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Oddball Cinema’s “You’re Never Gonna Believe This” series goes into full Hollywood mode with a story that you WILL believe because it was filmed as it happened and is presented with none of the distasteful bits edited out: ■ Title — The Greatest Movie Ever Sold ■ A.K.A. — Pom Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold ■ Director — Morgan Spurlock ■ Cast — J.J. Abrams, Peter Berg, Paul Brennan ■ ©2011 ■ Rated PG-13 ■ 1h 30min ■ Documentary Comedy ■ Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics Product placement – the use of specific brands and products in movies in return for payment or other compensation – is common in Hollywood. Morgan Spurlock wanted to tell everyone just how common it is and how it affects movie production, so he made a movie about product placement financed entirely by product placement, and the story of the movie is the story of its own making. Watch as Morgan toadies before the corporate executives! Cringe at the executives’ arrogant demands! Hear Morgan worry about selling his soul (or at least renting it at too cheap a price)! See products gratuitously displayed in the final cut regardless of their relevance to the scene! Oddball Cinema’s organizers are tempted to add “movies” to the old adage about those who love sausages and laws, but this display of cinematic innards is too much fun to pass up.
The Shifting Realities series continues on with the 1961 French New Wave film Last Year at Marienbad. A true head-scratcher from start to finish, Last Year at Marienbad revolves around a man and woman who may or may not have met last year with a promise to meet later to decide their future together. In a cinematic fugue of repeating events, images, and dialogue, this film is a quintessential Oddball which may require repeat viewings to untangle its deliberately confounding story. In French with English subtitles. Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc6n2McMAnY Doors open at 6:30, film starts at 7:00. The film runs 94 minutes. We can go out to somewhere nearby on Mount Vernon Ave. for dinner or drinks afterward if anybody's game. The Alexandria Library does allow food and drinks in closed containers, but let's keep it to light snacks. Leave the Coq au Vin at home.
From Todd Haynes, who also co-wrote and directed the Bob Dylan quasi-non-biopic I'm Not There, comes this flashier quasi-non-biopic of David Bowie. Centered around fictional glam rock sensation Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Velvet Goldmine follows Slade's stratospheric rise, his troubled relationship with Iggy Pop/Mick Jagger/Lou Reed amalgam Curt Wild (Ewan McGregor), and his untimely but conspiracy-cloaked death. All this is being investigated by a reporter (Christian Bale) who, in documenting Slade's life, also revisits his own. Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRY9K78uDRs Doors open at 1:30, film starts at 2:00. The film runs 127 minutes. We can go out to somewhere nearby on Mount Vernon Ave. for dinner or drinks afterward if anybody's game. The Alexandria Library does allow food and drinks in closed containers, but let's keep it to light snacks. Leave the glitter-infused champagne at home.
Oddball Cinema presents A Year of Shifting Realities: a series of films whose plots involve alterations in reality or the characters’ perception of reality. This little gem stars Meryl Streep and Albert Brooks in a romantically philosophic and comedic film about two spirits who find love in their afterlives. Doors open at 5:30pm, screening starts at 6:00pm. The film is rated PG and runs 111 mins. Free popcorn included! Afterwards, feel free to join us for dinner at a Korean style fried chicken place called BonChon (7215 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003).