A fairly busy selection towards the latter part of the week with U.S based film houses rolling out the big guns for the Memorial Day long weekend. Stay tuned for our update at the end of this week.

Incredible Martial Arts Retrospective
From Wed May 23rd
Quad Cinema, New York Cinema
35mm and DCP prints from the American Genre Film Archive

*All below program notes by Quad Cinema

As the storied Shaw Brothers began to transform the Hong Kong film industry in the 1950s, a new golden age was on the horizon. At the vanguard of it was director Chang Cheh. The martial arts action in his movies was awe-inspiring—and so too was his career. “Prolific” barely does justice to a director who averaged a half-dozen movies annuallyduring the 1970s boom. He was first and foremost a writer; filmmaking came his way, including several shots at directing, but he spent far more time toiling as a newspaper columnist and pulp novelist. By the 1960s, the Shaws had put him to work as a screenwriter, and he successfully made the transition to directing, becoming one of the studio’s mainstays, effortlessly moving from the swordplay films of the 1960s to the exploding kung fu genre of the 1970s, often collaborating with action choreographer and future director Lau Kar-Leung (aka Liu Chia-liang), who will soon be receiving his own retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. Over 25 glorious years, as one of the pioneers of “Heroic Bloodshed” and the revival of the wuxia genre, he minted stars and influenced generations of cinephiles and filmmakers from John Woo (one of his assistant directors) to Quentin Tarantino, who dedicated Kill Bill Vol 2 to him.


FIVE DEADLY VENOMS (1978 / 35mm Print)
Wed May 23rd 9pm

Shepherding a cadre of new stars who would frequently regroup for other movies—including his own—in varying combos, Cheh expertly juggled their fight stylings. Kuo Chui is Lizard, Lu Feng is Centipede, Lo Meng is Toad, Wei Pai is Snake, and Sun Chien is Scorpion; all are being tracked by fellow student Chiang Sheng to ascertain if they are upholding or betraying their kung fu teacher’s legacy, with a hunt for buried treasure as the litmus test.


New 2K Restoration Premiere
Mon May 21st 7:30pm

One of Chang’s most famous movies spotlights without-a-break extended sequences of hand-to-hand combat and bone-crunching brutality. Continuing his collaboration with the principal martial artists and actors from Five Deadly Venoms, Chang lets rip with a tale of three men hobbled—physically and otherwise—by a vicious warlord whose family has a history of sadism. The men band together to heal, regroup, and challenge their foe and his son.


GOLDEN SWALLOW (1968 / 35mm Print)
Wed May 23rd 5pm

In a rare teaming with a female action icon, Chang directs Cheng Pei-Pei as the latter reprises her character from King Hu’s 1966 classic Come Drink with Me. Golden Swallow has forsaken violence in favor of peaceful co-existence but when she is framed for a killing spree and tries to clear her name, romantic complications ensue. Chang fully avails himself of frequent collaborator Chia-liang Liu’s expertise as wuxia fight choreographer and stunt arranger.


FIVE ELEMENTS NINJAS (1968 / 35mm Print)
Wed May 23rd 5pm

Exponentially upping his Venoms formula, Chang introduced a second quintet: the ninja disciples’ fighting styles here represent gold, wind, water, fire, and earth. With the weapons roster accordingly augmented, Chang also incorporates femme fatale Chen Pei Hsi into this all-stops-out ride about a blood feud between martial arts schools. On-screen talent Cheng Tien-Chi (who plays the hero, Shao) and Chu Ke coordinated the stunts and action choreography.

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HOUSE OF TRAPS (1982 / 35mm Print)
Wed May 23rd 5pm

In the last of Chang’s films to host the majority of the Venoms gang (only Lo Meng is absent) and one of the last movies that he made for Shaw Brothers, an all-male ensemble partakes in skullduggery and murder over coveted artifacts as well as a hidden list of conspirators in a pending palace coup. The showdowns in the titular abode force the fighters to contend with spikes, snares, suddenly slanting steel stairs, and a remarkably adaptable umbrella.


