Thursday, July 19, 2018

Loving Vincent - Hand painted film about Van Gogh - at the Strand

Loving Vincent - Saturday, July 21 at 7 PM
Strand Thetare
717 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183


In July 1890 a gaunt figure stumbled down a drowsy high street at twilight in the small French country town of Auvers. The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly. This was Vincent van Gogh, then a little known artist; now the most famous artist in the world. His tragic death has long been known, what has remained a mystery is how and why he came to be shot.

Loving Vincent tells that story

Vincent van Gogh is the world’s most famous painter. His Starry Night, CafĂ© Terrace at Night, Sunflowers, Wheatfield with Crows and indeed his own face in his many self-portraits are among the most recognised images in our world.

Vincent is not only famous for his paintings, but also for his tortured life, notably for cutting off his ear and shooting himself while painting at his easel; painting to the bitter end of his unhappy misunderstood life. He is the world’s totemic ‘tortured artist’. Loving Vincent explores Vincent’s life and work by bringing to life some of Vincent van Gogh’s most inspirational paintings to tell his story.

The creators of the film explain their process: "We painted over 65,000 frames on over 1,000 canvases. We shot the film with actors, and literally painted over it frame by frame. This is a very laborious and time-consuming process. It has taken us 4 years to develop the technique, and it took us over 2 years with a team of over 100 painters working at studios in the Polish cities of Gdansk and Wroclaw, and a studio in Athens to complete the film."

"The reason we made the film is not because we want to be the first, or that we want to set any records, it is because we believe that you cannot truly tell Vincent’s story without his paintings, so we needed to bring his paintings to life."

Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/CGzKnyhYDQI

"A one-of-a-kind work of art." - Variety
"An animated masterpiece. I have never seen anything like it before." - Peter Hammond, Deadline 
"A new film that tears up the rule book of animation...I’ve not experienced anything like it before." – Florence Waters, The Telegraph
"Unique and incredible" — Jan Wahl, KCBS Radio, San Francisco
" Like nothing you’ve ever seen & absolutely wonderful." — Jan Wahl, KCBS Radio, San Francisco
"A jaw-droppingly beautiful film." - Tomris Laffly, Film Journal International
"It is fantastic! A magical new cinema experience! I loved it." - Lee Thomas / WJBK-TV (FOX) 

Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $5
At the door: $7

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Blazing Saddles?

Blazing Saddles
Saturday, July 14 at 7 PM



"My name's Jim, but most people call me - Jim...I used to be known as the Waco Kid."

“How ’bout some more beans, Mr. Taggart?”

“Hello, handsome. Is that a 10-gallon hat, or are you just enjoying the show?”

"I’m working for Mel Brooks!”

"Excuse me while I whip this out."

"Candygram for Mongo!"

"Oh, it's twue. It's twue. It's twue, it's twue!"

"What the hell are you worried about? It's 1874, you can sue her"

"The Sheriff is near?"

Okay, maybe it's the heat, but for some reason we are following up Airplane with Blazing Saddles. We know it may be inappropriate and offensive, but it is funny; in fact Blazing Saddles was nominated for three Academy Awards, and is ranked No. 6 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Laughs list.

It's a 1974 American satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, 

Watch the trailer:

Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $5

At the door: $7

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Look out! Airplane! is coming to the Strand

Don't call me Shirley!
Airplane!
Strand Theatre
Saturday, July 7 at 7 PM

Look, no jive talking: this would be the wrong week to stop smoking, drinking, sniffing glue, or using amphetimines. Come see Airplane! instead. 

Airplane? 

Surely you’re not serious. 

I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley. 

Good luck, we're all counting on you!

$5 advance tickets are available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
$7 at the door

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Black Orpheus coming to the Strand Saturday, June 30

Black Orpheus
Strand Theatre
Saturday, June 30 at 7 PM

Winner of both the 1960 Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or in 1959, Marcel Camus’ Black Orpehus (Orfeu negro) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its eye-popping photography and ravishing, epochal soundtrack, Black Orpehus was a cultural event, kicking off the bossa nova craze that set hi-fis across America spinning.

Read more about this classic film: 

(Portugese with English subtitles)

See the trailer: 

Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $5
At the door: $7

Monday, June 25, 2018

American Animals crew featured on the Today Show

Megyn Kelly interviewd the 4 "art thieves" from the movie American Animals this morning: Monday, June 25. Check it out.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

American Animals - true heist story at the Strand

American Animals
Saturday, June 23 at 7 PM

"Hunt this film down if at all possible. It is an absolute gem." - Movieweb.com

SYNOPSIS American Animalsis the unbelievable but entirely true story of four young men who attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history. The film centers around two friends from the middle-class suburbs of Lexington, Kentucky. Spencer (Barry Keoghan), is determined to become an artist but feels he lacks the essential ingredient that unites all great artists –suffering. 

His closest friend, Warren (Evan Peters), has also been raised to believe that his life will be special, and that he will be unique in some way. But as they leave the suburbs for universities in the sametown, the realities of adult life begin to dawn on them and with that, the realization that their lives may in fact never be important or special in any way. Determined to live lives that are out of the ordinary, they plan the brazen theft of some of the world’s most valuable books from the special collections room of Spencer's college Library. 

Enlisting two more friends,accounting major Eric (Jared Abrahamson) and fitness fanatic Chas (Blake Jenner), and taking their cues from heist movies, the gang meticulously plots the theft and subsequent fence of the stolen artworks. Although some of the group begin to have second thoughts, they discover that the plan has seemingly taken on a life of its own. Unfolding from multiple perspectives, and innovatively incorporating the real-life figures at the heart of the story, writer-director Bart Layton (The Imposter) takes the heist movie into bold new territory.

Watch the trailer

Read review from Movieweb

Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $5
At the door: $7

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A Fistful of Dollars at the Strand (for Fathers Day)

A Fistful of Dollars
Saturday, June 16 at the Strand Theatre
7 PM

Bring your dad, bring your son, bring anybody to see Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, the first Spaghetti Western, and the film which started Clint Eastwood's rise to international stardom.

See Eastwood's "Man with No Name" ride into a corrupt village, and turn two warring gangs of outlaws against one another.

This story was first told by Akira Kurosawa in Yojimbo only three years earlier, but Eastwood, Leone, and composer Ennio Morricone made the material their own. Westerns would never look or sound the same.

Our showing is being sponsored by Mike Gillis of Raintree Pictures. Thanks, Mike.

Watch trailer

Advance tickets: $5 at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
$7 at the door.