This Week in “The Rotting Apple” Apr 18th – 24th

It’s the merry month of April and that brings out the BUDDING blossoms of Springtime.  And, from all that new GREENERY sprouts a bushel of film fests.  Indie Horror, Kung-fu, and shorts- Oh my!  How many things are there to see this week?… Four,..Twenty.,.  I’m not sure… just… cant.. remember, dude.

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Grab a snack…

Cuz it’s that time of year.. and there be shows to see …

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

The annual Tribeca Film Festival begins screenings on Thurs Apr 18th and continues through Sun Apr 28th.  The Festival offers up a multitude of films from various countries around the globe, in all genres, both as features and shorts.  With so much going on you may need to plan ahead by perusing the films and their showtimes at THE OFFICIAL SITE FOR 2013.  There are tons of amazing new films for lots of different tastes, but here is a Horror Homework guide to the genre specifics that you sickos will want to check out.  There is a whole classification called “Midnight Movies” with Horro, Sci-Fi, Thrillers, and Action along with other major features.

A Single Shot-  When John Moon accidentally shoots a young woman and discovers a bag full of cash, the isolated hunter becomes the hunted. His struggle to conceal both the death and the money triggers a cascade of events and encounters that ultimately escalates into a battle for survival.  Returning to Tribeca following the release of his personally driven father-daughter fable Janie Jones, director David M. Rosenthal takes a different direction altogether in his strongly collaborative backwoods thriller. The stellar cast of indie stalwarts led by Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy and Jeffrey Wright inhabits a world that blends the ordinary, the classic and the singularly odd into a metaphorical place, one that is both familiar and also a guilty pleasure. Matthew F. Jones’s twisted adaption of his own novel and Spanish cinematographer Eduard Grau’s atmospheric colors and gritty landscapes help set the stage for a chilling film. A Single Shot is an engaging and suspenseful piece of work that is indie genre at its most spirited.

 

Big Bad Wolves-  A vigilante cop and a vengeful father capture and interrogate an accused serial killer. Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s brutal follow-up to Rabies (TFF 2011) examines a horror that most would not want to imagine: what would you do if someone hurt the one you loved most? A revenge thriller with teeth, Big Bad Wolves delivers on its raw tension with operatic drama.  The Israeli horror pioneers have stepped firmly out of the slasher genre with this deftly dark riff on unhappily ever after. An unsettling scenario of men pushed too far in the aftermath of a horrific crime against an innocent child, the film avoids cliché by delivering on its creators’ continued promise of unpredictability. The cast, led by award-winning Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi (Footnote), offers a slow-burning intensity that occasionally explodes in bursts of violence and shocking revelations. With a film built on powerhouse performances and tangibly gritty atmospheric touches, the duo is making a solid return to TFF filled with twists and turns.

 

Byzantium- Neil Jordan’s first exploration into the realm of vampirism began in 1996 with Interview with the Vampire. Now he immerses us in this lurid world via the plight of two willful women, perfectly played by Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton. For the past two hundred years, Eleanor’s story has been held captive, silenced by her protective “sister” Clara. Demure Eleanor longs to purge the history that made them into nomadic sanguivores. When the gruesome past comes haunting, they are forced to move to a small seaside town. Clara quickly secures a haven for them in the dilapidated Byzantium Hotel, while Eleanor finds solace in the companionship of a local boy. The bond proves dangerous when Eleanor deems him trustworthy, revealing the truth of who she is and how she survives. As Clara and Eleanor become more exposed, the body count begins to rise, resulting in a wild hunt for blood.  Byzantium fuses the polished and alluring with the vicious brutality that accompanies all great vampire films. Jordan skillfully weaves romance with the gothic and gory, producing a seductive story with stunning spectral scenes.

 

Dark Touch-  In a remote town in Ireland, eleven-year-old Neve finds herself the sole survivor of a bloody massacre that killed her parents and younger brother. Suspecting a gang of homicidal vandals, the police ignore Neve’s explanation that the house is the culprit. To help ease her trauma, dutiful neighbors Nat and Lucas take her in with the supervision of a social worker. Neve has trouble finding peace with the wholesome and nurturing couple, and horrific danger continues to manifest. Haunted objects, an eerie score and a moody, oneiric look complement this intense and frightening peek into child abuse and the searing imagination of writer/director Marina de Van.  If you don’t know Marina de Van’s work, you should. She has written with Francois Ozon (8 Women), and her daring first feature, In My Skin, included her main character eating her own flesh. Her second feature, Don’t Look Back, screened at Cannes in 2009. De Van’s films are intense, intellectual and brutally honest. This newest film is a viciously drawn and taut supernatural thriller that adds to her growing body of bold work.

 

Deadbolt: 8 Shorts-  In The Girl With the Mechanical Maiden, an inventor takes an unorthodox approach to childrearing after the death of his wife. A young girl who lives in a remote wrecking yard confronts the town bullies when they torment her father in Yardbird. It is 2021, and imprisoned journalist Joseph Michaels faces government execution and contemplates a desperate escape attempt in order to return to his young family in The Exit Room. Following a gruesome accident, a man finds himself stuck and injured on a remote road in the dead of winter waiting for first responders in AB-. As a young runaway heads to Harlem, where her father is a low-level drug dealer, she is assaulted by a mysterious creature and left for dead in Peanut Butter & Jelly. A special American guest is coming to a hotel in Beijing to stay in the Honeymoon Suite, but the new guest services manager soon learns that the visitor is not quite what he appears to be. A culinary connoisseur and a chef go on a hunt for a rare animal in Delicacy. Set in the candy-colored world of 1950s suburbia, The Root Of the Problem follows a reluctant young housewife who suspects that the friendly neighborhood dentist is hiding a horrible secret.

 

Frankenstien’s Army-  In the waning days of World War II, a unit of Russian soldiers finds itself on a mysterious mission to locate and rescue a missing team of comrades in a remote East German village. Arriving at an abandoned town, the soldiers notice strange and unusual clues: the corpses in the local graveyard have been exhumed, some lying scattered in the village, and now the team’s radio signal is being jammed. Stumbling upon what appears to be an abandoned factory, they unearth a terrifying Nazi plan to resurrect fallen soldiers as an army of unstoppable freaks and are soon trapped in a veritable haunted house of cobbled-together monstrosities.  Between its darkly comic voice and the inventive and elaborate set design, Frankenstein’s Army quickly proves to be a demented and delightful horror extravaganza. First-time feature director Richard Raaphorst, much like Dr. Frankenstein himself, brings to life his monster menagerie, at turns cartoony and grotesque, to terrorize his band of hapless soldiers in a nonstop adrenaline-fueled onslaught of utterly imaginative and terrifying creations. In sum, Frankenstein’s Army is the wild steampunk Nazi found-footage zombie mad scientist film you’ve always wanted.

 

Fresh Meat-  On the lam after a poorly executed escape from the police, a gang of bumbling criminals led by the Tan brothers flees to the suburbs for shelter. They get more than they bargained for when they crash-land in the upper-class home of Maori academic Hemi Crane, his celebrity chef wife Margaret and their teenage daughter Rina, fresh out of an all-girls boarding school: a family whose refined palates have a taste for human flesh. When the Tan gang discovers their hostages’ dark secret, the tables start to turn as the two groups of unlikely adversaries enter a deadly showdown.  Director Danny Mulheron channels Peter Jackson with a dash of Tarantino to produce a gleefully over-the-top action comedy, combining blood, guts, explosions and a healthy dose of cheeky social satire. The resulting splatter-fest is a gory tale of shifting alliances and basement butchery that pits a cast of dysfunctional characters against one another in a suburban battle royale.

 

The Machine-  Already deep into a second Cold War, Britain’s Ministry of Defence seeks a game-changing weapon and enlists brilliant programmer Vincent McCarthy to research and develop a cybernetic super soldier in a secret governmental lab. When a programming bug causes his prototype to run amok, McCarthy takes his obsessive efforts underground, far away from inquisitive eyes. Soon he has perfected the ideal marriage of human and machine in his ultimate creation, a beautiful and dangerous being that may be the key to ending the endless war, but a sentience stirring inside the machine puts everyone’s plans in jeopardy.  With rare vision, jaw-dropping special effects and Caity Lotz’s (The Pact) versatile and nuanced interpretation of a machine that may be the most human character of all, visionary director Caradog James fully realizes his unique future dystopia. The Machine is an entertaining, thought-provoking techno romance and the latest gripping sci-fi adventure to come out of the U.K.

 

Mr. Jones-  Scott is a filmmaker in need of inspiration. After he and girlfriend Penny move into a desolate house, hoping to make a creative breakthrough, their lives spiral downward. Then they discover their neighbor, the elusive Mr. Jones. Famous for his haunting sculptures, Mr. Jones has remained a mystery to the world. Scott and Penny, convinced that they have found the perfect film subject, sneak into his workshop, only to realize that their curiosity may have chilling consequences. Who is Mr. Jones?  With his debut feature, writer/director Karl Mueller has taken the found-footage fright film to a new dimension, introducing a completely unique labyrinth of terrors. Mueller is no stranger to the horror genre, having co-written Xavier Gens’s post-apocalyptic The Divide in 2011. Ominous and disturbing, this is a shining example of the new generation of indie horror. Mr. Jones weaves its reality with supernatural elements and a touch of mysticism. Imbued with ingenuity and vision, this film delivers good old-fashioned scares.

 

Raze-  Stuntwoman-turned-action-star Zoe Bell (Death Proof) headlines this sly subversion of the women-in-prison genre. When Sabrina is mysteriously abducted, she finds herself in an underground lair, forced to do battle with other innocents for the amusement of unseen spectators. Each of these reluctant warriors has something to lose, but only one will remain when the game is done. Violent and relentless, Raze takes its video game aesthetic to the deepest and darkest places, rarely surfacing for air.  After showcasing her amazing physicality and tough-as-nails persona in films and television, Tarantino muse Zoe Bell finally has a film to call her own, filled with bloodshed and mayhem of the highest order. With a cast of who’s-who genre favorites, including Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) and a rare performance sans prosthetics from Guillermo Del Toro mainstay Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth), Raze announces its extreme intentions from the very first frame. Director Josh Waller has created a terrifying world of savagery in which nothing is what it seems.

 

Taboor-  A frail, bearded man awakens in a foil-lined room. Equipped with a protective aluminum body suit and motorcycle, he rides through the vast and solitary megalopolis of an alternate-future Tehran at night. He travels between various scheduled appointments ranging from fumigating factories, experiencing virtual reality amusement rides and posing as target practice for a rich, blanks-firing dwarf. His experiences unfold organically as the night approaches dawn.  Director Vahid Vakilifar slowly and steadily creates a surreal yet minimalist world with strikingly composed long takes and an entrancing score. Amid a monolithic cityscape, the lone motorcyclist is small and solitary. Carefully framed architecture expounds on the man’s frailty in this atmospheric film. Using naturalistic lighting and sparse dialogue, Vakilifar constructs a new reality by simplifying rather than exaggerating his current one.

 

V/H/S/2-   Two investigators tracking the disappearance of a student break into an abandoned house to find a collection of VHS tapes strewn around an ominous, flickering AV setup. Each unmarked cassette reveals traces of the paranormal, the flesh-eating undead, evil alien invaders and an apocalyptic vision of hell on earth. Drawn closer to the warbling static, the obsessed trespassers fall prey to the unforeseen doom of the inhabited home.  This highly anticipated next installment to last year’s midnight sensation V/H/S features segments from contemporary genre film’s leading talents. Jason Eisener’s frenetic entry recalls ’80s pre-teen adventure movies as pranking adolescents run terrified from otherworldly visitors. Blair Witch Project innovators Gregg Hale and Eduardo Sánchez return with a singular slant on the perspective of gut-hungry zombies. Adam Wingard provides perhaps the most first-person viewpoint, capturing apparitional menaces via a cybernetic eye. With every turn of a corner, unimaginable satanic forces spawn to sounds of air raid sirens in Timo Tjahjanto and Gareth Evans’s godless joint effort. Contained within Simon Barrett’s chilling wraparound segment, V/H/S/2 is an expansive portmanteau of clever unrestrained brutality and fun.

 

Whitewash-  The brutality of winter and the power of the mind are aptly portrayed in this dark comedy starring Thomas Haden Church. Bruce is lost. His wife has died and he lost his job. He is merely trying to survive a harsh Canadian winter when he meets Paul and only too late realizes the newcomer is more than he appears. When conflict leads to a death, Bruce finds himself even more isolated in the forests of Quebec, grappling with guilt and creating a prison from which he cannot escape.  Director Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais co-wrote Whitewash with Marc Tulin, creating an intense and entertaining one-man show centered on the landscape of a guilty mind. Against the harsh terrain, Thomas Haden Church delivers a wry, captivating performance, illustrating that where the mind goes, the body follows. When Bruce begins to comprehend the possible consequences of his actions, he flees. However, much to his chagrin, and as Whitewash cleverly reveals, the worst possible punishment is often the one we construct for ourselves.

 

ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the movie theater…the Old School Kung Fu Fest is back! The New York Asian Film Festival’s wildly popular celebration of kung fu movies from the 70s and 80s that pop your lock, rattle your chops, and put the pain inside your brain has returned after a 10-year absence to send your kung fu knowledge back to school. This time the spotlight shines on some of the biggest stars in some of their rarest movies. We’ve got Gordon Liu (36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN), Sammo Hung (Jackie Chan’s “big brother”), Kara Hui (Lau Kar-leung’s female star of choice), Bruce Leung (KUNG FU HUSTLE), and even Bruce Lee (after a fashion). With prints loaned from the vaults of the American Genre Film Archive and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office New York, prepare to earn your Master’s Degree in Kick Ass-ology!!

THE ODD COUPLE-  There are 18 different weapons in Chinese martial arts, and in this flick someone’s gonna get stabbed with every single one of them. Sammo Hung and Lau Kar-wing play elderly martial arts masters who duel each year to decide whose technique is better, but they always end in a draw. Now they’ve each taken a student (also played by Sammo Hung and Lau Kar-wing) leaving it to the younger generation to duke it out. Problem: their students get kidnapped by an old enemy (played by the inimitable martial arts mimic, “Beardy” Leung Kar-yan). Solution: both masters team up to kick maximum butt with maximum weaponry. A face bomb of comedy kung fu as well as serious, old school action, it’s the opening and closing movie of the Old School Kung Fu Fest because it is, quite simply, the alpha and omega of martial arts movies. Truly unbeatable.
April 19 at 6:15 PM
April 21 at 9:15 PM

SHAOLIN AND WU-TANG-  The movie that inspired the Wu-Tang Clan’s first album is a blast of hardcore, old school mayhem. Gordon Liu (bald-headed brother of Lau Kar-leung) was ticked off that the sequel to his landmark 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN was played for laughs, so he headed to Taiwan where he directed, choreographed, and starred in this ‘real’ sequel. A brutally authentic ode to Shaolin Fist and Wu-Tang Sword, Liu plays a student of Shaolin, and his buddy, the charming Adam Cheng, is a student of Wu-Tang. Their masters refuse to teach the Manchu prince their moves, so the prince manipulates the two schools into combat, counting on killing the winner. Then: everybody fights! Shot with the scale and scope of a Shaw Brothers production, this movie is an avalanche of action with its stars unleashing the beast in scene after scene of blistering combat.
April 19 at 8:30 PM
April 20 at 2:00 PM

THE DRAGON LIVES AGAIN-  WARNING: Watching This Movie Will Destroy Your Brain!!!!! Four years after Bruce Lee died, everyone was cashing in on his legend with look-a-like films, but this is the most notorious Brucesploitation movie of them all. Bruce Lee is dead, but his adventures aren’t over. He arrives in Hell where he must fight Dracula, Clint Eastwood, and the Godfather in order to come back to life. Fortunately, Popeye is there to lend a hand. Bruce Lee is played by Bruce Leung (KUNG FU HUSTLE) but even his genuine skills can’t stop the madness. Beginning with the corpse of Bruce Lee getting an erection (Don’t worry – it’s just his nunchakus!) and ending with him flying away as the cast waves “Goodbye!”, you cannot unsee this movie. You will laugh! You will cry! And you will scream as the spirit of Bruce Lee kicks his way out of your stupid skull!
April 19 at 10:30 PM
April 21 at 1:00 PM

SHAOLIN TEMPLE AGAINST LAMA-  Print provided by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office New York.  Taiwan’s indie kung fu films eschewed slick sets and smooth camera movements to shoot on location with urgent handheld cameras wielded by operators who were constantly freaking out. In this flick, Tibet’s evil Black Lamas (you know they’re evil by the skulls in their hair) decide to wage war on Shaolin Temple while wearing costumes that would put Bootsy Collins to shame. The Lamas manipulate a righteous Tibetan prince to be their proxy face-breaker in a war with the hard-hitting Shaolin monks, and what ensues is a whirlwind of non-stop mayhem spiced with a whiff of funky incense. Never content to show two men fighting when it could show 20, this film is a psychedelic throwback to a time when kung fu movies were allowed to pull out all the stops and do absolutely anything as long as they kept your eyes glued to the screen.
April 20 at 4:00 PM
April 21 at 7:15 PM

ANGEL TERMINATORS-  B-movies always have to try harder, and this girls-with-guns flick gets an A++ for (intense) effort. Shot in 1990 but not released until two years later, it’s an undiscovered grindhouse joyride full of bare-knuckled stars: Lau Kar-leung acolyte, Kara Hui; the “lady Jackie Chan” Sharon Yeung, whose career never caught fire; Japanese back-breaker, Michiko Nishiwaki; the sultry Carrie Ng; angry white boy, Mark Houghton; and everyone’s favorite bad guy, Dick Wei. They all turn in blistering action work in this mile-a-minute rampage through exploitation heaven. Two lady cops and one gangster’s ex-girlfriend endure drug addiction, theme park shoot-outs, having their heads shoved in toilets, kicks to the face, terrifying high impact falls, and major concussions to prove that women are 10 times better than men. No subtitled prints of this movie exist, so we’re subtitling this one live in a twice-in-a-lifetime celebration of high caliber girl power.
April 20 at 6:00 PM
April 21 at 5:15 PM

SECRET SCREENING – ONE SHOW ONLY!!!!-  We can’t tell you the title of this rarely-seen martial arts movie, but trust us: you want to see it on the big screen. In the early 80s, big studios were trying anything to attract audiences, so this flick mixes three genres and then adds plenty of crack: you’ve got your wandering swordsman movie, your gore film, and a sexploitation shocker. The result is a whacked-out, hyper-gothic version of “The Monkey’s Paw”, full of occult dungeons, human face frisbees, wild plot twists, swinging swordplay, and naked demon ladies having kung fu freak-outs.
April 20 at 8:00 PM

RED SPELL SPELLS RED-  Career-minded Hong Kongers with no respect for tradition go to Borneo to shoot a TV segment and wind up violating the tomb of the Red Dwarf Sorcerer, who returns the favor by violating their bodies from beyond the grave with scorpions, killer trees, and even more scorpions. Scorpions attack! Scorpions get smashed! Scorpions crawl out of pustulent blisters! Never released on DVD, this unhinged rarity makes BOXER’S OMEN look like Walt Disney as it flings shovelfuls of objectionable content in your face, from busty women in see-through t-shirts, to the slaughter of a LOT of real pigs, to a slew of outrageously nasty deaths. Technically it’s not an action film, but there’s no way we could not show this gore-soaked hayride! Truly dangerous movies make you doubt the sanity of the people who made them. In RED SPELL SPELLS RED there is no doubt: these filmmakers are insane.
April 20 at 10:00 PM
April 21 at 3:15 PM

 

OPENING THIS WEEK IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Oblivion-  In this Big Ol’ Sci-Fi blockbuster Jack Harper is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. Living in and patrolling the skies from thousands of feet above, his existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.  What do you think?  You wanna see Cruise and Freeman doin some space shit?

Opens Fri Apr 19th in  most major theatres.  Check Fandango for theatres, tickets, and showtimes.

 

Lords of Salem-  Heidi, a blond rock chick, DJs at a local radio station, and together with the two Hermans (Whitey and Munster) forms part of the “Big H Radio Team.” A mysterious wooden box containing a vinyl record arrives for Heidi, a gift of the Lords. She assumes it’s a rock band on a mission to spread their word. As Heidi and Whitey play the Lords’ record, it starts to play backwards, and Heidi experiences a flashback to a past trauma. Later, Whitey plays the Lords’ record, dubbing them the Lords of Salem, and to his surprise, the record plays normally and is a massive hit with his listeners. The arrival of another wooden box from the Lords presents the Big H team with free tickets, posters and records to host a gig in Salem. Soon, Heidi and her cohorts are far from the rock spectacle they’re expecting. The original Lords of Salem are returning and they’re out for blood.  Here we go… another chance for Mr. Zombie and his wife to win back our affections, or further distance us.  I, for one, am excited and hopeful.

