Monday, November 28, 2016

Swedish award winning film: A Man Called Ove

Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it's shared.

One of Sweden's biggest locally-produced box office hits ever, director Hannes Holm finds the beating heart of his source material and Swedish star Rolf Lassgård, whose performance won him the Best Actor award at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival, affectingly embodies the lovable curmudgeon Ove.

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Director: Hannes Holm

“...a breathless movie.” - John Hartl, Seattle Times

“A smooth, methodical black comedy... Hearts will warm, and tears may fall.” - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“A morbidly funny and moving success. Director Holm’s grip on the film’s tricky, tragicomic tone is masterful." - Odie Henderson,

“The dopes saying that movies are dead haven’t seen the moving, tender ‘A Man Called Ove.’” - Nick Schager, Village Voice

Awards & Festivals

Sweden's Official Foreign Language Submission - 89th Academy Awards®
Best Actor - Seattle International Film Festival Golden Space Needle Award 2016
Winner - Audience Award, Best Actor (Rolf Lassgård), Best Make-Up (Love Larson & Eva Von Bahr), 2016 Guldbagge Awards
Winner - Audience Award, 2016 Mill Valley Film Festival & 2016 Traverse City Film Festival
Winner - Audience Award for Best Film, 2016 Scottsdale International Film Festival

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

Monday, November 21, 2016

Singin' in the Rain free at the Strand the day after Thanksgiving

Singin' in the Rain - Free!
Friday, November 25 
at 7 PM
The best things in life are (sometimes) free!  
Singin' in the Rain was declared number 20 among the best films ever made in Sight and Sound's most recent poll. On the day after Thanksgiving join us to see why. Made in 1952 Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor sing, dance and charm us with this classic story set behind the scenes in the world of movie making.

It is free, but we will certainly accept donations to help us in our mission to bring great entertainment to downtown Vicksburg.

Don't get shut out: wolf down a turkey sandwich and come early to get a good seat.

The Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
downtown Vicksburg

Thursday, November 10, 2016

It's not just a flesh wound - Monty Python is coming!!! Ni!!!

Bob Bernard is sponsoring a showing of Monty Python and the Holy Grail this Saturday, November 12 at 7 PM. Come early, there should  be a crowd for this one.

Advance tickets are $5 at the Coffeehouse, and $7 at the door.

Martin's at Midtown will be open after the show so the party can continue.

And, we have coconuts.

Harry & Snowman was a magnet for horse fanciers...

Somehow word got out that we were showing Harry & Snowman last Saturday, November 5, We were delighted that "horse people" were so eager to see it, they were williing to travel. Road trips to see this story about a man and his incredible jumping horse originated in West Monroe and New Orleans, La; Gulfport, Pelahatchie, West, Jackson, and more from Mississippi. These travelers of all ages not only enjoyed the movie, but they also went out to eat at local restaurants, and some stayed the night in b&bs and hotels. It makes me feel like the Strand is working...Thanks to all.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Harry & Snowman coming to the Strand Sat., Nov. 5 at 7

"Heartwarming...captivating" - The Hollywood Reporter

In Holland, during World War II, Harry de Leyer spent his youth helping his father, who worked for the resistance, hide and deliver Jews out of Nazi-occupied Holland.

After the war ended, Harry was sponsored by an American family whose son was killed during the war, and who was buried on the deLeyer farm. This enabled him to bring his wife to America in 1950. He became a riding instructor at an expensive girls' boarding school. He had a one-year contract, but the school kept him on for 22 years.

In 1956 he planned to attend a horse auction, hoping to find an inexpensive horse for his growing family, one he might be able to use at the school. A flat tire kept him from reaching the auction on time; when he got there, the only horses that were left were on a truck headed for the glue factory. But he saw something in one of the horses, a mottled Amish plow horse, that appealed to him. He bought the horse for $80 and named him Snowman.

Before Harry bought the horse, he has arranged to sell his next horse to a doctor who lived 6 miles away. Apparently the horse, now called Snowman, did not agree to the sale. Shortly after he was taken to the doctor's farm, he showed up at Harry's home. when the doctor came to reclaim his horse, he told Harry that Snowman had jumped a fence to return. Harry told him to build higher fences.

Higher fences didn't help. Wherever the doctor put the horse, however high the fence, Snowman would jump out of his paddock and return to Harry. Eventually, the two men recognized that the horse had made up his mind - he belonged to Harry.

Harry also realized that the horse was a talented jumper. Within two years, Snowman, the ten-year-old plow horse, had won the show jumping triple crown, becoming the American Horse Show Association's Horse of the Year, Professional Horseman's Association champion and the champion of Madison Square Garden's Diamond Jubilee.

Neither Harry nor Snowman fit the world they entered and conquered, but together they dominated the sport for several years.

Snowman would retire from show jumping in 1962, but not before becoming a national celebrity. He appeared on television shows, had a fan club and a line of toys designed to look like him.

He would spend the rest of his life as a beloved friend to deLeyer and his family. Family films show the eight deLeyer children using Harry's back as a diving platform as the happy horse swam with his family.

Although Snowman would die in 1974, Harry would continue as a trainer and show jumper for years. He would acquire the nickname "The Galloping Grandfather."

The award-winning documentary Harry & Snowman tells the improbable story of this unlikely pair.

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Harry & Snowman
Saturday, November 5 at the Strand at 7 PM

$5 Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
$7 at the door

601 529 7252

The Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
downtown Vicksburg