Showing posts from July, 2014

Review: "Last Stop, Flamingo" (****½)

A scene from Georg Koszulinski’s “Last Stop, Flamingo” Few American states produce as distinctive an image in the world’s collective mind as Florida. Texas, yes. Hawaii, yes. California, yes—but perhaps a few different images correlating to the different regions. Florida, definitely—the sunshine state, palm trees, white sands, beach bodies, South Beach, and so on. It’s these exact images that filmmaker Georg Koszulinski steers clear of in “Last Stop, Flamingo”—without making the audience feel as if he has actively avoided them. Of course, plenty of archival footage of decades-old Florida ad campaigns and sweet diary-like vignettes from Koszulinski offer glimpses of the white sands, skylines and beach fun that you expect from anything Florida. Thankfully, though, the film offers a much more unique vantage point—acting as a View-Master to the reel of Florida’s most forgotten, most eccentric and most personal histories. “Last Stop, Flamingo” is the third installment in a trilogy of Florid

Win free passes to see "Boyhood" in Atlanta!

Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane star in “Boyhood” Already one of the biggest critical hits of the year, Richard Linklater’s latest film, “Boyhood,” took him twelve years to film. Essentially following a single boy as he comes of age on screen, the same principle actors are featured aging and progressing in such a way that the film blurs the lines between fiction and non-fiction. This film could be a very big awards player, come Oscar time. The film opened in limited release on July 11th and has been doing very well. It is scheduled to open in Atlanta on Friday, August 1st, but we have six pairs of tickets to give away for an advance screening held at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema on Tuesday, July 29th at 7:00 PM. It is easy to enter! Just Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter, then Share and Tweet and you’ve been entered to win! The contest comes to a close on Friday, July 25th at 12:00 PM. These are physical, paper passes, so if you are selected as one of the winners, we wil

Happy 75th birthday to Atlanta's Plaza Theatre!

With many ups-and-downs, The Plaza has had an interesting 75 years. Atlanta’s oldest continually operating movie theater, The Plaza, is now synonymous with quality programing, the local indie film scene and the Atlanta Film Festival. However, three-quarters-of-a-century ago, it was one of many movie houses in a city full of beautiful marquees. Having outlasted all the others—going through many different transformations in the process—The Plaza turns 75 years-old this coming week and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate! Recently named one of the 20 best movie theaters in the world by Men’s Journal , The Plaza is celebrating in style with a 10-day film series. Kicking off the festivities is an extremely rare presentation of “Star Wars” on Friday, July 18th at 8:00 PM. Other classic films playing throughout the week include “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Ninotchka,” “Stagecoach” and more. Don’t miss your chance to celebrate! Check out the full schedule after th

Atlanta's Homespun Series— Striking local docs to screen at The Plaza tonight

Back in November, Atlanta filmmakers Jon Watts and Brantly Watts launched Homespun Series—a curated local documentary collection that focuses on the most interesting individuals in Metro Atlanta . The first crop of films highlighted a local artist, a local father-son clockmaking duo and a local female boxer. In March, Lucy had a conversation with co-founder Brantly Watts , breaking down the basics about Homespun—from its conception, to the first response and their future goals. Homespun aims to be not only of artistic value to the city, but also a resource for local filmmaking talent. Tonight, the series returns to The Plaza with three new films from local filmmakers. One of the films, Nathan Honnold’s “Thomas Bennett,” won the Documentary Short Jury Prize at this year’s Atlanta Film Festival. The other two films, “Adrian” and “Tommy,” were directed by John Merizalde and focus on people on the outskirts of Atlanta’s mainstream society. “Thomas Bennett” directed by Nathan Honnold Thomas

Get passes to a free screening of "I Origins" in Atlanta!

The Atlanta Film Festival is giving away first come, first serve passes to a free screening of Sundance hit “I Origins” on Tuesday, July 15th at 7:30 PM at Atlanta’s famed Plaza Theatre. You better have fast fingers! Click here to learn more and RSVP ! “I Origins ,”  the second feature film from writer and director Mike Cahill, tells the story of Dr. Ian Gray (Michael Pitt), a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the eye. He finds his work permeating his life after a brief encounter with an exotic young woman (Astrid Berg ès-Frisbey) who slips away from him. As his research continues years later with his lab partner Karen (Brit Marling), they make a stunning scientific discovery that has far reaching implications and complicates both his scientific and spiritual beliefs. Traveling half way around the world, he risks everything he has every known to validate his theory. Cahill and Marling’s last outing, “Another Earth,” went on to receive several Georgia Film Critics