Opens Fri Apr 19th in  most major theatres.  Check Fandango for theatres, tickets, and showtimes.

 

Holla II-   ”Holla” as in ebonics for “Scream”.  This looks like your basic predictable masked slasher, but blacker.  After narrowly escaping with her life at the hands of her mentally ill sister Veronica, Monica, with the help of her Mother, Marion, has taken great measures to ensure her safety, including changing her face and relocating to the South. Six years has past and now she finally believes she is safe from Veronica. Little does she know that death and betrayal still await her and her friends on the eve of her wedding at a southern plantation house rumored to be haunted by 13 murdered slaves. This time no one is safe and everyone is a suspect as killing becomes addictive.  I’m thinking nope on this one with a dash of white guilt.

Opens Limited on Fri Apr 19th.  Check Fandango for theatres, tickets, and showtimes.

 

STILL SHOWING IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Evil Dead-  In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.  Just saw this one.  Not bad, but not as great as all the hype.  Lots of pain and grue, light on the fucks given for the recipients though. B-

Playing at most major theaters.  Tickets available through Fandango.

 

Trance-   A Goya painting, mind games, and money violently collide in Danny Boyle’s new psychological thriller, Trance.  “No piece of art is worth a human life.”  Simon (James McAvoy) is a fine art auctioneer who teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars. But after suffering a blow to the head during the heist, he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting. After physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang’s leader Frank (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of Simon’s psyche. As Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon’s broken subconscious, the lines between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur.

 

It’s A Disaster-  IT’S A DISASTER is a fast-paced ensemble comedy about the worst brunch ever: the eggs are cold, the tensions are high, and the end is near. When eight friends meet for their monthly “couples brunch,” what starts as an impromptu therapy session and airing of domestic grievances takes a sudden, catastrophic turn when the city falls victim to a mysterious attack. Trapped in the house and unsure of their fates, these seemingly normal people become increasingly unhinged to hilarious, surprising, and revealing results. The hilarious ensemble cast includes Rachel Boston, Kevin M. Brennan, David Cross, America Ferrera, and Julia Stiles.

 

Place Beyond The Pines-  The daring new film from the director of Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines is a powerful drama that explores the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons. Luke (Academy Award nominee Gosling) is a high-wire motorcycle stunt performer who travels with the carnival from town to town. While passing through upstate New York, he tries to reconnect with a former lover (Mendes), only to learn that she has given birth to their son in his absence. In an effort to provide for his family, he turns to robbing banks, a path that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious cop and a corrupt detective. A showcase for a stellar ensemble cast, this sweeping, multi-generational crime epic establishes Cianfrance as one of the most gifted filmmakers of his generation.  Musical score by Mike Patton.

 

Room 237-  Inhabiting the wacky fringes of cinephilic fervor, this subjective documentary sets out to unpack the multitudes contained in Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic The Shining. Compiling the ultra-close readings of both scholars and fans, director Rodney Ascher rewinds, replays, and remaps the film in ways that will shock even the most passionate Kubrick lovers. Codes and conspiracies are patiently teased out from the most miniscule details, and in the process we learn as much about the psychology of the film’s rabid devotees as we do about its undying allure. One of the standout documentaries from this year’s Sundance, Room 237 is a haunting trip down the rabbit hole of movie fanaticism.  Just saw this one.  I thought it was well worth checking out.  B

IFC CENTER

Last Day Thursday Apr 18th!!  Antiviral 11:10 AM  Syd March is an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans. Biological communion – for a price. Syd also supplies illegal samples of these viruses to piracy groups, smuggling them from the clinic in his own body. When he becomes infected with the disease that kills super sensation Hannah Geist, Syd becomes a target for collectors and rabid fans. He must unravel the mystery surrounding her death before he suffers the same fate.

 

Opening Friday Apr 19th- Errors of the Human Body 12:05 AM (changing showtimes) Seeking a new laboratory to pursue his controversial genetic research, Dr Geoff Burton takes up a position at the world-renowned Institute for Molecular Cell Biology & Genetics in wintry Dresden, Germany. His contribution to their most top-secret project – a human regeneration gene – has the potential to make something miraculous out of a personal tragedy that has haunted him for years. But when he uncovers a conspiracy amongst his colleagues, he finds instead something quite different: a terrifying new virus, with potentially devastating consequences for humanity – and for Geoff, who is not only its first victim, but its unwitting source.

 

Still Showing- Simon Killer Multiple Showtimes  Dark secrets are at the heart of Campos’s visceral neonoir thriller, the tale of a recent college graduate (a haunting Brady Corbet) who has fled to Paris after a bad breakup. Unable to shake his melancholy, he wanders the streets, until he meets a beautiful hooker who causes something troubling to stir in him. Tense, atmospheric and exquisitely crafted, SIMON KILLER marks a new triumph from the team behind Martha Marcy May Marlene and Afterschool.

 

Still Showing- The Shining Changing Showtimes  All work and no play makes blocked novelist cum hotel caretaker Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) a raging, murderous psychopath in Kubrick’s mordantly funny, genuinely terrifying riff on Stephen King’s bestselling novel–one that King himself disavowed, for so far did it stray from his decidedly more literal, straightforward text. Always an early adopter, Kubrick made extensive use of the newly developed Steadicam technology (and its inventor, Garrett Brown) to glide up, down and around the Overlook Hotel’s cavernous corridors, where the ghosts of caretakers and lodgers past rest uneasily, and the line between waking and dreaming ceases to exist. The resulting modern horror classic is still being analyzed and debated more than 30 years later, including in the soon-to-be-released documentary Room 237, a hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

 

Fri Apr 19th and Sat Apr 20th-  2001: A Space Odyssey 11:30 PM  “A masterpiece… The film remains threatening to contemporary studiothink in many important ways: Its special effects are used so seamlessly as part of an overall artistic strategy that, as critic Annette Michelson has pointed out, they don’t even register as such. Dialogue plays a minimal role, yet the plot encompasses the history of mankind (a province of SF visionary Olaf Stapledon, who inspired Kubrick’s cowriter, Arthur C. Clarke). And, like its flagrantly underrated companion piece, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, it meditates at length on the complex relationship between humanity and technology—not only the human qualities that we ascribe to machines but also the programming we knowingly or unknowingly submit to. The film’s projections of the cold war and antiquated product placements may look quaint now, but the poetry is as hard-edged and full of wonder as ever.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader


BAM

Sat Apr 20th- World Wide Weird  2:00 PM This shorts program features 8 films from around the globe, including 7 New York and US premieres. The films celebrate the extreme, the comedic, and the transformative.  Featuring a Q&A with a guest filmmaker and free popcorn.  El Desafio a la Muerte (The Challenge to Death)-  A powerful mystic subjects his body to extreme conditions in an attempt to reach the divine. After fasting for 50 days, the master fits his entire body into a blender on camera for the first time. Don’t try this at home (unless you’re a stop-motion animator).  Swing of Change-  This smooth computer animation tells a riveting tale of transformation. A racist barbershop owner in 1930s New York City prefers rote rhythms to swinging beats—until a busker outside his shop leaves a trumpet behind.  Alien Repair Guy-  What happens when Earth breaks down? Impressive technical effects illustrate an imaginative concept in this smart sci-fi film that entices us to ponder what might be going on in the universe.  Bisclavret (Werewolf)-  Vibrant animation brings this classic horror folktale to life. A noble lady notices that her husband, a baron, slips out some nights for mysterious reasons. When she confronts him to learn the truth, he reveals one of the most ancient versions of the werewolf tale.  Onion Skin-  Explore the layers not always seen on the superficial exterior of high school. A boy finds himself drawn to a girl, but rather than just text her, he writes an actual letter. A film that asks: When does technology get in the way of real connection?  Nasty Phantoms-  A town terrorized by mischievous spirits turns to a young bounty hunter to end their troubles.   A Love of TVs-  A fresh, quirky stop-motion short about love among the television sets.  True School-  Yi-cheng doesn’t fit in with the other preppy kids at his school where even the faculty labels him as a typical ‘bad student.’ Only Mr. Liu, a substitute teacher, sees there’s more to Yi-cheng than a label.

 

Sat April 20th- Never Before Scene 2:00 PM  A program of 9 New York and US premieres, these shorts feature characters who step far outside of themselves; they revel in destruction, and fantasize about love.  Featuring Q&As with guest filmmakers and free popcorn.  Missed Connections-  A guy spies his dream girl in the café and imagines their life together in lush, romantic animated detail.  Reloaded-  Combining the analog form of stop-motion animation with a digital sensibility, this film expands upon the intensity of the titular beat-filled track by Dutch electronic duo Baskerville in a story both alien and familiar. After an experiment goes horribly wrong, colorful clay critters transform into city-destroying monsters inspired by long-extinct species.  Those Who Can-  Oliver and Alexandra want to be normal for one perfect night: prom at their public high school. But “normal” can be a minefield for an autistic teen. This heartwarming dramedy gently explores the impact of autism.  Barry’s Ices-  An elderly ice-cream man serves the local children with care until an automated robot shows up to put him out of business.  Emily-  In a pristine, affluent household, a mother runs around collecting sharp objects. Her daughter, Emily, is returning home from the hospital after a suicide attempt. This film sets the stage for powerful emotions with a mix of drama and horror.  TaduFeu-  In the time of cavemen, a pack of violent Cro Magnon men accidentally discover fire, and comedic mayhem ensues.  Hai in Mano il Tuo Futuro! (You Hold Your Future in Your Hands)-  In a near-future fascist state, the population is subjected to daily testing of bodily fluids to “control” for everything from drugs and alcohol to licorice and honey. A bad situation makes for a great comedy in this unlikely romance.  Grzyby Burzy (Mushrooms of the Storm)-  Space mushrooms infest a traveler’s ship as payback and invade earth in this unique animation about interstellar warfare. With a smooth style reminiscent of Loony Tunes, and some totally unique characters and situations, this clever Polish animation seems both outlandish yet familiar.  Levi’s Horse-  In this dark drama from snowy northern Norway, a boy’s offbeat connection with a mentally disabled man raises an intense dilemma when his peers decide to make the man’s horse a target.

 

Tues Apr 23rd- Peeping Tom  Multiple showtimes  If anything deserves the “dark masterpiece” tag, this does: a brilliant satirical insight into the neurotic, pornographic element in the act of filming, more relevant than ever in the age of reality television and CCTV.—The Guardian  Seemingly nice English boy Mark (Böhm) has a dark fetish: murdering women and recording their deaths with a 16mm camera. Powell’s lurid, color-saturated shocker—which ruined the director’s career upon its release, only to be posthumously recognized as a masterpiece—“is the only movie that equates watching movies with killing and fucking” (Elliott Stein).

 

NITEHAWK CINEMA

Still Showing- Spring Breakers Multiple showtimes  A boldly experimental portrait of the Girls Gone Wild-inspired spring break, Harmony Korine’s gutsy mainstream breakthrough stars teen darlings Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Benson as a pack of college friends who rob a diner to fund their trip to Florida. A chance encounter with a gun-slinging wannabe rapper named Alien (a blinged-out James Franco in cornrows) leads them down a rabbit hole of sex, drugs, booze, and crime. By turns unabashedly absurd and disarmingly poetic, Spring Breakers is a razor-sharp satire of all-American debauchery—and the only film to ever combine Britney Spears, interpretive dance, and pink unicorn ski masks.  FOOD & DRINK SPECIAL:  Fried Chicken & Grilled Cornrows-  buttermilk fried chicken leg and thigh, grilled corn, herb butter.  Sex on the Beach-  Reyka Vodka, peach, cranberry, orange.

 

Fri Apr 19th and Sat Apr 20th- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas  12:20 AM  Spend 420 with us by taking a psychedelic journey into the heart of Las Vegas with a goofy journalist and his questionable lawyer.  “The possibility of physical and mental collapse is now very real. No sympathy for the Devil, keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride.”  Things start of weird and only get weirder when Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp doing a spot-on impression of Hunter S. Thompson) and Dr. Gonzo (Benicio de Toro at his heavyweight best) take a mescaline-fulled road trip to Las Vegas. Copious amounts of illegal drugs are consumed, hallucinations projected, and a sequence of oddballs met, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegasbrings Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo journalism onto the big screen (it is based, after all, off his culture defining novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream). While Raoul and Dr. Gonzo languish in their drug-induced haze they do have philosophical musings about chasing the American dream and questioning the failure of the counter-culture revolution.

 

Fri Apr 19th- Showgirls 12:10 AM  Nitehawk debuts its new sexed up series, NITEHAWK NAUGHTIES, with the ever-classic Showgirls. To celebrate, a star of Showgirls! The Musical! will perform “F*cking Underwater (The Pool Song)” live before the screening!  What lengths will a drifter-turned-stripper-turned-showgirl go to achieve her dreams of Vegas stardom?  To know this film is to love this film. What is it that can be said about Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls except that it is probably one of the most memorable films to come out of the 1990s. Elizabeth Berkley (from Saved by the Bellfame) plays Nomi, a young dancer who moved to Las Vegas to make it big. She gets her chance and trips, claws, and sleeps her way to the top only to discover that there’s a heart underneath that stripper facade. Gina Gershon is magical as the “aging” and manipulative Cristol Conner while Kyle MacLachlan moves from Lynch-weird to Verhoeven-weird status. You know what I mean.

 

Sat Aprt 20th and Sun Apr 21st- F for Fake 12:00 PM  Nitehawk’s new signature series ART SEEN launches with Orson Welles’ filmic documentary on fraud and fakery, F for Fake.  There is no other film quite like Orson Welles’ F for Fake. Based in the story of world-renowned art forger Elmyr de Hory and his infamous biographer Clifford Irving (author of the controversial and fake Howard Hughes biography), this pseudo-documentary is a magic trick all its own. Juxtaposing the real life narratives of these “fakes” with fictional montages featuring Welles, F for Fake is a devious exploration begging the audience to question: what’s real here?  Before the film: our “Artist Film Club” will be screening the video workUntitled #142 (Bob Coe from Wasco) by artist Josh Azzarella. We will also show Emily’s Video by Eva and Franco Mattes that was selected by Nitehawk as part of our partnership with Moving Image Art Fair.

 

Sat Aprt 20th and Sun Apr 21st- Spoons, Toons, and Booze: 420 Edition 11:45 AM  Spoons, Toons & Booze is giving back with some community service in honor of that notorious day that occurs every 20th of April. We’ll be providing drug awareness education with a special menu of anti-drug episodes including ThunderCats, Jem and the Holograms, The Flintstone Kids, Garfield & Friends, The Smurfs, Captain Planet, Tiny Toon Adventures, Bravestarr, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, He-Man and lots more cartoon series featuring your favorite characters as they fight for truth, justice and a drug-free future for our children!

  • Over 80 cartoon series from the 1940′s through the 1990′s…and YOU get to choose what we watch!
  • Special menu of anti-drug themed episodes including the super rare “Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue”, the 1990 government sponsored anti-drug PSA that includes just about every cartoon character from your childhood! Only showed on TV once, we’ve got an exclusive copy smuggled from the Pentagon vault just for you!
  • Satisfy your munchies with our free all you can eat cereal bar filled with all the sugary, marshmallowy, fruity, chocolaty cereal you crave. Soy and regular milk available!
  • Cure your dry mouth with our amazing White Russian menu including “The Sonny”, a White Russian topped with Cocoa Puffs, and a special green “420 White Russian”!
  • Cereal Shots! Drop a shot of Baileys or Kahlua in to booze up your cereal bowl.
  • Compete in contests (including The D.A.R.E. Challenge) to choose which cartoons we watch and win sweet prizes from Nitehawk Cinema!

 

An Evening of John Lurie-  After hosting a very special sold-out Fishing with John event with the estimable John Lurie last November, Nitehawk is thrilled to have Lurie back to present more Fishing with John episodes as well as the rarely seen film he directed called Men in Orbit (1979), his music video Big Heart, and an artist video featuring his paintings called First and Royal Queen. Please note that each night has a different program!  Lurie will also engage in a public discussion with Nitehawk’s Cinema Department and audience members to discuss everything from the mysterious narrator of Fishing with John to the appalling 2010 New Yorker profile to his interest in painting. As with last time, this Q&A is sure to be heartfelt, candid, humorous, and touching.

PROGRAM FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 20
Fishing With John: Tom Waits
Men In Orbit 
(1979), 45 minutes
Short film: Big Heart (1987)
Short film: First and Royal Queen (2012)
Q&A with Nitehawk’s John Woods

PROGRAM FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24
Fishing With John: Willem Dafoe
Fishing With John: Tom Waits
Short film: First and Royal Queen (2012)
Fishing With John: Dennis Hopper
Q&A with Nitehawk’s John Woods

 

LANDMARK SUNSHINE CINEMA

Fri Apr 19th- The Fifth Element 12:00 AM  Bruce Willis stars as a 24th century N.Y. cabbie and former Special Forces agent who joins “perfect being” Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil) to save the world from imminent destruction. Astounding visual effects add punch to this quirky and fantastical sci-fi adventure. Gary Oldman, Chris Tucker and Ian Holm co-star. Directed and co-written by Luc Besson (The Professional, La Femme Nikita).

 

VILLAGE EAST CINEMA

Fri Apr 20th- Cheech and Chongs Animated Movie 10:00 PM  For one night only, see legendary toker jokers Cheech & Chong as you’ve never seen them before —in their very first animated movie. Catch all the buzz as their most outrageously funny laugh–out–loud lines from their Grammy Award winning albums come to life, including “Dave’s Not Here,” and “Let’s Make A Dope Deal,” and more. With help from a trippy, bud–lovin’ body crab named Buster, Cheech & Chong “the masters of the smoking’ word“ deliver the ultimate comedy high and give you the munchies for more.

 

92Y TRIBECA

Sat Apr 20th- The Best of the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival 6:00 PM One of the world’s leading festivals devoted to short films, Clermont-Ferrand in France is a vital showcase and a market for shorts, attracting over 100,000 visitors each year. Often referred to as the ‘Cannes’ of short film, it is now in the fourth decade. Originally Clermont-Ferrand screened only fiction films and only on 16mm and 35mm. But with the arrival of new technologies, in 2002, a new competition called LABO (The LAB) was established. The LAB brings audiences films at the crossroads of different techniques and genres such as Fiction/Documentary, Experimental/Fiction, Animation/Documentary, etc.  Nightingales in December- This metaphorical surrealistic tale transports the viewer into an allusive voyage into the collective memory and today’s realities. What if nightingales were working hard instead of singing and flying south?  Sizígia- While waiting for the opening of the summer season, a zealous worker prepares the tides swimming pool for the arrival of the holidaymakers.  Solipsist- A psychedelic fantasy film about otherworldly beings whose minds and bodies converge.  A Story For the Modlins- After appearing in the film ‘Rosemary’s Baby’, Elmer Modlin fled with his family to a far off country and shut himself away in a dark apartment for thirty years.  Rauch und Spiegel- A trapeze routine is transformed into a stage trick, a music box automaton and a mesmerising carousel. Sleight-of-hand and spectacle are where cinema meets circus.  Mud Crab- Spike has just caught his first mud crab. Now he and Dadda have to remove it from the crab pot without losing a finger.  Nol King Ruter-  Nol King Ruter celebrates his 65th birthday with a grand banquet, inviting his closest family, friends and colleagues. Many join in to give him an unforgettable day. During the festivities, old quarrels flare up, new loves arise.

 

IN MUSIC

 
Clinic w/ The Cobbs– 4/19 @ Glasslands and 4/20 @ Le Poisson Rouge.  Singular, ambitious, revered by fellow musicians – forever sound like no-one else but themselves, because no-one else could even begin to sound like them. Since the tail end of the ’90s, they’ve beamed in other-worldly psychedelic-pop transmissions from their own parallel dimension (geographically, it’s in Liverpool, but…), each with a vibe and quality consistent with its predecessors, oblivious to passing trends.

 

Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Black Dice, and K-Holes 4/20 3:00 @ Secret Project Robot Space.  Best to just watch these videos and get an idea of how this show is gonna be.

 

Orange Goblin, KEN Mode, ASG, Kings Destroy, and Roadsaw 4/22 @ St. Vitus Bar  Heavy Metal is not just about music: it’s a way of life, a motivating mind-set, a positive force and an inspirational belief system. It’s the most exciting, life-affirming noise that exists on this planet of ours, and London’s indestructible masters of the furious form are Orange Goblin. Not just the UK’s reigning champions of balls-out, party-starting, booze-fuelled metal, but one of the very best live rock bands of all time, the mighty Goblin have been a permanent and universally admired fixture on the British metal circuit for the past 16 years.

