Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fashion Interlude: Miu Miu and Muta by Lucrecia Martel

Matinees, a perfectly beautiful and spooky segue from 1940s stylings to our upcoming matinee this weekend. No hints, see if you can figure out where we are going with this beautifully eerie fashion short, MUTA, by Lucrecia Martel---the second segment in Miu Miu's series, The Women's Tales featuring brilliant women directors and sweet threads.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Starlight Cinema: Hometown Holla'

Whilst this theatre is all about cozy trappings of shabby seats and dark lighting, in the August of our summer, i'd like to insert a few homages to the excellent outdoor summer venues of Baltimore, M.D.---as continued inspiration for your starlit nights. The geography lends to the cinematic themes and through such badass public use, brings the landmarks back to us peeps. so dig these:

Films are about food or have an Italian flavor, and 2011 is the 15yr anniversary.

"Many years ago, as the story goes, Little Italy was repainting a 'Welcome to Little Italy' billboard, but the contractor didn’t obtain the proper permits from the city of Baltimore. Before the billboard could be finished, the city put an end to the project and the neighborhood was left with a huge white plywood eyesore on the side of Ciao Bella. Eventually, someone noticed the unfinished project oddly resembled a movie projector screen…and viola! An idea was born…When the movie starts around 9 pm, a hush goes over the crowd and sound is piped through the neighborhood’s street speakers. It’s an enchanting experience and one that we hope lives on for a long time to come." -Elisa, Baltimore is Awesome, July 27, 2011

Cop a squat on lovely Fells Point...

The films are not classic as much as pointed to please as many Baltimoreans as possible--recent blockbusters for free right on the Chesapeake Bay. The key is grabbing a crab cake and hoping the film deals with aquatic horror, because the Harbor has stories...

Flicks From the Hill
Hosted by the American Visionary Art Museum, a folk art awesomeness institution.

This summer's selection is inspired by the exhibit, "What Makes Us Smile?" at the American Visionary Art Museum and screened on Federal Hill. Films include: Airplane!, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Pink Panther and Duck Soup.

The art exhibit "What Makes Us Smile?" looks amazing--a little silly and joyous and was "co-curated by renowned creator of 'The Simpsons,' Matt Groening, artist Gary Panter – known for, among many other things, his whimsy behind Pee-Wee Herman's Playhouse – and Museum founder Rebecca Hoffberger. 'Smile' features the costumes, cartoons, out-loud & 3-D glee-filled surprises created by 90 artists, imps, and comedians with accompanying essays, factoids, quotes and blurbs that revel in the history and science behind the gift of laughter." -AVAM, 2011

Detail: Tickling Machine by Carlos Zapata, 2003

What, Me Worry? Bed by Patty Kuzbida, 2010
On Deck Circle by Tom Wilborn, c. 1970
Smile Welcome Mat by Nadya Volicer, 2010
(made from recycled toothbrushes!)

Johns Hopkins Summer Film Festival
Hosted by the university, right outside iconic Gilman Hall.

Sometimes its all about doing a landmark redux. i don't know what's cooler, that fact that every film is paired with a band riffing on the cinematic theme, or that the Gilman tower is blasted with the image of Andre the Giant or Anjelica Huston. Okay, i think i do know...

And whilst this matinee owner lived early formative years in Charm City, she cannot forsake Columbia, M.D., the true hood making this young girl into a matinee manger---and institutionalizing decades of righteous late 1960s urban development theory, pretty man-made Lake Kittamaqundi and the 40-year annual summer Lakefront Festival with free movies.

Sponsored by the Columbia Association, oh yeah, the powers that be in Columbia---the legacy of James Rouse (and grandpapa to Edward Norton).

My dear Matinees, i am not going to lie, this year's family friendly movie selection looks less inspiring than the deliciously goofy spread from my childhood (everything was either a musical, a classic or had Jody Foster circa 1970s in it---the original Freaky Friday, anyone?) so let's just revisit how this matinee manager and little sister Coco would eat mom's carob and raisin snacks, sitting under the stars:

Yet, the quintessential deal with being a Columbian in the summer is sitting cross legged and kum ba yah style looking across the manmade lake in a city where interfaith centers share rituals and the villages are named after poets, holding hands under the People Tree.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Inspired by Criss Cross

Los Angeles is not the only city that serves up a deep dish noir, but it might be one of my favorites. And i say that as a born east coast matinee owner. Maybe its the lonely palm trees swaying in the wind or the dead end of big dreams that the city of angels continues to represent in film--talk about the symbolic redux there!--but L.A. does twisted fate quite well. And space-based inspiration is where we begin with this collage of Criss Cross...
(Steve passes up bowling with Pops, maybe he should have gone?)
Adore her or despise her or both, Yvonne De Carlo's Anna is da' bomb and looks it. In every scene.
But hello, Burt Lancaster's Steve is heartthrob city. And his wistful puppy eyes are key to the charm. The man looks GOOD.
Damn that swagger. Reading the newspaper has never looked more suggestive.
Loot! You gots to stash the loot.
Darlings, film noir is all sex and violence, just done real pretty. Alors, pour votre chambres:
(the original unisex colonia, and secret to matinee patrons?
c'est mon was good enough for old Hollywood, ergo)
Outside Union Station---be it L.A., D.C. or anywhere in between demands smart traveling threads.
Romantics drink tea with their mamas.
Dazzle with Bakelite while waiting on the diamonds, it has more warmth anyway, Anna dear.
Dancers needs skirts that fly, hair that does not stay in place and crisp shirts rolled up for twirling partners on the floor.
Guns in poised salute (that labor-cultivated beard is extra). And work the pomade, Burt did...
This matinee manager refuses to get rid of the get-a-way driving dame and her ever-loving shades. Live on gorgeous trope! Vive les luntettes de soleil!
Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell Driving Dilemma
Guard your heart, mes cheries. Dance with light feet but look over your shoulder...
In closing, muy bravo to Esy Morales and his Latin Rhythm Orchestra. Facilitating that delicious scene in which you effectively fold back into 1940s L.A. The Puerto Rican-born maestro is wonderful (collaborated with Yusef Lateef!) and at the piano allegedly (not confirmed) is Cuban-born brilliant Rene Touzet, check out these mp3s via Amazon and youtube...and move instantly happy in/with your seats, matinee bambinos.