The Pitch (January 14-20)

Jason Asbell
January 12, 2022
A way out west there was a fella, fella I want to tell you about, fella by the name of Jason Asbell. I only mention it 'cause some- times there's a man--I won't say a hee-ro, 'cause what's a hee-ro?--but sometimes there's a man. And I'm talkin' about Jason here-- sometimes there's a man who, wal, he's the man for his time'n place, he fits right in there--and that's Jason, the Programming Director of The Civic Theatre. . . sometimes there's a man. Wal, I lost m'train of thought here. But--aw hell, I done innerduced him enough.

When I hear the names Coen, Scott and Branagh, I reach for my cheque book (debit card), because I’m going to the movies!

It’s a cinema as art kind of week with this week’s triple billing at The Civic Theatre.  Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film, Belfast, which chronicles the life of a working class family and their young son's childhood during the tumult of the late 1960s in the Northern Ireland capital has been receiving all kinds of awards buzz and is a visual black and white treat for the big screen. 

Also in glorious black and white, Joel Coen’s treatment of the classic Shakespearean play, The Tragedy of Macbeth, stars Denzel Washington and last year’s Oscar best actress winner, Frances McDormand as Mr. and Lady Macbeth.  Visually stunning, this should definitely be viewed writ large and not on your streamer.

The final offering, and the only in colour, is the colourful portrayal of the very colourful members in the House of Gucci. When Patrizia Reggiani, an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel their legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately...murder.

You had me at betrayal. See you at The Civic.

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