If ya got a hankerin, leave me a message below, or follow me on Facebook for updates.  This oughtta be enough to keep you smiling till next week…

This Week in “The Rotting Apple” Apr 11th – 17th

It’s time kids, for that weekly edition of all the weird, wild, and wonderful happenings around town.  All the slop that’s fit to slurp.  For everyone that’s been PMSing about how cold it’s been…

…well you can’t complain anymore.  Spring has sprung and it’s time to get out there and see some shit.  And, if you don’t live inside my sheety walls it’s your responsibility to do your homework!  Take notes, stock your que, and grab it up when it comes around.  Here it is, feast my young ones…

OPENING THIS WEEK IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

It’s A Disaster

IT’S A DISASTER is a fast-paced ensemble comedy about the worst brunch ever: the eggs are cold, the tensions are high, and the end is near. When eight friends meet for their monthly “couples brunch,” what starts as an impromptu therapy session and airing of domestic grievances takes a sudden, catastrophic turn when the city falls victim to a mysterious attack. Trapped in the house and unsure of their fates, these seemingly normal people become increasingly unhinged to hilarious, surprising, and revealing results. The hilarious ensemble cast includes Rachel Boston, Kevin M. Brennan, David Cross, America Ferrera, and Julia Stiles.

 

Scary Movie V

Who’s ready for a washed up franchise full of washed up C-listers?  The latest installment of the SCARY MOVIE franchise includes send ups of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, MAMA, SINISTER, THE EVIL DEAD, INCEPTION, BLACK SWAN and pop culture featuring Ashley Tisdale, Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Snoop Dogg, Katt Williams, Molly Shannon, Terry Crews, Simon Rex, Jerry O’Connell, Sarah Hyland, Katrina Bowden, Tyler Posey, Shad Moss aka Bow Wow, Kate Walsh, Heather Locklear, Mac Miller and Mike Tyson. SCARY MOVIE V is directed by Malcolm Lee who teamed up and worked side by side with legendary comedy director David Zucker.  Yawn….

Opens Fri Apr 12th at most major theaters.  Contact Fandango for tickets.

 

NOW SHOWING IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Evil Dead

In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.  Just saw this one.  Not bad, but not great.  Lots of pain and grue, light on the fucks given for the recipients though. B-

Showing in most major theaters.  Contact Fandango for tickets.

 

Room 237

Inhabiting the wacky fringes of cinephilic fervor, this subjective documentary sets out to unpack the multitudes contained in Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic The Shining. Compiling the ultra-close readings of both scholars and fans, director Rodney Ascher rewinds, replays, and remaps the film in ways that will shock even the most passionate Kubrick lovers. Codes and conspiracies are patiently teased out from the most miniscule details, and in the process we learn as much about the psychology of the film’s rabid devotees as we do about its undying allure. One of the standout documentaries from this year’s Sundance, Room 237 is a haunting trip down the rabbit hole of movie fanaticism.  Just saw this one.  I thought it was well worth checking out.  B

 

Spring Breakers

A boldly experimental portrait of the Girls Gone Wild-inspired spring break, Harmony Korine’s gutsy mainstream breakthrough stars teen darlings Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Benson as a pack of college friends who rob a diner to fund their trip to Florida. A chance encounter with a gun-slinging wannabe rapper named Alien (a blinged-out James Franco in cornrows) leads them down a rabbit hole of sex, drugs, booze, and crime. By turns unabashedly absurd and disarmingly poetic, Spring Breakers is a razor-sharp satire of all-American debauchery—and the only film to ever combine Britney Spears, interpretive dance, and pink unicorn ski masks.

 

Place Beyond the Pines

The daring new film from the director of Blue ValentineThe Place Beyond the Pines is a powerful drama that explores the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons. Luke (Academy Award nominee Gosling) is a high-wire motorcycle stunt performer who travels with the carnival from town to town. While passing through upstate New York, he tries to reconnect with a former lover (Mendes), only to learn that she has given birth to their son in his absence. In an effort to provide for his family, he turns to robbing banks, a path that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious cop and a corrupt detective. A showcase for a stellar ensemble cast, this sweeping, multi-generational crime epic establishes Cianfrance as one of the most gifted filmmakers of his generation.  Musical score by Mike Patton.

 

Trance

A Goya painting, mind games, and money violently collide in Danny Boyle’s new psychological thriller, Trance.  “No piece of art is worth a human life.”  Simon (James McAvoy) is a fine art auctioneer who teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars. But after suffering a blow to the head during the heist, he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting. After physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang’s leader Frank (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of Simon’s psyche. As Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon’s broken subconscious, the lines between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur.

 

IFC CENTER

Fri Apr 12th and Sat Apr 13th- Antiviral 12:15 AM (11:00 AM Mon Apr 15th – Thurs Apr 18th)  Syd March is an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans. Biological communion – for a price. Syd also supplies illegal samples of these viruses to piracy groups, smuggling them from the clinic in his own body. When he becomes infected with the disease that kills super sensation Hannah Geist, Syd becomes a target for collectors and rabid fans. He must unravel the mystery surrounding her death before he suffers the same fate.

 

Simon Killer- Multiple Showtimes  Dark secrets are at the heart of Campos’s visceral neonoir thriller, the tale of a recent college graduate (a haunting Brady Corbet) who has fled to Paris after a bad breakup. Unable to shake his melancholy, he wanders the streets, until he meets a beautiful hooker who causes something troubling to stir in him. Tense, atmospheric and exquisitely crafted, SIMON KILLER marks a new triumph from the team behind Martha Marcy May Marlene and Afterschool.

 

Fri Apr 12th and Sat Apr 13th-  2001: A Space Odyssey 11:25 PM  “A masterpiece… The film remains threatening to contemporary studiothink in many important ways: Its special effects are used so seamlessly as part of an overall artistic strategy that, as critic Annette Michelson has pointed out, they don’t even register as such. Dialogue plays a minimal role, yet the plot encompasses the history of mankind (a province of SF visionary Olaf Stapledon, who inspired Kubrick’s cowriter, Arthur C. Clarke). And, like its flagrantly underrated companion piece, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, it meditates at length on the complex relationship between humanity and technology—not only the human qualities that we ascribe to machines but also the programming we knowingly or unknowingly submit to. The film’s projections of the cold war and antiquated product placements may look quaint now, but the poetry is as hard-edged and full of wonder as ever.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Fri Apr 12th and Sat Apr 13th-  The Shining 11:50 PM (and 9:15 PM Fri Apr 12th – Thurs Apr 17th)  All work and no play makes blocked novelist cum hotel caretaker Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) a raging, murderous psychopath in Kubrick’s mordantly funny, genuinely terrifying riff on Stephen King’s bestselling novel–one that King himself disavowed, for so far did it stray from his decidedly more literal, straightforward text. Always an early adopter, Kubrick made extensive use of the newly developed Steadicam technology (and its inventor, Garrett Brown) to glide up, down and around the Overlook Hotel’s cavernous corridors, where the ghosts of caretakers and lodgers past rest uneasily, and the line between waking and dreaming ceases to exist. The resulting modern horror classic is still being analyzed and debated more than 30 years later, including in the soon-to-be-released documentary Room 237, a hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
 
Fri Apr 12th and Sat Apr 13th- Play Misty For Me 12:05 AM  “Eastwood’s first film as director, and first exploratory probe for the flaws in his macho image as outlined in Siegel’s The Beguiled. A highly enjoyable thriller made under the influence of Siegel (who contributes a memorable cameo as a bartender), it casts Eastwood as a late-night Californian DJ who, flattered by the persistent attentions of a mysterious fan (Walter), lets himself be picked up for a one night stand before going back to his true love (Mills). Before long, blandly assuming an on-going relationship, Walter reveals herself to be a suicidal hysteric who won’t take no for an answer; and poor Eastwood is driven into a corner like a mesmerised rabbit, unable to find a way out of the impasse without driving one of his two jealous women over the edge. From there it’s but a step to the watcher in the bushes, the carving knife glittering in a darkened room, and a splendid all-stops-out finale.” – Time Out(London)

 

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The Films of Hayao Miyazaki

For nearly three decades, the films of Hayao Miyazaki and the company he founded, Studio Ghibli, have revolutionized the art of animation. Miyazaki’s indelible style—which weds the uncanniness of Lewis Carroll and the epic grandeur of Akira Kurosawa—stands as a testament to the beauty and imaginative power of hand-drawn animation, conjuring richly realized worlds replete with mystical spirits and shot through with an abiding concern for the relationship between humans and nature.

Fri Apr 12th- Porco Rosso Multiple showtimes  A former World War I Italian fighter pilot—his head having been magically transformed into a pig’s—chases aerial pirates through the clouds in this surprisingly poignant adventure fantasy. Miyazaki’s love for the visceral thrill of flight reaches its fullest expression, while the film’s delights include “the textures of pre-fascist Italy, details on the history of aviation, and a lucid discussion on gender equality and physical beauty” (Time Out London).

 

Sat Apr 13th- Kiki’s Delivery Service 2:00, 4:30 PM  Returning to the realm of pure, unspoiled wonderment that yielded My Neighbor Totoro, Miyazaki crafts this bittersweet coming-of-age tale about a 13-year-old witch on her own for the first time, as she discovers herself in a gorgeously rendered European village. With a show-stopping (even by Miyazaki standards) airship-disaster climax, Kiki’s Delivery Service ranks as one of the most heartfelt humanist statements in the director’s oeuvre.

 

Sat Apr 13th- Howl’s Moving Castle 7:00, 9:30 PM  Sophie, a teenage hatmaker, falls victim to a witch’s curse and is transformed into a 90-year-old woman. She takes a job as a housekeeper to a preening, charismatic young sorcerer named Howl, whose ambulating castle, as it moves throughout the countryside, makes for an especially transfixing image. Miyazaki conjures a rich vision of 19th-century Europe in this staggering adaptation of a novel by Diana Wynne Jones, “a stunning example of a pure, disorienting dream logic that cinema provides all too rarely” (Time Out New York).

 

Sun Apr 14th- Spirited Away Multiple Showtimes  Miyazaki’s relentlessly fertile imagination found perhaps its most unbridled expression in this through-the-looking-glass riot of color, fantastical imagery, and mysticism. After her parents are turned into pigs, a young girl embarks on a surreal journey through a spirit-filled otherworld, encountering a host of unforgettable characters, including a cantankerous bathhouse owner, her enormous baby, and the haunting specter of “No Face.” Spirited Away is the highest-grossing Japanese film of all time and won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

 

Mon Apr 15th- Inception 7:30 PM  Part of “Science On Screen”.  This mind-bending sci-fi thriller—about a “dream architect” (DiCaprio) who hacks his target’s subconscious in order to extract valuable information—explores a whole host of topics related to the unconscious mind, dreams, and our perception of reality.  Neuroscientist and bestselling author David Eagleman will be on hand to discuss the character’s adrenaline-fueled perception of time amid the film’s explosions, shoot-outs, and dream-logic landscapes.

 

NITEHAWK CINEMA

Saturday Apr 13th and Sun Apr 14th- A Skin Too Few 11:55 AM  Nitehawk Cinema and Noisey present MUSIC DRIVEN, a new monthly music-centric film series. The debut screening is A Skin Too Few: the Days of Nick Drake featuring an introduction by Joe Boyd, the legendary American record producer who discovered Nick Drake.  A Skin Too Few: the Days of Nick Drake is a mostly chronological study of the life of musician Nick Drake (1948 – 1974) as told through the his family and friends. Eleven recordings featuring his quiet folk style are the film’s soundtrack as we see where he lived and died at the young age of 26.  Joe Boyd, Nick Drake’s discoverer and producer introduces a rare US screening of the film acclaimed as the best ever made about the mysterious figure of Nick Drake, A Skin Too Few. Boyd will also provide a sneak preview of his forthcoming tribute album “Way To Blue” (which features Lisa Hannigan, Green Gartside, Teddy Thompson, Robyn Hitchcock, Vashti Bunyan, Danny Thompson and many others.) He will also discuss his work with Nick Drake and read from the Drake chapters in “White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s.” A special guest will sing a Nick Drake song and there will be a short Q&A between Joe Boyd and Noisey Editor, Ben Shapiro.

 

Fri Apr 12th and Sat Apr 13th- Burnt Offerings 12:05 AM  Based on Robert Marasco’s chilling novel, Burnt Offerings epitomizes the phrase “if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.” It is part of our mini-retrospective series, THE WORKS: KAREN BLACK.  Desperate to escape the city, Ben and Marion Rolf along with their son David, take over a dilapidated house for the summer to get some much needed family time. The house super affordable but there’s a catch – they have to take care of the old recluse “Mrs. Allardyce” during their stay.  Burnt Offerings tackles domesticity in a very frightful way. The house has a mysterious life force of its own, one that slowly absorbs Marion into the honorable role of its “mother” while killing the others in order to complete its ritualistic rejuvenation. Hazy shots and slow narrative build only compound the eery realization that something is changing the Rolfs. The breakdown of the family is scary enough but it’s the dream-induced chauffeur character who has been the stuff of nightmares ever since the film’s release.

 

Fri Apr 12th and Sat Apr 13th- Inner Space 12:15 AM  Inner Space is a LIVE SOUND CINEMA event featuring a live score by Morricone Youth.  With National Geographic features, numerous documentaries, and scenes featured in major Hollywood motion pictures like JawsOrca, and The Blue Lagoon in their fifty-year career, husband and wife team Ron and Val Taylor are hugely respected and prolific underwater filmmakers. But it’s the Taylors’ undersea footage of sharks, coral, and other marine exploration from the 1970s as the focus of this legendary Australian television series that will really blow your mind; especially as this amazing imagery is screened to the live original score by New York’s Morricone Youth.

 

Wed Apr 17th- Jon Lurie Part 1 9:45 PM  Join Nitehawk Cinema and John Lurie for the multi-night encore presentation of Fishing with John along with a rare screening of his film Men in Orbit and a Q&A.After hosting a very special sold-out Fishing with John event with the estimable John Lurie last November, Nitehawk is thrilled to have Lurie back to present more Fishing with John episodes as well as the rarely seen film he directed called Men in Orbit (1979), his music video Big Heart, and an artist video featuring his paintings called First and Royal Queen. Please note that each night has a different program!  Lurie will also engage in a public discussion with Nitehawk’s Cinema Department and audience members to discuss everything from the mysterious narrator of Fishing with John to the appalling 2010 New Yorker profile to his interest in painting. As with last time, this Q&A is sure to be heartfelt, candid, humorous, and touching.  As a musician, painter, actor, director, and producer, John Lurie is a prolific and important cultural figure. He led the band The Lounge Lizards, which went on to make music for 20 years and is responsible for the incredible music of Marvin Pontiac. Lurie recorded 22 albums and composed scores for over 20 movies, including Stranger than ParadiseDown by LawMystery TrainClay PigeonsAnimal Factory, and Get Shorty, which earned him a Grammy nomination. John Lurie also starred in three films directed by Jim Jarmusch, as well as a host of other films. He wrote, directed and starred in the cult classic “Fishing with John,” a series that is now part of The Criterion Collection.. As a painter, his work has been exhibited in galleries around the world as well as P.S.1. Contemporary Arts Center in New York, Musee Des Beaux-Arts De Montreal, the Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg and the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Connecticut and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

PROGRAM FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17
Fishing With John: Willem Dafoe
Fishing With John: Tom Waits
Short film: First and Royal Queen (2012)
Fishing With John: Dennis Hopper
Q&A with Nitehawk’s John Woods

Click here for the Saturday, April 20th program and buy tickets

CINEMA VILLAGE

Last Day!! Thurs Apr 11th- Eddie the Sleepwalking Cannibal 3:15, 9:20 PM  Thure Lindhardt (Keep the Lights On) stars in this quirky horror-comedy as Lars, a former darling of the art scene slipping away into the land of has-beens and struggling with lack of inspiration.  When Lars’ art dealer Ronny arranges a teaching job in a small town as a “therapeutic measure” to stir up his creative juices, things don’t quite turn out as planned. At first, life in the peaceful small town seems rosy, as he settles in and impresses beautiful fellow colleague Leslie by taking in the brawny, mute Eddie after the latter’s caregiver passes away. But Lars soon discovers that the façade of serenity hides something unimaginable: Eddie suffers from a rare form of sleepwalking that transforms him from a docile, cereal-obsessed art student into a ravenous sleepwalking cannibal. Initially horrified by Eddie’s dark secret, Lars becomes enthralled by the not-so-gentle giant: at long last, here’s the muse he’d been searching for! Exceptional art comes at a very high price…and how far is Lars willing to go for his next masterpiece?

 

Ends this weekend!!- The Brass Teapot Multiple Showtimes on Thurs Apr 11th (followed by limited showtimes thru Mon Apr 15th)  John and Alice live in small town America – 20s, married, very much in love, and broke. Once voted “most likely to succeed,” Alice struggles to make ends meet while her friends enjoy the good life. Her husband John, neurotic and riddled with phobias, just wants to get the bills paid. But an accident leads them to a roadside antique shop where Alice is spontaneously drawn to a mysterious brass teapot. It isn’t long before they realize that this is no ordinary teapot and that perhaps they have found the answer to all of their financial woes…THE BRASS TEAPOT is a magical dark comedy that reminds us to be careful what we wish for.

 

LANDMARK SUNSHINE CINEMA

Fri Apr 12th and Sat Apr 13th- Reservoir Dogs 12:00 AM  Critically acclaimed for its raw power and breathtaking ferocity, Reservoir Dogs is a brilliant American gangster movie classic from writer/director Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill). A wild bunch of crooks and killers—all perfect strangers—are assembled to pull off the perfect crime. But their simple jewel heist explodes into a bloody ambush, and the ruthless killers realize one of them is a police informer. But which one? Starring Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney and a terrific ensemble cast.

 

VILLAGE EAST CINEMA

Last Day Thurs Apr 11th!!- 6 Souls Multiple Showtimes  Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers star in 6 SOULS, a supernatural thriller from the directors of UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING. After the death of her husband, Dr. Cara Harding’s faith in God has been shaken, but not her belief in science. In an attempt to open her up to accepting unexplainable psychiatric theories, her father introduces her to Adam, a patient with multiple personalities. But as Cara discovers that Adam’s other personalities are murder victims, the more she finds out about him and his past, the closer she and her loved ones are to becoming murder victims themselves.

 

92Y TRIBECA

Thurs Apr 11th- PUNCH Puppet Slam Short Films 7:30 PM  Come see shadows, hand puppets, rod puppets; funny stuff, serious stuff, musical stuff—everything we could find and fit into 90 minutes of puppet cinema AWESOME! With films from such artists as Drama of Works, Exploding Puppet Productions, Frankenstudios, Glove and Boots, David Valentine, a special live puppet performance and much, much more!!!

Fri Apr 12th- CB4 7:30 PM  20th Anniversary Screening followed by Q&A with director Tamra Davis, screenwriter/producer Nelson George and producer Sean Daniel, moderated by writer Touré.  ”Straight outta Locash!” This is Spinal Tap for hip-hop heads, this spoof starring Chris Rock delivers a relentless satirical assault on rap culture of the early ‘90s, taking aim at everything from Death Row to De La Soul. Three Cosby kid wannabe rappers straight outta the ‘burbs (Chris Rock, Allen Payne, Deezer D) decide to cash in on gangsta rap by jacking the o.g. personas of incarcerated thugs Gusto, Dead Mike and Stab Master Arson. Soon they’re livin’ large with hits like “Sweat From My Balls”, with a “Rapumentary” crew in tow (led by Chris Elliott’s director “A. White”), but it’s only a matter of time before the real-life Gusto (Charlie Murphy) breaks out of lockup to expose them. Featuring Phil Hartman as a PMRC cretin and cameos by everyone from Shaq to Eazy-E.

CINEMA PURGATORIO

Do you want to screen  Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan?

Young adults at a first-time offenders’ boot camp discover the legend of the giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan is real, but is much more horrifying than they could have imagined. Starring B-Movie legends Joe Estevez and Dan Haggerty (TV’s Grizzly Adams), along with many familiar and fresh faces, Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan will make audiences cower in fear.  Paul Bunyan is one of the most famous characters in North American folklore. He and his companion, “Babe the Blue Ox,” are featured in tall tales of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Bunyan was a lumberjack of great size and skill, rumored to be so tall that “his footsteps created the Great Lakes. He “dragged his axe and made the Grand Canyon.” Today, Bunyan’s legend is commemorated by numerous statues across the upper Midwest and far-beyond.

We’re looking for good places to screen Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan.

  • Do you have a neighborhood movie theater or meeting hall?
  • A horror movie club?
  • A lumberjack camp or hunting lodge?
  • Are you a member of a gun club looking for a good reason to get everyone together, and are a little curious about that snooty little movie theater down the street?
  • Does your city have a giant statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, and need an excuse to celebrate that?

Set up an authorized screening of Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan, by filling out this form. (Yes, there are some fees involved, but let’s see what’s possible).

