Tuesday night at Malco Ridgeway, a Memphis Hometowner documentary gets an encore performance. Memphis Majic, directed by Eddie Bailey, tells the story of jookin, the Memphis street dance that took over the world. If you missed it at Indie Memphis, now is your chance to rectify that situation! Tickets are available now at the indie Memphis website.
Across town at Crosstown Arts is Indie Memphis' Annual Holiday Film Trivia Contest. For the first time, I will be co-hosting with the event's longtime master of questions, Commercial Appeal film critic John Beifuss. There will be prizes for the winning teams, complimentary food and beverages, and other surprises. So, come out and test your knowledge of film past and present! Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with trivia smackdown commencing at 7 p.m.
Here's a little hint for all you trivia heads out there:
On Wednesday, December 5th, the Memphis premiere of an acclaimed Japanese anime feature. Mirai is a family story about a boy who is jealous of his new baby sister, until a little time travel intervenes. Director Mamoru Hosoda's seventh film has been wildly successful in Japan, and will probably be on the short list for animation Oscars in America this year. The film premieres at the Paradiso and Malco Collierville at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Then on Sunday, Dec. 9th, Turner Classic Movies presents the holiday classic White Christmas. The 1954 film was directed by Casablanca helmer Michael Curtiz, and stars Bing Crosby revisiting his Irving Berlin-penned Christmas song from Holiday Inn, which won the Best Song Oscar in 1942. Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, and Vera Ellen round out the cast. The Crosby version of the title song is the best-selling single of all time, with an estimated 50 million units moved worldwide. Here's a little taste from YouTube, which does not do justice to Paramount's 70 mm VistaVision image.