Local Cinema Watch


Ryan Beltram, EDN

This week doesn’t bring too many changes to the local cinema scene. But there are a few debuts that are worth mentioning, including a film about a father and son relationship, a doctor attempting to create a new form of skin and a movie that is so bad you have to see it to believe it.

Two films debut at the Bijou.

The Skin I Live In: Drama/Thriller – 2011 – 117 min. – Rated R. Starts on Friday, Nov. 18, at 5:25 PM and 8 PM. An additional screening is at 2:45 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

The Skin I Live In

A doctor kidnaps a woman and uses her as his guinea pig to perfect something that has become his obsession. No, I’m not talking about The Human Centipede. I’m referring to Pedro Almodovar’s latest film, The Skin I Live In.

Antonio Banderas plays Dr. Robert Ledgard, a plastic surgeon whose wife was burned in a car crash. Since her death, Dr. Ledgard has been obsessed with creating  a new type of skin that will protect against any type of trauma. After twelve years of work, he believes he has perfected his new skin and now he needs a test subject.

He picks a woman without a cosmetic flaw so as to be sure that his new skin is perfect. But as the scientific community starts to grow skeptical of his work, his past is revealed, showing how his patient is closely linked to the tragic events that led to his obsession.

The Room: Drama/Romance – 2003 – 99 min. – Rated R. Showing at 11 pm Saturday and Sunday.

For one weekend each month, the Bijou has been playing this notoriously bad movie from 2003. I don’t know anything about this movie other than the fact that it’s supposed to be so bad it’s become a cult classic. Judging by the trailer, if you’re into bad acting, unintentionally funny dialogue and perhaps the creepiest looking lead actor ever in a movie, then feel free to check out The Room. I’ve attached the trailer so you can judge for yourself.

Still Playing at the Bijou:

Take Shelter: Showing at 5, 7:45 and 10:20 pm, Wednesday and Thursday. Also showing at 7:30 and 10:10 pm on Friday with an additional screening at 2:15 pm on the weekend.

The Interrupters: Last two showings at 7 pm on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Last Circus: Last two showings at 9:45 pm on Wednesday and Thursday.

Midnight in Paris: Showing at 4:45 pm on Wednesday and Thursday. At 5 pm Friday-Sunday.

At David Minor this week, one new film debuts.

Beginners: Comedy/Drama/Romance – 2010 – 105 Min – Rated R. Debuting at 5:30 PM on Thursday, Nov. 18-23.


Ewan McGregor stars as Oliver, a man still mourning the death of his father, Hal, (Christopher Plummer) when he meets the unpredictable Anna (Melanie Laurent of Inglourious Basterds). This new love opens up memories Oliver had with his father, who, following the death of his wife of 45 years, came out of the closet.

Suddenly an openly gay man at 75, Hal started to live as happily and open as he can for as long as he can. The sudden honesty of Hal brought the father and son closer together, and now Oliver want to take the lessons of love, bravery and humor his father taught him, to love Anna.

Still Playing at David Minor:

Bridesmaids: Showing at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, and at 9:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 17-23.

Crazy, Stupid, Love: Showing at 5:20 and 7:30 pm Wednesday, and 9:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 17-23.

Edward Scissorhands: Showing at 9:40 pm Wednesday, and 7:25 pm Thursday, Nov. 17-23.

Horrible Bosses: Showing at 9:40 pm Wednesday and 5:30 on Thursday, Nov. 17-23.

Water for Elephants: Showing at 5:20 pm on Wednesday and at 7:25 pm on Thursday, Nov. 17-23.

Passionate about movies, sports and writing, Ryan hails from Bend but lives in Springfield now. He earned his college degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and hopes to one day write a novel. He also enjoys sunsets and long walks on the beach.

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