WEEKEND ROUND UP (JULY 20 - 22)
**Alll program notes by respective theatres.
Screening All Weekend
HAMMER'S HOUSE OF HORROR: PART 2
'THE DECADENT YEARS (1968 - 1976)'
Fri - Sun, various titled and session times
Quad Cinema, New York City
Part two of Quad's Hammer retrospective finds the studio reaching its zenith: by the late 1960s, modern cinema had caught up with its lurid envelope-pushing blood and guts, and so Hammer took advantage of loosening censorship to forge ahead into the realm of “erotic horror”: the sexual undertow that had hitherto been glimpsed in its films was now literally bared, titillating anew the generation that came of age during the Swinging Sixties. Other genres were explored, and sometimes cross-bred in experiments that recalled those in the studio’s durable Frankenstein series. The famous monsters that Hammer had successfully reanimated were updated and upgraded, while women were given more agency to dominate horror mythos—and to flout some taboos. But the studio’s “disreputable” and unarguably cut-price offerings were to be outflanked and outdone by films like The Exorcist, which signalled the mainstreaming of horror. Hammer unleashed one final memorable salvo in 1976 before retreating into the crypt, emerging later only to tell television tales of terror. After long haunting and inspiring fans and filmmakers, Hammer has begun making movies again in this decade; there may yet be a full-blooded resurrection at hand. Until then, we present glories from the gory go-go years. Click HERE for the full lineup including DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE and FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED. Unmissable!
VERTIGO (1958 / 70mm Print)
Sat July 21st 6pm & Sun July 22nd 2pm & 8pm
Hollywood Theatre, Portland OR
John "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart) is a former San Francisco police detective whose crippling acrophobia forces him to retire. An old college friend asks him to look into his wife Madeleine (Kim Novak). Madeleine, who believes she is the reincarnation of a woman who died many years ago. After following Madeleine around the city for several days and rescuing her from a failed suicide attempt, Scottie can no longer keep his distance and becomes dangerously obsessed with her...but is Madeleine who he thinks she is? STUNNING in 70mm.
THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR (1973 / 35mm Print)
Fri - Sun various session times
Metrograph, New York City
The first black desk agent in a newly-integrated CIA (Lawrence Cook) goes to an inner-city Chicago guerilla group with his government training and starts planning a coup of his own, the preparations set to a stirring Afrofuturist score courtesy Herbie Hancock. Dixon, star of Nothing But a Man, adapt’s Sam Greenlee’s novel for his debut, an impassioned call to direct action that had a major theatrical release before being quietly smothered by its distributor.
YELLOW SUBMARINE (1968 / DCP)
Fri - Sun 10:30am, 2:20pm, 6:30pm & 8:35pm IFC Center, New York City
An icon of psychedelic pop culture, Yellow Submarine is a colourful musical spectacle and an exhilaratingly joyful cinematic experience for all ages – filled with visual invention, optical illusions, word play, and glorious, glorious music. Once upon a time….or maybe twice….there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland, 80,000 leagues under the sea it lay, a place where beauty, happiness, and music reign supreme.
But this peaceful harmony is shattered when the Blue Meanies invade with their army of storm bloopers, apple bonkers, snapping turtle turks, and the menacing flying glove in an attempt to stop the music and drain Pepperland of all colour and hope. So it’s The Beatles to the rescue, as our animated heroes team up with Young Fred and the Nowhere Man and journey across seven seas to free Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, make peace with the Meanies, and restore music, colour, and love to the world. But beyond all the glorious music, Yellow Submarine is a landmark in animation, with Heinz Edelmann’s inspired art direction conjuring up a non-stop parade of wildly different styles and techniques. From the paper-doll residents of Pepperland, to the tinted photography of the soot covered roofs and smokestacks Liverpool, the menagerie of fanciful characters in the Sea of Monsters, the kaleidoscopic colour-splashed rotoscoping of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, the vertigo inducing op-art of the Sea of Holes, and the triumphant euphony of the It’s All Too Much finale, the film is simply a joy.
A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964 / 4K DCP)
Sat July 21st 4:30pm & Sun July 22nd 5:30pm
Texas Theatre, Dallas TX
The Texas Theatre Summer Westerns series continues with Clint Eastwood’s first starring role as “The Man With No Name” in Sergio Leone’s A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS. An unofficial remake of Kurosawa’s YOJIMBO, A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS is credited with popularizing the Spaghetti Western in the United States.
