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Film Review: The bold and hilarious Love & Friendship love-friendship

The one word that keeps coming to mind when I recall Love & Friendship is delight. Director Whit Stillman delivered all of the typical characters I've come to expect from an Austen classic, but in an unexpectedly bold and hilarious way.

When I think of quintessential Jane Austen, I expect a clever love story, a stirring soundtrack with sweeping scenes of the English countryside, and big names in pretty dresses with impeccable English accents. Love & Friendship addresses most of these expectations, but with one big difference: this film, its story, and its leading lady are audacious. This sheer, delightful cheekiness caught me off guard. Click below to read on!

Secret Star Wars: Elstree 1967 elstree 1

If you're looking for a flashy, star-studded Star Wars documentary than this is not the film for you; you can go about your business. 

Elstree 1967is much different and much more: Elstree goes beyond behind-the-scenes and looks behind the helmets and masks, sharing the experiences of some of the key Star Wars extras whose small roles made big impacts.

The film focuses on ten actors whose characters helped to shape and bring the Star Wars universe to life. Told through a series of intimate interviews and archival footage, we hear the stories of the relatively unknown actors who portrayed Storm Troopers, X-wing fighters, cantina aliens, and more.

Read on for more and details about the visiting Stormtroopers!

Happy Birthday, Grand Cinema! grand cinema birthday

Read up on our Monday updates including information about our 19th birthday, our audio system upgrades, celebrations of Miles Davis with KPLU and more! 

April 12 Notes from our Executive Director hologram for a king

As The Grand connects with our community to create film partnerships, some weeks we see a vastly increased slate of films coming to our screens. 

The next few weeks bring so many films in that it may be hard to keep up with them all, but I wanted to mention a few I have my eye on. Click to read more:

For Kids (and kids at heart)! Boy and the World boy and the world 1

A perk of working at a movie theater is that occasionally I get to see movies before the general public. One such film was Boy and the World - my kids even got to see it to weigh-in on bringing it to The Grand. Oh yeah, they felt cool for sure. The film was breathtaking. We were a laughing, crying, and inspired bunch on the couch that evening as we watched, and as we talked about it for weeks afterward.

So it is with great excitement that The Grand Cinema will be bringing this film to its screens, right in the middle of Spring Break, so you can experience it too. Read more about how wonderful this film is:

Stephen Chow's The Mermaid the-mermaid-poster

Flooded with slapstick comedy, unpolished CGI effects, outlandish satire, and disguised as an unlikely romance between a business tycoon and a sea loving mermaid, The Mermaid finds a deeply contemporary way to explore environmental mindfulness through activism. A must see! Read on:

See Embrace of the Serpent embrace

In all honesty, my experience with Embrace of the Serpent felt more spiritual than church. I came away with a call to a higher way of being - a critique of my Western European heritage of colonialism, and an invitation to embody a deeper respect and regard for the natural world and my impact on it.

Babysitter Madness with Emelie emelie film 1

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!).

TCC Diversity Film Series this April 2016 DFF web blog image

Now in its sixth year, the TCC Diversity Film Series offers special screenings that entertain, inspire, explore and celebrate individual and cultural differences. This year's incredible films highlight physical, ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity with themes to challenge and inspire audiences.

Love Letters: A Review of Janis: Little Girl Blue Janis_Still

Inspired by letters written by Janis Joplin to lovers, friends, and family, director Amy Berg offers a humanized portrait of the immortalized star. 

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