MIDWEEK ROUND UP (APRIL 30 - MAY 3)
Here we go movie lovers, it's Neon Marquee's round up of picks for the week (for those not lining up to see the new Avengers film!). Click the links for more details and ticket info.
Vanilla Ice in 35mm. Yep, yep!
COOL AS ICE (1991 / 35mm Print)
Wed May 2nd 10:35pm
Alamo Drafthouse New Mission, San Francisco CA
Could it be one of the worst movies of the 90s? Perhaps, but, it's the epitome of so bad it's good. Vanilla Ice may have been one of 1990s biggest performers, a commercially safe face of hip hop, that spat in the face of the likes of Public Enemy, Tone Loc and Young MC that had done the hard yards for the genre. But the rapper's bid for movie stardom came mere weeks after Nirvana's 'Nevermind' kicked the musical landscape in the teeth, coupled with gangsta rap becoming a major voice in music, and this tale of a supposed bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks, seeking to charm the nice girl from an affluent suburb through rhymes and ridiculous outfits, hit the skids and tanked spectacularly at the box office. As always though, it has amassed a sizable cult following, it's lavishly loud in appearance and completely ridiculous, making for a delicious slice of 90s nostalgia. Interesting side note; the cinematographer was Janusz Kamiński, who would go on to become Spielberg's choice for lensing his films. No wonder Cool As Ice actually look great! Oh, and yes, that is Naomi Campbell in the opening sequence...
All New 4K Restoration
THE GREAT SILENCE (1968 / DCP)
Tues May 1st 7pm
Roxie Theater, San Francisco CA
Also screens Wed May 2nd 9pm
Alamo Drafthouse, Yonkers NY
"There is something about the film’s brazen mixing of incompatible elements that defies categorization, imitation or even sober critical assessment. It’s anarchic and rigorous, sophisticated and goofy, heartfelt and cynical. The score, by Ennio Morricone, is as mellow as wine. The action is raw, nasty and blood-soaked. The story is preposterous, the politics sincere. Quentin Tarantino's admiration for Director Corbucci is well documented, with his 1966 western “Django” an inspiration for Mr. Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”. (NY Times). Newly restored in 4K.
Final Days / New 4K Restoration
LE CORBEAU (1943 / 4K DCP)
Until Tuesday May 1st 2pm, 3:50pm, 5:40pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm
Film Forum, New York City
NY's Film Forum brings the successful restoration season to a close this Tuesday of Henri-Georges Clouzot's classic that was attacked by the conservative right upon release. A mysterious writer of poison-pen letters, known only as Le Corbeau (the Raven), plagues a French provincial town, unwittingly exposing the collective suspicion and rancor seething beneath the community’s calm surface.
An (almost) all female French production from 1951…
OLIVIA aka THE PIT OF LONELINESS (1951 / 35mm Print)
Wed May 2nd 7pm
ACMI, Melbourne Australia
A landmark LGBTQ film, Olivia captures the awakening passions of an English adolescent sent away for a year to a small finishing school outside Paris. The innocent but watchful Olivia develops an infatuation for her headmistress, Mlle. Julie, and through this screen of love observes the tense romance between Mlle. Julie and the other head of the school, Mlle. Cara in its final months. Rare 35mm print at Melbourne's ACMI.
William Wyler Retrospective
CARRIE (1950 / 35mm)
Thurs May 3rd, 9:30pm
French Cinematheque, Paris France
Paris' fantastic Cinematheque continues it's extensive retrospective of William Wyler's directorial work. And no, it's not an original 1950s version of the 1970s horror classic! Carrie is based on Sister Carrie, a novel by Theodore Dreiser. Jennifer Jones stars as Carrie, who leaves her go-nowhere small town for the wicked metropolis of Chicago. Here she becomes the mistress of brash traveling salesman Charles Drouet (Eddie Albert), then throws him over in favor of erudite restaurant manager George Hurstwood (Laurence Olivier). Screens in 35mm!
WGAW Groundbreakers Double Feature
IDIOCRACY (2006 / DCP) plus ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (1976 / DCP)
Thu, May 3rd 7:30pm
Aero Theater, Santa Monica CA
Writers Mike Judge & Etan Cohen In Person!