Andy Warhol / Velvet Underground Double
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO (1966 / 16mm) + THE VELVET UNDERGROUND TAROT CARDS (1966 / 16mm)
Fri Jul 20th 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre / Hollywood CA
Velvet Underground and Nico Double Feature! The first of these fly-on-the-wall documentaries captures the alternative rock quartet, plus chanteuse Nico, rehearsing at Andy Warhol’s Factory. The second was shot at a chaotic party, where the band members have their fortunes told by a tarot card reader. Screens in 16mm
PREDATOR (1987 / DCP) + PREDATOR 2 (1990 / DCP)
Fri July 20th 8:45pm
The original action classic starring Arnold Schwarzenegger goes back to back with the sequel that pitted the alien hunter amongst a summer of hell in a future Los Angeles that's tearing itseld apart.
SUSPIRIA (1977 / Digital)
Fri July 20th Midnight
Syndicated, Brooklyn NY
In Dario Argento's legendary supernatural thriller, an American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders.
THE BLOB (1987 / DCP)
Fri July 20th Midnight
IFC Center, New York City
More graphically-realistic than ever THE BLOB has returned in this horrific tale about a vile, malignant life-form that crashes to earth in a cozy, rural American town called Arborville. Untroubled by conscience or intellect, the Blob does only one thing-and does it well. It eats anything and everything that moves…men, women, children. And tonight it wants to swallow Arborville whole. The original version of THE BLOB thrilled and terrified audiences back in the 50’s. Now the oozing, gooey killer is back with a new high-tech 80’s look. What was once only suggested now comes to life in this visually gut-wrenching thriller in the tradition of such classic remakes as “The Thing” and “The Fly”.
SERPICO (1973 / DCP)
Sat Jul 21st 7pm
Roxy Cinema, New York City
Kicking off a highly successful collaboration that would lead to Dog Day Afternoon a few years later, prolific auteur Sidney Lumet and height-of-his-70s glory Al Pacino redefined the police genre with the groundbreaking Serpico. In what is now a common police procedural trope, Serpico tells the real-life story of Frank Serpico (Pacino), a tirelessly dedicated NYC cop who goes undercover do expose widespread corruption in the police department, resulting in threats to his life and ostracization by his fellow officers. Pacino is predictably virtuosic with his soulful, layered performance, and Lumet pulls off a real feat balancing drama with gritty, street-level action, but Serpico’s strongest attribute is the manner in which is wrestles with the hard truth of the matter – that for one person to stand alone systematic corruption means they must be willing to sacrifice everything for their principles. With John Randolph, Jack Kehoe and Tony Roberts
45 Years of Kiss!
DETROIT ROCK CITY (1999 / DCP)
Sat July 21st 3:45pm
Mayfair Theatre, Ontario Canada
To celebrate the 45th Anniversary of KISS, The Mayfair are creating an event so BIG, it cannot be contained in one city. Introducing The KEEP IT LOUD Party Tour taking place in July of 2018 in Montreal, Ottawa, and Quebec City. Each city will feature a different event and special guest with tribute band KISSed headlining each show. The KISS ARMY NATION is proud to announce one such event, the screening of DETROIT ROCK CITY at the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa. Yes, you heard right, the classic film shown the way it was meant to…on the BIG screen. Special guest, JAMES DEBELLO (Trip, from the film) will introduce the movie and guests will have an opportunity to participate in a special Q&A and photo session following the film. An event NOT to be missed.
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951 / DCP)
Sat July 21st 1:35pm & 6:10pm
Filmhouse, Scotland UK
Often referred to as Alfred Hitchcock’s return to form after a series of critical and commercial disappointments and co-written by Raymond Chandler (though many aspects of his script didn't make it to screen), Strangers On A Train was adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s debut novel, published just a couple of months after the author’s 29th birthday in 1950. Robert Walker and Farley Granger play Bruno and Guy, two young men whose chance meeting on a train journey leads to a supposedly foolproof murder swap - Bruno agrees to kill Guy’s wife if Guy disposes of Bruno’s father...
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974 / 35mm Print)
Sat July 21st Midnight
Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn NY
Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of a handful of films that punctuate the very life-blood of cinematic history. Intensely brutal with very little reprieve or consideration for the audience, it came out of a rift of a socio-cultural framework, bursting onscreen with the evisceration of the family structure, youth culture, and cultural fragility in a post-Vietnam United States. Like Night of the Living Dead did five years earlier, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre reveals the unraveling framework of society and places the possibility of horror/death to occur anywhere; not in the Gothic castle nor in the fields of Vietnam but, more terrifyingly, in our surrounding neighborhoods. The film also reveals one of the first final girls (Sally) in the American slasher genre.
