AFTER MIDNIGHT AT THE COOLIDGE
Boston's Coolidge Corner delivers a knock out collection of classics for their midnight sessions this March and April including two influential martial arts greats and tributes to David Lynch, David Fincher, David Cronenberg and Kathryn Bigelow. Best of all, most films will be screening in 35mm format, which, in the case of Se7en especially, makes for essential viewing.
Friday March 10th
SHOGUN ASSASSIN (1980 / 35mm Print)
He whips out his sword and relieves his victims of their heads! More of a greatest hits movie than an actual stand-alone film of its own, Shogun Assassin is the delirious hybrid of two episodes of the popular Baby Cart series dubbed into English and fused together into a hyper-violent bloodbath ballet that's sure to entertain the samurai-film enthusiast with a strong stomach.
Saturday March 11th
LADY SNOWBLOOD 2: LOVE SONG OF VENGEANCE (1974)
Meiko Kaji returns in Toshiya Fujita's invigorating sequel to his own cult hit Lady Snowblood. Our furious heroine is captured by the authorities and sentenced to death for the various killings she has committed; however, she is offered a chance of escape-if she carries out dangerous orders for the government. More politically minded than the original, Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance is full of exciting plot turns and ingenious action sequences.
Friday March 17th
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Boston is always a horror scene, so why not cut to the chase spend the night with the Leprechaun!? A horrific Leprechaun (Warwick Davis) goes on a rampage after his precious bag of gold coins is stolen. He uses all of his magical destructive powers to trick, terrorize and kill anyone who is unlucky enough to hinder his search.
Saturday March 18th
THE DEPARTED (2006, 35mm Print)
Martin Scorsese's The Departed put Beantown back on the cinematic map in 2006. This South Boston-set tale of rats, within both the Irish mob and the state police force, is the perfect place to acquaint yourselves with the darker side of the city you call home.
Friday March 24th
NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (1979 / 35mm Print)
Since its release in 1979, Wener Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre has not only become one of the director's most acclaimed films, but one of the most compelling and visually-striking interpretations of the Dracula story ever committed to film.
Saturday March 25th
FITZCARRALDO (1972 / 35mm Print)
Iquitos is a town isolated in the middle of the jungle in Peru. At the turn of the century, one resident of the small town, "Fitzcarraldo" as the natives call him, has his dream of bringing together Enrico Caruso and Sarah Bernhardt for one great celebration of Grand Opera.
Friday & Saturday March 31st & April 1st
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015 / Black and Chrome Cut)
Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. Screens in the recent remastered B&W cut, which was Miller's original intention for the film.
Friday April 7th
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE (2005 / 35mm Print)
In his first collaboration with director David Cronenberg, Viggo Mortensen is Tom Stall, a mild-mannered American husband and father, who may be harboring a violent secret. When two murderous men attempt to rob Tom's small town diner, he reacts with reflexive precision in dispatching the villains. Immediately dubbed a hero, the media attention that follows brings more than just skeletons out of Tom's closet.
Saturday April 8th
EASTEEN PROMISES (2007 / 35mm Print)
As the imposing and heavily tattooed gangster Nikolai, Viggo Mortensen once again masterfully portrays a duplicitous, yet honorable, character for director David Cronenberg. When midwife Anna (Naomi Watts) finds the diary of a recently deceased young mother and attempts to have it translated from Russian, she is led down a path that places her firmly in the grasp of the London underworld.
Friday April 14th
TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (1992 / 35mm Print)
Return to the idyllic Pacific Northwest town of Twin Peaks before homecoming queen Laura Palmer's grisly death tipped the community on its head. As with the best Lynch films, the seedy underbelly of an otherwise picture perfect town is revealed to be even more disturbing than anyone could have imagined.
Saturday April 15th
LOST HIGHWAY (1997)
Bill Pullman is jazz saxophonist Fred Madison and Patricia Arquette is his wife, Renee. They begin to receive mysterious packages containing videotapes of their own house. Each tape brings the unknown peeper farther into their dwelling, ultimately resulting in a video recording of Renee's murder.
Friday April 21st
SE7EN (1995 / 35mm Print)
In an unidentified city rife with urban and moral decay, two homicide detectives, retiring veteran William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) and newly transferred David Mills (Brad Pitt), hunt for a serial killer who meticulously stages each murder based on one of the seven deadly sins. Stunning in 35mm.
Saturday April 22nd
THE GAME (1997 / 35mm Print)
The enormously wealthy and emotionally remote investment banker Nicholas Van Orton (Michael Douglas) receives a strange gift from his ne'er-do-well younger brother (Sean Penn) on his forty-eighth birthday: a voucher for a game that, if he agrees to play it, will change his life.
Friday April 28th
NEAR DARK (1987 / 35mm Print)
Country boy Caleb Colton whittles away the quiet rural nights hunting local girls, but when he falls prey to the mysterious and beautiful Mae, he unknowingly becomes the hunted. Mae is no ordinary girl, she is part of an outlaw band of vampires and their love is about to lure him into a terrifying world of bloodlust, mayhem and absolute horror. 30th Anniversary.
Saturday April 29th
POINT BREAK (1991 / 35mm Print)
Academy Award winning director Katherine Bigelow has been making outstanding action films for a very long time. Even though Point Break did not win her the Oscar, it still remains the greatest American film of the 1990s. Far superior to the atrocious 12016 remake.
Program notes by The Coolidge.