Tuesday, August 7th at the Malco Ridgeway Cinema Grille, one of the most unusual animated films of all times screens. Loving Vincent was a nominee for the 2018 Best Animated Feature Academy Award. Billed as the "first fully painted feature film," the European production helmed by Dorota Kobila and Hugh Welchman is a full animation done entirely in oil paintings in the style of its subject, Vincent Van Gogh. Even those unfamiliar with the labor intensive process of creating an animated film can appreciate what a staggering achievement this represents: More than 65,000 individual frames were painted by a team of more than 120 artists scattered over 20 countries. The fact that they not only completed this massive project, but that it is actually a really interesting film that combines a character study of the great painter with a detective story inquiring about the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death makes this film nothing short of a miracle. Tix available at the Indie Memphis website.
On Wednesday, in case you missed it last Sunday, The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary screening repeats. Witness one of the great character introductions in cinematic history:
On Thursday, August 9th at 5:30, big bands come to the Paradiso. And when I say big, I mean enormous. The Drum Corps International (DCI) Championships are the most prestigious event in the marching band world. The event, which brings together 15 of the world's biggest and best groups, will be broadcast live from the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. If you're like me, and completely tired of filmmakers who can only think to use the incredible surround sound systems in theaters to make dramatic fart noises (thanks, Inception), hearing these talented musicians leave it all on the field will be sweet.
Friday night, August 10th at the Orpheum Theatre, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, and Julia Roberts star in Steel Magnolias. Get your girl gang together and prepare for wine and weeping.
On Saturday at the Pink Palace, Memphis takes a starring role in America's Musical Journey. The 3D film showing in the museum IMAX theater traces America's history through our music and the people who make it. Mississippian Morgan Freeman narrates.