You could drive by Janos Wilder's new restaurant a hundred times
without taking notice. Nothing about the exterior calls attention
to itself, and the interior of Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails has
only slightly more personality.
The inaugural Loft Film Fest kicks off tonight with a 25th
anniversary screening of Martin Scorsese's "After Hours," followed
by a Q & A with stars Griffin Dunne and Rosanna Arquette.
Isn't every week at the Loft Cinema a festival of foreign,
independent, classic and cult films? And hasn't it been that way
since the Loft was called the New Loft and housed in an actual loft
near Arizona Stadium? So what makes the Loft's new film festival, a
weeklong event that opens a week…
The Loft Film Fest got a big boost when Griffin Dunne agreed to
show up on opening night for a 25th anniversary screening of "After
Dennis Rodman and a cadre of pro-wrestling stars are converging
on the Old Pueblo for The Ultimate Halloween Brawl on Saturday
night at the Tucson Arena.
Mother's Day was almost over when Christina Robinson suffered a
devastating stroke, just four days after giving birth to her first
child, Leonardo Antonio Robinson Mirocha.
In the first quarter of the 20th century, America's favorite
author was undoubtedly Harold Bell Wright, a man who lived in
Tucson longer than he lived anywhere else.
The Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation is a nonprofit
organization that's committed to celebrating and saving structures
and other historical resources of the Old Pueblo and Pima
Demion Clinco exaggerates not a bit when he tells you that next
week's screenings of "The Mine With the Iron Door" is a rare
opportunity to see a part of Tucson's history. The 1924 silent
film, which was filmed here, hasn't been seen in these parts since
it premiered at the Rialto Theatre.
Because nothing says "party" for a former Spanish presidio like
a luau, and because people get paid to try to lure you downtown on
weekends, and because Ernie Menehune and his Polynesian dancers
were available, the Big Kahuna is upon us.
The University of Arizona campus regularly screens films that
you just can't experience elsewhere.
No survey of alternative screens in Tucson would be complete
without a shout out to the Screening Room, a plucky outfit that has
operated out of a storefront at 127 E. Congress St. for some 20
Inspired by Andy Warhol's "Lonesome Cowboys," filmed in 1969 at
a ranch north of Tucson, Marianne Dissard will traipse off to a
different cowtown this weekend to make a Western movie while
presiding over a dusk-to-dawn party.
When the militia finally tracks down God, he's chilling at a
ratty roadside motel outside Paris, Texas. The creator of the
universe was the subject of a six-month manhunt, accused of really
The summer movie season, which starts with Friday's opening of
"Iron Man 2," is filled to the brim with big-budget sequels, starry
remakes, rogue spies with attitude, animated family flicks (in
three dimensions, naturally) and a handful of original films that
might actually be good. Here's o…
A fascinating documentary about the Pastime Players, a Tucson
troupe that showcases the abilities of people with developmental
disabilities, is one of 18 feature films selected for the 2010
Arizona International Film Festival.
The Screening Room opened on East Congress Street two decades ago, but the storefront theater didn't fully arrive on the downtown scene until about six months ago. That's when its dazzling new marquee was installed.
If two-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep beats Sandra Bullock for best actress on Sunday night, she will become the only woman alive with three acting Oscars.
Twenty-six Oscar facts (and a few opinions).
Andy Warhol once told an interviewer that he ate a sandwich and
Campbell's condensed soup every day while he and his brothers were
growing up in Pittsburgh.
Andy Warhol adopted the Velvet Underground in 1966, making them
the house band at the Factory and the star of his Exploding Plastic
Andy Warhol was at the white-hot apex of his career when he and his posse arrived in Tucson to make a movie in January 1968. "Lonesome Cowboys," destined to be Warhol's last film as a director, was shot mostly at Rancho Linda Vista after plans to use Old Tucson failed to pan out.
If you've seen what passes for a romantic comedy lately, you
know that Hollywood could stand to learn a thing or two from the
"Eyes Wide Open" is the opening night film in the Fabulous Faygeleh Film Festival, a two-day fest of gay and lesbian films with a Jewish bent.
Glenn Close is back for season three of the legal thriller
"Damages," dishing out deception, intimidation and plenty of
attitude as Patty Hewes, a smart lawyer who might also be evil.
"Esmeralda del Desierto" is a haunting 30-minute film that imagines a migrant queen claimed by the Sonoran Desert. Written and directed by Oscar Jimenez, a Tucsonan who grew up in Ajo, it will be shown at the Loft Cinema on Wednesday night.
An absorbing British drama about two people doing their best to overcome family tragedy.
Movies big and small open in "major" U.S. cities, but not here. Not now. Maybe next week.
When I heard that Albert Maysles was coming to Tucson for a tribute to his work, I figured that's pretty much what he does these days.
M. Scot Skinner's column will return next week.
Koor Garang, a 26-year-old certified nursing assistant who likes
to be called Chris, was on the phone last week, politely talking
about a documentary featuring him and two other Lost Boys of Sudan.
All three will be at the Loft on Sunday to answer questions
following the screening of "Rebuil…
M. Scot Skinner's column willl return next week.
So here's the funny part.
Unlike Tribeca or Telluride, Tucson has tons of film festivals —
not just the one. In fact, there's a film festival tonight, a
different one on Saturday, plus yet another on Wednesday.
The fall movie season will feature more than a few vampire and
zombie movies, which won't necessarily make up for the fact that
"True Blood" wraps up its second season on Sunday night. Alan
Ball's smash-hit HBO series has become required viewing for those
who like their vampire stories vivid…
"In the Loop" is a bright, laser-focused British satire about an
inane war of words that leads to actual war in the Middle East.
All the lights went out at Madison Square Garden, and the crowd
fell silent except for the handful of fans who must yell "Whooooo!"
at such moments.
Like so many cats on campus, Saliwat Muwanga came to Tucson by
way of Southern California.
Some newcomers to the Old Pueblo, including at least one
reporter I know, are mystified by all the attention devoted to
today's grand opening of a stretch of roadway that goes under some
train tracks and into downtown.
The first performance on the brand-new Hotel Congress Plaza will
go on and on, ad nauseam, until you make it stop.
New restaurant is Perfecto