Ever wanted to spend time with a real live filmmaker and get free admission to a film festival? Our hosting program was so successful last year that we are doing it again. Support independent film by providing a resting space for a visiting filmmaker during TFF 2017.
2016 was a watershed year for Weird Elephant at The Grand Cinema! Our monthly genre series drew hundreds of local horror/cult/weird film fans from far and wide. Read on to see what all you may have missed from this film series and related events.
Much of the richness of Under the Shadow comes from its historical and Islamic inspiration – both a timeframe and culture I know very little about. My perspective (see ignorance) made the story even more compelling. I was deeply curious about all the characters, about their politics, about the War, and about their beliefs. Combining this with a threat whose motivation is tantalizingly unknowable made for a deeply satisfying scare-fest.
For lovers of visually pleasing and thematically mature science fiction, High-Rise is a film not to be brushed off.
March's Weird Elephant selection highlights what can go wrong if parents do not carefully vet their babysitters. Emelie is a tautly scripted and suspenseful horror/thriller. It is a concise and somewhat Hitchcockian (yes, it's a word!) piece. The film reminds the viewer of a devious cross between Michael Haneke's Funny Games and Hand that Rocks the Cradle (filmed in Tacoma. Never forget a claim to fame, people!).
Monty Python taught me that grown-ups were generally absurd and not excluded from ridicule, which, though true, still gets me in trouble from time to time.
Pythons' high level of British scoffing was the perfect antidote for the all too serious Cold War era USA. My pals and I would seek the stuff out wherever we could get it.
After many late night laugh fests, I judged the best Python to be Life of Brian. Written over two weeks while the Pythons were in Barbados, and bankrolled by Beatle George Harrison (who "just wanted to see the movie"), this satire of religion and The New Testament spared no one.
Read on and join us for Life of Brian on December 25 and 26.