 

IN ART

Number of the Beast at Cotton Candy Machine Opening Event Friday April 12th 7 to 11pm.  Join us for the opening reception of Buff Monster’s second and L’Amour’s first show at Cotton Candy Machine. The show will feature original paintings, drawings, inkings, new prints and fun merchandise.  Buff Monster made a name for himself by putting up thousands of hand-silkscreened posters across Los Angeles. His work is characterized by happy characters living in brightly-colored bubbly landscapes. Along with meticulously executed paintings, he has created a wide range of merchandise ranging from prints and stickers, to vinyl toys and plush. The color pink, a symbol of confidence, individuality and happiness, is present in everything he creates. His work has been shown in galleries worldwide, and published by Juxtapoz, Nylon, Cool Hunting, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, and many more. After 15 years living and working in Hollywood, he has recently moved to Brooklyn.  L’Amour Supreme’s influences range from street cultures of New York City, hip hop, hardcore and punk music all the way to 80’s and 90’s pop culture. He has travelled the world showcasing his work and live painting in places like Tokyo, Stockholm, Berlin and cities across the US. His background in architectural design has given him the ability to conceive his art in 3D not limited to 2D design. He has designed products ranging from custom furniture, jewelry, cars and footwear including many projects with Mishka. L’Amour Supreme would like to keep pushing the boundaries of how ordinary objects are perceived and always blending aesthetic form with function.

 

International Female Group Show at MF GALLERY  MF Gallery is proud to present a new show of paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and installations by three international female artists: Nicoz Balboa (Italy/France) Aya Kakeda, (Japan) & Angie Mason (U.S.A.) These artists, all known for creating colorful and whimsical worlds where animals interact with girls and all sorts of fantastical characters, will have new art for sale, and each artist will also be creating a permanent mural in the entranceway to the gallery. Come see them paint the walls during the opening party on Saturday April 13th from 7 to 10 pm!

Kenny Scharff “Kolors” Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to present Kolors, an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Kenny Scharf, including ten new paintings and three large-scale sculptures, on view at 515 West 27th Street. The paintings, inspired by Color Field masterworks, deceptively present themselves as backdrops for the sculptures. Upon closer inspection, the tonally unified paintings beckon the viewer into vibrant, other-worldly, biomorphic atmospheres composed of a variety of shapes, dimensions and details. The three never-before-seen sculptures revisit the classic icons of Scharf’s repertoire of symbolic imagery developed over thirty years. Scharf’s exhibition possesses a unique energy and exuberance, highlighted by both his cosmic paintings and nostalgic sculptures.

IN MUSIC

Thurs Apr 11th- Brain Cave Festival Day 1 with Peelander Z / The Suzan /Eula / Zongo Junction /Gunfight at Europa 8:00 PM    Peelander-Z is a Japanese punk band based in New York City. They bill themselves as a “Japanese Action Comic Punk band hailing from the Z area of Planet Peelander”.  They perform on stage and appear in color-coordinated costumes, which they state are not costumes, but their skin. The costumes range from sentai style suits, to kimono, to rubber Playmobil style wigs. There is also a tiger costume and a giant squid/guitar costume to coincide with the song “Mad Tiger”. Another aspect of their routine is their on-stage antics such as human bowling (diving head-first into bowling pins), pretending to hit each other with chairs in imitation of pro-wrestlers, and mid-performance piggyback rides. They often allow audience members on stage to join in on the fun, and often dive into the audience or hang from a balcony as part of their act.  EULA is a ferociously melodic Brooklyn trio that plays sludgy post-something jams that growl and shriek ( courtesy of powerful singer Alyse Lamb) their way towards an eccentrically satisfying explosion of sound. I definitely hear some Deerhoof influence here, especially when their rhythms sound like they’re all hopped up on Ritalin.


Sat Apr 13th- Dengue Fever (an event within the Season of Cambodia Festival) w/ Bochan at Le Poisson Rouge 7:30 PM  With Cannibal Courtship, their fourth album, the Los Angeles based sextet, singer Chhom Nimol, guitarist-singer Zac Holtzman, keyboardist Ethan Holtzman, brass and woodwinds player David Ralicke, drummer Paul Dreux Smith and bassist Senon Gaius Williams, has reached a powerful new plateau, deftly balancing the wide-ranging influences that inform their sound and songs.  “Before it was partly Cambodian and partly indie rock,” explains Williams of the band’s evolution. “Now it’s 100 percent both.”  From snaking, driving rock (“Cement Slippers,” “Family Business,” “2012,” and the title track) to Cambodian dub psych-groove (“Uku”) and everywhere in between (the bilingual, gear- shifting tour de force “Only a Friend,” the mesmerizing “Mr. Bubbles”), Cannibal Courtship is, like the tropical malady that gave the band its name, wildly catching.

 

Sat Apr 13th- Pissed Jeans and Roomrunner at Bowery Ballroom 8:00 PM  King of Jeans. The title of Pissed Jeans’ third album and second for Sub Pop conjures their essence perfectly—-masters of the mundane, beasts of the banal, high priests of the humdrum. These four, white, male high school graduates hardly look further than their own appendages for artistic inspiration, content to execute their own brand of brash and heavy punk music in the Joe Carducci-approved standard rock formation of guitar, bass, drums and vocals.  Roomrunner themselves say they’re “Foo Fighters covering U.S. Maple.” That’s a great call. They must know their own music better than I do. Imagine that. So basically, if you want to go see a band that just really “rocks out” (there’s no way to say that without sounding cheesy, but sometimes those are just the right two words… sometimes they’re the right two words, guys) then you should go see Roomrunner.

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This Week in “The Rotting Apple” Apr 4th – 10th

Hey kids, this thing just keeps getting bigger and bigger.  This week I’m trying something a little different.  I have trailers for all the films right here on the page instead of links.  That’s 33 Trailers!!  Enough to suck the eyes right out of your head.

This feature may, however, cause a long load time for the page.  Let me know what you think.  If you like it, we’ll keep it.  If it sucks, we’ll can it.  On with the show…

OPENING THIS WEEK IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Evil Dead

This wouldn’t happen to be the one you’ve been waiting for would it?  In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

Opening Fri Apr 5th at multiple major theatres contact Fandango for tickets.

 

Simon Killer

The line between heartbreak and derangement proves porous in Antonio Campos’ (Afterschool) wildly polarizing second feature. After a painful breakup with his longtime girlfriend, a recent college grad (Brady Corbet in a breakthrough performance) decides to move to Paris to lick his wounds. Before long, he’s worming his way into the life of a prostitute in an attempt to blunt his debilitating loneliness. Campos’ bold layering of sound and image burrows deep into the psyche of this inscrutable protagonist, whose emotional unraveling in the City of Lights invokes empathy and revulsion in equal measure—often in the same instant.

NOW SHOWING IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Room 237

Inhabiting the wacky fringes of cinephilic fervor, this subjective documentary sets out to unpack the multitudes contained in Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic The Shining. Compiling the ultra-close readings of both scholars and fans, director Rodney Ascher rewinds, replays, and remaps the film in ways that will shock even the most passionate Kubrick lovers. Codes and conspiracies are patiently teased out from the most miniscule details, and in the process we learn as much about the psychology of the film’s rabid devotees as we do about its undying allure. One of the standout documentaries from this year’s Sundance, Room 237 is a haunting trip down the rabbit hole of movie fanaticism.

 

Spring Breakers

A boldly experimental portrait of the Girls Gone Wild-inspired spring break, Harmony Korine’s gutsy mainstream breakthrough stars teen darlings Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Benson as a pack of college friends who rob a diner to fund their trip to Florida. A chance encounter with a gun-slinging wannabe rapper named Alien (a blinged-out James Franco in cornrows) leads them down a rabbit hole of sex, drugs, booze, and crime. By turns unabashedly absurd and disarmingly poetic, Spring Breakers is a razor-sharp satire of all-American debauchery—and the only film to ever combine Britney Spears, interpretive dance, and pink unicorn ski masks.

 

Stoker

World famous for his blood-spattered, breathtaking Vengeance Trilogy (which includes the masterful Oldboy), Korean director Park Chan-wook makes his much-anticipated English-language debut with this macabre thriller. Teenage outcast India Stoker (Wasikowska) finds herself unmoored when her father dies in a grisly auto accident, leaving her in the care of her unstable mother (Kidman). After the funeral, India builds an immediate connection with a mysterious uncle (Goode), and as his intentions become increasingly murky and people start to die, her kinship grows into infatuation. Park’s American gothic (featuring a very non-American cast) is studded with grotesque set pieces, evincing a creepy and kinky visual splendor.

 

IFC CENTER

Fri Apr 5th and Sat Apr 6th- House (1977) 12:30 AM  Ad-man extraordinaire Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 head-trip is part psychedelic ghost yarn, part stream-of-consciousness bedtime story, part Scooby Doo by way of Dario Argento. The hallucinatory tale centers on a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home, where she comes face to face with evil spirits, bloodthirsty pianos, and a demonic housecat.  At once absurd and nightmarish, HOUSE is steeped in the imperturbable illogic of a child’s dreams. And no wonder—the director fashioned the script after the eccentric musings of his eleven-year-old daughter, then employed all the tricks in his analog arsenal (mattes, animation, collage and more) to make them a visually astonishing, raucous reality. Never before released in the United States, and a bona fide cult classic in the making, HOUSE is one of the most exciting genre discoveries in years.

 

Fri Apr 5th and Sat Apr 6th- 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 12:10 AM  “A masterpiece… The film remains threatening to contemporary studiothink in many important ways: Its special effects are used so seamlessly as part of an overall artistic strategy that, as critic Annette Michelson has pointed out, they don’t even register as such. Dialogue plays a minimal role, yet the plot encompasses the history of mankind (a province of SF visionary Olaf Stapledon, who inspired Kubrick’s cowriter, Arthur C. Clarke). And, like its flagrantly underrated companion piece, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, it meditates at length on the complex relationship between humanity and technology—not only the human qualities that we ascribe to machines but also the programming we knowingly or unknowingly submit to. The film’s projections of the cold war and antiquated product placements may look quaint now, but the poetry is as hard-edged and full of wonder as ever.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Fri Apr 5th and Sat Apr 6th- The Shining (1980) 12:00 AM  All work and no play makes blocked novelist cum hotel caretaker Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) a raging, murderous psychopath in Kubrick’s mordantly funny, genuinely terrifying riff on Stephen King’s bestselling novel–one that King himself disavowed, for so far did it stray from his decidedly more literal, straightforward text. Always an early adopter, Kubrick made extensive use of the newly developed Steadicam technology (and its inventor, Garrett Brown) to glide up, down and around the Overlook Hotel’s cavernous corridors, where the ghosts of caretakers and lodgers past rest uneasily, and the line between waking and dreaming ceases to exist. The resulting modern horror classic is still being analyzed and debated more than 30 years later, including in the soon-to-be-released documentary Room 237, a hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

 

BAM

Last Day!! Thurs Apr 3rd- Somebody Up There Likes Me 4:30 PM  Parks and Recreation’s Nick Offerman stars in this deadpan comedic fable with touches of the supernatural. In possession of a magical suitcase, Max (Poulson), his best friend Sal (Offerman), and the woman they both adore stumble through 35 years of unfulfilling entanglements. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at last year’s Locarno Film Festival, this “highly original and delightfully unorthodox” (The Hollywood Reporter) ensemble piece features an original score by Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio, showcases stunning animated sequences by Bob Sabiston (A Scanner Darkly), stars Will & Grace’s Megan Mullaly and character actor Marshall Bell (Total Recall), and boasts cameos by indie stalwarts Andrew Bujalski, Alex Ross Perry, Kate Lyn Sheil, and others.

Hayao Miyazaki Film Series

For nearly three decades, the films of Hayao Miyazaki and the company he founded, Studio Ghibli, have revolutionized the art of animation. Miyazaki’s indelible style—which weds the uncanniness of Lewis Carroll and the epic grandeur of Akira Kurosawa—stands as a testament to the beauty and imaginative power of hand-drawn animation, conjuring richly realized worlds replete with mystical spirits and shot through with an abiding concern for the relationship between humans and nature.

Fri Apr 5th- Castle In The Sky (1986) Multiple Showtimes  This sublime adventure fantasy, replete with proto-steampunk imagery, touchingly conveys a message of ecological awareness. A young girl drops from the sky and lands in the arms of orphan Pazu—and not a moment later they’re on the run from a shadowy government agency and a band of pirates, both after the magic crystal she possesses. The chase leads them up and into the clouds to the floating airship Laputa, an overgrown fortress inhabited by gargantuan, dilapidated robots.

 

Sat Apr 6th- My Neighbor Tortoro (1988) 2:00, 4:30 PM  Miyazaki’s enchantingly simple fairy tale contains some of his most iconic imagery. No sooner have sisters Satsuki and Mei moved into their new home than they begin to receive visits from a bevy of spirits—including soot sprites, a giant Cat Bus, and a large rabbit-like creature called Totoro. Infused with a gentle mysticism, this paean to childhood poignantly “suggests that the wonder of life and the resources of imagination supply all the adventure you need” (Roger Ebert).

 

Sat Apr 6th- Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) 7:00, 9:30 PM  Miyazaki’s first great success is a stunning vision of a post-apocalyptic world populated by enormous mutant insects and virtually uninhabitable for humans. Out of this toxic environment, Nausicaä (the first in a long line of strong Miyazaki heroines) emerges and seeks to understand the ecological devastation that created it. This early masterwork contains many hallmarks of the director’s later films, including a concern for the natural world and a humanist moral relativity.

 

Sun Apr 7th- Princess Mononoke (1997) Multiple Shpwtimes  One of Miyazaki’s darkest and most intense films, Princess Mononoke shattered box office records upon its release in Japan. In feudal-era Japan, the wounded Prince Ashitaka ventures into the Great Woods and becomes enmeshed in an ongoing war between a proto-industrial city and the wolf-gods of the forest, led by the feral Princess Mononoke. What unfolds is a haunting and impassioned plea for the peaceful coexistence of humankind and nature.

 

Mon Apr 8th- Earth Girls Are Easy 25th Anniversary (1988) 7:00, 9:30 PM  A trio of multicolored hirsute aliens (Goldblum, Jim Carrey, and Damon Wayans) crash land in a day-glo Los Angeles, are promptly shaved and hunk-ified, and set out to prowl the city’s glitzy and ditzy social scene with a lovesick manicurist (Davis) as their guide. This gleefully goofy musical send-up of 1980s LA vacuousness is directed by punk-rock auteur Temple, who has a field day with the cotton-candy-colored mise-en-scène and chock-full-o-schlock story. The cult hit turns 25 this year.

 

Tues Apr 9th- King Kong (1933) Multiple Showtimes  Elliott Stein’s favorite movie was famously known to be King Kong, which he saw over 200 times. In his seminal Rolling Stone article “My Life With Kong,” he recalls his first viewing, at age five: “The movie hooked me from the word go. When Fay Wray was taken from the altar by Kong I felt I had to pee, but I was paralyzed. What would happen to her? Later, when Kong was shot down from at—op the Empire State building I started to cry for him and pissed in my pants… For the first time in my life I was aware that someone you loved could die.”

 

LINCOLN CENTER

A New York Asian Film Festival Surprise Screening is scheduled for Fri Apr 5th 7:30 PM.  What will it be??!!  Guess you’ll have to show up to find out.

 

NITEHAWK CINEMA

Fri Apr 5th and Sat Apr 6th- Easy Rider (1969) 12:10 AM  Part of The Works: Karen Black  Easy Rider screenings include a very special pre-taped introduction and Q&A with Karen Black about the film and her role!  They’re not scared of you. They’re scared of what you represent…Freedom.  Directed by Dennis Hopper, Easy Rider shows the real and metaphorical journey of two bikers Captain America and Billy (Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) as they travel from New Orleans to Los Angeles. Along the way they realize the fabric of American culture is so fundamentally flawed that the promise of change invoked by the counter culture in the early 1960s seems to fade away. And although the tagline says that it’s about “a man who went looking for American…but couldn’t find it”, it seems more dangerous to suggest that perhaps he did.

 

Fri Apr 5th and Sat Apr 6th- Inside (2007) 12:20 AM Part of Nitehawk Nasties  There is nothing subtle about Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s 2007 French horror film Inside. Pregnant and suffering the loss of her husband after a car accident, Sarah is despondent and uninterested in the baby she’s about to have. So, she spends her last night before giving birth, alone, at Christmas time…or so she thinks. An unidentified woman knocks at the door and proceeds to tear Sarah’s world apart. Guests come back into the house but none leave. Inside is brutal and unrelenting but also very powerful in its showing of how motherly instincts can take a woman. Seeing Inside on the big screen is a must.

 

Sat Apr 6th and Sun Apr 7th-  Pat Garret and Billy the Kid (1973) 11:30 AM  TALL COUNTY performs a live serenade before April’s Country Brunchin’ film, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. The friendship between two legendary outlaws is tested when one becomes sheriff whose sole purpose is to kill his old pal Billy the Kid.  Set at the tail-end of the 1880s in New Mexico where greed over cattle and land territory not only cause a riff between two old friends but also has repercussions involving the New West. Pat Garrett (played by the ever cool James Coburn) catches Billy the Kid (singer Kris Kristopherson) over an old murder and sentences him to hang. Of course Billy escapes by blowing up the jail and the manhunt ensues. Rife with production problems, the film alone has a whopping six editors attached, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid is ultimately about male bonding during a time of a nation’s development. Full of shoot-outs and sexual-encounters, it’s a downright good time.

 

CINEMA VILLAGE

Last Day!! Thurs Apr 4th- Wrong Multiple showtimes  Dolph Springer (Reno 911’s Jack Plotnick) awakens one morning to find he has lost the sole love of his life – his dog, Paul. Desperate to reunite with his best friend and to set things right, Dolph embarks on a journey which spirals into the realm of the absurd. On his quest, he drastically alters the lives of several severely bizarro characters, including a promiscuous pizza delivery girl (Entourage’s Alexis Dziena), a mentally unstable, jogging-addicted neighbor, an opportunistic French-Mexican gardener, an eccentric pet detective (Steve Little of HBO’s Eastbound And Down) and most mysterious of all, an enigmatic pony-tailed guru, Master Chang (William Fichtner) who imparts his teachings to Dolph on how to metaphysically reconnect with his pet. From fearless cinematic surrealist Quentin Dupieux, the director behind the head-exploding Rubber, Wrong is an entrancing and wholly original hallucinatory universe all its own, which TwitchFilm calls “a wild and hilarious ride of absurdity!”

 

Last Day!! Thus Apr 4th- Detour 9:25 PM  Trapped inside his car by a mudslide, smooth talking Jackson Alder suddenly finds himself in a situation he can’t talk his way out of. With no hope of rescue, he must defy the odds; battling Mother Nature for his survival.

 

Last Day!! Thurs Apr 4th- The Silence 4:45 PM  THE SILENCE begins 23 years ago on a hot Summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat. Now, on the exact same date in the present, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot. As Krischan, the retired investigator of the unresolved case, and his younger colleague David struggle to solve the mystery of these parallel crimes, Sinikka’s distraught parents are trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty. Meanwhile, their daughter’s fate rips open old wounds in the heart of Pia’s mother, who is visited by an unexpected guest with an eerie connection to her daughter. The unrelenting Summer heat lies over the quaint family homes like a bell jar and behind closed doors, worlds begin to fall apart.

Opening Fri Apr 5th- The Brass Teapot Multiple Showtimes  John and Alice live in small town America – 20s, married, very much in love, and broke. Once voted “most likely to succeed,” Alice struggles to make ends meet while her friends enjoy the good life. Her husband John, neurotic and riddled with phobias, just wants to get the bills paid. But an accident leads them to a roadside antique shop where Alice is spontaneously drawn to a mysterious brass teapot. It isn’t long before they realize that this is no ordinary teapot and that perhaps they have found the answer to all of their financial woes…THE BRASS TEAPOT is a magical dark comedy that reminds us to be careful what we wish for.

 

Opening Fri Apr 5th- Thale 11:00 PM  Two crime-scene cleaners discover a mythical, tailed female creature in a concealed cellar. She never utters a word, unable to tell her story, but the pieces of the puzzle soon come together: she’s been held captive for decades for reasons soon to surface.

 

Opening Fri Apr 5th- Eddie the Sleepwalking Cannibal 3:15, 9:20 PM  Thure Lindhardt (Keep the Lights On) stars in this quirky horror-comedy as Lars, a former darling of the art scene slipping away into the land of has-beens and struggling with lack of inspiration.  When Lars’ art dealer Ronny arranges a teaching job in a small town as a “therapeutic measure” to stir up his creative juices, things don’t quite turn out as planned. At first, life in the peaceful small town seems rosy, as he settles in and impresses beautiful fellow colleague Leslie by taking in the brawny, mute Eddie after the latter’s caregiver passes away. But Lars soon discovers that the façade of serenity hides something unimaginable: Eddie suffers from a rare form of sleepwalking that transforms him from a docile, cereal-obsessed art student into a ravenous sleepwalking cannibal. Initially horrified by Eddie’s dark secret, Lars becomes enthralled by the not-so-gentle giant: at long last, here’s the muse he’d been searching for! Exceptional art comes at a very high price…and how far is Lars willing to go for his next masterpiece?

