Now Playing: ADAPTATION, THE PROFESSIONAL and HOUSE OF PLEASURES
Writing movies is hard. This week, let’s show a little appreciation for all the struggling screenwriters out there. Sometimes, the only thing you can do is just write a movie about yourself, as Charlie Kaufman did (portrayed above by Nicolas Cage). And sometimes, that’s what ends up winning awards.
Every week, watch a different award winning film from festivals around the globe. A series of contemporary hits and timeless masterpieces.
Try to wrap your head around this one. A real-life screenwriter (Charlie Kaufman) goes through writer’s block while adapting the novel The Orchid Thief for the screen… then writes a real-life film about his experience writing that film, and writes himself into it writing the film. Got it? It’s pretty meta. Who else to direct but Spike Jonze?
Turn off the lights and lock the front door every Thursday at 10p as Sundance Channel brings you a unique thriller from genres across the board.
Now try to wrap your head around this: there was a time before Natalie Portman was famous. Yes, we know, impossible, right? She’s just kind of always been around, and never seems to age. But it only seems that way because her first major role came when she was 12, starring alongside Jean Reno in Luc Besson’s THE PROFESSIONAL. Portman’s that rare actress that successfully transitions from child acting to adult roles. Now see how she got her start.
ROBERT REDFORD PRESENTS
An insightful introduction into a diverse array of thought provoking films brought to you by the man who made it all possible… Mr. Robert Redford presents…
Based on Brian Morton’s novel, this film explores the lives of four individuals who are brought together through serendipity as they confront major life events. Leonard Schiller’s a writer nearing the end of his life who’s lost his audience, which graduate student Heather Wolfe wants to try to rectify by basing her thesis on the author. Meanwhile, Leonard’s daughter Ariel is distrustful of Heather’s motives, even while she deceives her boyfriend Victor about plans she has for a baby. A meditation on trust and sacrifice that was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Andrew Wagner’s and Fred Parnes’ screenplay.
A night of uncut, uncensored, boundary-pushing fare sure to earn its TV-MA.
Take a deep dive into the private life of a French maison close, a turn of the century brothel catering to wealthy and picky clients. HOUSE OF PLEASURES is a rich, atmospheric, slow film that joins a long list of venerable and illustrious entries in the genre; a period piece that allows us to indulge our voyeurism without the immediacy of looking at the modern sex industry head-on. Like other films of its ouvre, it presents a simultaneously rosy and jaded view of sex work, creating a tension on the screen that may evade some viewers.
SUNDAY NIGHT MOVIE
Spend Sunday Nights with a film that reminds you why you love the movies.
Another actor who successfully grew up on screen, Matthew Broderick’s transition from iconic teen roles in WARGAMES and FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF would begin in earnest with 1989′s GLORY, in which he portrays a real-life white commander of a black Union Army regiment during the American Civil War. He must fight prejudice from both sides, including the enemy and his own commanding officers.