Me And Orson Welles Opens At E-Street Cinema

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Christian McKay as Orson Welles and Zac Efron as Richard Samuels in “Me and Orson Welles”.

Looking at the top films at the Box Office this past weekend the theatres were dominated by Disney films, sports epics, and something about Vampires. However I want to talk about a film you probably haven’t heard of that should be ranked up there amongst these other films.

This past weekend Me And Orson Welles premiered at the E Street Cinema, I had the pleasure of attending a media screening earlier in November. The Richard Linklater film is a historical drama that chronicles a week in the life of Richard Samuels (Zac Efron.) Samuels is a high schooler that is hired off the street by Welles to take on a role in the Mercury Theatre’s production of Julius Caesar. Samuels dives headfirst into life as a Broadway actor which involves flirtations with the company’s production assistant (Claire Danes) and glimpses into the life of the intriguing media icon that was Orson Welles (Christian McKay.)

After spending most of 2009 getting back into theatre in DC, I thoroughly enjoyed what Roger Ebert calls, “is one of the best movies about the theater I’ve ever seen.” The drama and energy of putting on a show is captured perfectly in the film. Even though people maybe drawn to see the names of Efron and Danes; it is McKay’s dazzling performance as Orson Welles that makes this film, which would otherwise be a typical coming of age film set against a 1930’s stage production.

Fans of Zac Efron won’t be disappointed however, his moments on screen make use of his strong acting and music skills. The screams from his adoring 16-year-old fans in the front row of the screening is approval enough for me.

With the big Hollywood holiday hits due out this week, I encourage you to take a break from the mainstream and check out what is a quality piece of work over at E-Street.

Stay tuned to Metblogs for an interview with Me And Orson Welles director Richard Linklater later this week.

Me And Orson Welles
E-Street Cinema

555 11th Street NW

Washington, DC 20004

(202) 452-7672

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3 Comments so far

  1. Morgan (unregistered) on December 16th, 2009 @ 10:48 am

    Wow, 4 1/2 stars, and have read many other positive reviews. Will definitely see it when it comes my way down under!


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  3. Whiplash claim (unregistered) on January 8th, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

    That is amazing, I love E-street cinema! i remember going there in 2005!awesome!



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