I was hoping this would happen because I missed one of these. Following the results of last night’s Golden Globes Awards the Cable Car Cinema has decided to hold over two of the winners: “Dallas Buyers Club” (which I liked a lot more than the NYT reviewer) and best foreign film, “The Great Beauty” (NYT review). Apparently this last one will have you booking a flight to Rome, pronto.
Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo, Il divo and Gomorrah) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
And in spite of its grim topic — the AIDS crisis in the mid-80’s — “Dallas Buyers Club” is not horribly depressing. There is much humor in the script and in the performances. Jared Leto, who won last night for best supporting actor, is stunning in more ways than one; and best actor winner Matthew McConaughey has finally won me over (a process that began in 2011 with “Bernie”).
Held over through January 29th and 30th, Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main Street