Joe Wright’s ambitious, technically dazzling adaptation of “Anna Karenina,” set almost entirely within the confines of a decaying 19th-century theater, inspires this week’s list: five movies that are so super- stylized, their artifice is part of the art. But these movies aren’t just cool-looking; they also have something to say:
v “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004): From the fertile mind of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman comes this wildly imaginative and deeply melancholy story of love, loss and longing. Jim Carrey plays an uptight, jilted lover who tries to have flaky ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) erased from his memory.
v “The Wizard of Oz” (1939): For that moment alone when it shifts from the sepia-toned idyll of a Kansas farmhouse to vibrant color as Dorothy and Toto enter the land of Oz. The transition was so dramatic and so unprecedented.
v “Synecdoche, New York” (2008): Another from Charlie Kaufman. Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as a theater director whose latest production morphs into a theatrical manifestation of his life.
v “Sin City” (2005): A comic-book adaptation that dares to do more than simply recreate the panels of a comic book; rather, it immerses you in a highly stylized world and makes you feel as if you’re living inside of it.
v “Zentropa” (1991): Danish director Lars von Trier’s film about an American working as a sleeping-car conductor on a train line in post-World War II Germany, is constantly calling attention to its structure with bold juxtapositions — a mixture of stark German expressionism and flashes of color.
“david geffen: AMERICAN MASTERS” (8 P.M., PBS): “David Geffen: American Masters” is a profile of the usually camera-shy man who rose from the mail room at the William Morris Agency to become a hugely influential entertainment mogul. Among those interviewed: Tom Hanks, Cher and Steven Spielberg.
“new girl” (9 p.m., fox): Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner make for wacky guest stars on “New Girl,” playing the divorced parents of Jess (Zooey Deschanel). They’re invited to Thanksgiving dinner, only to learn that it’s a “Parent Trap”-like scheme.
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All-City Class Reunion, food drive
A food drive Friday to benefit the Needle’s Eye will be followed by a party for city schools alumni.
The drive, presented by Steve Moses and Greg Johnson, is part of the All-City Class Reunion Party, which will begin at 9 p.m. Friday at the B&O Station banquet hall, 530 Mahoning Ave. All those who attended Youngstown schools are welcome (age 21 and up).
Entertainment will be provided by Youngstown’s Total Package Band, comedian Anthony RealTalk Anderson, StingRay and Jody D.
Admission is $6 at the door ($5 with a canned good item for Needle’s Eye).
Those who would like to donate food items but not attend the party can stop by the B&O hall at any time Friday.
For information, call 330-720-2485 or 330-518-0815.