Keeping Track (July 19, 2012)
by HELEN GEIB
Last Week at the Movies
So, last weekend. Option #1: Friday night. Fairbanks’ Robin Hood at the Ohio Theater, Columbus’ old downtown movie palace, accompanied on the original theater organ. I’d really like to see a movie at the Ohio, which hosts a summer movie series but is primarily a performing arts venue now. Option #2: Saturday afternoon. Pandora’s Box at the Music Box in Chicago, likewise with accompaniment on the house organ. I like the Music Box, but it is a working theater and I’ve been there lots of times. In the end, it came down to location, location, location: Columbus is a nice Midwestern city but a weekend in Chicago is a weekend in Chicago.
Back home on Sunday morning and would you believe it, there in the Sunday paper is an ad for a special screening of… Robin Hood! It was showing as part of the annual Indianapolis Early Music Festival. The accompaniment by an ensemble* playing Renaissance and Medieval songs on period instruments was absolutely fantastic, one of the best live scores I’ve heard. This year I got the best of both worlds. Next year the balcony of the Ohio.
Last Week at Home
Shinobi no Mono 3: Resurrection- ninjas!
Saathiya- lovely songs and an inordinate fear of realism in this Bollywood romance
Three Outlaw Samurai- Hideo Gosha’s first film and very cool
The Great Escape- as great as ever
New in Theaters This Weekend
Nobody wants to go up against The Dark Knight Rises.
What have you been watching? What are you looking forward to?