Idiocracy has taken on increased significance given our mind numbing fascination with idiotic celebrities and the election of an incompetent corrupt businessman to the Oval Office, to show us an America where everyone has become a complete idiot, thus threatening it's very existence. Aero's 'WGAW Groundbreakers' Double Feature showcases Mike Judge’s (Beavis & Butthead, Silicon Valley) ahead-of-its-time sci-fi comedy IDIOCRACY that predicts a time in which our collective intelligence has dropped so low that it threatens to destroy the world. In ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman shine as the Washington Post investigative reporters who uncovered the truth behind the Watergate break-in. Discussion between films with IDIOCRACY screenwriter/director Mike Judge and screenwriter Etan Cohen. (Program notes by Aero Theater).
35mm PRESENTATIONS AT THE PRINCE CHARLE CINEMA, UK
The Prince Charles presents two recent favorites in 35mm, including Zach Braff's Directorial debut 'Garden State' that co-starred Natalie Portman (and Method Man in a slightly oddball guest role). And of course, that perfect soundtrack too. Also on offer is Jodie Foster's sci-fi romp Contact which we think is severely underrated with a mind blowing sequence through outer-space that seems like a new spin on the 'stargate' sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Useless trivia; the end of the immensely beloved song 'Rabbit in Your Headlights by Unkle featuring Thom Yorke samples an extensive sound effects sequence from this film.
GARDEN STATE (2004 / 35mm Print)
Wed May 2nd, 6pm
Prince Charles Cinema, London UK
CONTACT (1997 / 35mm Print)
Wed May 2nd, 8:30pm
Prince Charles Cinema, London UK
The Monster demands a mate!
THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935 / DCP)
Tues May 1st, 7:30pm
Alamo Drafthouse NYC, Brooklyn NY
1935's follow up to the original Frankenstein is justifiably considered one of the few sequels to live up to it's predecessor. In Bride, as well as Boris Karloff in the role as 'The Monster', the sequel features Elsa Lanchesterin the dual role of Mary Shelley and the Monster's mate. Regarded as one of the great horror films of all time, it is also the bearer of iconic imagery including the elaborate hairstyle of the Monster's Mate.
40th Anniversary / Free Screening
MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE (1978)
Tues May 1st 9:15pm
Texas Theater, Dallas TX
The Texas Theater dishes up martial arts treats for a FREE 35mm screening this Tuesday! After his students are killed by the One Armed Boxer, a vengeful and blind Kung Fu expert travels to a village where a martial arts contest is being held and vows to behead every one armed man he comes across (IMDB). Cited as an inspiration by everyone from Quentin Tarantino to the Wu-Tang Clan, MOTFG is the gritty, violent personification of the 70s grindhouse aesthetic and a mainstay on most old school Top 10 lists (Texas Theater).
Jackie Chain does Street Fighter (and more…)
CITY HUNTER (1993 / DCP)
Mon April 30th, 7:30pm
Alamo Drafthoue South Lamar, Austin TX
A synth-pop blast of colorful, comic book set pieces and martial arts hijinks, CITY HUNTER sees Jackie Chan as unbeatable manga hero Ryo Saeba... the City Hunter! From a skateboard chase through downtown Tokyo to the famous live-action Street Fighter brawl sequence, the manic pace of this film never slows down for a second.
Special Screening Event Q&A
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981)
Adrienne Barbeau in person for Q&A
Thurs May 3rd 8pm
Texas Theatre, Dallas TX
John Carpenter's seminal post apocalyptic sci-fi film ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK screens on Thur May 3rd with a live Q/A with cult hero actress Adrienne Barbeau! Set in the distant future of 1997(!), New York City is now a prison colony, sealed off from the rest of the United States which is now under dictatorship. Under John Carpenter's watchful Director eye, Kurt Russell grimaces and growls his way through the darkened ruins of the city in search of the President (played with snooty malice by Donald Pleasance) after Air Force One goes down in Manhattan.
A Tribute to Takahata Repertory Series
GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (1988 / DCP)
Thurs May 3rd 8:30pm
Brattle Theatre, Cambridge MA
Made by the co-founder of Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli, Isao Takahata's anime masterpiece Grave of the Fireflies is a devastating World War II drama, in which a teenage brother and his kid sister must learn to survive after their town has been eradicated by American bombers. It may revolve around the young characters, but this is an emotional journey of loss in wartime, that speaks to the sense of frustration adults feel about war. Be warned, it's a profoundly emotional film that will rip out your heart.