 

FILM FORUM

Sun Apr 7th- House Of Wax In 3-D (1953) 11:00 AM  Mad sculptor Vincent Price – aided by mute henchman Charles Buchinsky (aka Bronson) – re-populates his Victorian Chamber of Horrors with wax-coated victims. And wouldn’t Carolyn Jones (TV’s Morticia Adams) make a lovely Joan of Arc? Presented in a rare double-system 3-D print (not digital), just as it was originally shown in 1953.

 

ANGELIKA FILM CENTER

Opening Fri Apr 5th- Trance Multiple showtimes  Q & A with Director Danny Boyle following the 7:00 and 8:00 PM shows on Sat Apr 6th!!  A frantic art heist thriller with mind–bending twists, TRANCE marks Danny Boyle’s return to the gritty filmmaking of early cult favorite TRAINSPOTTING, following his masterful direction of the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, Oscar nominated film 127 HOURS, and international sensation and Academy Award Best Picture winner SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent Cassel star in this high–tension thriller about a fine art auctioneer and art thief who solicits the help of a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. As boundaries between desire, reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur, the stakes rise faster than anyone could have anticipated.

 

Last Day!! Thurs Apr 4th- Everybody Has a Plan  5:25, 10:35 PM  In this dazzling thriller from first-time feature filmmaker Ana Piterbarg, Viggo Mortensen (in his third Spanish-language film) stars as twin brothers whose deadly pact plunges them into the sordid depths of the Argentinean underworld. EVERYBODY HAS A PLAN tells the story of Agustín, a man desperate to abandon his frustrating existence in Buenos Aires. After the death of his twin brother Pedro, Agustín decides to adopt the identity of his brother and return to the mysterious region of Argentina where they lived as boys. But shortly after his return, Agustín finds himself unwillingly involved in the dangerous criminal world that was a part of his brother’s life.

 

LANDMARK SUNSHINE CINEMA

Place Beyond the Pines Multiple Showtimes  The daring new movie from director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), The Place Beyond the Pines is a sweeping emotional drama powerfully exploring the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons. Luke (Ryan Gosling), a high-wire motorcycle stunt performer with a carnival passing through Schenectady in upstate New York, tries to reconnect with a former lover, Romina (Eva Mendes), only to learn that she has given birth to their son in his absence. Luke decides to give up life on the road to try and provide for his newfound family by taking a job as a car mechanic. Noticing Luke’s ambition and talents, his employer Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) proposes to partner with Luke in a string of spectacular bank robberies—which will place Luke on the radar of ambitious rookie cop Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook). Avery, who has to navigate a local police department ruled by the menacing and corrupt detective Deluca (Ray Liotta), is also struggling to balance his professional life with his family life, which includes his wife Jennifer (Rose Byrne) and their infant son. The consequences of Avery’s confrontation with Luke will reverberate into the next generation.  Score by Mike Patton.

 

Sat Apr 6th- The Room (2003) 12:00 AM  The first Saturday of every month.  The Room is an electrifying American black comedy about love, passion, betrayal and lies, starring writer/director Tommy Wiseau as a successful banker with a great respect for—and dedication to—the people in his life, especially his future wife Lisa (Juliette Danielle). As the film depicts friendships and relationships in the lives of its five major characters, it raises life’s real and most-asked question: “Can you really trust anyone?” A midnight cult sensation, this quirky black comedy has been running for over 10 years in Los Angeles and has now taken the rest of the country by storm. You’ll want to be there for the devastation it will leave in its wake!

 

VILLAGE EAST CINEMA

Opening Fri Apr 5th- 6 Souls Multiple Showtimes  Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers star in 6 SOULS, a supernatural thriller from the directors of UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING. After the death of her husband, Dr. Cara Harding’s faith in God has been shaken, but not her belief in science. In an attempt to open her up to accepting unexplainable psychiatric theories, her father introduces her to Adam, a patient with multiple personalities. But as Cara discovers that Adam’s other personalities are murder victims, the more she finds out about him and his past, the closer she and her loved ones are to becoming murder victims themselves.

 

 

MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE

Thurs Apr 4th- Primer (2004) with Shane Caruth in person!!  7:00 PM  Writer-director-star Carruth captivated the Sundance crowd this year with his new feature Upstream Color. His 2004 debut, Primer, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and has since gained a large and devoted cult following. Filmed on a shoestring budget, this mind-bending and mysterious tale of a group of young scientists who invent a time machine in a garage never sounds or goes where you expect it to.

Sat Apr 6th- The Face You Deserve (2004) 2:00 PM  This shape-shifting debut feature by Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes (Tabu) opens as a comic portrait of a sulky music instructor experiencing a midlife crisis on the eve of his 30th birthday. On the outs with his girlfriend, he travels to the countryside and falls under the spell of an enchanted house. Combining elements of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and classic Hollywood musicals with Jacques Rivette-like meta-games, The Face You Deserve is a genre-defying woodland fantasy about the psychic hangover of childhood and the transformative nature of cinema itself.  No trailer available.

Sat Apr 6th- The Headless Woman (2008) 6:00 PM   In the brilliantly directed third feature from Argentinean auteur Martel, Onetto plays a dentist whose mental state appears to unravel after she hits and runs over something—a dog? a child?—with her car. In charting her recuperation from the accident, Martel crafts a sonically and visually rich character study that plays as both a psychological mystery and an examination of class and social privilege. Ambiguous, unsettling, and excoriating, The Headless Woman cemented Martel as a singular and formidable presence in contemporary world cinema.

Tues Apr 9th- Antiviral (2012 ) 7:00 PM with director Brandon Cronenberg in person!! This striking and assured debut film by writer-director Brandon Cronenberg displays the influence of his father, David Cronenberg, while also introducing a unique new talent to the cinema scene. In a stark modern style, the young Cronenberg portrays a diseased world in which obsession with celebrity plagues the public’s minds—and bodies. By secretly harvesting live viruses from infected stars, the protagonist, Syd March, sells illnesses to celebrity-obsessed fans. Syd is unable to resist the contagious urge for “biological communion” when he comes into contact with his favorite starlet’s virus. He unknowingly infects himself with a terminal ailment and must act quickly to reverse the effects while combating the deadly illness, desperate fans, and unrelenting virus collectors. As film critic Peter Howell wrote, “Obviously influenced by his dad David’s early work but also showing a strong personal style, Brandon Cronenberg’s feature debut is a body-horror satire with a point—a needle point.”

 

IN ART

Spectacle: The Music Video  April 3–June 16 at Museum of the Moving Image  Spectacle: The Music Video is the first museum exhibition to celebrate the art and history of the music video. From early examples of music in film to the work of music video masters such as David Bowie and Madonna and contemporary artists such as The White Stripes and Kanye West, the exhibition reveals the enormous influence music videos have had on contemporary culture over the past 35 years.   Through over 300 videos, artifacts, and interactive installations, the exhibition shows the changing landscape of the music video, highlighting its place at the forefront of creative technology, and its role in pushing the boundaries of creative production. Spectacle explores the trajectory of the music video from precursors through to the present day across a range of musical genres, and showcases the innovative work of contemporary directors such as Michel Gondry, Floria Sigismondi, and Chris Milk. Original props and artifacts from iconic music videos such as A-ha’s groundbreaking “Take On Me” and OK Go’s “This Too Shall Pass” are presented alongside interactive experiences featuring works by Radiohead and Björk.   In conjunction with the exhibition, the Museum will present a range of related public programs, including screenings, hands-on workshops, and exclusive special events with personal appearances by music video directors and musicians.

Josh Agle (SHAG) Thursday’s Girl at Jonathan Levine April 6, 2013 through May 4, 2013.  With an aesthetic strongly influenced by mid-century modern design, Agle renders his subjects and their surroundings with keen attention to figure and form. In his distinctive style, he creates clean shapes with crisp details and fluid line work painted in vividly saturated colors and sharply defined textural patterns. Affluence and luxury are attributes often associated with the imagery based on design elements portrayed in the architecture, furniture and fashion.  As in most of Agle’s exhibitions, a central narrative theme connects the body of work in Thursday’s Girl. This series of paintings were inspired by All Tomorrow’s Parties, the classic Velvet Underground song in which lyrics written by Lou Reed spoke to New York’s downtown art scene found in places such as Warhol’s Factory. Themes of youth, fame, celebrity, revelry, excess and exclusion are represented, throughout.  Thursday’s Girl is a recurring character that appears in several paintings in the exhibition, representing countless naïve, Midwestern girls who move to big cities in search of glamorous new lives.  And, Jim Houser‘s “Search Party” (Houser is featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 17)  Featuring eight new works and a site-specific installation, Houser’s “Search Party” is made up of images within images — layers of painted wood panels and found objects that connect in narratives that reflect upon the artist’s past.

NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set. Trash and No Star at New Museum  “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star” looks at art made and exhibited in New York over the course of one year. Centering on 1993, the exhibition is conceived as a time capsule, an experiment in collective memory that attempts to capture a specific moment at the intersection of art, pop culture, and politics.  It draws its subtitle from the eponymous album that the New York rock band Sonic Youth recorded in 1993 and captures the complex exchange between mainstream and underground culture across disciplines, which came to define the art of the era. The exhibition takes a broad view of the New York scene as it existed twenty years ago—focusing not only on a single generation of emerging New York artists, but also looking at more senior figures and individuals from other cities who had some of their first significant exhibitions in New York in 1993. Works that are immediately recognizable from major institutional presentations like the Whitney Biennial and Venice Biennale are presented alongside lesser-known works, which may have initially only been seen by a small audience in commercial galleries, alternative spaces, or in the artist’s studio.

IN MUSIC

Fri Apr 5th- Chelsea Light Moving w/ Prana-Bindu, Marco Fusinato at Bowery Ballroom  The current group led by Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore. He is the songwriter and plays over-amped hyper electric guitar and sings with raw-glam-destructo vocals. The band is a four piece featuring Samara Lubelski, who has played violin with TM on his last two solo LPs (Demolished Thoughts and Trees Outside The Academy) and with CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING plays deep psyche pop metal bass guitar. Keith Wood, who records under the aegis Hush Arbors, plays electric guitar with a pick forged from angel wing and John Moloney, aka “Pegasus”, approaches the drums like an asteroid hurtling toward Earth. The first CD self-titled was recorded in two spurious sessions with engineer Justin Pizzoferrato in Sone Lab, a killer studio in Easthampton MASSACHUSETTS. The band is ready to detonate any birthday party, wedding or hullaboo in any country, planet or stratosphere that doesn’t support right wing extremist NRA sucking bozo-ology.

Sun Apr 7th- Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’s w/ Xray Eyeballs at Webster Hall  Discovered in the wake of the Strokes’ popularity and the subsequent garage rock revival, New York’s art punk trio the Yeah Yeah Yeahs comprises singer Karen O, guitarist Nicolas Zinner, and drummer Brian Chase. O met Chase at Ohio’s Oberlin College and met Zinner through friends after she transferred to N.Y.U. Zinner and O formed the band in 2000 and recruited Chase when their original drummer bowed out. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs wrote a slew of songs at their first rehearsal and soon wound up supporting the Strokes and the White Stripes, earning a significant buzz for their arty-yet-sexy take on garage punk.

Wed Apr 10th- Black Angels w/ Allah-Las, Elephant Stone at Bellhouse The Black Angels’ psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll is a natural fit alongside their current tour mates, Pink Mountaintops (see also: Black Mountain). The seven-member band from Austin (which includes someone who plays “the drone machine” and one guy who just does “projection”… trippy, man) also unabashedly invoke the spirit of The Velvet Underground (they named themselves after Nico) with their extended bass heavy hallucinations.

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This Week in “The Rotting Apple” Mar 28th – Apr 3rd

Welcome back for another week of the best happenings, goings on, and shin-digs in the New of York.  As always, I’ve included the newest, the classic, and the one time only of the most horrific, wondrous, and weird.  I’m proud to bring you my most comprehensive edition yet.  Remember to take notes if you don’t live here, so you can gobble up these goodies in your own hometown.  So here it is another fresh batch, hot out of the oven…

OPENING THIS WEEK AT MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

ROOM 237

After the box office failure of Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick decided to embark on a project that might have more commercial appeal. The Shining, Stephen King’s biggest critical and commercial success yet, seemed like a perfect vehicle. After an arduous production, Kubrick’s film received a wide release in the summer of 1980; the reviews were mixed, but the box office, after a slow start, eventually picked up. End of story? Hardly. In the 30 years since the film’s release, a considerable cult ofShining devotees has emerged, fans who claim to have decoded the film’s secret messages addressing everything from the genocide of Native Americans to a range of government conspiracies. Rodney Ascher’s wry and provocative Room 237 fuses fact and fiction through interviews with cultists and scholars, creating a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of Kubrick’s still-controversial classic.  Trailer here.

STARTS FRI MAR 29TH WITH MULTIPLE SHOWTIMES AT:

  • IFC CENTER:  Special sneak preview Thu Mar 28 at 10:00pm with filmmakers in person for a Q&A! Filmmakers in person Fri Mar 28 at 7:40 (Q&A) & 10:00pm (intro only), Sat Mar 29 at 2:55 & 7:40 (Q&A) & 10:00pm (intro only)!
  • LINCOLN CENTER:  Q&A with director Rodney Ascher and producer Tim Kirk following the 6:30pm show on Friday, March 29 and the 1:30pm and 6:30pm shows on Saturday, March 30!

 Along With Special Midnight Screenings of THE SHINING (1980).  All work and no play makes blocked novelist cum hotel caretaker Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) a raging, murderous psychopath in Kubrick’s mordantly funny, genuinely terrifying riff on Stephen King’s bestselling novel–one that King himself disavowed, for so far did it stray from his decidedly more literal, straightforward text. Always an early adopter, Kubrick made extensive use of the newly developed Steadicam technology (and its inventor, Garrett Brown) to glide up, down and around the Overlook Hotel’s cavernous corridors, where the ghosts of caretakers and lodgers past rest uneasily, and the line between waking and dreaming ceases to exist. The resulting modern horror classic is still being analyzed and debated more than 30 years later, including in the soon-to-be-released documentary Room 237, a hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  Trailer here.

THE HOST

Opening in most major theatres  Website Here  What if everything you love was taken from you in the blink of an eye? “The Host” is the next epic love story from the creator of the “Twilight Saga,” worldwide bestselling author, Stephenie Meyer. When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about — Jared (Max Irons), Ian (Jake Abel), her brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury) and her Uncle Jeb (William Hurt) , proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.  **WARNING: TWILIGHT ALERT**

STILL PLAYING AT MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Spring Breakers  A boldly experimental portrait of the Girls Gone Wild-inspired spring break, Harmony Korine’s gutsy mainstream breakthrough stars teen darlings Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Benson as a pack of college friends who rob a diner to fund their trip to Florida. A chance encounter with a gun-slinging wannabe rapper named Alien (a blinged-out James Franco in cornrows) leads them down a rabbit hole of sex, drugs, booze, and crime. By turns unabashedly absurd and disarmingly poetic, Spring Breakers is a razor-sharp satire of all-American debauchery—and the only film to ever combine Britney Spears, interpretive dance, and pink unicorn ski masks.  Trailer here 

Stoker  World famous for his blood-spattered, breathtaking Vengeance Trilogy (which includes the masterful Oldboy), Korean director Park Chan-wook makes his much-anticipated English-language debut with this macabre thriller. Teenage outcast India Stoker (Wasikowska) finds herself unmoored when her father dies in a grisly auto accident, leaving her in the care of her unstable mother (Kidman). After the funeral, India builds an immediate connection with a mysterious uncle (Goode), and as his intentions become increasingly murky and people start to die, her kinship grows into infatuation. Park’s American gothic (featuring a very non-American cast) is studded with grotesque set pieces, evincing a creepy and kinky visual splendor.  Full review and Q & A with the director here.  Trailer here

IFC CENTER

Fri Mar 29th and Sat Mar 30th-  The Holy Mountain (1973) 11:25 PM  35mm print The follow-up to his Midnight Movie sensation El Topo, writer-director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s THE HOLY MOUNTAIN caused a scandal at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival with its flood of sacrilegious imagery, existential symbolism and outrageous violence. Once again, Jodorowsky plays the allegorically named lead, “The Alchemist,” who assembles a group of people from all walks of life and renames them for the planets in the solar system. Putting his recruits through strange mystical rites and divesting them of their worldly baggage, he leads them on a trip to Lotus Island to ascend the Holy Mountain and displace the immortal gods who secretly rule the universe. This gorgeous new digital restoration, overseen by the filmmaker himself, returns Jodorowsky’s most visually extravagant film to all its trippy splendor.  Trailer here.

Fri Mar 29th and Sat Mar 30th-  Young Frankenstien (1976)  12:15 AM  Part of the Scary 70′s Midnights.  Victor is a professor in a New York medical school, trying to live down the family name and giving hilarious demonstrations of the difference between voluntary and involuntary reflexes. He stabs himself in the process, dismisses the class, and is visited by an ancient family retainer with his grandfather’s will.  Frankenstein quickly returns to Transylvania and the old ancestral castle, where he is awaited by the faithful houseboy Igor, the voluptuous lab assistant Inga, and the mysterious housekeeper Frau Blucher, whose very name causes horses to rear in fright. The young man had always rejected his grandfather’s medical experiments as impossible, but he changes his mind after he discovers a book entitled How I Did It by Victor Frankenstein. Now all that’s involved is a little grave-robbing and a trip to the handy local Brain Depository, and the Frankenstein family is back in business.  Trailer here.

 Fri Mar 29th and Sat Mar 30th- Robocop (1987) 12:00 AM  35mm print “In a futuristic Old Detroit, the crime rates are soaring. Thirty-one cops have been wasted since Omni-Consumer Products took over responsibility for the police department; but, undaunted, Officer Murphy (Peter Weller) and his cocky colleaguette Lewis (Nancy Allen) pursue a van-load of bank bandits into a derelict steel mill, where the sado-capitalists corner Murphy and use him for target practice. OCP’s plans to construct Delta City can only go ahead if the designated area is safe enough for workers to go about their business unmolested. Their ‘enforcement droid’ ED 209, a galumphing giant cyborg, short-circuits at its unveiling, leaving the moribund Murphy, his insides wired into a computer-controlled titanium shell, to save the day. But RoboCop is not programmed to deal with corruption within the organisation. Verhoeven’s blend of comic strip and snuff movie is vile, violent, and very funny. The pace is breakneck… way-out weaponry and whole-scale destruction keep the appalled excitement burning.” – Time Out (London)  Trailer here.

Mon Apr 1st-  The Color of Pomegranites (1968) 7:00 PM  Post film discussion with Marina Abramović!  35mm print “Originally refused an export licence, Parajanov’s extraordinary film traces the life of 18th century Armenian poet Sayat Nova (‘The King of Song’), but with a series of painterly images strung together to form tableaux corresponding to moments of his life rather than any conventional biographic techniques. Pomegranates bleed their juice into the shape of a map of the old region of Armenia, the poet changes sex at least once in the course of his career, angels descend: the result is a stream of religious, poetic and local iconography which has an arcane and astonishing beauty. Much of its meaning must remain essentially specific to the culture from which the film springs, and no one could pretend that it’s all readily accessible, but audiences accustomed to the work of Tarkovsky should have little problem.” – Time Out(London)  Trailer here.

BAM

Opening Fri Mar 29th-  Somebody Up There Likes Me  Multiple Showtimes  Parks and Recreation’s Nick Offerman stars in this deadpan comedic fable with touches of the supernatural. In possession of a magical suitcase, Max (Poulson), his best friend Sal (Offerman), and the woman they both adore stumble through 35 years of unfulfilling entanglements. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at last year’s Locarno Film Festival, this “highly original and delightfully unorthodox” (The Hollywood Reporter) ensemble piece features an original score by Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio, showcases stunning animated sequences by Bob Sabiston (A Scanner Darkly), stars Will & Grace’s Megan Mullaly and character actor Marshall Bell (Total Recall), and boasts cameos by indie stalwarts Andrew Bujalski, Alex Ross Perry, Kate Lyn Sheil, and others.  Trailer here  Several screenings will feature special appearances by stars Nick Offerman and Keith Poulson, director Bob Byington, and composer Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend.  Fri, Mar 29 7 & 9:30pm—Q&As with Nick Offerman, Bob Byington, Keith Poulson, and Chris Baio  Sat, Mar 30 7pm—Q&A with Offerman and Byington 9:30pm—Q&A with Offerman, Byington, and Poulson

LINCOLN CENTER

Tues Apr 2nd- BASEketball and Ruthless People 6:30 PM  A Film Comment Double Feature:    BASEketball (1998)  Trailer here Trey Parker and Matt Stone combine basketball and baseball to invent a new national sport: Baseketball. After achieving superstar status as pro-athletes, they must battle to prevent the ideals of the NLB from being undermined. Journey psyche-outs abound.   Ruthless People (1986)  Trailer here In this black comedy, millionaire Danny DeVito plots to murder obnoxious wife Bette Midler, but embittered former associates Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater kidnap her first. Bill Pullman’s film debut.