AUDITION (1999 / DCP)
Sat July 21st 8pm
Frida Cinema, Santa Ana CA
Japanese genre master Takashi Miike’s shocking, deeply disturbing – and surprisingly, subversively poignant and thought-provoking – 1999 thriller Audition comes to The Frida. High-ranking on the list of “The less you know about it going in, the better…” films, Audition first hints at being a romantic comedy-drama as it follows Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), a father of one who decides to start dating again after a period of mourning following the death of his wife. Aided by a film-producer friend (Jun Kunimura), Aoyama stages auditions for actresses for a fake film production, essentially creating his own dating service. When Aoyama becomes intrigued by the withdrawn, gorgeous Asami (Eihi Shiina), they begin a relationship; however, it’s not long before he begins to realize that Asami isn’t as reserved as she appears to be, as the audience is given insight into Asami’s bitter past – and unnerving present.
THE SEARCHERS (1956 / 35mm Print)
Sat July 21st 7:30pm
Dryden Theatre, Rochester NY
Civil War veteran Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) returns to his brother’s Texas ranch, hoping to settle down with his family and the woman he loves. But a Comanche raid destroys these plans: the ranch is burned to the ground, his family is massacred, and his niece (Natalie Wood) is kidnapped. Vowing to bring her back and kill every last Comanche, Ethan and his nephew set out on an epic five-year journey, filmed with the artistry of composition that made Ford a master and this film a milestone.
Humphrey Bogart Double
SABRINA (1954 / 35mm Print) + THE CAINE MUTINY (1954 / DCP)
Sun July 22nd 7:30pm
Aero Theatre, Santa Monica CA
Humphrey Bogart Double Feature! In Billy Wilder's SABRINA, chauffeur's daughter Audrey Hepburn must choose between wealthy, middle-aged Humphrey Bogart and cocky lover-boy William Holden. In THE CAINE MUTINY, Bogart is Captain Queeg, a paranoid authoritarian whose men stage a mutiny in the last days of WWII.
Long Lost Richard Pryor Classic
ADIOS AMIGO (1975 / DCP)
Sun July 22nd 8pm
Texas Theatre, Dallas TX
Secret Sundays at The Texas returns from the Vault with the forgotten blaxploitation comedy western, ADIOS AMIGO! The film features Richard Pryor and is directed and stars the amazing Fred Williamson. Somehow this little gem has slipped through the cracks, but we are proud to bring it to you on a new DCP Scan direct from the SMU lab! Secret Sundays from the Vault (SSFTV) is a series with no limits, featuring films from the G William Jones Film and Video Archive at SMU.
MYSTERY MEN (1999 / DCP)
Sun July 22nd 7:30pm
Loft Cinema, Tuscon AZ
In this hilariously oddball all-star comedy, based on Dark Horse’s “Flaming Carrot Comics,” the strangest superhero group in history is assembled to strike down evil with the mighty sword of teamwork and the hammer of not bickering! When Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear), Champion City’s legendary superhero, falls into the hands of the evil madman Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush) and his disco-dancing henchmen, there’s suddenly a chance for the city’s aspiring superheroes to show what they can do. They’re the Mystery Men … a ragtag team of superhero wannabes featuring: Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller), whose power comes from his boundless rage; The Shoveler (William H. Macy), a father who shovels “better than anyone;” The Blue Raja (Hank Azaria), a fork-flinging mama’s boy; The Bowler (Janeane Garofalo), who fights crime with the help of her father’s skull; The Spleen (Paul Reubens), whose power is pure flatulence; Invisible Boy (Kel Mitchell), who’s only invisible when no one’s watching; and The Sphinx (Wes Studi), a cliché-spewing philosopher. They’re not your classic superheroes. They’re not your favorites. But they just might save the world. A hilariously clever spoof, Mystery Men subversively rewrites the mythology of the superhero film from the inside out.
ADVERNTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938 / DCP) + THE SEA WOLF (1941 / DCP)
Sun July 22nd 7pm
Astor Theatre, Melbourne Australia
A double bill of 30s and 40s classics with swashbuckling Errol Flynn in the magnificent technicolor Adventures of Robin Hood followed by Edward G Robinson in a tale of mutiny on the high seas!
BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY (1985, 1989 & 1990)
Sun July 22nd 11:30am
Phenomena, Barcelona Spain
Travel in time aboard the mythical DeLorean with Robert Zemeckis' beloved trilogy. The director had the help of his friend Steven Spielberg to create one of the most important titles of the eighties. The young Marty McFly travels to the fifties, the future and even the far west throughout the three installments of an unforgettable saga.