WEEKEND PICKS (April 20 - 22) : RESTORATIONS, CULT FAVES & THE BEST OF '420'
Once again Neon Marquee rounds up its picks of the weekend screenings, including a few favorites to see with a 'bud' for the annual 420 calendar date. Of course this is all but a drop in the ocean of classics on the big screen this Friday to Sunday, so make sure to click through the links and see what else is showing at each film house!
4K Restoration season
LE CORBEAU (1943)
Friday, April 20th - Tuesday, May 1st
Film Forum, New York City. Various Session times daily. View HERE
Fish-out-of-watered in a provincial town, coolly suave Parisian doctor Pierre Fresnay (Grand Illusion, Marius in Pagnol’s Marseilles trilogy) finds himself the target of poison pen letters from “Le Corbeau” (the “Raven” or “Crow”) — but then, slowly but surely, so does everyone else, even as an unknowingly terminal patient gets the bad news, the postmaster confiscates one addressed to his own wife, and letters literally float out of the air in public places. Hysteria and finger-pointing rule, with a suspect’s panicky flight through deserted cobble-stoned streets to the tune of an off-screen lynch mob an unnerving highlight. Made by a German production company during the — never mentioned — Occupation, though from a pre-war original script, Corbeau got Clouzot banned from the French film industry for two years post-Liberation. Restored in 4K by Studiocanal, with the support of the CNC.
Wes Craven Double in 35mm
THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS (1991 / 35mm Print) plus THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW (1988 / 35mm Print)
Fri 20th April 6:30pm
Aero Theatre, Santa Monica CA
Friday Night Frights Wes Craven 35mm Double Feature! In THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, a teenager who tries to keep his family from being evicted but ends up trapped in the home of his psychotic landlords. In THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW, anthropologist Bill Pullman is on the track of an elusive toxin used by voodoo priests to simulate death. Cast members of PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS in attendance for Q&A!
Greta Garbo matinee
GRAND HOTEL (1932 / 35mm Print)
Sun, Apr 22nd 5:30pm
Aero Theatre, Santa Monica CA
Director Edmund Goulding orchestrates a dazzling parade of iconographic stars and intersecting subplots. Ballerina Greta Garbo, aristocrat John Barrymore, secretary Joan Crawford and cutthroat mogul Wallace Beery are just a few of the legends who make their way through this classic ensemble drama, a film whose influence can be seen in later films by Robert Altman and P.T. Anderson, among many others. Cedric Gibbons’ stunning Art Deco art direction gives the players an opulent setting for their personal melodramas.
The Cat, The Bat and The Penguin in 35mm
BATMAN RETURNS (1992 / 35mm Print)
Friday April 20th 10pm
Roxy Cinema, New York City
A far more madcap and visionary outing than its box office shattering predecessor, Tim Burton’s 2nd go at the caped crusader, Batman Returns, is clearly the work of his strange, singular mind. Michael Keaton – all arched eyebrow stoicism – is back as the Dark Knight, this time joined by a strong, sexy, stitch-suited Michelle Pfeifer as Catwoman and a gleefully disgusting Danny DeVito as the Penguin. Add Christopher Walken and some weaponized penguins into the mix and you have one of the most madcap comic book phantasmagorias to ever grace the screen. The toy companies didn’t appreciate its kid un-friendly psychosexual themes and gross-out gags, but any fan of Burton’s German Expressionism by way of Bugs Bunny aesthetic will find this a refreshingly off-kilter blockbuster and a strong entry in the Batman canon. With one of Danny Elfman’s most gloriously careening carnival funhouse scores.
Miyazaki Classics in 35mm at ACMI
SPIRITED AWAY (2001 / 35mm Print)
Sat April 21st 10:30am
ACMI, Melbourne Australia
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by magical creatures. Separated from her parents, who have now been transformed into pigs, Chihiro embarks on a fantastical adventure in which she encounters talking toads, walruses, penguins and a sludge monster, among other bizarre deities and demons, on her quest to find her way home.
PONYO (2008 / 35mm Print)
Sat April 22nd 10:30am
ACMI, Melbourne Australia
One morning while playing on the rocky beach below his house, five year old Sosuke discovers a goldfish he names Ponyo, her head stuck in a jam jar. Sosuke rescues Ponyo and keeps her in a green plastic bucket. Both Ponyo and Sosuke are fascinated by each other and promise to stay firm friends until Ponyo's father, a sorcerer who lives deep under the sea, forces her to return with him to the ocean depths. What follows is an amazing underwater adventure for all ages.
The legendary slacker classic
DAZED AND CONFUSED (1993)
Fri, April 20th Midnight
Roxy Cinema, New York City
Marijuana is omnipresent in Richard Linklater’s seminal 90s high school comedy Dazed and Confused, and while it is used to keep the good times rolling, it’s not the focus. A hazy, lazy memoir of Linklater’s daze as a high schooler in 70s Texas, the characters are the real engine, many of whom have become iconic staples of modern pop culture.
Classic Truffaut matinee
THE 400 BLOWS (1959 / DCP)
Fri Apr 20th through Sun April 22nd 11am
IFC Center, New York City
“François Truffaut’s first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut’s cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), THE 400 BLOWS sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. The film marked Truffaut’s passage from leading critic to trailblazing auteur of the French New Wave.” – Janus Films
IFC presents 'Waverly Midnights'
MEAN STREETS (1972 / 35mm Print)
Fri April 20th & Sat Apr 21st 12:15am
ALIEN (1979 / DCP)
Fri April 20th & Sat Apr 21st 12:05am
FIGHT CLUB (1999 / DCP)
1999, David Fincher
Fri April 20th & Sat Apr 21st 11:45pm
ALIENS (1986 / DCP)
Fri April 20th & Sat Apr 21st 12:00am
All screening at IFC Center, New York City
IFC Center continues the time honored tradition of 'Waverly Midnights' which began the very conceot of the 'midnight movie' screening. This week incliudeds a 35mm print of the Scorsese classic on the seedy streets of 1970s NYC as well David Fincher's subversive cult hit and the first two (and best) Aliens films.
