Mean Girls and began to establish serious acting cred in Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion. I Know Who Killed Me was filmed as her well-publicized struggles with substance abuse made her widely considered unemployable, and the movie was a major critical and commercial flop. Despite the glaring flaws and admittedly compelling trainwreck and camp factors, modern audiences have also found it to be a genuinely thrilling example of a film that dares to be stylish, oblique, and extremely weird, like a sleazy update of Italian gialli plopped into the 2007 summer blockbuster season. Screen Slate’s Cosmo Bjorkenheim saw it as a parable for the fractured national consciousness in the wake of Bush administration torture allegations, which makes way more sense than it probably should. In further light of reevaluation of the way young women stars were mistreated and publicly vilified at the time, I Know Who Killed Me is a fascinating lens through which to revisit the 2000s.
I Know Who Killed Me screens alongside House of Wax, starring Paris Hilton, whose tabloid-fuelled feud with Lohan is an essential part of 2000s lore.