MANIAC COPS, B GRADE DELIGHTS & MORE. ON THE SCREEN THIS WEEK (JUNE 11 - 14)
PICKS OF THE WEEKS
30 Years of Maniac Cop: in 35mm!
MANIAC COP (1988 / 35mm Print)
+ Q&A with Director William Lustig
Wed June 13th 7pm (also Thurs June 14th 9:30pm)
Roxy Cinema, New York City
Before the condos. Before the boutiques. Before Sex and The City ushered in the era of New York City being known for expensive cup cakes, MANIAC COP beat the mean downtown streets in an era of desolate crime infested streets, becoming a cult sensation and spawning a series of sequels. Director Lustig uses his characteristic grit and grime to weave a slasher tale of a murderous (perhaps undead?) Manhattan cop (Robert Z’Dar and his iconic jawline, also star of wonderful B Grade classics like Samurai Cop). Bruce Campbell co-stars as a cop suspected of the crimes, and Tom Atkins as the steely lieutenant handling the case. Screening in 35mm with Director William Lustig in person for a Q&A.
MANIAC COP 2 (1988 / DCP)
Wed June 13th 9pm
Roxy Cinema, New York City
The Roxy has a double dose of MANIAC COP with Part 2 after the origiinal. Robert D'Zar returns as Officer Matt Cordell in another grindhouse installment, on the beat and on the rampage to slice up the police commissioner. Bruce Campbell returns plus Leo Rossi, Clarence Williams III and Charles Napier.
The New ‘Unrestored’ 70mm Print
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968 / 70mm Print)
Season held over until Wed June 13th
Castro Theatre, San Francisco CA
The newly struck 70mm prints continue to wing their way around the globe playing sold out seasons, and introducing an entire new generation to an experience as Stanley Kubrick intended. Using original negative elements, 70mm aficionado Christopher Nolan has spearheaded the release ensuring the process of creating new prints was entirely photo chemical, forgoing any digital clean up, remastering or tweaking.
Also screening at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica CA on Wed June 13th & Thurs June 14th 7pm. For Australian fans, the film plays at what many consider the southern hemisphere's spiritual home of 2001 The Astor Theatre, until June 24th, which has championed the film in 70mm for many years.
New Restoration with Live Score
THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (1928 / DCP)
Mon June 11th 7pm
Coolidge Corner Theatre, Cambridge MA
The Coolidge welcomes back the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) for the New England premiere of their new, original score to Universal Pictures’ The Man Who Laughs (1928). Universal itself has commissioned Berklee to create the original score recording for their brand-new restoration of the film, the first time a Hollywood studio has ever engaged the students of a college or university to score one of its features. 90 years after Victor Hugo’s story of human cruelty and the redemptive power of love first captivated global film audiences, Universal Pictures’ The Man Who Laughs, a melodrama embued with a penetrating darkness, returns to the screen. Roger Ebert has called the film "One of the final treasures of German silent Expressionism.” Its shadowy exteriors, the carnival setting, and the demonically misshapen "hero” — the ackowledged inspiration for DC Comics’ The Joker — made director Paul Leni’s The Man Who Laughs something entirely new to American cinema, and the foundation upon which the classic Universal horror films would be built. (Program notes by The Coolidge)
De Niro / Scorsese Festival
GOODFELLAS (1990 / DCP)
Mon June 11th 9pm & Tues June 12th 8:45pm
Mayfair Theatre, Ontario Canada
Goodfella's is like the masterpeice of mob films given it rounds up all the usual suspects from the genre. Based on the Non Fiction 1986 novel Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, the film was co-wrote by the author and took in much rehearsal improvisation between it's stellar cast of Ray Liotta, Robert De Noro, Joe Pesci (won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor) and Paul Sorvino. Loraiine Bracco is a standout as Henry Hill's (Liotta) embattled wife.
Latex Horror Effects Spectacular!
THE DEADLY SPAWN (1983 / DCP)
Mon June 11th 9:30pm
Alamo Drafthouse Cedars, Dallas TX
Douglas McKeown's THE DEADLY SPAWN is the epitome of 1980s homemade horror filmmaking. When an extraterrestrial meteorite unleashes a carnivorous beast on an unsuspecting New Jersey town, no one is safe. Grandmas, a horror-movie-obsessed-little-kid, and everyone in-between are fair game for this unstoppable eating machine and its leech-like minions. Crammed with ambition, unbelievable latex effects, and brutal gore, DEADLY SPAWN builds a special, self-contained universe and holds no ties to rational thought. If perfection existed, this movie would eat it for breakfast. (Program notes by Alamo Drafthouse)
James Cameron’s (not so) Big Break
PIRANHA II: THE SPAWNING (1982 / DCP)
Mon June 11th 8pm
Loft Cinema, Tuscon AZ
In the notoriously troubled quasi-sequel Piranha II: The Spawning(the young Cameron was fired by the Italian producers after two weeks of shooting, and the film was actually completed by Italian schlock director Ovidio Assonitis, the genius behind the horror flicks Tentacles and Madhouse), Club Elysium, a summer vacation hot spot, becomes a feeding ground of fear when a secret military experiment is unleashed on the populace. “The terror is back … but this time it flies!” King of the World James Cameron’s much-maligned directorial debut unleashes fearsome flying fish with fangs on a tropical island resort, and the unsuspecting vacationers must decide whether to arm themselves with fishing poles or fly swatters in this gory and goofy Italian/American co-production which in no way indicates its director was about to give the world The Terminator! (Program notes by The Loft Cinema)
35mm Kung Fu Rarity!
