Omilord, I've been so consumed with work that posting the art I have gotten to has been impossible for months. I've seen a lot, and the title refers to the last three outings.
Green Light: Comedy
Usually I don't love comedies, but I made this exception because the star of Don't Talk to Irene, Michelle McLeod, is a friend of a friend. Not only was it fun and uplifting, Scott Thompson as the retirement-home director-who-wishes-he-wasn't is understatedly perfect!
Yellow Light: Pause for beauty
Not saying this is the most important film in history, but I'm glad I saw Loving Vincent at TIFF. Taking it in full-size and with a sense of wonder was a lovely antidote to current affairs.
Red Light: Check your assumptions at the door
This was not what I expected, but The Florida Project was very affecting. Insane acting, still sticks with me. Did not see this story or the ending coming.
I'm starting to think I should go to Iceland. I keep coming across movies and shows made there. And I am going across the Pond next year—hmmm... Meanwhile I'll stick to film. The Deep (2013, dir. Baltasar Kormákur) could be received anti-climactically, but I found it a quiet rumination on several themes. While it is somewhat an action piece, that's not the bulk of it. If you want a thought-provoking film, eat the popcorn during the first half and then settle down. The star, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, is a sort of Icelandic Philip Seymour Hoffman (RIP) here, and his understated performance is part of the reason the brakes go on during the narrative based on a true story. Speaking of our late fave actor, I chose God's Pocket because I LOVE him and really appreciate John Turturro and Richard Jenkins. But a few minutes in, I realized I'd seen it (all Philip's indie pictures tend to conflate for me) and I wasn't in the mood for its violence and disconcerting effect o…
They've lost the clown noses but The Return by Circa was an exquisite blend of insanely talented circus art with drama and live Italian baroque chamber music and opera accompaniment. As usual, CanStage brought in innovative programming (and, as usual, some dope brought in their ringing cell phone). At one point, I just sat there being so grateful for the gift of art in my life. Lovely. CREATED BYYaron Lifschitz with Quincy Grant and the Circa EnsembleMUSIC BY Monteverdi, Grant, Mahler, Pisador and traditionalDIRECTOR Yaron LifschitzCOMPOSITION/MUSICAL DIRECTION/ARRANGEMENTS Quincy GrantCIRCA ENSEMBLE Nathan Boyle Marty Evans Nicole Faubert Bridie Hooper Nathan Knowles Todd Kilby Cecilia MartinOPERA SINGERS Kate Howden Benedict Nelson MUSICIANSPal Banda (Cello) Joe Bronstein (Violin & Viola) Natalie Murray-Beale (Musical Director, Piano, Harpsichord) Cecilia de Santa Maria (Harp)TECHNICAL DIRECTION/LIGHTING DESIGN Jason OrganSTAGE DESIGN Yaron Lifschitz Jason OrganCOSTUME DESIGN Libby McDonnellPHOT…
COC PRODUCTION Giacomo Puccini Set in Rome amid the turbulence of the Napoleonic Wars, Tosca is a tense psychological drama of passion and betrayal. Floria Tosca, a famous singer, murders Scarpia, the vicious chief of police, to save her beloved Cavaradossi. But Scarpia’s schemes outlive him with cruel and fatal consequences. CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMSToscaAdrianne Pieczonka/Keri Alkema*Cavaradossi Marcelo Puente/Kamen Chanev*Scarpia Markus Marquardt/Craig Colclough*AngelottiMusa NgqungwanaA Sacristan Donato di StefanoSpolettaJoel SorensenSciarrone Giles TomkinsA JailerBruno RoyConductor: Keri-Lynn WilsonDirector:Paul CurranSet Designer and Costume Designer:Kevin KnightLighting Designer:David Martin JacquesChorus Master:Sandra Horst *May 7, 11, 14, 18, 20, 2017 Adrianne Pieczonka as Tosca in Tosca (COC, 2012). Photo: Michael Cooper