For those in the SoCal area who don’t mind a drive east to Montclair, the Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre offers up double features of first-run flicks for only $7, and kids 9 and under get in free. Current flicks include Cloverfield, First Sunday, The Bucket List and Walk Hard. Of course, that eye-clawing double feature of Meet the Spartans and Alvin and the Chipmunks looks like quite the punisher, especially if the latter is your weekday nightcap…
It’s a happy 31st birthday to Kerry Washington, who is one of the most thoughtful and articulate young actress interviews out there.
Her work in the Fantastic Four flicks hasn’t necessarily been showcase-type material (check out The Last King of Scotland, or go rent her film debut, the heartbreaking Our Song, if you want to see her at her best), but Washington has showed plenty of range over the past several years, from Ray, The Dead Girl and Chris Rock’s I Think I Love My Wife to a certain gimmicky summer comedy whose name shall not be mentioned. I’ve had the pleasant fortune of talking to her four times, both in person and over the phone, and like Jodie Foster — among a relatively small handful of other actors — within three to five minutes of meeting her you just immediately know Washington could have been successful at any other number of things other than acting. She’s plugged into the world around her, the real world, and also has a wicked sense of humor. If the right indie writer-director took her as his muse, a fabulous project could easily result.
I mentioned previously that indie darling Juno has crossed the $100 million mark, but it’s worth pointing out a few other tidbits — namely that the movie has spent six consecutive weeks since its release in the top 10, and is now the sixth highest-grossing platform opener of all time, and the biggest such release since 2002’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding. It also bests all-star indie distributor Fox Searchlight’s previous company highwater mark — 2004’s Sideways, which drank up $71.5 million in theatrical receipts.
For those in Southern California, paranoia, conspiracy and political corruption take center stage at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, February 6 through 10. We live in interesting and politically fraught times, no doubt, so what better way to count down until January 20, 2009, than to take in some classic cinema, including All the President’s Men, The Parallax View, The Manchurian Candidate, Executive Action and 1979’s under-regarded satire Winter Kills, directed by William Richert. Three Days of the Condor, helmed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway, kicks off the series on February 6.
The Aero Theatre
is located at 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica
information on directions and the Aero’s upcoming schedule,
phone (323) 466-FILM.