The Song of Names
Historical drama plucks at heartstrings but buries tune
French-Canadian filmmaker François Girard knows a thing or two about the intersection of movies and classical music, having directed Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993), Yo-Yo Ma Inspired by Bach (1997) and The Red Violin (1998). His latest, The Song of Names, throws a bit of religion into the mix for good measure. While fitfully moving and occasionally profound, it is a concert whose prelude meanders on a bit too long, robbing the crescendo of its ultimate impact.
The National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Thursday Film Series returns this Thursday, Jan. 23, with a screening of Pablo Larraín’s biopic Neruda. In the late 1940s, a police inspector (Gael Garcia Bernal) is tasked with hunting down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco), who has become a fugitive in his home country after joining the Communist Party. The film, screened in Spanish with English subtitles, starts at 7pm in the NHCC’s Bank of America Theater (1701 Fourth Street SW). Tickets are free and can be picked up at the theater’s box office starting one hour before showtime.
NBC goes streaming with Peacock
If you’re a high-tech media connoisseur, you’re probably already subscribing to the major over-the-top streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+), as well as a few of the lesser ones (Shudder, Crackle, Vudu, YouTube Premium, DC Direct), in addition to waiting eagerly for several up-and-coming streaming services to add to the list (Quibi and HBO Max, both arriving later this year). Just think of all the money you’re saving, you savvy cord-cutter, paying each of these companies individually instead of your old cable TV bill! Well, hold on—because NBC, the network you currently get for free over the airwaves, would like you to start forking over some more of that sweet subscription video on demand money.