The Roxy Raves for April 16

By Stevie B

theroxy@shaw.ca

Monday, April 16 2012

It’s been a great spring for staying home, hunkering down and watching movies. And so I have done just thus and really had a cozy time just me on the couch and my lovely pup Koola stretched out in front of the fireplace. Now I can’t speak for Koola, but I watch dozens of movies from the Co-op every month and here are some that I’ve enjoyed that you may as well:
• Drive: Neo-noir at its best. Starts off as a typical B-quality action flick and very quickly evolves into something much more engrossing, surprising and beautifully realized than you would ever expect. Ryan Gosling is amazing.
• The Descendants: Award-winning George Clooney film that connects with most all who see it.
• Midnight in Paris: Woody Allen special. A tribute as much to Paris as it is to art, music and romance. Excellent supporting cast of historical characters in the arts as well as Owen Wilson being the absolute best “Woody Allen” since, well, Woody Allen.
• 50/50: Sensitive subject (cancer) done with respect, wit and a wonderful celebration of life. Excellent acting, philosophy and dare I say it, fun!
• The Guard: Charming black comedy set in modern day Ireland with a most wonderfully irascible Brendan Gleeson as the title character. (The cinematography of coastal Ireland is quite lovely but honestly, it’s hard to impress a Gabriolan with that!)
• Water For Elephants: Old-time circus tale with an authentic 1930’s look and feel. Excellent cast with Christopher Waltz as the most wonderfully sociopathic villain to our star-crossed lovers Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson.
• The Debt: Cold War spy melodrama tale with Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington.
• Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: More Cold War spy – more authentic and believable than The Debt, but every bit as intriguing and rewarding an experience.
• Sinners and Saints: Overlooked by many, a rogue cop affair based in New Orleans – a kind of Dirty Harry for the new millennium. It’s raw, it’s tough and it’s good.
• Super 8: Spielberg-produced kids just want to have fun affair that boasts perhaps the best train wreck ever portrayed on the big screen – scary but invigorating!
• Hugo: Beautifully shot, acted and told story. Scorsese tackles a fable-type tale with all his best and the results are this award-winning gem of a film.
• The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: The classic western from the 1960s with the amazing cast of Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, etc. and one of the best bad cowboys ever – Lee Marvin at his scenery-chewing, over-the-top villainous best. Arguably one of the best western title songs of all time – right up there with The Magnificent Seven and High Noon.
So there, git yourself down to the Co-op and check out some of these gems. You can thank me later.
Meanwhile, down at the Roxy:
NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Hockey in HD on the big 10 x 6-foot Roxy screen: randomly as available and as often as possible. Watch for the sign board outside the Roxy for daily info. Bring your own snacks and tidy up after yourself. By donation. Go ’nucks go!
Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.: How to Die in Oregon, a powerful new movie about legalized suicide. The movie examines different perspectives of this complex and emotionally charged issue. Reviews: “Incredibly moving, transformative, beautifully intimate, heartbreakingly honest.” Won 2011 Grand Jury Prize in documentary category at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. This is an invitation to start a public discussion on Gabriola about Death With Dignity. Admission $5. Doors open 7 p.m., movie starts 7:30 p.m. For info, call Tsiporah 250-247-8350.
Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m.: Poetry Open Mic presented by Poetry Gabriola. Spoken word performers show up, sign up and put out. Sometimes exciting, often provocative and always fun. Voyeurs $5. Roxy doors open 6:45 p.m.
Anyone can rent the Roxy for $25/hr. Contact theroxy@shaw.ca for details.
End of an era: Special Roxy Raves Award to Roger Christie for all the special moments, events and warm welcome his Raspberry’s Jazz Café always gave our special island of Gabriola. Thanks and praises are hardly enough. (Then, cash would be nice. R.C.) (I feel like an orphan. S.B.)
May the gods be with you.
See you next week.