MIDWEEK ROUND UP (APRIL 23 - 26)

MIDWEEK ROUND UP (APRIL 23 - 26)

Strap in cinephiles! It's another hectic week of choices for the legendary, the cheesy and the trashy. Of course, there's so much on offer, but what follows is what we'd be viewing if we had the all the time in the world. Make sure you click through for ticket details and more, and to see what else is showing at each and every one of these wonderful establishments of cinema appreciation!

Wu-Tang’s RZA: Live Musical Score!
RZA: LIVE FROM ‘THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN (1978)’

Tues April 24th 8pm
Palace Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Thurs April 26th 7pm
Castro Theatre, San Francisco CA 

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Every frame of the original film has been revisited and will be re scored by RZA utilizing a Wu-Tang catalog over two decades deep. This new score features a vast array of over 50 instrumental tracks, beats and vocals individually crafted and placed to amplify the narrative and electrifying action of Kar-leung's enduring classic. A true, redefining assault on the senses, this is an experienced not to be missed.mWhat happens when one of the most influential hiphop artists descends on one of the most influential martial arts movies? There’s only one way to find out (Program notes: Castro Theatre) 

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65th Anniversary!
MR. HULOT’S HOLIDAY (1953 / DCP)
Mon April 23rd 6pm
Prince Charles Cinema, London UK

France’s cinematic national treasure, Jacques Tati, stars as Monsieur Hulot who bumbles through what is meant to be a relaxing vacation but spirals into chaos tjanks to his hapless antics. A true masterpiece of comedy, full of thoughtful visual cues, timing and execution. Timeless!

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35mm Presentation starring Jet Li
HERO aka YING XIONG (2002 / 35mm Print)
Tues April 24th 8:45pm
Prince Charles Cinema, London UK

In 2002, Hero stood as China’s costliest film but highest grossing picture in the country’s history. Jet Li, Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung star in this martial arts epic where a fearless warrior rises up to defy an empire and unite a nation. An absolute feast of the genre.

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Rare 35mm Presentation and Director Q&A
VIGILANTE (1983 / 35mm Print)
Wed April 25th 7pm
Roxy Cinema, New York City

A rare Grindhouse classic hits the screen with Robert Forster as an outraged family man who joins a co-worker's (Fred Williamson) vigilantes against a New York street gang. It naturally echoes Death Wish, but is a gritty product of this schlocky yet plentiful period of American cinema. Director William Lustig will appear in person at the screening.

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Tarantino’s Blaxploitation classic in 35mm
JACKIE BROWN (1997 / 35mm Print)
Wed April 25th 9:30pm
Roxy Cinema, New York City

The queen of Blaxploitation herself, Pam Grier, headed this much anticipated follow up to Pulp Fiction. Living up to the aforementioned predecessors was never to be an easy task, but Jackie Brown has grown in appeal since it’s debut in 1997. Sensational soundtrack, including the Delfonics and Bill Withers, scores the slippery trail of double crosses. Well worth seeing on celluloid.

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60th Anniversary / Akira Kurosawa
THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (1958 / 35mm Print)
Wed April 25th 7:30pm
Loft Cinema, Arizona

A film that needs no introduction and a monumental touchstone of influence in cinema. Plus, the mighty Toshiro Mifune stars. Arriving too late for a battle of clans, two greedy peasants are lured by gold to escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general. The film was a major inspiration for George Lucas’ first Star Wars film, with the two bickering peasants serving as a catalyst for C3P0 and R2D2. Notable as the first widescreen Kurosawa film.

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Milos Forman tribute
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975 / 35mm Print)
Wed April 25th 7:30pm
Dryden Theatre, Rochester NY

A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients. (Imdb). Stars Jack Nicholson and directed by the great Milos Forman who passed last weekend.

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Cary Grant screwball classic
MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE (1948 / 35mm Print)
Wed April 25th 1:30pm
MOMA, New York City

Directed by H.C Potter who was a go-to contracted Director amongst Hollywood’s studio system in the golden age of film. In this screwball classic, Jim and Muriel Blandings ditch their cramped New York City apartment to build a dream home in the Connecticut suburbs. But between construction mishaps, spiraling costs, and finding themselves virtually homeless, their dream starts to look like a nightmare (Program notes by MOMA).

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Hollywood Theatre Grindhouse Fest
CISCO PIKE (1972 / Rare 35mm Print!)
Screens with 70s crime thriller trailers
Tues April 24th 7:30pm
Hollywood Theatre, Portland OR

A down on his luck former drug dealer is forced by a corrupt LAPD policeman to sell 100 keys of confiscated marijuana in one weekend (IMDB) This long lost Grindhouse classic stars Kris Kristofferson, Harry Dean Stanton and Gene Hackman.

