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Cult Cinema

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

Sat., March 18, 2017

Directed by Tim Burton. US. 1985. 7+. 90 minutes. Warner. 35mm.

“Everything about Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, from its toy-box colors to its superb, hyperanimated Danny Elfman score to the butch-waxed hairdo and wooden-puppet walk of its star and mastermind, Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens), is pure pleasure. Pee-wee’s beloved bicycle — a gleaming, souped-up version of every ’50s dream bike you ever saw advertised in the back of a comic book — has been stolen . . .


Fri., March 24, 2017

Directed by Doug Liman. US. 1996. R. 96 minutes. Miramax. 35mm.

You’re money, baby! Very few films can lay claim to defining an entire subculture, however fleeting its shelf-life in the national consciousness. 1996’s Swingers, written by and starring then unknowns Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, was steeped heavily in their own lives as struggling actors surfing the underground neo-swing-dancing and cocktail-nation sub-cultures. Crashing into the zeitgeist with high flying dance moves, slick retro . . .


Tue., April 4, 2017

Directed by Michael Radford. UK. 1984. R. 113 minutes. 35mm.
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We pay tribute to the late John Hurt with a special 35mm screening of 1984.

“Director Michael Radford’s 1984, filmed in England between April and June of 1984 (the same period during which the action of George Orwell’s famous 1949 novel takes place), is a film adaptation that succeeds brilliantly. In one fell swoop, it repoliticizes the novel — translating it into terms that speak directly to the present . . .

Spice World

Fri., April 21, 2017

Directed by Bob Spiers. UK. 1997. PG. 93 minutes. Sony. 35mm.

20th Anniversary Screening! “… Somehow I found myself enjoying this limp and lurid picture. Call it gentlemanly obligation. There is a swelling wave of dissent against the Spice Girls, based on the perception that they have achieved a ludicrous measure of fame and fortune on the strength of markedly limited talents. What I particularly admire about the Spice Girls, on the other hand, is that they have achieved a ludicrous measure . . .