Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Events & Screenings!

Wednesday, February 3 - 7:30 PM

Sneak Preview! STUCK!, 2010, Dikenga Films, 95 min. Director Steve Balderson's homage to film noir women-in-prison films faithfully reproduces the genre with a modern, tongue-in-cheek twist, with all the hallmarks of a classic prison movie: a wrongly accused heroine, hard-boiled dames, diabolical alliances, forbidden love, cat-fighting cuties, a sadistic warden, and corrupt prison guards. Daisy is an innocent young woman framed for killing her mother. Condemned by the press and the public, Daisy is found guilty of murder and sentenced to death by hanging. This jazzy, finger-snapping, broads-behind-bars film is a throwback to another era, with terse Tennessee Williams-style verbal sparring, non-stop action and enough bad-girl jailhouse hi-jinks to make the audience lose the distinction between good and evil. Discussion following with Karen Black, Mink Stole, Susan Traylor, Jane Wiedlin, Pleasant Gehman, Stacy Cunningham and director Steve Balderson.

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Monday, February 8 - 6:00 PM

Quentin Tarantino In-Person! Double Feature! PULP FICTION, 1994, Miramax, 153 min. Director Quentin Tarantino's dazzling, nitro-fueled homage to 1930’s crime fiction, Elvis Presley flicks, Los Angeles diners, Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Melville is arguably the most audacious and exciting American film of the 1990’s. The movie’s brilliant, against-type casting includes John Travolta (in a career-reviving performance), Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel, Eric Stolz, Maria de Medeiros, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Christopher Walken and Ving Rhames. Winner of LAFCA Awards for Best Picture, Actor (John Travolta) and Screenplay (Tarantino and Roger Avary).

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, 2009, The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures, 153 min. Nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Tarantino's most recent cinematic achievement blends the director's trademark fetishism of film history with an emphatically violent, gung-ho pop culture assault against the 20th century's greatest villains: the Nazis. When a beautiful Jewish film projectionist recognizes the SS general (a magnetic Christopher Waltz) who riddled her family with bullets several years earlier, she brews a plan that involves revenge and celluloid. Meanwhile, a guerilla clan of Jewish-American soldiers and their twangy lieutenant (Brad Pitt) have plans of their own for the venomous Nazis. Nominated for 4 Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture, Director, Screenplay, and a win for Waltz for Best Supporting Actor. Discussion following  with director Quentin Tarantino, moderated by Todd McCarthy.

Wednesday, February 10 - 7:30 PM

Double Feature: LEMORA: A CHILD’S TALE OF THE SUPERNATURAL, 1973, 85 min. Dir. Richard Blackburn. This adult fairy tale, long considered lost, is a masterpiece of mood and atmosphere. Inspired in part by Arthur Machen's "The White People," Lovecraft's "Shadow over Innsmouth" and J. Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla," LEMORA is a Southern Gothic fever dream, half exploitation, half art film. Thirteen-year-old "singing angel" Lila Lee (Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith, one-time drummer for The Runaways) embarks on a dark erotic odyssey in which she is bathed, seduced and terrorized by the vampire Lemora (Lesley Gilb). A live-action CORALINE, 40 years ahead of its time. Amazingly, it is Richard Blackburn's only feature film as director.

BLOOD AND ROSES, 1960, Paramount, 74 min. Roger Vadim (BARBARELLA) directed this sumptuous and contemporary adaptation of LeFanu's vampire classic novella, "Carmilla." Carmilla (Annette Vadim) suffers pangs of jealousy when her beloved cousin Leopoldo (Mel Ferrer) becomes engaged to the ravishing Georgia (Elsa Martinelli). Carmilla begins to believe she is possessed by her ancient, undead ancestor, the vampire Millarca, and begins a blood thirsty reign of terror on the grounds of Leopoldo's estate. A seldom-screened classic. Discussion between films with director Richard Blackburn.

FEBRUARY 11 - 14:

Critic's Buzz Special Screenings:

THE BEACHES OF AGNES [Spielberg Theatre]

Thursday, February 11- 7:30 PM THE BEACHES OF AGNES

Friday, February 12 - 9:30 PM IN THE BEACH OF AGNES

Saturday, February 13 - 7:30 PM THE BEACHES OF AGNES

Sunday, February 14 - 4:00 PM THE BEACHES OF AGNES

THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS (LES PLAGES D’ AGNÈS), 2008, 110 min. "If you opened people up, you would find landscapes," Varda says in the opening voiceover of her new film. "If you opened me up, you would find beaches." Varda’s latest work is an autobiographical essay that takes a nostalgic yet penetrating look back at her life and films. Using photographs, recreations and scenes from her films, Varda illustrates the various stages of her life, from her marriage to Jacques Demy and his death in 1990 to her childhood memories of Sète, the fishing village that would become the subject of her first film. Woven through these reminiscences are lonely, dreamlike sequences shot on the beaches that have influenced and inspired her. "It’s a remarkable history, rich in comedy and occasionally heartbreaking, filled with wise reflections and strange digressions about the wonders of life. It’s a life she has come close to perfecting, I think, mostly by keeping her mind as blissfully and enduringly open as her round eyes." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times>

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FEBRUARY 10 - 13:

Critic's Buzz Special Screenings:
IN THE LOOP [Spielberg Theatre]

Wednesday, February 10 - 7:30 PM

Thursday, February 11- 9:30 PM

Friday, February 12 - 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 13 - 9:30 PM

IN THE LOOP, 2008, IFC Films, 106 min. Dir. Armando Iannucci. With Anna Chlumsky (Liza), Chris Addison (Toby), David Rasche (Linton), Gina McKee (Judy), James Gandolfini (General Miller), Mimi Kennedy (Karen), Olivia Poulet (Suzy), Peter Capaldi (Malcolm Tucker), Steve Coogan (Paul Michaelson), Tom Hollander (Simon Foster) and Zach Woods (Chad).

"See if this sounds familiar: A U.S. president is pushing for a war in the Middle East, going for a U.N. resolution though there's no reliable intelligence to back him up. And the Brits are staying carefully neutral, to give their prime minister room to maneuver.

Been there, seen that, you say? Not like this, you haven't. In the blistering British political satire In the Loop, bureaucratic bungling in the run-up to war is played for scabrous laughs, not a few of which will be pained laughs of recognition." - Bob Mondello, All Things Considered (In the Loop: Wartime Fever As Screwball Tragedy)

"...a sharply written, fast-talking, almost dementedly articulate satire on modern statecraft..." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times (more> )

View Trailer> | In the Loop review> on "All Things Considered"

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