WEEKEND UPDATE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EDITION (MAY 25 - 28)

WEEKEND UPDATE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EDITION (MAY 25 - 28)

It's the Memorial Day long weekend, which is the unofficial kick off to the U.S summer, so if you are inclined to catch some movies this weekend we've rounded up our picks, plus a few extras across the pond in the UK and all the way to Australia.

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Still The Ultimate Trip...
2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968 / New 70mm Print)

Across this weekend the premiere season continues of the new photochemical restoration of Stanley Kubrick's magnum opus. Director Christopher Nolan, who has championed the use of 70mm film, undertook an extensive process with Warner Brothers of striking new 70mm prints from the original negatives. By forgoing an digital clean up, trickery and color grading, this is exactly how Kubrick intended it to be seen, and audiences experienced it 1968. Reproduction of the original analogue six track sound offers a richer, more textural sonic experience than digital reproductions. If ever there was a case of proving 70mm prints are the optimal delivery of motion pictures, this is it.

Screens this weekend at City Cinemas Village East NYC, Music Box Theatre Chicago and Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Check our 2001 page HERE for full listings in the U.S, UK, Europe and Australia.

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Classic Shaw Brothers Kung Fu!
FIVE DEADLY VENOMS (1978 / 35mm Print)
Fri May 25th 9pm
Quad Cinema, New York City

The Shaw Brothers Studio churned out some of the most iconic Kung Fu movies during the 70s and 80s, capturing back splitting action in glorious wide screen CinemaScope and lush Technicolor hues often associated with Hollywood musicals, and responsible for the Shaolin Movies that would influence RZA and his vision for Wu-Tang Clan. The Quad Cinema is paying tribute to Shaw Studio regular Chang Chen who directed up to six movies annually. Our pick is FIVE DEADLY VENOMS, where five distinct fighters are tracked by a fellow student to ascertain if they are upholding or betraying their Kung Fu teacher’s legacy.

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The Underrated Batman Animated Feature Film
BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM (1993 / 35mm Print)
25th Anniversary
Fri May 26th 10pm & Sat May 27th 12:30pm
Brattle Theatre, Cambridge MA

When arguing for the best big screen outings of the Dark Knight, conversation always turns to Tim Burton's 1989 game changer, the Nolan Trilogy or just how off the rails 1997's Batman & Robin went, through to Ben Affleck's turn as the Gotham defender. However, die hard fans often refer to this animated classic, released during the legendary 1990s Animated Series run (with its art deco stylings, often regarded as one of the greatest animated shows of all time), as amongst the top cinema releases. Slipping under the radar, the story trails a new, more violent vigilante on the loose in Gotham, making The Phantasm one of Batman’s greatest challenges. Screens in 35mm for the 25th Anniverary.

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David Lean's Essential 70mm Masterpiece
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962 / 70mm Print)
Fri May 25th through Sun May 27th 7:30pm
Aero Theatre, Santa Monica CA

David Lean made films that needed to be seen on the big screen, which made sense given home video was still decades away. Painting in vast, broad cinematic strokes, Lean crafted Lawrence of Arabia as a widescreen epic of stunning vistas and intricately crafted set pieces. This was an era of the meticulous Director, like Kubrick and Cimino, who would demand shots wait until the light or environment was absolutley right. Lean captured the movie in Super Panavision 65mm (the eventual 70mm prints used the remaining 5mm for the soundtrack), which has since returned to favor for filmmakers capturing likes of The Master, Batman V Superman, Samsara, some scenes for Dunkirk, Assassins Creed, Jurassic World and several more newer films.

New Digital Restoration!
XTRO (1982 / DCP)
Fri May 25th 8:45pm
Prince Charles Cinema, London UK

Three years ago young Tony watched with horror as his father was taken into the night sky by a mysterious blinding light and never seen again. Until now. His father is coming home but he’s not the man he used to be! (Program notes by PCC)

The Hills are Alive in 70mm!
THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965 / 70mm Print)
Fri May 25th through Sun May 27th
BFI Southbank, London UK

No greater way to see Julie Andrews twirl across those mountains or the Von Trapp Family sing all over Austria than in magnificent 70mm. Strictly limited engagement!

