A Very Merry Grinch to you all!(December 2000)
Happy Holidays and A Very Merry Grinch to you all!
- The Grinch is on the loose. Definitely worth a visit (or two), this is the film that soars
with the refrain "You gotta have heart." The first time in many years that the holiday
season has seen such a good old-fashioned Christmas feature, you can catch up
with the details in the Green Hartnett review, now available on line.
- "Babs," the new Dutch film billed as "a musical comedy about a criminal romance"
will also be released for the enjoyment of Lowlands' audiences on December 14th,
anticipating the Christmas season.
- Talking about Christmas films, "Minoes," a story in which the cats of Killendoon play
an important role, will begin shooting early in 2001. Based upon the childrens' book
by noted Dutch author Annie M.G. Schmidt, this film is being slotted for release in
December of 2001.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Photo: Terry O'Neil
- And, speaking (further) of children's films, JK Rowling's "Harry Potter and the
Sorcerer's Stone" has already starting shooting in England. Young Daniel Radcliffe
is appearing in the title roll and John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Richard Harris, Alan
Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Julie Walters, and (the Marvelous) Dame Maggie Smith are
among the more familiar names in the cast. Due for release in November 2001.
(What a surprise! Just in time for Christmas.)
- And since we're on the subject of Christmas films, be aware that the
Netherlands Filmmuseum located in Amsterdam's Vondelpark will be showing (from
December 17th through January 7th) the restored copy of Frank Capra's Christmas
classic "It's a Wonderful Life." Ding-a-ling-ling! (You know what that
means.) Oddly enough, the film was not a great success when first released in
1946 (despite receiving five Oscar® nominations, but managed to achieve its
status during the years following release due to its annual showings on television.
Further info at www.filmmuseum.nl
- "Sonic Acts 2000" will take place at the Paradiso concert hall in Amsterdam
(Leidseplein) on the 7th and 8th of December. The annual two-day festival, filled with
projects using image, music, sound, and performance, is platform and temporary
laboratory for young interdisciplinary artists. Presented in a professional venue for a
mixed audience consisting of art-lovers as well as a general public interested in
dance and popular music, this event offers ample opportunity to meet, exchange
views, and possibly even co-operate or perform as an 'ad hoc' formation. Since its
inception in 1994, Sonic Acts has grown in prestige as a platform for those interested
in the presentation of new attitudes in interdisciplinary arts, confrontations, blending
and fusing, and the transformation of culture into a little known domain of cultural and
artistic practices. The four themes chosen for this 7th edition are> games, pixel,
arcade, and landscape. Further information available at www.sonicacts.com
- The Emmy award for best foreign drama series has been awarded to VARA
television's production of Jean van der Velde's "All Stars." This series was based
upon the Dutch box-office success made by the same director. The program
screened for entrance in the competition dealt with a soccer game between the "All
Stars" and a team of mentally challenged boys.
© Pathé Munt Cinema
- The Amsterdam Tuschinski Theatre has temporarily closed its doors for renovation
and will remain shut until the end of 2001. A pity for any foreigners visiting the
country who have never enjoyed the interior of this fabulous art-deco palace. Take
heart, however, because the splinter-new (yes, there are even wooden balustrade
handles) Pathé Munt (on the Muntplein) has opened its doors in November. The
magnificent facade (with a sprinkling of spots bathed in a rotating wash of colors),
designed by French architect Christian de Portzamparc (also responsible for the
LVMH Tower in New York) in association with George van Delft (designer of the
Pathé Groningen and for renovation of Buitenhof cinema in The Hague), is a sight to
behold and fits neatly between the old Dutch edifices without disturbing visual
harmony. The aforementioned lights on the towering block above the doors make
quite a distinctive impression as one enters the edifice which houses 13 cinemas with
wall to wall projection, digital surround sound, comfortable seating with lots of leg
space, as well as automatic climate control. The warm, functional interior has been
designed by Elizabeth de Portzamparc (also designer of the interior French Embassy
in Berlin). The 13 cinemas screen more than 50 films each day, three beginning
each half-hour. Yes, the world of multiplex is finally taking hold in Holland too. (And
to prove that attendance at Dutch cinemas is on the increase, let it suffice to note that
visitors during 1999 managed to devour 2,000 cubic meters of popcorn.) That cock
certainly has something new to crow about.
- Steven Spielberg has wrapped on AI. This project is one of the unmade features of
Stanley Kubrick, who intended to shoot the script when he felt the technology had
caught up with his demands. One can only wait in anticipation.
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