Keeping Track (August 2, 2012)
by HELEN GEIB
Last Week at the Movies
Business called me to Chicago last Friday and I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to catch a double feature at the Music Box. The weekend classic matinee was Billy Wilder’s The Front Page (1974), starring Jack Lemmon as ace crime reporter Hildy Johnson and Walter Matthau as editor-from-hell Walter Burns. Like the original Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur play, the movie is set in 1928 Chicago, although with the crucial difference that the play happened to be written then and Wilder is looking back- and taking the opportunity to pepper the script with wink and a nudge jokes. It sometimes strains too hard for comic effect and falls flat as a result, but the play holds up and the performances are as good as you’d expect from that cast.
Sacrifice- Chen Kaige’s new movie was the second half of my self-made double bill
Last Week at Home
The Hurt Locker- film club movie of the month
New in Theaters This Weekend
Colin Farrell in Total Recall, the new take on Philip K. Dick’s short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, and for the family audience, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.
What have you been watching? What are you looking forward to?