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The Man With No Name Is Back
A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964 / DCP)
Fri May 25th through Mon May 28th
Metrograph, New York City

The quintessential anti-hero, Clint Eastwood, as a mysterious unnamed drifter, became a super star after the 'Dollars Trilogy' (including The Good, The Bad and The Ugly) introduced him to audiences and turned the American western on its ear. Leone shot the films in his native Italy, birthing the genre title 'Spaghetti Western'. Far more cynical and ink black in it's humor and violence than American features, Leone spawned generations of imitators off the back of the meticulous cinematography, and utterly brilliant use of Ennio Morricone's iconic scores. New restoration by Cineteca di Bologna and Unidis Jolly Film at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in association with MGM.

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Fall For A Punk Nicholas Cage...
VALLEY GIRL (1983 / 35mm Print)
Fri May 25th 7pm
Roxie Cinema, San Francisco CA

Directed by Martha Coolidge, join Nicholas Cage (before he became the butt of 'straight to DVD' clunkers) as a Hollywood punk who catches the eye of golden teen Julie Richman (Deborah Foreman) forging an unlikely romance amongst the plastic-fantastic culture of 'The Valley' in the 80s. Naturally this causes a rift with her superficial friends, and offers up the challenge to stay with her predictable life or take a chance on a true love.

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New DCP Restoration!
THE LAST UNICORN (1982 / DCP)
Sat May 26th & Sun May 27th 11:30am, 1:30pm & 4pm (Sun only)
Frida Cinema, Santa Ana CA

An animated classic spawning generations of fans, The Last Unicorn has only been available to experience at home, having disappeared from cinemas in 1982. Since then it suffered sub standard VHS releases and a terrible DVD master, plus profanities being struck from U.S home releases. Fan outcry led to Lionsgate obtaining the rights to the complete European release and a proper restoration. The new cinematic 2K transfer marks the first time audiences can experience a theatrical quality version since it's early 80s release. Featuring the voices of Mia Farrow, Alan Arkin, Christopher Lee and Jeff Bridges.

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Sylvia Chang Tribute Series
LEGEND OF THE MOUNTAIN (1979 / DCP)
Sat May 26th 1pm
Metrograph, New York City

Sylvia Chang cut a brave career as a female Writer / Director in a male dominated industry, as well as her output as a prolific actress. This week NYC's Metrograph pays tribute to this icon with a series of her work in front and behind the camera. LEGEND OF THE MOUNTAIN was an independent feature shot in the rough terrain of South Korea, resulting in a rich visual experience. Chang portrays one of two specters who confront a reclusive scholar, with Chang bent on diverting his attention away from his work.

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LA's Favorite Outdoor Series Kicks Off
ALMOST FAMOUS (2000 / DCP)
Sat May 26th Doors 6:45pm / Film 8:30pm
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood CA

The unique LA favorite returns for the summer season at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. For the uninitiated, attendees catch classic movies under the stars surrounded by the final resting places of music and cinema legends. For the first installment, Kate Hudson is the ultimate groupie (just don't call her that though) on the road with Stillwater during the early 70s. A young journalist is on their trail looking for a definitive in depth story amongst the lures of the road. Fantastic supporting cast includes Frances McDormand, Jason Lee and Billy Crudup with Director Cameron Crowe expertly capturing the era.

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The Notorious Nunsploitation Cult Classic
SCHOOL OF HOLY BEAST (1974 / Digital)
Sat May 26th 7pm
Film Noir Cinema & Video, Brooklyn NY

Believe it or not; Nunsploitation was an actual genre, and it hit its peak in the 1970s. Often seen as a middle finger to the Catholic Church, they mirrored the 'Women In Prison' genre that centered on sexual oppression amongst celibate institutions. A true product of the time, Japan output many titles in the genre but when viewing by today's standards, seems rather baffling. With predominately majority female casts, the sexual exploits of the female lovers were portrayed more-so as a seemingly perverse act. SCHOOL OF THE HOLY BEAST is one the most notorious and famous, and a definite genre oddity and relic from a long gone era of film making. Catch it at Film Noir in Greenpoint Brooklyn, which also serves as a video store with plenty of cult classics you won't find online.