NEW DIRECTORS/ NEW FILMS  (ND/NF) is upon us once again, offering fans of film the chance to bravely step out of their cinematic comfort zone for what Time Out NY calls “the city’s premier showcase for fresh talent.” Hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art, this year’s festival comprises 25 features and 16 shorts, representing 22 countries and spanning countless genres and subject matters.  (No genre specific highlights for Horror Homework, but plenty of interesting new visions worth exploring.)

NITEHAWK CINEMA

Fri Mar 29th and Sat Mar 30th- Raising Cain (1992)  12:05 AM  Trailer here  There’s a lot going on in Raising Cain. Respected child psychologist Dr. Carter Nix (John Lithgow) has a multiple personality disorder that manifests into many versions of “Cain”. Carter/Cain also has a very unhealthy method of procuring small children. It’s all here in this psychological crime thriller: father issues, adulterous wife, mental instability, childhood trauma, horrific murders. Very Hitchcockian. Some say Raising Cain’s shock ending is “influenced” by Dario Argento’s giallo Tenebre which, really, only endears it more to us.  Part of Nitehawk’s THE WORKS – BRIAN DE PALMA series.

Fri Mar 29th and Sat Mar 30th- Requiem For A Vampire (1971) 12:15 AM  Trailer here    LIVE+SOUND+CINEMA goes back for more Jean Rollin with Requiem for a Vampire with a live original score by GUIZOT.  What would a Jean Rollin film be without girls, graveyards, and vampires? InRequiem for a Vampire (aka Caged Virgins) two young women – all mini-skirts and knee-high socks, killing men in clown masks – find their way into an atmospheric castle of vampiric delights. Conflict arrives when one of the girls one of the girls decides to lose her virginity while the other preserves hers and joins the ranks of the undead. With its moody visuals and softcore sex, Requiem for a Vampire is a coming of age story of friendship told Rollin-style. Amusez-vous.

CINEMA VILLAGE

Opening Fri Mar 29th- Wrong  Multiple showtimes  Dolph Springer (Reno 911’s Jack Plotnick) awakens one morning to find he has lost the sole love of his life – his dog, Paul. Desperate to reunite with his best friend and to set things right, Dolph embarks on a journey which spirals into the realm of the absurd. On his quest, he drastically alters the lives of several severely bizarro characters, including a promiscuous pizza delivery girl (Entourage’s Alexis Dziena), a mentally unstable, jogging-addicted neighbor, an opportunistic French-Mexican gardener, an eccentric pet detective (Steve Little of HBO’s Eastbound And Down) and most mysterious of all, an enigmatic pony-tailed guru, Master Chang (William Fichtner) who imparts his teachings to Dolph on how to metaphysically reconnect with his pet. From fearless cinematic surrealist Quentin Dupieux, the director behind the head-exploding Rubber, Wrong is an entrancing and wholly original hallucinatory universe all its own, which TwitchFilm calls “a wild and hilarious ride of absurdity!”  Trailer here

Opening Fri Mar 29th- Detour 9:25 PM  Trapped inside his car by a mudslide, smooth talking Jackson Alder suddenly finds himself in a situation he can’t talk his way out of. With no hope of rescue, he must defy the odds; battling Mother Nature for his survival.  Trailer here

Now playing-  The Silence (2010) 4:45 PM.  THE SILENCE begins 23 years ago on a hot Summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat. Now, on the exact same date in the present, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot. As Krischan, the retired investigator of the unresolved case, and his younger colleague David struggle to solve the mystery of these parallel crimes, Sinikka’s distraught parents are trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty. Meanwhile, their daughter’s fate rips open old wounds in the heart of Pia’s mother, who is visited by an unexpected guest with an eerie connection to her daughter. The unrelenting Summer heat lies over the quaint family homes like a bell jar and behind closed doors, worlds begin to fall apart.  Trailer here.

FILM FORUM

Opening Friday Mar 29th-  Dial M For Murder in 3D!!! (1954)  Multiple showtimes  In the only Hitchcock movie ever shot in 3-D, quintessential cool blonde Grace Kelly stars as a society woman for whom jealous husband Ray Milland arranges the perfect murder. But thanks to a well-placed pair of scissors, the tables are turned, and Milland’s carefully-laid plans begin to disintegrate.  Hitchcock said of 3-D, “It’s a nine-day wonder, and I came in on the ninth day.” Hitchcock confined most of the action to one set and set his cameras in a pit to get low-angle shots designed to emphasize depth and to give the film a theatricality and claustrophobia à la Rope and Rear Window. Only on this stage the proscenium doesn’t end at the screen, it extends into the audience! 3-D is most effectively used in the murder sequence, which takes on new and greater significance as the viewer is placed in the midst of the struggle: a voyeuristic accomplice to murder as only Hitchcock could have planned.  Trailer here

ANGELIKA FILM CENTER

Now Playing- Everybody Has A Plan  Multiple showtimes- In this dazzling thriller from first-time feature filmmaker Ana Piterbarg, Viggo Mortensen (in his third Spanish-language film) stars as twin brothers whose deadly pact plunges them into the sordid depths of the Argentinean underworld. EVERYBODY HAS A PLAN tells the story of Agustín, a man desperate to abandon his frustrating existence in Buenos Aires. After the death of his twin brother Pedro, Agustín decides to adopt the identity of his brother and return to the mysterious region of Argentina where they lived as boys. But shortly after his return, Agustín finds himself unwillingly involved in the dangerous criminal world that was a part of his brother’s life.  Trailer here.

LANDMARK SUNSHINE CINEMA

Fri Mar 29th and Sat Mar 30th-  The Manson Family (2003) 12:00 AM  If you think you know the story of the Manson Family, you are dead wrong. Director Jim VanBebber (Deadbeat at Dawn) delivers an uncompromising snapshot of this cult of personality, hell-bent on executing the brutal vision of its leader, Charles Manson. On a ranch outside of L.A. the dream of the “Love Generation” is perverting into something evil. What was once an oasis of free love and acid trips has become ground zero for a madman’s paranoid visions. An average group of kids, the “Family,” become engulfed in a delusional world where torment and slaughter is considered the path to righteousness. The Manson Family is a dizzying, rapid-fire vision of the sex and violence that unifies the misguided group, and at the direction of their leader, ends in a brutal spree leaving seven people dead in a 48 hours. You’ve seen the story through the eyes of the law. Now witness it through the eyes of The Manson Family. For mature audiences only! Plus short: “Gator Green.”  Trailer here

VILLAGE EAST CINEMA

Last Day!! Thurs Mar 28th- Come Out And Play 8:30 and 10:30 PM  ”Adapted from a ‘70s Spanish film by mysterious Belarus-born filmmaker Makinov, COME OUT AND PLAY is a provocative and atmospheric thriller which stunned audiences at its TIFF Midnight Madness premiere. The film centers on a happy young couple on a romantic getaway before the birth of their first child. As they dock on a remote sun-kissed island where children are playing and giggling, everything seems perfect – until the couple witnesses the violent death of an old man, and their day in paradise becomes a struggle for survival.  Trailer here

AMC EMPIRE 25

Now Playing- A Resurrection Multiple Showtimes (Tickets through Fandango or the Box Office)  Michael Clarke Duncan’s last film.  A Resurrection is the story of a down to earth high school psychologist who tries to help amentally ill student who actually believes his brother is returning from the grave for revenge on the students who killed him. He’s a tough egg to crack and as he slowly feeds her clues into his brother ’s mysterious death, she has her sheriff’s deputy fiancé verify the less than believable and vague information. And before she can get his mind right, she unwittingly falls into his plot to keep her and the other students locked in the school until his brother can arrive.  Trailer here

INDIE SCREEN

Fri Mar 29th- Holy Motors 9:00 PM  Trailer here  From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man…  Rotting Apple full review here

92Y TRIBECA

Fri Mar 29th- The Killing Kind (1973) 7:00 PM  Like Psycho stripped of Old Dark House baroque mannerism, set in sunny suburban California! A better infantalism-based psychological chiller than The Baby! Terry (John Savage) lives with his mommy, Thelma (Ann Sothern), who runs a boarding house, and once back together, their mutually-reinforcing manias turn them one symbiotic, highly-dangerous entity, responsible for the dwindling population of local women. Harrington gets deep into his protagonist’s melancholy isolation, and maintains a tone of disquieting quiet that lapses into the dreamlike.  Clip here

Sat Mar 30th- Whoever Slew Auntie Roo (1972) 6:00 PM  British like everyone else, Christopher and Little Katy Combs are already the least favored among the children in the orphanage, and the annual Christmas class sleepover at the widow’s toy-full wonderland segues seamlessly into a nightmare. As lovingly filled with budget period detail as any Harrington feature, and cast with ace British character actors including Ralph Richardson as tippling table-rapper, the film opens on Winters singing a lullaby to her daughter in her beddie-bye… years after her death.  Trailer here

Mon Apr 1st- Night Tide (1961) 7:00 PM  On leave in a shore side town, Johnny becomes interested in a young dark haired woman. They meet and he learns that she plays a mermaid in the local carnival. After strange occurrences, Johnny begins to believe that she may actually be a real mermaid that habitually kills during the cycle of the full moon.  Trailer here

IN ART

LAST CHANCE ENDS MAR 30th!!!  WK 
360
 A 25 Year Survey  Jonathan Levine Pop-up exhibition
 557 W 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011  360 is a mid-career survey of WK’s work, celebrating the last 25 years of the artist’s career. The exhibition includes series of works on cardboard, paper and panels, as well as large multi-paneled collages, all rendered in WK’s signature stark palette. Additional installations, memorabilia and photographs serve to document his early years and evolution as a street artist.

The Pop-Surealism Show at Opera Gallery through April 7th.   With the use of pastel and bright color floating in dream-like atmospheres, Pop Surrealism puts a spin on the concept of what we see is what we get. A relatively new art movement that has its roots in Los Angeles in the late 1970’s, it expands more and more today through painting, toys, digital art and sculpture. It’s a movement in which “conceptual reality” captures hidden messages trapped behind or within innocent looking creatures, beautiful women or unidentified genders.  Opera Gallery is proud to present this multi-artist exhibition featuring works by Clayton Brothers, Robert Williams, Lori Earley, Ray Caesar, Ron English, Lindsey Way, Sorayama, Scott Musgrove, Natalie Shau, Colin Christian, Sas Christian, Yo- suke Ueno, Camilla D’errico, Mark Brown and Naoto Hattori.

Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints at Japan Society  Edo Pop playfully juxtaposes classic ukiyo-e prints from such masters as Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige with contemporary works inspired by these artists and their works. Delve into alluring worlds created by the power of Edo period and contemporary popular culture in which change is the only constant.

 

IN MUSIC

Sun Mar 31st- The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black with No Bra and Youthquake  Santo’s Party House  Doors 7:00 PM.  The brainchild of artist and performer Kembra Pfahler, whose do-it-yourself ideals have shaped both the band’s sound and their iconic visual style, and from whose solo performance work and ‘Super 8’ films the group organically formed. The band originally was in fact initially conceived in an effort to soundtrack these early performances in a manner befitting their highly theatric nature. One part high fashion glamour, one part cult horror film archetypes, this group has etched itself deeply into the New York underground, all the while continuing to follow Kembra’s rules of anti-naturalism and availablism to push them forward. Using only what is on hand, the group is able to create complex and compelling performances filled with low-tech props and minimalist costumes. The brightly painted girls of ‘Karen Black’ complete the equation, walking into the performance with confidence in their stiletto boots, high contrast black and white costumes, blackened teeth, and two foot tall fright wigs; aware that they are the most visually stunning and alarming creatures present.  Check it out here

Mar 28th, 29th, and 30th- Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at Beacon Theatre 8:00 PM  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds release their fifteenth studio album PUSH THE SKY AWAY on 18 February 2013  “Well, if I were to use that threadbare metaphor of albums being like children, then Push The Sky Away is the ghost-baby in the incubator and Warren’s loops are its tiny, trembling heart-beat.” Nick Cave  At the heart of Push the Sky Away is a naturalism and warmth that makes it the most subtly beautiful of all the Bad Seeds albums. The contemporary settings of myths, and the cultural references that have time-stamped Nick’s songs of the twenty-first century mist lightly through details drawn from the life he observed around his seaside home, through the tall windows on the album’s mysterious and ambiguous cover.  Check it out here

Mon Apr 1st- Russian Circles at Saint Vitus Bar 8:00 PM  Russian Circles play instrumental, sprawling music which runs the gamut of heavy discordant metal, to soft delicate passages. They are also known for their energetic live shows.  One of those bands that comes completely out of nowhere and blows everyone away.  Lush instrumental arrangements with punk, indie rock, metal, and orchestral influences. They are melodic, epic, ambient, at times dark, well crafted songs that blur the lines between genre classification.  Check it out here

 

 

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This Week in “The Rotting Apple” Mar 21st – 27th

Another week of tortuous monotony is upon us.  We eat, we sleep, we work.  Wandering through this vast maze of concrete and steel, we yearn for something to release us, if only for an evening.  And so it is time.  Time that I reach down into my bag of tricks and magically pull forth another batch of the weird, disturbing, and wondrous treats you crave.  There are a few last chances for some things you may have missed last week mixed with a few new beginnings.  Now go ye forth and doith thine homework…

 

AT IFC CENTER:

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FILMS OF STANLEY KUBRICK

In anticipation of the release of ROOM 237 on March 29, we’re thrilled to present a retrospective of all 13 of Stanley Kubrick’s feature films., plus A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, a longtime Kubrick project realized by Steven Spielberg. One of cinema’s great masters, Kubrick brought his trademark stylistic rigor, technical innovation and devilish wit to nearly every genre. Rediscover these timeless classics on the big screen, in 35mm prints and digital restorations.  Multiple showtimes all week long.

  • 2001: A Space Oddity
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • Barry Lyndon
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Fear and Desire
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Killer’s kiss
  • The Killing
  • Lolita
  • Paths of Glory
  • The Shining
  • Spartacus

Fri Mar 22nd and Sat Mar 23rd-  Frenzy(1972) 12:20 AM  Scary 70′s Midnight Screening.  35mm print “Hitchcock’s return to Covent Garden, ‘wrong man’ plotting, the neuroses of sexual immaturity, and black-humoured slapstick ironies, tied up neatly in Anthony Shaffer’s screenplay from the novel by Arthur Le Bern about the panic wrought by the ‘necktie murderer’, and glossed with the usual quota of stand-out sequences: the camera’s descending recoil from a murderer’s first-floor flat; a grisly wrestling match with a corpse in a lorry-load of potatoes; the inspector’s mealtimes (almost a reverse homage to Chabrol); the one extended, disturbing seduction/rape/murder scene. A series of variations on themes of excess, surplus and waste from the most fastidious of directors.” – Time Out(London)  Trailer here.

AT LINCOLN CENTER:

 NEW DIRECTORS/ NEW FILMS  (ND/NF) is upon us once again, offering fans of film the chance to bravely step out of their cinematic comfort zone for what Time Out NY calls “the city’s premier showcase for fresh talent.” Hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art, this year’s festival comprises 25 features and 16 shorts, representing 22 countries and spanning countless genres and subject matters.  (No genre specific highlights for Horror Homework, but plenty of interesting new visions worth exploring.)

AT NITEHAWK CINEMA:

Park Chan-Wook’s Stoker is still playing with multiple showtimes.  An absolute must see of this year.  Read all about it here.

Opening Fri Mar 22nd with multiple showtimes-  Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers  Trailer here  Four sexy college girls plan to fund their spring break getaway by burglarizing a fast food shack. But that’s only the beginning… During a night of partying, the girls hit a roadblock when they are arrested on drug charges. Hungover and clad only in bikinis, the girls appear before a judge but are bailed out unexpectedly by Alien, an infamous local thug who takes them under his wing and leads them on the wildest Spring Break trip in history. Rough on the outside but with a soft spot inside, Alien wins over the hearts of the young Spring Breakers, and leads them on a Spring Break they never could have imagined.

Fri Mar 22nd-  Freaks(1932) 12:15 AM  Trailer here.  Spurred on by MGM following the success of James Whale’s Frankenstein and Tod Browning’s DraculaFreaks would wind up being the controversial film of the century that pushed the boundaries of horror and the avant-garde. The jarring imagery of severely disabled actors seeking revenge upon a beautiful trapeze artist whose intentions of marrying the leader of the side-show performers are horribly cruel caused Freaks to be banned for decades, only seeing a release in the 1960s. Harsh yet beautiful, the film’s social commentary on how deformities on the inside can be far more grotesque than any physical defect is still potent today.  Morricone Youth will play a live set before Freaks featuring music inspired by the midnight movie genre. Expect all things SciFi, spaghetti western, giallo, japanese monster, and gangster film. Morricone Youth is a New York City septet formed in 1999 dedicated to performing and recording old film and television soundtrack and library production music.

Sat Mar 23rd-  Streets of Fire(1984) 12:15 PM  Trailer here.  The mean streets of Chicago are always dark in this 1950s-meets-the-future film. A very young Diane Lange stars as Ellen Aim, a rock-n-roll singer who gets kidnapped by a gang (led by a young Willem Dafoe) after a gig one night. Her ex-boyfriend, a mercenary no less, is sent into the city to get her back but the road to her salvation is paved with fire…and song. Director Walter Hill said that it was born from an affinity for things he loved as a youth and still as an adult: “custom cars, kissing in the rain, neon, trains in the night, high-speed pursuit, rumbles, rock stars, motorcycles, jokes in tough situations, leather jackets and questions of honor”.

 Sat Mar 23rd-  Fascination(1979) 12:15 AM  Trailer here.  Encore performance! Jean Rollin’s 1979 film Fascination - accompanied with a live musical score by Morricone Youth – plays for one midnight only.  It’s pretty much impossible to try to write about a Jean Rollin film, they are much better suited to explain themselves. The king of erotic-horror (read: lesbian vampires), Rollin’s films are often bad, sometimes un-watchable, but always visually stunning. These art films recall the look of other European “horror” films of the era but remain, ques cu sa?, resoundingly French. With soft-core porn stars as actresses and plenty of nudity, Fascination is about two seductive women who are part of an aristocratic vampire cult. Without a doubt, Fascination is one of Rollin’s dreamy best.

 

AT ANGELIKA FILM CENTER:

Opening Fri Mar 22nd with multiple showtimes-  Everybody Has A Plan  In this dazzling thriller from first-time feature filmmaker Ana Piterbarg, Viggo Mortensen (in his third Spanish-language film) stars as twin brothers whose deadly pact plunges them into the sordid depths of the Argentinean underworld. EVERYBODY HAS A PLAN tells the story of Agustín, a man desperate to abandon his frustrating existence in Buenos Aires. After the death of his twin brother Pedro, Agustín decides to adopt the identity of his brother and return to the mysterious region of Argentina where they lived as boys. But shortly after his return, Agustín finds himself unwillingly involved in the dangerous criminal world that was a part of his brother’s life.  Trailer here.

AT FILM FORUM:

Now Playing-  “M”(1931) Multiple showtimes.  The cinema’s first serial killer story and still perhaps the most terrifying, Lang’s first sound film, and personal favorite, met Nazi resistance under its original title, Murderers Among Us, until Lang let them know it was based on the reallife Düsseldorf murderer Peter Kürten — and not them. Erstwhile Brecht regular Peter Lorre became world-famous overnight as the squealing, helpless murderer, despite his inability to whistle (the dubbing was by Lang himself). Innovative in its use of sound and image juxtapositions, as well as its ultimately sympathetic portrait (“I can’t help myself!”) of a sexual psychopath, M (the title derives from the shoulder chalk mark tagging Lorre as Mörder) proved on its original release too rich for the blood of the New York Times critic, who squeamishly tsked, “More horrible than anything that has so far come to the screen… too hideous to contemplate.”  Trailer Here.

Sun Mar 24th-  Young Frankenstien(1974) 11:00 AM  “Mel Brooks’s funniest, most cohesive comedy! Mr. Brooks sticks to the subject, recalling the clichés of horror films of the 1930′s as lovingly as someone remembering the small sins of youth. Perhaps the nicest thing about Young Frankenstein is that one can laugh with it and never feel as if the target film, James Whale’s 1931 classic that starred Boris Karloff, is being rudely used.”
– Vincent Canby, The New York Times  Trailer here.

