The Rotunda development taking shape on the northern side of Hampden (or the southern side of Roland Park, depending on your views) is unlike anything else in the neighborhood. Soon, it’ll have its own movie theater that is unlike any other theater in the city.
Finally, we have the long-awaited details about the re-release of Multiple Maniacs, filmmaker John Waters’ 1970 “celluloid atrocity” starring Divine and a giant lobster let loose in the streets of Baltimore.
At the moment, Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa is only the second most-famous Hopkins-affiliated brain surgeon. (The first being, of course, Ben Carson.) That might be about to change.
The Rotunda Cinema, housed in the Rotunda Mall on 40th Street, always felt like a little bit of a secret to me. It wasn’t a movie palace with neon lights and a few dozen screens; instead, it felt intimate and homey and a little bit run down. Which is precisely how I like my movie theaters.
In the recent Captain America movie, in between fights and explosions there was a throwaway reference to Tony Stark, AKA Ironman. It was just one example of how certain superhero movies aren’t stand-alone experiences, but are meant to exist in an alternate universe in which every superhero is friends (or frenemies) with every other caped crusader. It’s the Marvel Universe, and it’s complex enough that it apparently deserves a college course of its own.
So in the new Scarlett Johansson movie Lucy (directed by Luc Besson), Johansson’s character ingests a drug that effectively turns her into a superhero. (This isn’t really a spoiler since it happens in the film’s first 15 minutes. Also, it’s on the movie poster above.) As Morgan Freeman, cast in the role of Explaining Scientist, explains, that’s because while most people only use 10 percent of their brains, Lucy is now running at a much higher capacity. A cool idea… but one that doesn’t make any sense at all, according to Johns Hopkins neurologist Barry Gordon.
Deadspin compiled a list of all the ways American cities have been destroyed in the movies, including everything from space rocks to superhero battles to sharknados to terrorist attacks. And of the 189 scenes of devastation, only one took place in Baltimore.
The Johns Hopkins Annual Film Festival, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Film Society, begins tomorrow. The rest of the movies will be shown Shriver Hall on the Hopkins Homewood Campus. The festival highlights films from independent, international, and student filmmakers, seeking to promote the films and careers of visionary filmmakers via a highly selective showcase of about 20 films. Organizers have selected a few important, influential films to be screened on 35MM prints.
The feature presentations this year include Vincent Gallo’s original and disarming triple crown of indie filmmaking, Buffalo ‘66 (1998), at The Charles Theater (with a special dinner-and-a-movie deal presented by the festival and Lost City Diner), Arthur Penn’s brilliant milestone in American cinema, Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Albert Magnoli’s glorified-music-video of a cult classic, Purple Rain (1984), starring Prince, and Edward Sedgwick’s silent classic The Cameraman (1928), starring Buster Keaton. This is a rare opportunity to watch these films projected on 35MM on the third-largest screen in Maryland.