The Lynch Rock n Roll Fever Dream
WILD AT HEART (1990 / 35mm Print)
Mon May 21st 9:30pm
Tues May 22nd 4:15pm & 9:15pm
Thurs May 24th 4pm & 9:30pm
Metrograph, New York City

“This is a snakeskin jacket. And for me it’s a symbol of my individuality and my belief in personal freedom.” Laura Dern and Nicolas Cage are Sailor and Lula, hotpants lovers on the lam, in Lynch’s fever dream road trip through a sleazy South of stick-up men, heavy metal concerts, and pornos, Texas-style. The guiding influences are Elvis Aron Presley, who Cage channels throughout, and The Wizard of Oz, with Sheryl Lee’s Good Witch appearing at the end of a rough ride menaced by Diane Ladd’s mad matriarch and Willem Dafoe’s oleaginous, stub-toothed Bobby Peru. (Program Notes by Metrograph)


Kubrick Season Continues at Metrograph
THE KILLING (1956 / 35mm Print)
Tues May 22nd 2pm
Metrograph, New York City

The 28-year-old Kubrick’s first film with a certifiable star—lead lug Sterling Hayden, fronting an ensemble of desperate, dangerous characters, including the wild Timothy Carey—is a late, great entry in the noir canon, with Kubrick and hard-boiled author extraordinaire Jim Thompson adapting Lionel White’s pulp novel, filtered through an ingenious, fractured flashback structure. Electric filmmaking. “You’d be killing a hores, that’s not first degree murder, in fact it’s not murder at all, in fact I don’t know what it is.” (Program Notes by Metrograph)


10th Anniversary
CLOVERFIELD (2008 / 35mm Print)
Tues May 22nd 8:45pm
Prince Charles Cinema, London UK

As a group of New Yorkers (Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman) enjoy a going-away party, little do they know that they will soon face the most terrifying night of their lives. A creature the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Using a handheld video camera, the friends record their struggle to survive as New York crumbles around them. (Program Notes by Prince Charles Cinema)


The Immortal Shakespeare Cinematic Classic
HENRY V (1944 / DCP)
Wed May 23rd 2pm
French Cinematheque, Paris France

How King Henry V claims to the crown of France and goes to war against Charles VI. Talking about Laurence Olivier actor, as Laurence Olivier director, discourages praise. Let's just say that he is beautiful, of a hard beauty, flawless, without a frame, who adapts himself to an incredible hairstyle in a bowl, a crown posed like a pot of flowers ... Let's say also that for the first time, we have the impression of having seen an actor. (Program notes by French Cinemtheque)


Rare 35mm Presentation
STALKER (1979 / 35mm Print)
Thurs May 24th 7:30pm
Astor Theatre, Melbourne Australia

In a small, unnamed country there is an area called the Zone. It is apparently inhabited by aliens and contains the Room, where in it is believed wishes are granted. The government has declared The Zone a no-go area and have sealed off the area with barbed wire and border guards. However, this has not stopped people from attempting to enter the Zone. We follow one such party, made up of a writer, who wants to use the experience as inspiration for his writing, and a professor, who wants to research the Zone for scientific purposes. Their guide is a man to whom the Zone is everything, the Stalker. (Program Notes by Astor Theatre)


Classic Movie Madonna!
Thurs May 24th 5pm
Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne Australia

Susan Seidelman was waiting for the right script to follow up her breakthrough Smithereens (1982), which so potently evoked 80s NYC punk subculture, when a script with her own name in the title caught her eye. Set in New York, this screwball comedy captured Madonna on the cusp of becoming a pop icon, and launched her on-screen career. (Program notes by ACMI)


Portland Horror Film Festival presents Satanic Panic!
Thurs May 24th 5pm
Hollywood Theatre, Portland OR

Join the Hollywood Theatre for a rare screening of William Girdler’s ASYLUM OF SATAN with groovy behind-the-scenes stories of this forgotten Satanic Panic drive-in classic from special guest, Producer (and Girdler’s brother-in-law) J. Patrick Kelly. PLUS a selection of Satanic short films from the upcoming Portland Horror Film Festival, ghoulish giveaways, and more soul-searing infernal fun! Be sure to come early for your free Soul Protector and evaluation!