AT CINEMA VILLAGE:

Thurs Mar 21st Last Day!!   K-11(2012) 3:10, 7:10, 9:15 PM  “Like a deranged John Waters remake of The Shawshank Redemption.” - The Hollywood Reporter.  Like Alice in a brutally violent Wonderland, music executive Ray Saxx, Jr. is trapped in K-11, a very unique part of the Los Angeles County Prison System. He was out cold when he arrived and he has no idea how he got there – all he knows is he needs to get the hell out…alive and intact. To do that Ray must navigate through a maze of drug addled-transvestite-criminal politics with obstacles at every turn. Insane cellmates, corrupt guards and his own issues are just a few of what he’s dealing with while he pieces together his means of release from this dark and dangerous rabbit hole – K-11.  Trailer Here.

Thurs Mar 21st Last Day!!    Vanishing Waves(2012)  3:45 and 9:05 PM  A bold, visionary and erotic work of science fiction, this story follows a scientist who, when his brain is linked to that of a young comatose patient, soon becomes emotionally and physically enmeshed with the woman. A unique fusion of emotional melodrama and hallucinatory widescreen spectacle.  Trailer Here.

Now playing-  The Silence(2010)  Multiple showtimes.  THE SILENCE begins 23 years ago on a hot Summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat. Now, on the exact same date in the present, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot. As Krischan, the retired investigator of the unresolved case, and his younger colleague David struggle to solve the mystery of these parallel crimes, Sinikka’s distraught parents are trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty. Meanwhile, their daughter’s fate rips open old wounds in the heart of Pia’s mother, who is visited by an unexpected guest with an eerie connection to her daughter. The unrelenting Summer heat lies over the quaint family homes like a bell jar and behind closed doors, worlds begin to fall apart.  Trailer here.

AT MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE:

Fri Mar 22nd-  Trash Humpers(2009) 7:00 PM  Part of Harmony Korine Retrospective.  Put forth as a VHS tape found in a ditch, Korine’s provocative Trash Humpers depicts masked actors simulating sex with garbage, mimicking the grungy amateur aesthetic of a found home movie with seemingly random cuts between vignettes in alleyways, backyards, and parking lots. An “ode to vandalism,” according to the filmmaker, Trash Humpers rewards the open-minded viewer with moments of astonishing and unexpected poignancy.  Trailer here.

Sat Mar 23rd-  Equilibrium(2002) 5:00 PM  Part of the “Fist and Sword” series.  With Christian Bale, Taye Diggs, Emily Watson. In a dystopian future of sensory censorship and emotional suppression, an elite enforcement officer gradually comes to realize that true living is being sacrificed for conformity. Using his combined knowledge of martial arts and gunmanship—dubbed “Gun Kata” in the film—Preston joins the Underground to bring about revolution. Trailer here.

 AT BAM:

Park Chan-Wook’s Stoker is still playing with multiple showtimes.  An absolute must see of this year.  Read all about it here.

Opens Fri Mar 22nd-  Spring Breakers Multiple Showtimes  ”Either an inspired satire of the youth movie or the most irresponsible comedy mainstream Hollywood will never make. The bros in your crowd will call it rad—and radical it is.”—Time Out New York.  A boldly experimental portrait of the Girls Gone Wild-inspired spring break, Harmony Korine’s gutsy mainstream breakthrough stars teen darlings Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Benson as a pack of college friends who rob a diner to fund their trip to Florida. A chance encounter with a gun-slinging wannabe rapper named Alien (a blinged-out James Franco in cornrows) leads them down a rabbit hole of sex, drugs, booze, and crime. By turns unabashedly absurd and disarmingly poetic, Spring Breakers is a razor-sharp satire of all-American debauchery—and the only film to ever combine Britney Spears, interpretive dance, and pink unicorn ski masks.  Trailer here

AT LANDMARK SUNSHINE CINEMA:

Park Chan-Wook’s Stoker is still playing with multiple showtimes.  An absolute must see of this year.  Read all about it here.

Now Playing-  Upside Down(2012) Multiple showtimes.  Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia) and Jim Sturgess star in Upside Down, an interplanetary dystopian romance that puts an eye-popping, original twist on the classic tale of forbidden love. Lovers Adam (Sturgess) and Eden (Dunst) are separated not just by social class and a political system bent on keeping them apart, but also by a freak planetary condition: they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions—he on the poverty-stricken planet below, she on the wealthy, exploitative world above. The planets are so close that their highest mountain peaks almost touch. That’s where Adam and Eden first meet as children. And later, as teens, where he pulls her down to his world by a rope to cavort in dual-gravity bliss (visiting the other planet does not release a person from the gravitational pull of their native planet). But when interplanetary border-patrol agents attack them, Eden falls back to her world. Ten years later, Adam begins a quest fraught with dangers and challenges—from having to woo Eden all over again, to fleeing authorities through a topsy-turvy realm where up is sometimes down and down is sometimes up. Upside Down is a visually stunning romantic adventure that asks the question: what if love was stronger than gravity?  Trailer Here.

Fri Mar 22nd and Sat Mar23rd-  Citizen Kane(1941) 12:00 AM  It’s not so much that it’s the Greatest Film of All-Time, but rather that it’s the film that all people can agree is Really Great. The 26-year-old Orson Welles was given carte blanche to make his first film, which he directed, co-wrote and starred in, and he created a masterpiece. Welles plays a newspaper tycoon who had everything, but not enough to make him happy. The film’s intricate flashback structure and deep focus cinematography were profoundly influential, but more importantly, the film is hilarious, moving and always entertaining.  Cool trailer here.

IN ART:

HEARD NY  Mar 25-31  On view daily 11 AM and 2 PM.  In a groundbreaking installation and performance piece by internationally acclaimed artist Nick Cave, thirty colorful “horses” will periodically break into movement. Choreographed uniquely for Grand Central Terminal, this is Cave’s first public project in New York City. Co-presented by MTA Arts for Transit and Creative Time.  Two dancers apiece will animate the costumes, “grazing” in the interior of the station and breaking out into dance when accompanied by the music of two harpists. Covered in particolored shag with heads decked out in what looks like matador garb, the horses are works of art in themselves, but they’ll be hypnotizing to see in action.

Shawn Barber

Direct Address: An Inaugural Group Exhibition March 21 to April 20, 2013  at Joshua Liner Gallery Direct Address makes full use of the gallery’s 500+ square feet of added space and 15-foot ceilings. Graphic design, typography, digital imagery, and assorted printing techniques variously inform works in painting, mixed media, and collage by the Clayton Brothers, Evan Hecox, Greg Lamarche, and SWOON. Allusions to cartoons, cultural icons, and the collective unconscious turn up in watercolor-on-paper works by Alfred Steiner, as well as in Cleon Peterson’s stylized depictions of mass violence. Working in enamel on aluminum, sign-painter-turned-artist Stephen Powers combines image and word in a new selection of his visual aphorisms, or Daily Metaltations.

IN MUSIC:

Fri Mar 22nd-  They Might Be Giants with Moon Hootch at The Paramount 9:00 PM “Brooklyn originals They Might Be Giants are on tour with a new show. TMBG’s boundless creativity, rowdy and spontaneous performance, combined with their vast repertoire of memorable songs has made their live shows the thing of legend. With a brand new album, DVD, and iphone app, there is much for They Might Be Giants to celebrate.  “You’re On Fire” off their new album Nanobots.

Sat March 23rd-  Tyler, the Creator at Music Hall of Williamsburg 8:00 PM  Tyler Okonma (born March 6, 1991), better known by his stage name Tyler, The Creator, is an American rapper, record producer, music video director, actor, graphic artist and fashion designer from Los Angeles, currently signed to English independent record label XL Recordings and his own record label, Odd Future Records. He is the leader of the alternative hip hop collective OFWGKTA. He has rapped on and produced songs for nearly every OFWGKTA release. He also creates all the artwork for the group’s releases and said in an interview with DJ Semtex that he designs all the group’s clothing and other merchandise as well.  Check him out here.

Sun Mar 24th-  Unstoppable Death Machines (with Permanent Makeup, Big Ups, Big Neck Police) at Shea Stadium 8:00 PM  UNSTOPPABLE DEATH MACHINES is a performance-art punk-rock explosion from Brooklyn via Queens. Formed by brothers Mike and Billy Tucci in 2008, the duo has criss-crossed the USA performing in DIY spaces, venues, rooftops, warehouse parties, art galleries and museums. They have drawn crowds from coast to coast with their raucous energy and relational performances. The duo has made a name for themselves with their raucous live performances where they stack walls of speakers and use homemade face microphones to sculpt a sound described by fans as “loud-as-fuck.”  Check them out here.

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This Week in “The Rotting Apple” Mar 14th – 20th

What a week is in store for you kids!!!  There are lots of new releases starting this week, mixed in with heaps of chances to see old favorites on the big screen, and sprinkled with some once in a lifetime events and appearances.  Along with a slew of must-see bands, artists, and installations.  I’m absolutely bursting with excitement…

There’s absolutely something for everyone and so much to do that you can’t possibly see it all.  So take notes, fill up your Netflix queue, download music, and look up these artists.  Do your fucking homework!!  Cuz if you just sit there on your couch whining “But I don’t live in New York..”(Erkle voice), instead of searching this stuff out, than you’ll get exactly what you deserve.  Nothing….  hot, steaming bags of nothing.  And if you live here than I better see you at these gigs!

AT IFC CENTER:

Opening Friday Mar 15th-  My Amityville Horror(2012) 12:10 AM  For the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975. George and Kathy Lutz’s story went on to inspire a best-selling novel, and the subsequent films continue to fascinate audiences today. This documentary reveals the horror behind growing up as part of a world-famous haunting, and while Daniel’s facts may be others’ fiction, the psychological scars he carries are indisputable. – DOC NYC  Trailer Here

ABC’s of Death

Fri Mar 15th and Sat Mar 16th-   ABC’s of Death(2012) 12:20 AM  Provocative, shocking, funny and ultimately confrontational, it’s an alphabetical arsenal of destruction orchestrated by what Fangoria calls “a stunning roll call of some of the most exciting names in horror across the world.”  Inspired by children’s educational books, the motion picture is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet.  Trailer Here

Fri Mar 15th and Sat Mar 16th-  The Other(1972) 12:00 AM   Part of Waverly Midnights Scary 70′s.  A young boy refuses to believe in the death of his twin brother, whom he blames for a series of mysterious killings.   His already fertile imagination further stimulated by the promptings of a wise old Russian-born grandmother (Uta Hagen), who teaches him how to empathise totally with other creatures (human and animal)  Mulligan produces a genuinely unsettling atmosphere, undermining the idyllic veneer of his ’30s pastoral setting by refusing to romanticise his characters and stressing the claustrophobic elements of living in a close-knit community.  Trailer Here

Holy Mountain (The Rotting Apple’s #1 Favorite Film)

Fri Mar 15th and Sat Mar 16th-  Holy Mountain(1973) 12:15 AM  Part of Waverly Midnight’s Late Night Favorites.  Writer-director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s THE HOLY MOUNTAIN caused a scandal at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival with its flood of sacrilegious imagery, existential symbolism and outrageous violence. Once again, Jodorowsky plays the allegorically named lead, “The Alchemist,” who assembles a group of people from all walks of life and renames them for the planets in the solar system. Putting his recruits through strange mystical rites and divesting them of their worldly baggage, he leads them on a trip to Lotus Island to ascend the Holy Mountain and displace the immortal gods who secretly rule the universe. This gorgeous new digital restoration, overseen by the filmmaker himself, returns Jodorowsky’s most visually extravagant film to all its trippy splendor.  Trailer Here

AT BAM:

Stoker is now playing with multiple showtimes.

Thurs Mar 14th-  One Deadly Summer(1983) 4:30 and 7:30 PM  Part of the Adjani Film Series.  Pretty young Elle (Adjani, who collected César number two for this role) arrives in a small village with one purpose: to avenge the rape of her mother 19 years earlier. But what looks to be a straightforward revenge tale on the surface develops into something more complex, subversive, and disturbing, “as beneath the glossy visuals there lie murky and enigmatic themes of exploitation, treachery and falsehood…played with an increasing intensity by a fine cast, none more so than Adjani herself” (Geoff Andrew, Time Out London).

Possession

Fri Mar 15th-  Posession(1981) Multiple showtimes  Part of the Adjani Film Series.  Adjani gives a ferociously feral performance (one that reputedly took her years to recover from) as Anna in Zulawski’s supreme head-trip—a terrifying, delirious exercise in exploitation, the avant-garde, and camp hysteria. A chronicles of the ultimate dysfunctional relationship, between Anna and Mark (Neill), Possession netted Adjani the Best Actress Award at Cannes.  Trailer Here

Nosferatu the Vampyre

Sat Mar 16th-  Nosferatu the Vampyre(1979) 7:00 and 9:30 PM  Part of the Adjani Film Series.  Ignoring decades of cinematic vampire mythology ingrained by directors Tod Browning and Terence Fisher, Herzog harks back to the apex of German cinema and culture before the dark years of the Nazi regime, with this moody homage to F.W. Murnau’s silent masterpieceNosferatu. Seemingly born to play Count Dracula, Kinski crafts a lived-in performance of a brooding and world-weary figure cursed with the loneliness of eternal life and drawn to the ethereal beauty of Lucy (Adjani). With an army of 11,000 plague-ridden rats and slow-motion shots of vampire bats in flight, Herzog’s masterpiece is one of the most unforgettable entries in the genre.  Trailer Here

The Tenant

Sun Mar 17th-  The Tenant(1976) Multiple showtimes  Part of the Adjani Film Series.  This chilling psychodrama is one of the most unforgettable treatments of urban isolation ever captured on film. Polanski cast himself as Trelkovsky, a well-mannered Polish filing clerk who moves into a gloomy Paris flat after its previous occupant flung herself from the window. Increasingly unnerved by the woman’s leftover possessions (some nail polish here, a stray human tooth there), eerie apparitions, and relentless ridicule from the decidedly inhospitable neighbors, Trelkovsky begins to fear that his sinister building-mates led the previous tenant to her self-destruction—and are sending him on the same downward spiral.  Trailer Here

Tues Mar 19th-  Bizarre (Secrets of Sex) (1970) 4:30 and 9:45 PM  An exhumed mummy narrates a gonzo psychedelic journey through “the extremities to which mankind—and more particularly, womankind—go in the pursuit of, shall we say, satisfaction.” Stein co-wrote this nudesploitation omnibus, stuffed with outrageous Swinging Sixties antics: cat burglar role play, a photographer’s studio-cum-S&M dungeon, and Stein himself as “The Strange Young Man” with a slimy fetish!  Trailer Here

AT NITEHAWK CINEMA:

Stoker opens Fri Mar 15th

Fri Mar 15th and Sat Mar 16th- Body Double(1984) 12:05 AM  Trailer Here.  There’s no such thing as coincidence in Brian De Palma’s homage to Vertigo and Rear Window.  Jake Scully (Craig Wasson) is a claustrophobic b-movie actor who had to couch surf after finding his girlfriend in bed with another woman. You’d think that would be enough adventure for one man but he has a whole lot more in store for him when he starts spying on a beautiful exhibitionist across the street from his friend’s apartment.  Part of Nitehawk’s THE WORKS – BRIAN DE PALMA series.

Poltergiest III

Fri Mar 15th and Sat Mar 16th-  Poltergiest III(1988) 12:15 AM  Trailer Here.  Heather O’Rourke (Carol Anne) infamously passed away during the filming of the third, and very different, installment of the Poltergeist series making it a rather more spooky endeavor to watch. Set in a downtown Chicago high-rise Chicago (the Hancock Building in real life), the urban architectural space seems the least likely place in which evil spirits would find a portal but find it they do. Elevators, parking lots, and surveillance cameras take over the television’s role as dangerous technology. Tom Skerrit is at his skeevy best as he tries to save his family, and his building, from the threatening evil dead.

Sat Mar 16th and Sun Mar 17th-  Weird Science(1985) 12:15 PM  Trailer Here.  Brunch Matinee.  With bras on their heads and weird science on their side, young nerds Gary and Wyatt use their trusty computer create the “perfect” women who turns out to be a just a little more than a handful. When Lisa (Kelly LeBrock) emerges from the bathroom in a half-shirt and underwear, she begins to turn the boys’ world upside down by placing them in awkward and bizarre situations that they must deal with. Their road to acceptance is paved with obstacles…and hilarity. Aside from the sexy lady, you have to see Weird Science for Bill Paxton’s epic character “Chet”.

Sat Mar 16th and Sun Mar 17th-  Spoons, Toons, and Booze 11:45 AM  Do you miss Saturday mornings waking up early to gorge on cereal and cartoons? Well then Secret Formula and Nitehawk Cinema have the ultimate brunch for the kid in you…Spoons Toons & Booze! We’ve got all your favorite Saturday morning cartoons, delicious cocktails and a free all you can eat sugar cereal bar, not to mention Nitehawk’s excellent brunch menu.

  • Over 80 cartoon series from the 1940′s through the 1990′s…and YOU get to choose what we watch!
  • Special menu of St. Patrick’s Day themed episodes featuring leprechauns, four leaf clovers, Irish lasses and laddies, red hair and trips to the Emerald Isle!  Play along with cartoon drinking games and Irish style sing-alongs to help get you ready for the rest of your St. Patty’s Day!
  • Free all you can eat cereal bar filled with all the sugary, marshmallowy, fruity, chocolaty cereal you crave. Soy and regular milk available!
  • A White Russian menu including “The Sonny”, a White Russian topped with Cocoa Puffs, and a special green “Emerald White Russian”.
  • Cereal Shots! Drop a shot of Baileys or Kahlua in to booze up your cereal bowl.

Amelie

Tues Mar 19th-  Amelie(2001)  Film Feast 7:30 PM $95.00  Trailer Here.  Nitehawk’s second FILM FEAST features Amélie with a traditional French cuisine menu by Chef Sara Nguyen (Top Chef Season 3 Miami, Sprout Restaurant, Frog n Snail, and Marc Forgione). Cocktails courtesy of Pernod Absinthe. 21 and up!  Run through the streets of Paris with Amelie as she uses a rediscovered childhood treasure to transform the lives of others…and herself. Little Amelie is a cafe waitress who lives in a world inside her own mind, one of fantasy stemming from a mistaken heart condition that stifled her childhood but not her imagination. Cute and quirky (n’est ce pas?), Amélie is a vivid heartfelt exploration of human vulnerability, eccentricities, and the overwhelming power of love.

  • Course 1: Croque Madame, Gruyere, Farm Egg, Mushroom and Black Truffle
  • Course 2: Pork Rillete, Apple Mustard, Curry Ailoi and Baguette
  • Course 3: Mussels, Fennel, Sausage and Absinthe
  • Course 4: Crepe, Duck Confit, Orange, Crème Fraiche and Radish
  • Course 5: Angel Food Cake, Plum Jam and Absinthe Cream
  • BONUS -  Our guests will get the total treat of Absinthe cotton candy!

AT ANGELIKA FILM CENTER:

 The Monk(2011) Multiple showtimes  Based on a classic Gothic novel, THE MONK is a lush, stylish chronicle of a devout Spanish monk’s fall from innocence. Abandoned as an infant on his monastery’s steps, Ambrosio (Vincent Cassel) is now an exemplary member of the order, renowned throughout Spain for his virtue and piety. But dark forces conspire to test his faith when a masked minion of Satan arrives at the monstery and the pious man begins a diabolical descent into sin and depravity. Cassel (BLACK SWAN) gives a riveting performance as a man of unmoored sexuality, who is torn away from all he once held as true.  Trailer Here.

AT CINEMA VILLAGE:

The Silence(2010)  Multiple showtimes  THE SILENCE begins 23 years ago on a hot Summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat. Now, on the exact same date in the present, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot. As Krischan, the retired investigator of the unresolved case, and his younger colleague David struggle to solve the mystery of these parallel crimes, Sinikka’s distraught parents are trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty. Meanwhile, their daughter’s fate rips open old wounds in the heart of Pia’s mother, who is visited by an unexpected guest with an eerie connection to her daughter. The unrelenting Summer heat lies over the quaint family homes like a bell jar and behind closed doors, worlds begin to fall apart.  Trailer Here.

Starting Fri Mar 15th-  K-11(2012) Multiple showtimes  “Like a deranged John Waters remake of The Shawshank Redemption.” - The Hollywood Reporter.  Like Alice in a brutally violent Wonderland, music executive Ray Saxx, Jr. is trapped in K-11, a very unique part of the Los Angeles County Prison System. He was out cold when he arrived and he has no idea how he got there – all he knows is he needs to get the hell out…alive and intact. To do that Ray must navigate through a maze of drug addled-transvestite-criminal politics with obstacles at every turn. Insane cellmates, corrupt guards and his own issues are just a few of what he’s dealing with while he pieces together his means of release from this dark and dangerous rabbit hole – K-11.  Trailer Here.

Starting Fri Mar 15th-  Vanishing Waves(2012) Multiple showtimes.  A bold, visionary and erotic work of science fiction, this story follows a scientist who, when his brain is linked to that of a young comatose patient, soon becomes emotionally and physically enmeshed with the woman. A unique fusion of emotional melodrama and hallucinatory widescreen spectacle.  Trailer Here.