William Friedkin Collection conclusion
SORCERER (1977 / DCP)
Tues May 1st 2:30pm
Metrograph, New York City
NYC's Metrograph has been celebaring the work of William Friedkin as his new documentary playes there. To finish out tje series catch SORCERER, in which Brooklyn crook Roy Scheider splits town and winds up in the sweaty armpit of South America, taking on a suicide mission to transport volatile nitroglycerine across a rugged, pitiless jungle with fellow hard-up hard cases Bruno Cremer and Francisco Rabal. Suffused with otherworldly visuals and a mind-blowing Tangerine Dream score, Friedkin’s film “remakes” Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Wages of Fear like Led Zeppelin “remade” acoustic 1920s blues. Heavy duty. (Program notes by Metrograph)
Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe…
CAPTAIN AMERICA (1990 / Digital)
Thurs May 3rd 7pm
Plaza Theatre, Atlanta GA
Nope, this is not the current blockbuster starring Chris Evans as Cap, this is the mind boggling misfire released in 1990 when comic book mlvies were still a joke, unless your name was Batman or Superman. Captain America (Matt Salinger) wakes from suspended animation forty years later to face his old enemy, the Nazi warrior Red Skull (Scott Paulin). Absolutley low budget, down to the laughable costume, this adaptation received next to no attention upon its delayed release, and features so much unintended hilarity that you could make a drinking game from it. Plus, poor old Cap comes across as a complete wimp. Excelsior!
HITCHCOCK MATINEES AT MOMA
MOMA, New York City
Any excuse to see the works of the master mystery film maker on the big screen are most welcome, but in 35mm it's even better. We've nominated two to see this week, but also check MOMA's website to see what else is in store...
THE BIRDS (1963 / 35mm Print)
Wed May 2nd, 1:30pm
Tippi Hedren gets caught up in a bizarre series of bird attacks in a small seaside town. Hitchcock expertly raises the tension and mystery as we are left to guess why the massive flocks of birds are attacking in the first place
SABOTEUR (1942 / 35mm Print)
Thurs May 3rd, 1:30pm
Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend. A brilliant, if slightly underrated, 'man on the run' thriller.
Kurosawa Collection conslusion
YOJIMBO (1961 / 35mm Print)
Wed May 2nd 7:30pm
Loft Cinema, Tucoson Arizona
To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro (Toshiro Mifune) turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage, and an avalanche of ever-increasing chaos ensues. A monumental motion picture classic. (Program notes by Loft Cinema)
Marx Brothers Mayhem
DUCK SOUP (1933 / Digital)
Thurs May 3rd 7pm
Syndicated, Brooklyn NY
The Marx Brothers' greatest and funniest masterpiece - a short, but brilliant satire and lampooning of blundering dictatorial leaders, Fascism and authoritarian government. (Syndicated)
"Although they were not taken as seriously, they were as surrealist as Dali, as shocking as Stravinsky, as verbally outrageous as Gertrude Stein, as alienated as Kafka. Because they worked the genres of slapstick and screwball, they did not get the same kind of attention, but their effect on the popular mind was probably more influential. "As an absurdist essay on politics and warfare," wrote the British critic Patrick McCray, " `Duck Soup' can stand alongside (or even above) the works of Beckett and Ionesco." - Roger Ebert
Classic Coen Brothers
RAISING ARIZONA (1987 / DCP)
Tues May 1st through Thurs April May 3rd 9:35pm
Laurelhurst Theater, Portland OR
When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintuplets, their lives become more complicated than they anticipated. This early Coen Brothers flick stars pre B Grade Nicholas Cage and the always dependable Holly Hunter.
B-Movie Bingo Night
THE RUNNING MAN (1987 / DCP)
Tues May 1st, 7:30pm. Hollywood Theatre, Portland OR
Very loosely based on the Stephen King novel, The Running Man is set in a dystoptian future where a TV network is the most powerful entity in America and The Running Man, a deadly game show, the number one rating program. Of course it's completely corrupt and only Arnold Schwarzenegger and his XXL biceps can blow it wide open. And why not enjoy it with a little 'B Movie Bingo' as you mark off the B-Movie cliches. Oh, and we can never speak highly enough of any movie that includes Jesse ' The Body' Venutra!