ICHI THE KILLER (2001 / Digital)
Sat April 21st 11:25 PM
Syndicated, Brooklyn NY
Takashi Miike’s Ichi the Killer has endured as one of the most influential pieces of genre filmmaking of the last two decades, and now it returns in a stunning all-new 4k restoration approved by Miike himself. This visceral, bloody, and often hilarious film follows Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano), a notoriously sadistic yakuza enforcer whose search for his boss’ killer brings him into the orbit of a demented costumed assassin known as Ichi (Nao Ōmori).
George A. Romero classic
THE CRAZIES (1973 / Digital)
Sat April 21st 9:30pm
Roxie Theater, San Francisco CA
Though not an official part of Romero’s ongoing DEAD series, THE CRAZIES still fits in just fine thanks to its depictions of normalcy shedding apart from the inside and a ruthless but incompetent military ultimately driven by self-interest — themes which would reach their most crystallized version in DAY OF THE DEAD.” (Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital).
THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998 / 35mm Print) plus CHEECH & CHONG: UP IN SMOKE (1978 / DCP)
Fri April 20th, 7pm The Castro Theater, San Francisco CA
In Lebowski, Jeff Bridges created one of his most enduring characters, "The Dude," in this wild Raymond Chandler-esque comedy crime caper from the Coen Brothers, pivoting around a case of mistaken identity complicated by extortion, double-crosses, deception, embezzlement, sex, reefer, and gallons of White Russians. 20th Anniversary!
Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong's first movie is a cult classic widely considered to be the first “stoner” comedy. After being deported to Mexico, spoiled rich kid Man (Chong) and his new pal Pedro (Cheech) are totally unaware that the van they’ve agreed to drive back to the States is made completely out of marijuana, and that there’s a bunch of narcotics officers in hot pursuit. 40th Anniversary!
After Midnight series: 420 Special
FRIDAY (1995 / 35mm Print)
Fri April 20th 11:59pm
Coolridge Corner Theater, Brookline MA
Just another day. But what a day. A day that shows a lighter side to life in the 'hood. It's Friday, and Craig (Ice Cube) and Smokey (Chris Tucker) must come up with $200 they owe a local bully or there won't be a Saturday.
HALF BAKED (1998 / 35mm Print)
Sat April 21st 11:59pm
Coolridge Corner Theater, Brookline MA
Dave Chappelle stars in this hilarious adventure of three lovable party buds trying to bail their friend out of jail. But just when the guys have mastered a plan, everything comes dangerously close to going up in smoke!
Terry Gilliam matinee
TIME BANDITS (1981 / DCP)
Sat April 21st & Sun April 22nd 11am
Metrograph, New York City
Director Gilliam’s second feature is a lavish concoction of wild and wicked fancy. One fateful night Kevin, an 11-year-old with a passion for history, discovers a time-and-space portal in his bedroom wall and a gaggle of dwarves who teach him how to use it, paying visits to Ian Holm’s Napoleon, John Cleese’s Robin Hood, Sean Connery’s King Agamemnon, and the land of unbounded imagination that is the Time of Legend. A fractured fairy tale that thrilled and delighted every kid who saw it.
Portland EcoFilm Festival
KOYAANISQATSI (1982 / Digital)
Fri April 20th 7pm
Hollywood Theater, Portland OR
Based on the Hopi people's word for "unbalanced life," this groundbreaking experimental film directed by Godfrey Reggio features stunning cinematography by Ron Fricke (BARAKA) and an exquisite original music score by the legendary American composer Philip Glass. Considered to be an cinematic environmental masterpiece, the film is a visceral exploration of mankind's relationship to nature.
William Friedkin Selectrospective
TO LIVE & DIE IN L.A (1985 / 35mm Print)
Sun April 22nd 8:45pm Prince Charles Cinema, London UK
When his longtime partner on the force is killed, reckless U.S. Secret Service agent Richard Chance (William L. Petersen) vows revenge, setting out to nab dangerous counterfeit artist Eric Masters (Willem Dafoe).
Jodie Foster Selectrospective
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991 / 35mm Print)
Sat April 21st 5:55pm Prince Charles Cinema, London UK
Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into a case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out.
20th Annual LA Festival of Film Noir continues...
THE PROWLER (1951) plus M (1951) plus THE BIG NIGHT (1951)
Sat, Apr 21st 7:30pm
Egyptian Theater, Hollywood CA
Joseph Losey Triple Feature / All in 35mm!
In THE PROWLER, corrupt cop Van Heflin sexually dominates a married woman for material gain. M is the American version of Fritz Lang’s 1931 classic, about a child murderer simultaneously hunted by police and criminals. And in THE BIG NIGHT, John Barrymore Jr. witnesses his father absorb a beating from a gangster and seeks revenge.
An X Rated Russ Myers brunch special!
BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1970 / DCP)
Sunday April 22nd 11:45am Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn, NY
“Beyond the Valley of the Dolls seems more and more like a movie that got made by accident when the lunatics took over the asylum… An independent X-rated filmmaker (Russ Meyer) and an inexperienced screenwriter (Roger Ebert) were brought into a major studio and given carte blanche to turn out a satire of one of the studio’s own hits. And “BVD” was made at a time when the studio’s own fortunes were so low that the movie was seen almost fatalistically, as a gamble that none of the studio executives really wanted to think about, so that there was a minimum of supervision (or even cognizance) from the Front Office.” — Roger Ebert
**All program notes by respective cinemas.