THE DRAGON, THE HERO (1979 / 35mm Print)
Tues June 12th 7:30pm
Hollywood Theatre, Portland OR
Kung Fu Theater presents the only known 35mm print of this bizarre martial arts obscurity! THE DRAGON, THE HERO (1979): High kicking expert John Liu (INVINCIBLE ARMOUR) stars as a martial arts assassin who is hired to take out a creepy, evil villain who runs an antiques smuggling ring. While on his journey, he gets involved in non-stop kung fu fights; including encounters with an opium-smoking drunken master, a Bruce Lee imitator, and a skilled fighter who may be more friend than foe in his attempt to take down the ultra-weird villain! Directed by Godfrey Ho. (Program notes by Hollywood Theatre)
Nobody Can Escape…
BLOOD SUCKERS FROM OUTER SPACE (1984 / 35mm Print)
Tues June 12th 9:15pm - FREE!
Texas Theatre, Dallas TX
Catch a Blu Ray release party screening of GLEN COBURN’s Dallas Horror favorite BLOODSUCKERS FROM OUTER SPACE in glorious 35mm! If that wasn’t enough to lure you into the theatre like a creepy ice cream van D/FW’s own BRET McCORMICK -the man responsible for films like REPLIGATOR and the lone star splatter classic THE ABOMINATION- will be on hand with his new book TEXAS SCHLOCK! Bring cash! (Program notes by Texas Theatre)
PIRANHA (1978 / 35mm Print)
Tues June 12th 6:30pm
Prince Charles Cinema, London UK
The remake was quite hilarious burt you need to head back to the 1978 original for true schlock value in Joe Dante's (GREMLINS) comedy horror film about a swarm of killer piranhas. Produced by cult movie legend Roger Corman, PIRANHA was made as a parody of Jaws. The Prince Charles will present a rare 35mm Print.
Flesh Eaters vs Kyle MacLachlan
THE HIDDEN (1987/ 35mm Print)
+ Q&A with Director Jack Sholder
Tues June 12th 9:30pm
Alamo Drafthouse, New York City
How do you stop an extraterrestrial flesh-eater who can possess senior citizens, cops, and strippers at will? We’re not sure, but it starts with Kyle MacLachlan. Watching THE HIDDEN is like replacing your central nervous system with a V6 engine in preparation for the most white-knuckle action meltdown in horror history! This valentine to 1980s Los Angeles plays out like a combination of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, THE TERMINATOR, and that dream you had about what Agent Cooper’s life was like before TWIN PEAKS. As if that wasn’t enough, this was director Jack Sholder’s follow-up to A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE. Featuring savage shoot-outs, THE HIDDEN tops the charts as a 100% unparalleled rocket-fueled brutality-fest. (Program notes by The Alamo)
Kubrick Tribute Continues
LOLITA (1962 / 35mm Print)
Tues June 12th 8:30pm
Metrograph, New York City
“How Did They Ever Make a Movie of Lolita?” ran the teasing tagline for Kubrick’s film from Nabokov’s novel of verboten hebephile love, and the answer was: with a light touch, poisonous humor, and fluidly flowing camerawork. James Mason, at his bitchy best, is Humbert Humbert, a snooty academic who marries Shelley Winters to get close to his real target, teen coquette Sue Lyon, though he faces stiff competition from a pursuing Peter Sellers. Wicked and wonderful. (Program notes by The Metrograph)
Classic Trek in 70mm
STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (1990 / DCP)
Wed June 13th 8:15pm
Prince Charles Cinema, London UK
Trekkies get a special dose of the most beloved crew to ever fly the Enterprise in rare 70mm Print Format. Schatner, Nimoy, Takei and more face off against an impossibly suave and villainous Ricardo Montalban. Trek II had a troubled trip to the big screen, with creator Roddenberry remarkably being fired by Paramount after the mixed reaction to Part 1, plus budget cuts that saw many sets and even footage recycled. Still, Wrath of Khan has stood the test of time and Kirk's cry of "KHAAAAAAAN!" is priceless.
SUSPICION (1941 / 35mm Print)
Wed June 13th 1:30pm
MOMA, New York City
Joan Fontaine discovers that her new husband (Cary Grant) is a gambler, a swindler—and possibly a murderer. Full of all the delicious tension and cinematic gold one expects from the master of suspense, Mr Alfred Hitchcock.
