Posts Tagged ‘West End Cinema’

Movieng On: West End Cinema’s Old Competitors and D.C.’s New Film Houses

Netflix, E Street Cinema, and a tiny Mount Pleasant spot set to screen vintage cuts

West End Cinema Will Close at the End of the Month

Amid a host of new movie theaters in the city, it couldn't compete.

Screen Grabs: When Theaters Transition to Digital Projection, What’s Lost?

Say it’s 1975. You’re a movie-loving entrepreneur and want to open your own cinema. Couldn’t be that hard, right? Find yourself an auditorium, some padded seats, put up a screen, buy a ton of popcorn—oh, and you’ll need a projector, but nothing too highfalutin. The 35-millimeter film they were projecting 20 years ago is the same [...]

ToDo ToDay: 10 Films That Smashed Censorship

Everyone likes a montage, right? Well, if you’re going to schedule an event around a sizzle reel, you might as well make it a good one. Tonight, Marc Lapadula, a script doctor who also teaches at Johns Hopkins University and Yale University, rolls out a set of clips from 10 venerable pieces of American cinema. [...]

West End Cinema Has Roger Corman Fever

It's all about schlock this weekend at the West End Cinema, where Corman's World, a documentary about B-movie king Roger Corman, is set to open tomorrow. Here's what Washington City Paper film critic Tricia Olszewski had to say about the documentary:
Corman’s not all sharktopusses and 60-foot centerfolds, which, along with the parade of commentators recollecting and singing his praises, [...]

Opening Now in Washington? Yeah, Right.

Ned Martel is pissed he's waiting an extra week to see Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
In Sunday's Washington Post Outlook section, the former editor of Style and occasional Washington City Paper punching bag took a deep dive on a frequent complaint of local filmgoers—that New York and Los Angeles get all the good movies first.
Back in [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Darwin Deez, Noise Music in Fairfax

Plenty of narrative films released since an Anglo-American alliance invaded Iraq in 2003 have attempted to capture the psyche of returning American soldiers—perhaps none more convincingly than Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, whose brief coda masterfully depicted the depression of an adrenaline-addicted soldier numbed by his stateside domesticity. Others, like [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Nobunny, Rene Marie, A Boy Called Dad

For the uninitiated, rabbit-masked frontman Justin Champlin might look like little more than a two-dollar Donnie Darko rehash with a guitar. But Gyllenhaal jokes aside, Chapman’s garage-punk project has garnered the kind of homegrown fandom that only comes with years of underground cassette releases, dozens of rotating bandmates, and a seriously strange live show. Among [...]

Reviewed: Putty Hill

If the camera lingers on a passed-over urban landscape long enough, will it find something meaningful? This is the cinematic riddle posed by Matt Porterfield’s second feature Putty Hill, a moody micro-budget indie that confuses austerity with profundity. Framed around the death of a troubled 20-something in its titular Baltimore County neighborhood, Porterfield’s skeletal narrative [...]

Masters at Their Sugary Craft: A Chat With Kings of Pastry Directors Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker

Watching a master at his craft has long been a tantalizing sight, in Greek amphitheaters long ago and seen from living rooms today. Reality television has continued the tradition, albeit crudely, with shows like Top Chef, Survivor, and Amazing Race. So has documentary film, in favorites like Spellbound and Mad Hot Ballroom. Yet those flicks [...]