Events for February, 2013
Directed by Bernard Rose. US. 1992. R. 99 min. Sony. 35mm.
- Fri, Feb 1, 9:45 pm
“When ”Candyman” (directed by the visionary Bernard Rose, who was responsible for 1988′s Paperhouse) was released in late 1992, it became a surprise darkhorse smash and damn near stole “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” thunder on the pages of Fangoria. Helen Lyle (played with consummate early-’90s sexiness by Virginia Madsen) is a Chicago grad student working with a colleague on a thesis about modern urban legends and how disenfranchised minorities use them as a detachment strategy to absolve themselves, supposedly, of their own responsibility in the creation of their dire situation. Before long, she uncovers the Candyman myth, which centers around the notorious Cabrini-Green complex (literally, a modern-day forbidden turret). More»
Directed by Harold Ramis. US. 1993. Ages 11+. 101 min. Sony. 35mm.
- Sat, Feb 2, 2:00 pm
It’s Groundhog Day; need we say more?! More»
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. US. 1955. NR. 106 min. Paramount. 35mm.
- Sun, Feb 3, 2:00 pm
Many fans of Alfred Hitchcock’s work consider the 1950s to have been his most productive and creative period. One possible reason that his films of that time were so popular may have been his excellent usage of the new wide-screen technology that was being made available, in part as a means of drawing people back to the theaters and away from their TV sets. And, indeed, his movies made in the wide VistaVision format are truly impressive in scope, as you can see this month, when we show some of his greatest on the Colonial’s really big screen. More»
Directed by Jafar Panahi. Iran. 2011. NR. 75 min. Palisades Tartan. blu ray.
- Sun, Feb 3, 4:30 pm
“For a film that had to be smuggled into Cannes inside a cake, Jafar Panahi’s banned “This Is Not a Film” — wryly referred to in the end credits as an “effort” — appears on the surface to be remarkably uneventful. The acclaimed director prowls around his handsome Tehran apartment, talking on the phone to his family, his lawyer and his close friend and collaborator, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, who soon shows up with a digital camera to record what is and isn’t going on. Panahi feeds his daughter’s enormous pet iguana, which climbs up his chest and places a proprietary claw on his laptop when insufficient attention is paid. He makes a lot of tea, watches DVDs of his past work and uses his iPhone to watch the city gear up for New Year fireworks. Mostly, though, he talks to the camera about the new movie that the Iranian authorities refuse to allow him to make. More»
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A highly influential part of the British Blues movement of the 1960s, John Mayall’s Blues Breakers highlighted the guitar work of Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor and Peter Green. His move to Los Angeles in the 1970s brought him into the company of many of the great West Coast musicians and began a decade of touring with American bands. Through the 80s and 90s Mayall further cemented his claim as the “Godfather of British Blues.” Today, Mayall tours with Texas guitarist Rocky Athas and the rhythm section of Jay Davenport, and Buddy Guy vet Greg Rzab on bass. More»
Directed by Peter Lord. UK. 2012. Ages 6+. 88 min. Sony. 35mm.
- Sat, Feb 9, 2:00 pm
“You can’t always just say ‘aarrr’ at the end of a sentence and think that makes everything all right.” This is wise advice and not only for pirates and piratephiles of all ages. It’s also the closest thing to a lesson — also: pigs are not fruit — in the delightful stop-motion animation “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” a story of high-seas silliness from that British national treasure Aardman Animations (Wallace & Gromit). Exquisitely detailed — from its ocean breakers to the wavelike curlicues on a pirate’s luxurious beard — the movie is a curiosity cabinet of visual pleasures but so breezy and lightly funny that you may not realize at first how good it is. (You’re too busy grinning.) More»
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- Sat, Feb 9, 8:00 pm
Personally chosen by Jerry Seinfeld to serve as host of NBC’s The Marriage Ref, Tom Papa is a veteran stand up comedian whose clean but cutting comedy has earned him numerous appearances on ”The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Late Show with David Letterman” and several comedy specials on Comedy Central. His most recent, “Tom Papa Live in New York City,” was directed by Rob Zombie. Papa also has his own hit Sirius/XM show, “Come to Papa.” “Analyze That” opposite Robert DeNiro, “The Informant” opposite Matt Damon, and the animated feature “Bee Movie” (as a writer and voiceover actor). His most recent film project Behind the Candelabra with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon comes out in May.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. US. 1955. PG. 99 min. Universal. 35mm.
