Coming Attractions: 

Friday, Dec. 12th • 7:30 PM and
Saturday, Dec. 20th • 7:30 PM 
Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library

Life of Riley (Tentative Selection)

Its French title is “Aimer, boire, et chante,” that is, “Love, Drink, and Sing,” but the English title, “Life of Riley” matches that of its source, a work by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn. Shown at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival this year, it had limited screening in the U.S. Somewhat ironically, this French comedy by the recently deceased filmmaker Alain Resnais, tells the story of three middle-aged couples in the English countryside struggling with life and love, after learning of a friend’s terminal illness.  Given 5-stars by Glenn Kenny from  See the trailer here.  

And Coming in January

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Friday, January 9th  – 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 17th – 7:30 PM

Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library

From Magnolia Pictures, Mountain Shadow has snagged this pre-home release you won’t find in our local theaters either!  SAYS Michael Philips of the Chicago Tribune, “’Force Majeure’” is both funny and sad, often in the same glance-averted instant. See it with someone you’d trust to stick around in an avalanche. As Sweden’s entry for this year’s foreign language Academy Award, it becomes a recreational nightmare, driven (and riven) by panicky male behavior under duress.”  Rated R – 118 min – Drama / Comedy  See the trailer here.  


Film Review & Commentary

Film Reviews
Three Comics Walk Into a Bar: Did You Hear the One About ... ?

By John Bennison, Director, Mountain Shadow Film Society
This film was featured by the Society in November 2014

The funny bone is probably the most elusive part of the human anatomy. For the comedian who considers their self a professional, finding the right way to tickle it is a quest not for the faint of heart. And for those aging comics who’ve been at it for 3-4 decades, their career paths are not unlike any of us who’ve found and followed a passion that can be “intoxicating.”  

That’s the way Will Durst describes the connection he’s sometimes able to find with his audience. “When it works, it’s better than anything,” he says. And like everything else, it seems, it has a life of its own. This film tells such a story; how the stars once aligned over the San Francisco skyline in the eighties. And that nothing lasts forever.

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In a Word: When Life Imitates Art

A Film Commentary on Words and Pictures
By Mountain Shadow Director, John Bennison

Nearly every film attempts to say something in words and pictures. Good films use the combined mediums of script and cinematography well. Great films engage us and transport us; expressing for us those things we've never quite found the right words to say ourselves, giving us a fresh new way of seeing some things; or other things we've never seen before.   Director Fred Schepisi’s film, Words and Pictures, simply makes explicit what is implied in almost every filmmaking attempt.

This film was shown by Mountain Shadow in October, 2014.

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