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Blackspolitaiton Throwback in 35mm
BLACK DYNAMITE (2009 / 35mm Print)
Sat May 26th 9pm
Prince Charles Cinema, London UK

After "The Man" kills his brother and poisons the neighborhood with tainted liquor, a kung fu fighter (Michael Jai White) wages a war that takes him all the way to Nixon's White House. (Program notes by PCC)

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The Beloved Roald Dahl Adaptation
MATILDA (1996 / DCP)
Sat May 26th 11:45am
Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn NY

Chances are you've probably watched this darkly enjoyable adventure more than a few times. Danny DeVito directed the big screen outing of Roald Dahl's Matilda that ventured somewhat from the source material. However it does what any successful adaptation does, and that is it harnesses the spirit of the source material with humor, wit and heavy does of charm. Child star Mara Wilson, who played Matilda, has since retired from acting and is a writer based in New York City. That scene where the malevolent teacher smashes a heavy glass plate over a child's head is still outrageously questinable for a kids film!

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Classic B&W Creature Feature Terror!
THEM! (1954 / 35mm Print)
Sat May 26th 4:30pm
Anthology Film Archive, New York City

Born in the atomic age when America was terrified of 'The Bomb', THEM! is regarded as one of the most memorable 'creature features' of the early atomic age. Irradiated giant ants go on a rampage against humanity with some pretty menacing special effects for the time. Screens in terrifying 2D black and white! And on 35mm!

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Music Box Staff Picks
PHENOMENA (1985 / 35mm Print)
Sat May 26th & Sat May 27th 11:30am
Music Box Theatre, Chicago IL

The lush Swiss countryside, a black-gloved killer, schoolgirls wearing Armani, Jennifer Connelly communicating telepathically with insects, and Donald Pleasence with a pet chimpanzee!? PHENOMENA is Argento's most bizarre giallo. Just when you thought it couldn't get even better, Goblin and Iron Maiden handle the score. (Program notes by Music Box Theatre)

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Original Texas Chainsaw Trilogy in 35mm!
THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974 / 35mm Print) + THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, PART TWO (1986 / 35mm Print)  +  LEATHERFACE: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III (1990 / 35mm)
Sun May 27th 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood CA

It's a Memorial Day BBQ Triple Feature! Tobe Hooper unleashed the initial landmark horror film in 1974, where Marilyn Burns and her traveling friends become stranded at the rural home of a family of inbred cannibals including 'Leatherface', the final shot of the maniacal character twirling his chainsaw still wonderfully effective. Dennis Hopper turns up in the more satirical sequel as a Texas lawman in pursuit of the demented clan while part 3 sees a traveling couple take a wrong turn and straight into the path of Leatherface and his favorite chainsaw. Best of all, each feature plays in 35mm.

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Revisit Robin Williams as Peter Pan
HOOK (1992 / 35mm Print)
Sat May 26th & Sat May 27th 1:15pm
Roxy Cinema Tribeca, New York City

HOOK didn't quite garner the praise that was expected when Steven Spielberg tackled the follow up to Disney's Peter Pan with a sizeable ensemble cast. Robin Williams plays the grown up Peter who has long forgotten his exploits in Neverland, but must journey back with the help of Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts) after Peter's children fall into the hands of nemesis Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman). It's an oddball movie that does feel long, but one of those features that seems to reel you in when you come across it on TV. Spielberg was never 100% happy with the film, but it is rather magical and a rare experience to see it in 35mm.

 

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35MM MARATHONS AT PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA UK
The Prince Charles Cinema invites you to two all nighters screening in 35mm! The common denominator this time round are Stanley Kubrick classics and the tother is a round up of sci-fi from the year 1982. No admissions after midnight!