LOVE ME TENDER (1956 / DCP)
Wed June 13th 12pm & 3:30pm
Regent Street Cinema, London UK
When Vance comes back from the war, he finds that his old girlfriend Cathy has married his brother Clint causing tensions within the family. When Vance is involved in a train robbery of Federal Government money, there is a conflict when he tries to return the money, against the wishes of some of his fellow Confederates. (Program notes by Regent Street Cinema)
THE YOUNG LIONS (1958 / 35mm Print)
Wed June 13th 8:50pm
ACMI, Melbourne Australia
The only film that the two great Method actors Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift ever acted in together is a nuanced adaptation of the bestseller by Irwin Shaw. Oscillating between the stories of an idealistic German ski instructor (Brando), who believes the Third Reich will better his country, and two American soldiers – a Broadway star (Dean Martin) and a Jew (Clift, in one his subtlest performances) – this study of the human experience of war follows the hopes and dreams of common men tossed into the unstoppable machine of World War II. (Program nots by ACMI)
VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1967 / DCP) + WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH HELEN? (1971 / 35mm Print)
Thurs June 14th 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood CA
This double feature about the perils of show business starts with the big screen version of Jacqueline Susann's bestseller - a bitchy, booze-angst-sex-drugs-fueled cult classic, followed by psycho-biddy favorite WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH HELEN?, starring Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters. Introduction by author Sue Cameron, who will sign her book, Hollywood Secrets and Scandals, in the lobby at 6:30 PM. (Program notes by American Cinematheque)
The Original Disney Sci-Fi Trip in 70mm!
TRON (1982 / 70mm Print)
Thurs June 14th, 7:30pm
Loft Cinema, Tuscon AZ
A landmark in computer animation, and one of the very first feature films to reflect the video-game craze of the 1980s, Disney’s action/adventure Tron stars a young Jeff Bridges as hot-shot computer programmer Kevin Flynn, who becomes trapped inside the very game that he’s programming. TRON was shot almost entirely in 65mm Super Panavision, and represented the absolute cutting edge in computer special effects back in 1982, making every ‘80s kid wish they could live inside a video game, and paving the way for the CGI- heavy blockbusters of today. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Tron presented on the big screen in glorious 70mm! (Program notes by Loft Cinema)
From the Vaults of House of Hammer
ONE MILLION YEARS B.C (1966 / DCP)
Thurs June 14th 5pm
Quad Cinema, New York City
Premier fantasist Ray Harryhausen’s special visual effects—dinosaurs, a giant turtle—and Raquel Welch’s captivating presence helped Hammer hit the box-office jackpot with Disney veteran Chaffey’s adventure, a remake—if not update—of the 1940 movie. Each prehistoric tribe is unhappy in its own way, and Welch’s migration from one to another both soothes and inflames tensions. With John Richardson and Martine Beswick, who were soon married in real life. (Program notes by Quad Cinema)
Agnés Varda Tribute / New Restoration
ONE SINGES, THE OTHER DOESN’T (1977 / DCP)
Screens daily through June 20th
BAM Cinema, Brooklyn NY
Agnés Varda’s enchanting ode to female friendship and liberation is part blissed-out bohemian musical, part revolutionary cri de cœur. Spanning more than a decade, it traces the ups and downs—abortion, heartbreak, marriage, motherhood—of two friends, Pauline (Mairesse) and Suzanne (Liotard). Even as their lives radically diverge, they remain steadfastly devoted to one another while finding ways to empower other women: one as a traveling feminist folk singer, the other as a reproductive rights activist. Set against France’s pro-choice struggle—of which Varda herself was on the frontlines—this tender and intimate epic celebrates the power of women to lift one another up. 2K digital restoration from the original negative, with restoration and color grading done under the supervision of Agnès Varda and Charlie Van Damme. (Program notes by BAM Cinema)
THUNDER ROAD (1958 / DCP)
Mon June 11th through Wed June 13th 5:15pm
AFI Silver, Silver Spring MD
This film was a personal project for Robert Mitchum, who — in addition to starring in, writing and producing the picture — even composed and sang the title song, which became a radio hit. As a proud Tennessee bootlegger, he must contend with both the feds and the mobsters who want a piece of his action. Full of thrilling car chases, memorable characters and plenty of local color, THUNDER ROAD enjoyed enormous and enduring popularity throughout the South, becoming a drive-in classic. (Program notes by AFI Silver)
Coppola ‘Daddy / Daughter’ Double
DEMENTIA 13 (1975 / DCP) + LICK THE STAR (1988 / DCP)
Screens through Thursday June 14th
Metrograph, New York City
A duo of distinguished father-daughter debuts. After dabbling in nudies, Francis Ford Coppola officially began his brilliant career under the tutelage of Roger Corman with this shot-in-Ireland,Psycho-inspired exploitation number, in which the young director’s genius for gothic filigree is given full, delirious expression. Thirty-five years later, Sofia Coppola showed her sensuous storytelling sensibility entirely developed in her short Lick the Star, a languorous, punk-inflected tale of high school skullduggery featuring family friend Peter Bogdanovich as the principal.