COMING IN FEBRUARY!  IT'S MOUNTAIN SHADOW'S "OSCAR MONTH!" 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH  – 7:30 PM
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH – 7:30 PM

  OAK VIEW ROOM, WALNUT CREEK LIBRARY

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The Oscar nominees for best short films have been announced (see here), and Mountain Shadow is excited to have  secured the rights to show the "Best of the Best" Live-Action and Animated titles! NOTE: Our two monthly shows are scheduled for the same weekend in February (13th / 14th). Our additional event this year includes our First Annual Oscar Open House (for members),  Sunday, Feb. 22nd. It's FREE! but RSVP requiredRSVP Deadline is Feb 1st. Full details are here.

 

Film Review & Commentary

Film Reviews
Run for Your Life... or, How to Control an Avalanche

A REVIEW & COMMENTARY ON “FORCE MAJEURE”
A Film written, directed and edited by Ruben Östlund
Rated R – 118 min – Drama / Comedy - Swedish, English subtitles
This film was the Society's selection for January, 2015

By John Bennison, Mountain Shadow Volunteer Director

FORCE MAJEURE is a slow-motion psychological thriller; with breath-taking scenes of towering mountains that loom so large they make human beings and their hamlets that cling to their steep cliffs seem insignificant, and almost downright petty. Beneath the happy family veneer are all the kinds of doubts and disappointments faced by many adult relationships. They lie so close to the surface that they are perceptively obvious to a child’s eye. 

Click on the image above to read the full review.  

Like it or not, C’est la vie

A COMMENTARY ON THE FILM, “Aimer, Boire et Chanter” [ AKA, “Life of Riley”]
by John Bennison, Mountain Shadow Volunteer Director
Note: This was the feature film for Mountain Shadow’s December, 2014 shows.

Over the course of six months, from springtime to late fall, three middle-aged couples rehearse their parts for an amateur play; all the while struggling – each in their own way -- with the news of a terminal diagnosis for their mutual friend George Riley. Yes, it’s considered a comedy! But for the characters in this film, it’s no life of Riley.

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