Sunday May 27th 8:30pm
STANLEY KUBRICK 35mm MARATHON

Lineup:
THE KILLING (1956), PATHS OF GLORY (1957), DR. STRANGELOVE (1964), A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971), THE SHINING: Theatrical Cut (1980) and FULL METAL JACKET (1987)

Sun May 27th 9:15pm
SCI-FI IN IN '82 35mm MARATHON
Lineup:
BLADE RUNNER : THE FINAL CUT, E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, THE THING, MAD MAX II : THE ROAD WARRIOR, STAR TREK II : THE WRATH OF KHAN (Director's Cut) and TRON
 


Classic Bill Murray
STRIPES (1981 / 35mm Print)
Sun May 27th 6pm
Alamo Drathouse Ritz, Austin TX

When New York City cab driver John Winger is fired from his job, his car is repossessed, he loses his apartment, and his girlfriend leaves him -- all in the same day -- John and his best friend Russell Ziskey decide to join the army. After enlisting, John and Russell are sent to Fort Arnold to undergo basic training under tough drill sergeant Hulka. Hulka is injured by a mortar bomb during basic training, and John has to lead the group in completing their training on their own. With Jihn Candy and Harold Ramis. (Program notes by Alamo Drafthouse)

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Werewolves On Screen
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LODON (1981 / DCP) plus THE WOLF MAN (1941 / DCP)
Sun May 27th 7pm
Astor Theatre, Melbourne Australia

It's werewolves from the 80s and 40s with John Landis' AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, that features practical effects that still dazzle today and magnetic actor Lon Chaney in the iconic role of THE WOLF MAN.

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The Mistaken Identity Caper Returns
NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959 / DCP)
Sun May 27th 11am
Hayden Orpheum, Sydney Australia

In one of Hitchcock's most enjoyable films Cary Grant plays a man mistaken for a spy who goes on the run to clear his name and work out just what the hell his pursuers want! Brilliant supporting cast with the sly James Mason, Eva Marie Saint and Martin Landau.

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The Spaghetti Western / Martial Arts fusion
GHOST DOG: WAY OF THE SAMURAI (1999 / 35mm Print)
Mon May 28th 9pm
Metrograph, New York City

Jim Jarmusch weaves a spiritual gangster film of a rooftop dwelling inner-city hit man (Forest Whitaker) training himself as a samurai in the strictest sense. He communicates primarily by carrier pigeon, while remaining loyal to a gangster (Tormey) who once saved his life. Wu-Tang's RZA provides the smooth soundtrack to this modern cult classic. 

Hitchcock’s Terror From the Sky!
THE BIRDS (1963 / 35mm Print)
Monday May 28th 4:30pm
Metrograph, New York City

No one could ever really work out why flocks of vicious birds descended on a coastal small town in California for an avian attack, but the terror is effective nonetheless. Hitchcock plays on our nature driven fears and it remains of his crowning achievements. The haunting sequence of Tippi Hedren casually waiting outside a school house, the camera cutting between the building and her ignorant to a silently growing group of birds behind her, stands as one of the eeriest builds of tension ever committed to screen.

25th Anniversary of the Rap Comedy Favorite
CB4 (1993 / 35mm Print)
Sun May 27th 9:30pm
Brattle Theatre, Cambridge MA

CB4 parodied the rising genre of gangsta as group of wannabes attempt call themselves CB4 (referring to a prison cell block), and become all the rage in the tough-as-you-can-be rap music industry but end up becoming targets of real gangsta violence. Stars Chris Rock, Allen Payne and Deezer D and contains nudity, profanity, violence, substance abuse and sexual situations that one would expect a film of the genre to have.

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Margarita's and Dancing with Swayze
DIRTY DANCING (1987 / Digital)
Free Watermelon Margarita!
Monday May 28th 1:15pm, 3:45pm, 6:15pm & 8:45pm
Videology Bar and Cinema, Brooklyn NY

Have the time of your life with Baby (who no one backs into a corner), on holiday with her family in the Catskills and her dance partner Johnny (Patrick Swayze) who sizzle with furious sexual tension in a film that became a surprise box office hit and a monster soundtrack success in the late 80s. Best of all you get a free watermelon margarita while attending this one at Videology.
 

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MIDNIGHT SHOWS

BLAZING SADDLES (1974 / DCP)
Fri May 26th - Sun May 27th
IFC Center, New York City

GOODFELLAS (1990 / DCP)
Fri May 26th - Sun May 27th
IFC Center, New York City

PINK FLAMINGOS (1972 / 35mm Print)
Fri May 26th - Sun May 27th
IFC Center, New York City

THE ‘BURBS (1989 / 35mm Print)
Sat May 26th
Somerville Theatre, Somerville MA

ERASERHEAD (1977 / 35mm Print)
Fri May 25th & Sat May 26th Midnight
Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn NY









 

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