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The forgotten Micheal J Fox & Joan Jett 80s classic
LIGHT OF DAY (1987 / 35mm Print)
Monday April 23rd 7pm
Roxie Theatre, San Francisco CA

The always watchable Michael J Fox, still coming off the success of the first Back to The Future, stars alongside legendary rocker Joan Jett as siblings living in insustraial Cleveland. Both front a band but life and circumstances pull both to and from family commitments.

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William Friedkin festival
THE EXORCIST (1973 / DCP)
Tues April 24th 9:45pm
Metrograph, New York City

Screens as part of Metrograph’s Friedkin mini retrospective. You don’t really need a synopsis, given that this is quite possibly the most famous horror film of all time. It feels creepier in 2018 given the film stock, the lighting, the sound design (pretty much everything) being captured in the 1970s, the pacing relying on a creeping fear, laced with shocking profanity and obscenity laden outbursts from the possessed Linda Blair (still a child actor at this point). Exorcist is a dish best served up on the big screen for full immersion.

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Kid ’N Play back in the house…
HOUSE PARTY (1990 / DCP)
Tuesday April 24th 7pm
Alamo Drathouse, San Francisco CA

House Party is an infectious, engaging comedy starring the rap duo Kid 'N Play. Kid (Christopher Reid) decides to throw a party where he plans to blow the roof off the joint with his rhyming skills, so he and his friend Play (Christopher Martin) throw a huge party while Play's parents are away. The day of the party, Kid is grounded by his father (Robin Harris) and he has to sneak out of the house to get to the party, where he is confronted by several rival rappers, as well as a bevy of adoring girls (Program notes by Alamo Drafthouse).

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AGFA presents Terror Tuesday
HOUSE; AKA HAUSU (1977 / 35mm Print)
Tues April 25th 9:45pm
Alamo Drafthouse, San Francisco

If you’ve never seen it before, set your eyes to ’stun’. House is utter bat-shit crazy insanity and has enjoyed a meteoric reintroduction to audiences since a new restoration introduced this halucoingenic feast to western audiences via scores of cult movie house screenings. In a nutshell, House sees a schoolgirl and six of her classmates arrive at her aunt’s country home, which then seeks to devour the girls in bizarre ways. Of course it would…. 

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AGFA presents Sean Young in person!
FATAL INSTINCT (1993 / 35mm Print)
Wed April 25th 9:30pm
Alamo Drathouse South Lamar, Austin TX

The AGFA crew bring Sean Young (Blade Runner, Ace Ventura) to The Alamo in Texas for intro and brief Q&A to this 1993 spoof of erotic thrillers. Assigning the Naked Gun treatment to a genre that churned out Basic Instinct, Sliver and Fatal Attraction, Carl Reiner directed Young along with Armand Assante and Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) in this goofy comedy send-up that in itself was becoming a saturated genre.

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Ready Player One special
BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985 / DCP)
Mon April 23rd 8:40pm
Crouch End Picturehouse, London UK

You know the deal; this time traveling comedy is still damn near flawless. Plays as part of Picturehouse’s retrospective of the films that offered visual and thematic inspirations Spielberg’s take on Ready Player One, as well as his previous contributions to the sci-fi genre.

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Double Feature
CRUEL INTENTIONS (1999 / DCP) plus WILD THINGS (1998 / DCP)
Thursday April 26th 7:30pm
Astor Theatre, Melbourne Australia

A deliciously wicked double feature at Melbourne’s gorgeous art deco cinema institution as late 90s heart throbs Ryan Phillipe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon, Neve Campbell, Denise Richards and Matt Dillon star across these two titles that spin dark humor, sex and violence into two rather entertaining box office hits. Both films of course spawned direct to video store sequel fodder. Three sequels to Wild Things (including the imaginatively titled fourth installment ’Foursome’) scraped the bottom of the shelf, while a laughably bad prequel to Cruel Intentions landed direct to video and a third installment that had nothing to do with part one outside of the main character being a distant cousin Sarah Michelle Gellar’s character. Oh and we must mention the current Cruel Intentions that just completed it's Off-Broadway run in New York. 

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William Wyler Retrospective
DODSWORTH (1936 / 35mm Print)
Wed April 25th 8pm
French Cinematheque, Paris France

Part of a retrospective of the mighty film maker William Wyler. In Dodsworth, a retired auto manufacturer and his wife take a long-planned European vacation only to find that they want very different things from life.

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SMORGASBORD OF CLASSICS AT THE TCM FESTIVAL

SMORGASBORD OF CLASSICS AT THE TCM FESTIVAL

REVISITING THE ANIMATED PLANET OF THE APES

REVISITING THE ANIMATED PLANET OF THE APES