The Kilgore Film Festival begins this month, on September 13th, and runs until October 5th. They will be showing 6 films that we out here in the sticks probably didn't have a chance to catch when they were released in the cultural centers of the world. In addition to the festival, 2 other releases of some note are premiering this month. I hope to see all eight . . . Is anyone else up to the challenge (in whole or in part)?
The first, Hollywoodland, is this Friday (not part of the film festival). It is about the an investigation into the mysterious circumstances surrounding Superman actor George Reeves' suicide in 1959. It stars Adrien Brody, Diane Lane, and Ben Affleck.
The other non-festival film is All the King's Men, premiering Sept. 22nd. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Robert Penn Warren (considered by some to be the best book ever written about American politics) the film chronicles the rise and fall of Louisiana politician Willie Stark (a fictional character based on real-life Louisiana governor Huey "the Kingfish" Long). It stars Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, and Anthony Hopkins.
The film festival will cost $6 per movie or $30 for the whole series. In other words, if you're only interested in five of them, the sixth won't cost any more. Their schedule is as follows:
Weekdays - 4:00 & 7:30
Saturday & Sunday - 2:00, 4:00 & 7:30
The Lost City - a movie about Havana during the Cuban Revolution, stars Andy Garcia, Dustin Hoffman, and Bill Murray. Sept. 13-16
Water - foreign film from India, highly controversial in that country, set in 1938 and concerning the plight of widows (some as young as eight) under Indian culture and religion against the backdrop of Ghandi's struggle against British rule. Sept. 17-19
Thank You For Smoking - biting and irreverent satirical comedy that follows the spin-doctoring efforts of a spokesman for Big Tobacco. Sept. 20-23
Wordplay - light-hearted documentary about crossword lovers, the New York Times crossword puzzle, and the annual crossword tournament. Features the likes of Jon Stewart, Bob Dole, and Bill Clinton. Sept. 24-26
Scoop - Woody Allen's latest farce, also starring Scarlet Johansson and Hugh Jackman. A student reporter (Johansson) steps into the disappearing closet of a vaudeville magician (Allen) and is confronted by the ghost of a dead journalist who informs her that a dashing young member of the British aristocracy (Jackman) is in fact the notorious Tarot Card Murderer. Sept. 27-30
Kinky Boots - British comedy about the inheritor of a failing shoe factory who enlists the help of a drag queen to help him redesign his product. Oct. 1-5
Please to leave a comment indicating the level of your enthusiasm, and we shall plan.