• Outdoor Movie Night: The Artist

    by  • June 29, 2012 • Cinema, Events, Family & Friends • 4 Comments

    The Artist

    Okay, folks! The solstice is behind us and the weather forecast has cleared for this evening. What does that spell? The outdoor movie season is commencing!

    Tonight’s movie will be The Artist.

    I scoured Rotten Tomatoes for negative reviews, but there will only four. So here they are:


    If The Artist truly were from the period it’s about, it would be a minor film that occasionally played on TCM at 3AM, and about which even hardcore silent film fans wouldn’t care much.
    Devin Faraci, Badass Digest

    Call me Hazana-vicious, but this movie seemed to me to be 100 minutes of slick-looking, engaging, ebullient song and dance in service of… what, exactly? There’s the rub. You may smile and smile, and be a villain.
    Jeffery Overstreet, Filmwell

    There’s a reason why there has only been one silent film made since the 1930s. And that reason is that they are excruciating to sit through. They are passé and their appeal is strictly esoteric.
    Tony Medley

    Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist neatly sidesteps this unsolvable dilemma by ignoring everything that’s fascinating and memorable about the era, focusing instead on a patchwork of general knowledge, so eroded of inconvenient facts that it doesn’t even qualify as a roman à clef.
    Jaime N. Christley, Slant Magazine


    The McNielsen Twilight Theater looks a little like this, just colder

    So now that you’ve read all that delicious criticism, come dish out your own! We will begin assembling at 9PM on our back deck, aiming to start the movie by around 9:30 or 9:45 — as soon as the lingering twilight allows.

    2709 Lynn Street
    Bellingham, WA 98225

    As always, the same outdoor viewing rules apply:

    • Dress warmly. Waterproof pants are recommended but not required. Fire and blankets will be provided.
    • Bring your own beverages and snacks. Popcorn will be provided on demand. I think we might have some ice cream tucked away somewhere as well, but it’s gwine be chillay.
    • Please, no illegal drugs unless you bring enough to share with everyone.
    • Ditto for fireworks.
    • No ferrets.

    Hope to see one or two of you there!

    4 Responses to Outdoor Movie Night: The Artist

    1. Matthew
      June 29, 2012 at 11:11 am

      That sounds sweet. Can I reserve two spots (for my wife and I) at another? Also, I promise to bring enough for everyone. 😛

    2. June 29, 2012 at 11:14 am

      My dear Mr. Perkins, consider your seats reserved =) It would be lovely to see you again after such a long time!

    3. Jed
      June 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Sounds like I have a rare opportunity to do this tonight!

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