- Sun, Feb 10, 2:00 pm
The scenic glories of autumn in New England, with the foliage in full vibrant color, are on full display in this wonderful Hitchcock black comedy. It seems, as the ads of the time stated so concisely, that “The trouble with Harry is that he’s dead.” Hitchcock himself was quoted as having said that this was one of his favorite films to make. More»
Directed by Jeff Orlowski. US. 2012. PG. 76 min. Submarine Deluxe. blu ray.
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- Sun, Feb 10, 4:30 pm
“Chasing Ice,” a documentary about one man’s quest to photograph the glacier melts that are thought to be linked to global warming, is certainly receiving a theatrical run at exactly the right moment. For one thing, it opens with footage of a house being washed away by rampaging water. The film, full of stunning images in addition to being timely, documents the work of James Balog, an environmental photographer who, spurred by an assignment from National Geographic, became determined to capture a visual representation of climate change. As he tells an audience at one point in the film, “We have a problem of perception, because not enough people get it yet.” More»
2012. Magnolia Pictures. blu ray.
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The 2013 Oscar nominated animated, live action and documentary short films. Screened on blu ray. More»
Directed by Tony Scott. US. 1993. R. 120 min. Warner Bros. 35mm.
- Fri, Feb 15, 10:00 pm
“On one level, “True Romance” is as witty and gut-wrenching as any Tarantino-directed feature. Christian Slater plays a comic-store clerk who falls in love with novice prostitute Patricia Arquette, then flees to Hollywood after killing her pimp (played by a scintillating, sinister Gary Oldman) and stealing a suitcase full of cocaine. The pulpy plot provides an excuse for digressive character moments, as Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, Brad Pitt, Michael Rapaport, James Gandolfini, Tom Sizemore, Chris Penn, Bronson Pinchot, and Saul Rubinek all pop up as cops, crooks, and movie-industry players. More»
Directed by Martha Coolidge. US. 1985. Ages 11+. 108 min. Sony. blu ray.
- Sat, Feb 16, 2:00 pm
“A flop when first released in 1985, Martha Coolidge’s bright, whimsical “Real Genius” can credit part of its substantial and richly deserved cult following to the fact that nothing has changed: Raunchy, lowbrow teen comedies are forever in vogue, and SDI is still an impossible, money-sucking political mirage. A worthy antecedent to Judd Apatow’s beloved TV shows “Freaks And Geeks” and “Undeclared,” “Real Genius” champions smart young characters without eking cruel laughs from their nerdish idiosyncrasies, which are treated like quirky side effects to their boundless creativity and imagination. Led by Val Kilmer, never better as a burned-out brainiac turned party animal, the inspired minds at Pacific Tech are exploited in the name of science, but the film suggests that their real talent is for clever, high-tech pranks. More»
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. US. 1959. NR. 136 min. Warner Bros. 35mm.
- Sun, Feb 17, 2:00 pm
Cary Grant’s fourth and final film for Hitchcock is considered by many to be one of their best, and certainly one that made full use of the new wide-screen technology. Filled with memorable and visually impressive moments – most notably the crop-dusting sequence and the chase over the famous countenances on Mount Rushmore – this is a thrilling tale (and tongue-in-cheek spoof of spy movies), complete with mistaken identity, murder, and hairbreadth escapes. More»
Directed by Stanley Kramer. US. 1963. Ages 8+. 159 min. MGM. blu ray.
- Sat, Feb 23, 2:00 pm
“One of the top box office hits of the 1960’s, this long CinemaScope extravaganza was director Stanley Kramer’s attempt to revive the silent slapstick comedies of years gone by. …Spencer Tracy, in one of his last screen appearances, heads the truly all-star cast looking for the elusive “big W” marking the spot of a buried fortune. The cast is really just second bananas to a series of hilarious stunts and car chases, though Ethel Merman gives a hilarious performance as the mother-in-law from hell.” (TLA Film & Video Guide).
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. US. 1960. R. 109 min. Universal. 35mm.
- Sun, Feb 24, 2:00 pm
Rounding out our month of VistaVision Hitchcock classics is this, arguably his most famous and influential feature film. As London’s Radio Times has stated, this is “The most talked about and shocked about horror thriller of all time. Who could ever get tired of checking into the Bates motel to witness Janet Leigh under the shower in the most appallingly brilliant movie murder in cinema history. More»
Directed by David O. Russell. US. 2012. R. 122 min. Weinstein Co. 35mm.
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“If David O. Russell pulls anything off in “Silver Linings Playbook” — an almost-comedy about a bipolar high-school teacher who goes off the deep end and isn’t sure how to climb back — it’s this: He refuses to make mental illness adorable. More»