Before Director William Girdler made GRIZZLY and THE MANITOU, his first feature film was ASYLUM OF SATAN, released with the tagline “Love Slaves of Satan tortured to blood-dripping death.” This trippy exploitation film, shot on a budget of just $50,000, features Carla Borelli (Falcon Crest) as Lucina, a young woman under the care of the mysterious Doctor Specter, played by Charles Kissinger (GRIZZLY, THE MANITOU). Lucina begins to question the doctor’s methods and discovers things are a lot more sinister than she could ever have imagined. Fun fact: Michael Aquino (member of the Church of Satan and Temple of Set founder) served as technical advisor on the film. (Program notes by Hollywood Theatre)


Hollywood Theatre Grindhouse Film Fest
GATES OF HELL (1980 / 35mm Print) + 70s Horror Trailers in 35mm
Tues May 22nd 7:30pm
Hollywood Theatre, Portland OR

GATES OF HELL (aka CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD) (1980): A priest commits suicide and unwittingly opens the gateway to hell. The rotting dead rise from their graves to feed on the living in gruesome fashion, while a psychic and a journalist attempt to stop the rancid carnage. This is Lucio Fulci at his finest, so prepare yourself for zombie killing, head drilling, intestine spilling mayhem. Powered by Fabio Frizzi's creepy soundtrack, and top notch special effects. Rare 35mm Print! (Program notes by Hollywood Theatre)


New England Nightmares Double
HOCUS POCUS (1993 / 35mm Print) + THE LORDS OF SALEM (2012 / DCP)
Thurs May 24th 7:30pm
Egyptian Theater, Hollywood CA

New England Nightmares Double Feature! 25th Anniversary of HOCUS POCUS! Three Salem witches are resurrected when new kid in town Max lights a cursed candle. Starring Bette Middler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker. In THE LORDS OF SALEM, Directed by Rob Zombie, the music of a mysterious band called the Lords entrances the women of Salem. Discussion between films with HOCUS POCUS writer-producer David Kirschner, writer Mick Garris, composer John Debney, production designer William Sandell and FX artist Tony Gardner. (Program notes by Aero Theatre)


Paramount Classic Series Commences
CASABLANCA (1942 / 35mm Print)
Thurs May 24th 7pm
Paramount Theatre, Austin TX

You must remember this…since they play it every year! As always, this breathtakingly romantic and riotously witty tale of two lovers torn apart by war will be screened on 35mm. Because they’ll always have Paris, and they'll always have film. (Program notes by Paramount Theatre)


Danny Boyle’s Underated Sci-Fi Gem
SUNSHINE (2007 / 35mm Print)
Thurs May 24th 8:45pm
Prince Charles Cinema, UK

In the not-too-distant future, Earth's dying sun spells the end for humanity. In a last-ditch effort to save the planet, a crew of eight men and women ventures into space with a device that could revive the star. However, an accident, a grave mistake and a distress beacon from a long-lost spaceship throw the crew and its desperate mission into a tailspin. (Program notes by Prince Charles Cinema)


The Beloved Elvis Musical Hit!
JAILHOUSE ROCK (1957 / 35mm Print)
Thurs May 24th 7pm
Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline MA

Filmed in ultra-cool black and white, the movie stars Elvis as a good ol' boy who saves a woman from an assault but kills her attacker, so he's convicted of manslaughter and sent to jail. While doing time he takes up the guitar and becomes a singing sensation, ready for the big time when he's finally released. Short on plot but heavy on rock & roll, this Elvis Presley classic features such hit songs as "Treat Me Nice," "Baby, I Don't Care," "Don't Leave Me Now," and, of course, the classic title song, performed in an elaborate jailhouse number that Elvis choreographed himself. (Program notes by Coolidge Corner)



LIFEFORCE (1985 / 35mm Print)
Thurs May 24th 8:30pm
With post-movie party / live music
Texas Theatre, Dallas TX

CursedDays May event brings Tobe Hooper’s underrated weirdo sci-fi cult space vampire classic LIFEFORCE to the screen in Alien-life-sucking-35mm!  Its the “The Cinematic Sci-fi event of the 80’s”. Live music by Secrecies and Felt & Fur. (Program notes by Texas Theatre)