My Favorite Local Films of 2009
With droves of people flooding the box office this past weekend (a record setting $278 million at last count) to see the latest blockbuster extravaganzas, lost in the shuffle are some great local films released over the course of the year. I don’t claim to be a local film guru, but while attending the Mitten Movie Project (a must for anyone even remotely interested in locally made films) I did stumble across a couple of films that stuck with me even after watching the season’s best Oscar hopefuls and mega-blockbusters. In an attempt to direct people to the website where the filmmakers posted their videos, the links to their films are below as opposed to uploading the videos directly to this post.
Literally – directed by Tomie Green
A hilarious short film where two buddies take life a little too, well, literally.
Check out the film here: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/2914935/literally
Six Minutes – directed by Justin Mills and Matt Dibble
Another humorous film, but one with a message that hits home for those that live and do business in Royal Oak (full disclosure – both Justin and Matt are contributers to the Urbane Life Blog, but had no knowledge of this post being written).
Check out the film here: http://www.urbaneapts.com/blog/?p=1415
My Favorite Local Movie Theater of 2009
From Cinci to Chi-Town, I have been to a fair number of movie theaters around the Midwest this year. However it was the newly opened Burton Theatre in downtown Detroit that really piqued my interest. Even with the constant stream of media doom and gloom surrounding The D, people are still finding ways to turn their passions into reality and the Burton Theatre oozes a passion for film the moment you set foot inside the old Burton Elementary School at 3420 Cass Avenue.
Sitting in the Burton, drinking a Faygo Rock & Rye Soda (in a glass bottle no less) and watching a film that would have probably skipped Michigan completely (the intriguing and sometimes disturbing Bronson) was probably one of my most memorable film experiences of the year. Although I plan to watch a few more films at the Burton before I write anything “official” about it over at the mergemovies.com blog, it is without a doubt one of the most unique film venues to come on to the Midwest movie scene this year. Check out the schedule and the Burton Theatre’s cleverly designed website here.
What’s on the 2010 Horizon?
Now more than ever, Detroit is a cinephile’s dream. With the “Big 3″ -The Redford, The Detroit Film Theatre and The Burton Theatre – providing everything from classic to foreign to off-the-beaten-track cinema, metro Detroit moviegoers have more movie choices than any other time in recent history. A quick glance at the Detroit Film Theatre’s HUGE winter/spring movie schedule gives a peak at some exciting foreign films (leading off with John Woo’s Chinese epic Red Cliff), the Burton continues to provide great films that Michiganders would normally have to travel to New York or Los Angeles to see (Black Dynamite for example) and the Redford Theatre is readying itself for another classic film and Barton Theatre Organ-filled winter season (Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Spartacus are among the notable titles). If all goes to plan, 2010 will also see the opening of the new Emagine Theater in downtown Royal Oak – something that will compliment the Main Art’s selection of movies quite nicely. I don’t know about you, but 2010 looks like a cinema lover’s dream.
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