AT LANDMARK SUNSHINE THEATRE:

Stoker is now playing.

Upside Down

Starting Fri Mar 15th-  Upside Down(2012) Multiple showtimes.  Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia) and Jim Sturgess star in Upside Down, an interplanetary dystopian romance that puts an eye-popping, original twist on the classic tale of forbidden love. Lovers Adam (Sturgess) and Eden (Dunst) are separated not just by social class and a political system bent on keeping them apart, but also by a freak planetary condition: they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions—he on the poverty-stricken planet below, she on the wealthy, exploitative world above. The planets are so close that their highest mountain peaks almost touch. That’s where Adam and Eden first meet as children. And later, as teens, where he pulls her down to his world by a rope to cavort in dual-gravity bliss (visiting the other planet does not release a person from the gravitational pull of their native planet). But when interplanetary border-patrol agents attack them, Eden falls back to her world. Ten years later, Adam begins a quest fraught with dangers and challenges—from having to woo Eden all over again, to fleeing authorities through a topsy-turvy realm where up is sometimes down and down is sometimes up. Upside Down is a visually stunning romantic adventure that asks the question: what if love was stronger than gravity?  Trailer Here.

AT FILM FORUM:

“M”

Starting Fri Mar 15th-  “M”(1931) Multiple showtimes.  The cinema’s first serial killer story and still perhaps the most terrifying, Lang’s first sound film, and personal favorite, met Nazi resistance under its original title, Murderers Among Us, until Lang let them know it was based on the reallife Düsseldorf murderer Peter Kürten — and not them. Erstwhile Brecht regular Peter Lorre became world-famous overnight as the squealing, helpless murderer, despite his inability to whistle (the dubbing was by Lang himself). Innovative in its use of sound and image juxtapositions, as well as its ultimately sympathetic portrait (“I can’t help myself!”) of a sexual psychopath, M (the title derives from the shoulder chalk mark tagging Lorre as Mörder) proved on its original release too rich for the blood of the New York Times critic, who squeamishly tsked, “More horrible than anything that has so far come to the screen… too hideous to contemplate.”  Trailer Here.

Sun Mar 17th-  Dr. Suess’ The 5000 fingers of DR.T(1953) 11:00 AM.  “THE HEARTBREAK OF PIANO PRACTICE,” according to Dr. Seuss (screenwriter/lyricist/costumer/set designer). Lassie’s Tommy Rettig prefers the baseball diamond to the piano stool and his nemesis, Hans Conried’s dreaded Dr. Terwilliker.  Nightmare highlights include Dr. T’s basement dungeon for non-practicers and 500 boys (5,000 fingers – get it?) trapped at a mile-long double-decker piano. Shown with And To Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street (1944), George Pal’s stop motion animated version of the Dr. Seuss story.  Trailer Here.

AT LINCOLN CENTER:

PAM GRIER RETROSPECTIVE MAR 15th – 17th  Here are a few must see selections…

Foxy Brown

Fri Mar 15th-  Foxy Brown(1974) 4:00 PM.  When her government-agent boyfriend is shot down by members of a drug syndicate, Foxy Brown (Grier) seeks revenge. She links her boyfriend’s murderers to a “modeling agency” run by Steve Elias and Miss Katherine. Foxy decides to pose as a prostitute to infiltrate the company, and helps save a fellow black woman from a life of drugs and sexual exploitation.  Trailer Here.

Fri Mar 15th-  Big Bird Cage(1972) 6:00 PM  PAM GRIER IN PERSON!!  A buxom bad girl named Blossom (Grier) is the rough-and-ready girlfriend of a radical guerrilla leader named Django (Sid Haig, AKA: Capt. Spaulding). But when Django’s mercenary friends itch for some female companionship, they devise a plan to liberate the inmates of a local women’s prison. With the help of another new inmate, Blossom and Django go up against a tyrannical warden to stage an explosive breakout.  Trailer Here.

De Niro in Jackie Brown

Fri Mar 15th-  Jackie Brown(1997) 8:15 PM  PAM GRIER IN PERSON!!  Flight Attendant Jackie Brown (Grier) smuggles money from Mexico to the United States for Ordell Robbie, a black market gunrunner, under the A.T.F’s close watch. This rollercoaster ride of twists, turns, comedy, drama, and action is brought to life by a stunning cast that includes Robert Forster, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert DeNiro, Bridgett Fonda, and Michael Keaton. Grier was nominated for 15 awards for her performance in this modern classic.  Trailer Here.

Fri Mar 15th-  Scream, Blacula, Scream (1973) 11:59 PM  PAM GRIER IN PERSON!!  Following the wild success of Blacula, AIP financed the release of this sequel with classically trained actor William Marshall reprising his role as vampire Prince Mamuwalde. Mamuwalde is resurrected by the vengeful son of a dying voodoo queen, angry at being passed over in favor of the queen’s adopted apprentice Lisa Fortier (Grier). The prince recruits Lisa to make him mortal using voodoo magic, but the plan goes awry when her boyfriend’s life is put in jeopardy.  Trailer Here.

Coffy

Sat Mar 16th-  Coffy(1973) 9:30 PM  PAM GRIER IN PERSON!!  Nurse “Coffy” Coffin (Grier) takes decisive revenge when her younger sister gets hooked on drugs and put in rehabilitation home—a victim of the drug underworld, mob bosses and chain of violence that exists in her city. Vigilante style, Coffy takes on the L.A. thugs responsible for her sister’s downfall, posing as an African American bombshell in need of a fix.  Trailer Here.

Sun Mar 17th- A Conversation with Pam Grier 4:30 PM  LIVE ONSTAGE!!  Pam Grier will take the stage to discuss her storied career, illustrated by clips from some of her most audacious and unforgettable performances.

 

Sun Mar 17th-  Escape From L.A.(1996) 8:00 PM  In the sequel to Escape From New York, a catastrophic earthquake hits Los Angeles, causing the valley to flood and turning a portion of California from Malibu to Anaheim into an island. Now deemed the city of sin, anyone who does not fit the mold of LA’s outspoken Christian theocrat president are imprisoned on the island for good. After being captured again for another series of crimes, Snake Plisskin (Kurt Russell) embarks on a violent, beat-the-clock escapade. A big screen must-see for John Carpenter fans full of great LA clichés.  Trailer Here.

AT MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE:

Fri Mar 15th-  Julian Donkey-Boy(1994) 7:00 PM   Part of the Harmony Korine retrospective.  With Ewan Bremner, Brian Fisk, Chloë Sevigny. Korine’s second feature follows Julien, a schizophrenic who works in a school for the blind and lives at home with his brother, pregnant sister, and their sadistic father (played by Werner Herzog). Eventually Julien escapes from his home and embarks on an exploration through the streets on foot. Made according to the strictures of the Dogme manifesto, Julien Donkey-Boy found champions among a handful of critics—including, improbably, Roger Ebert—and scores of fans for its shocking, unscripted performances and unabashedly raw style.  Trailer Here.

IN ART:

DVD Dead Drop at Museum of the Moving Image  For this new commissioned work, artist Aram Bartholl (Berlin, b. 1972) has embedded an inconspicuous, slot-loading DVD burner into the side of the Museum, available to the public 24 hours a day. Visitors who find the Dead Drop and insert a blank DVD-R will receive a digital art exhibition, a collection of media, or other featured content curated by Bartholl or selected artists.DVD Dead Drop imbues the act of data transfer with a tangibility left behind in a world of cloud computing and appstores, using a medium—the digital versatile disc—that is quickly becoming another artifact of the past.

Headscapes  26-19 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens  Wednesday-Sunday, 12–6pm  Headscapes is a group installation show about what goes on inside the heads of artists. In order to find creativity, artists often go into a particular head space. These frames of mind vary, each made from a pallet of ideas, feelings, sounds, symbols, and processes.  In Headscapes, a group of self-organized, Brooklyn artists are making these places real in an empty warehouse in Long Island City. The show features work by more than 25 artists.  Viewers of the show are invited to go inside the various projects and inside the headscapes of artists. Set in a raw warehouse environment, the structures hide detailed interiors. The Installations include an igloo made of speakers, a web spun inside a giant geod, a forced-perspective room, a black and white 8mm film odyssey, a kalediscope projection lighthouse, a nest of neon geometric collages, a car theater, and umbrella-clouds that project beams of directional sound.

Olek The End Is Far at Jonathan Levine Gallery through March 23, 2013  Known for her bold work and vivacious persona, Olek’s ever-expanding interventions involve covering a multitude of people and objects in camouflage-patterned crochet including: bicycles, cars, shopping carts, construction vehicles and prominent public art sculptures such as Wall Street’s Charging Bull; Alamo (Astor Place cube) and Gato de Botero in Barcelona.  The End is Far features new multi-layered crocheted sculptures and panels inspired by the events that transpired last year. With the addition of finely crocheted lace doilies, metallic gold ribbon and a new approach to typography, themes of freedom, justice, feminine power and strength are conveyed through subject matter such as boxing gloves, skulls, skeletons, sickles and horseshoes. An installation room containing a dining table set with china, overflowing fruit bowls, wine bottles and goblets will serve as an isolated environment for Olek’s crochet-covered female performers during the opening reception.

IN MUSIC:

Thurs Mar 14th-  Atoms for Peace (DJ Set), Arca, Holly Herndon at (le) poisson rouge 11:00 PM  Check them out here.  This has Thom Yorke and Flea.  Their album AMOK released last month.

 

 

 

Sat Mar 16th-  Coheed & Cambria, Between the Buried and Me, Russian Circles at Radio City Music Hall 6:00 PM  Check them out here.  My suggestion is to not miss Russian Circles for anything, then run away as fast as you can before Coheed and Cambria start to play.

 

 

Mon Mar 18th-  Savages at Bowery Ballroom 8:00 PM  Check them out here.  London’s Savages are a four-piece post-punk band comprised of all females and they rock.

 

 

 

 

As always, drop me a dangle if you got something going on you want me to list, or leave some comments about this weeks features below.  You can follow me on the old Facebook as well.  That should keep you stoked till next week…

A Rotting Apple Field Trip to the Mutter Museum

Welcome to the Mütter Museum (pronounced moo-ter) located at 19 South 22nd Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  This place has been on my bucket list forever, and it was about damn time I took the bus on down to check it out.  It’s part of the college of physicians and is home to a host of preserved human remains.  Its a vast collection of unfortunate folks stricken with wide array of physical maladies.  It’s considered an educational institution displaying the history of the diagnosis of disease, but it’s true allure lies in it’s macabre, mad scientist motif.  In other words, come for the learning, stay for the nightmares.  Here is a bit about the museum directly from it’s homepage

The Collection began as a donation from Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter, who was determined to improve and reform medical education. The donation stipulated that the College had to hire a Curator, maintain and expand the collection, fund annual lectures and erect a brick building to house the collection. Since 1858, the College has held true to its promise to Dr. Mütter. Today the museum enjoys steadily rising international popularity, including a recent documentary on the Discovery Channel and two best-selling books.

The entirety of the collection has skeletons, bones, organs, body parts, corpses, fetuses, antique medical tools, plaster casts, and wax replicas of diseases housed in a single building over two floors.  Upon arrival we were informed that there was no photography allowed, but fortunately the guards were more interested in texting than guarding, and this will explain the blurriness of some of my stealthy photojournalism.  (If you’re part of the Mutter administration and you’re reading this, please consider it one big free commercial.) The current exhibitions had a display on fairy tales called “Grimm’s Anatomy”and a bit on the assassination of President Lincoln.  The fairy tale exhibit took the original dark legends from Grimm and paired them with the various body parts and afflictions the stories contained, like severed heads and giant thumbs.  The Presidential portion told the tale of Lincoln’s murder and had civil war era medical instruments, examples of the damaged body parts, and even an actual fleshy bit of old John Wilkes Booth himself.

The place seems small at first but as you slowly make your way around examining each little piece you start to realize how much is really in there.  There is a sense of awe and wonder mixed with uneasiness.  While I never felt grossed out, I did get a bit of the old hypochondria as I tried to imagine what it must have been like for these poor people and started to wonder what secret ailments I had going on inside me.

Hydrocephalic Child

There are many wax replicas for diseases of the skin and eyes since those wouldn’t keep as well as actual specimens.  There are some plaster casts and death masks.  There are also a number of vivisected portions of fully intact body parts that are pretty amazing.

One Horny Grandma

There are a few mummified remains of children and adults.  One of particular note was “The Soap Lady” whose body fat had more or less turned into soap in her grave and sealed out the elements.  Doctors are still researching the phenomena to this day.  There were also many full articulated skeletons showing a number of malafllictions from bone diseases to unique body types.

Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva. A disease where flesh turns into bone.

A giant and a dwarf.

Trepanning, bullet holes, and hatchet wounds.

The skulls section had listings about each of the people they came from.  On any particular card you might find the region or era in which they lived, the circumstances of their death, or the disease they suffered from.  Some cards listed terms like “Cretin” or “Idiot”, which is how these afflictions were reffered to at that time.  Modern science now knows the correct term is “George W. Bush”.

Of course there were pickled brains…

Abby Normal

But the creepiest section was the “pickled punks”.  A collection of fetuses and stillbirths in jars that did not, and should not, survive the afflictions from which they suffered.  Some were caused by malpractice, others by drugs, and some were just ill developed zygotes.  Regardless of their origins, they are to me the most unsettling since one cannot help but emote pity for what still looks like a suffering baby even though it is long dead and never experienced the pain it seems to convey.  

If I had my druthers, I would have taken a million shots in here.  However the “no photo” policy and the vast number of specimans made that impossible.  There are hundreds, maybe thousands of things to see here and I highly reccomend making your way over here at some point in your short existence.  Until then, you can satiate your thirst for all things medical and disturbing by buying one of their books in the Amazon link below.  Buy it for yourself, or some pervo you love. They also have a Youtube Channel and a Facebook Page.  And, when you visit the museum, tell em Horror Homework sent ya!!

This Week in “The Rotting Apple” Mar 7th – 13th

Hey kids, looks like we’ll be leaving the Apple and taking a class field trip tomorrow to Philly.  Aside from stuffing ourselves full of cheesesteaks and ribs, we’ll be headed to the Mutter Museum to see all sorts of medical anomalies and babies in jars.  And of course we’ll be transmitting these horrors to you live through Instagram and writing a full report  later in the week.  But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do here in town.  We got so much to see here in the Apple this week, your liable to gouge your own eyes out by the time I’m finished with you.

AT IFC CENTER:

Fri Mar 8th and Sat Mar 9th  ~Midnight Movies~  “Aliens” @12:”10AM,  “The Exorcist” @12:30AM,  and the new film “The ABC’s of Death” @12:15 AM  Twenty-six directors. Twenty-six ways to die. The ABC’s OF DEATH is perhaps the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning fifteen countries and featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. Inspired by children’s educational books, the motion picture is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free reign in choosing a word to create a story involving death.  Trailer here.

AT FILM FORUM:

Sun Mar 9th 11:00 AM “Jason and the Argonauts”(1963) for Film Forum Jr.  In quest of the fabled Golden Fleece, Jason and the men of the Argo battle a Bronze Colossus, airborne Harpies, and perhaps Harryhausen’s most astonishing technical achievement: a seven-man squad of sword-wielding skeletons.  Trailer here.

AT BAM:

Thu Mar 7th 4:30 and 9:30 PM “Willow” 25th Anniversary Screening  When a mysterious baby girl is discovered in a village of dwarfs, farmer-magician Willow (Ewok alum Warwick Davis) is assigned the task of returning her to the world of big people. Little does he know that this precious infant is actually a princess destined to overthrow a wicked queen. Overflowing with wacky references to everything from Oz and Tolkien to the Bible, this elfin epic is prime for discovery by a new generation of fantasy fans.  Trailer here

AT NITEHAWK CINEMA:

Fri Mar 8th and Sat Mar 9th “Candyman” @ 12:05 AM  A hooked-hand killer can be summoned by saying his name five times in a mirror.  Set in Chicago’s infamous public-housing project Caprini-Green, Clive Barker’s ”Candyman” is a corporeal horror film that embodies racial and gender politics.  Candyman trailer. And “Heavy Metal” @12:15  Based on the popular Heavy Metal magazine, this 1981 animated Canadian fantasy film has all the good stuff: graphic violence, nudity, and sexuality. The anthology features a series of science fiction and fantasy stories (from the mag) that center around a glowing orb that terrorizes a young girl. Produced by Ivan Reitman and trippy as hell, our Heavy Metal presentation gets amplified with the black metal inspired band, Black Lodge, a collective of musicians who re-score films then perform live to the film.  Trailer here.

AT ANGELIKA FILM CENTER:

“The Monk” starts Fri Mar 8th  A lush, stylish chronicle of a devout Spanish monk’s fall from innocence. Abandoned as an infant on his monastery’s steps, Ambrosio (Vincent Cassel) is now an exemplary member of the order, renowned throughout Spain for his virtue and piety. But dark forces conspire to test his faith when a masked minion of Satan arrives at the monastery and the pious man begins a diabolical descent into sin and depravity.  Trailer here.

AT CINEMA VILLAGE:

“The Silence” starts Fri Mar 8th  Beginning 23 years ago on a hot Summer day, a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat. Now, on the exact same date in the present, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot. As Krischan, the retired investigator of the unresolved case, and his younger colleague David struggle to solve the mystery of these parallel crimes, Sinikka’s distraught parents are trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty. Trailer here.

IN ART:  ARMORY WEEK

The Armory Show 2013 Thu Mar 7th – Sun Mar 10th  Not only is it the big kahuna of the week, but the Armory Show is also celebrating its centennial this year! Eric Shiner, director of the Andy Warhol Museum, is curating the fair’s special Armory Focus section, which will spotlight the US through the works of both American artists and others who take the country as a subject.

 

 

 

Fountain Art Fair Fri Mar 8th – Sun Mar 10th  The renegade of the Armory art fairs, Fountain is bringing a giant, site-specific installation of twenty canvases hung from the ceiling, along with works by popular street artists like Apolo Torres, Dark Clouds, and more. Musical lineups on opening night should go over well with arty hipsters.

The (Un)fair Wed Mar 6th – Sun Mar 10th  This one’s not on the official Armory Week list. Billed as “a guerilla-style art show,” this newbie will have a photo booth, performances, elevator comedians (who we assume are what they sound like), and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

 

 

 

IN MUSIC:

Black Tusk, Today Is The Day, Ken Mode and Fight Amp @The Studio at Webster Hall Fri Mar 8th 7:00PM

 

 

 

Just Announced: Flaming Lips tickets go on sale Fri Mar 8th @12:00PM for the 5/16 show at Wellmont Theatre!!!

 

 

 

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“Stoker” review and Park Chan-Wook answers YOUR winning question.

 

Park Chan-Wook’s ”Stoker” is a Gothic, Hitchcockian thriller involving an estranged waspy family stumbling in the aftermath of the death of their patriarch.  The existing strain between mother and daughter is compounded by their individual loss, and sent into a tailspin upon the immediate arrival of “Uncle Charlie”(Matthew Goode), who no one even knew existed until the wake.  His saccharine charm and wide unblinking eyes give him a Stepford wife demeanor that further eludes to ominous secrets.  The mother is sort of unforgivably lost in her grief, sleeping till noon in her sprawling mansion.  The daughter, India(Mia Wasikowska), is a curiously quiet and morbid teen living a private existence of seemingly enhanced audio sensory perception that both enriches her life and furthers her alienation.  Charlie’s presence only serves to increase the already fragile relationship of mother and daughter with an awkward and creepy sexual tension.  The story revolves around India’s awakening into womanhood.  As strange taboo cravings increase, people around her start to disappear and exactly what you thought was going on turns into something much more rich, that you didn’t expect.

The atmosphere of the film is like if Edgar Allen Poe wrote Alice in Wonderland, the perverted version.  The actors are brilliant in their roles in a way that is both believable and slight caricature.  The colorization has many muted cool tones that when paired with the sharp angles of the mansion interior, poorly lit basements, and desolate surrounding woods serve to further support the strange and cold familial relations.  Sound plays an enormous role in both the story and the production with the normally smallest of noises made oddly loud.  Chan-Wook’s story telling style layers past and present revelation with interior and exterior character experience seamlessly.  He also uses symbol and metaphor such as intrusive spiders, wine vintages, and birds of prey as themes throughout that neither hit you over the head nor go unnoticed, but rather give the viewer just the right amount of wink and nudge.

The film is simply exquisite both visually and as a narrative work.  I believe this to be my new favorite from this director, and that’s saying a lot.  I was aloud to enjoy the mystery of the plot, the tongue in cheek entertainment factor, and cringe from the overall twistedness all at once.  It’s an intelligent film that’s not too arrogant to be cult, and not too posh too be dirty.  A strong contender for best of 2013.

Final Grade: A

After the film Park Chan-Wook came out and did a brief interview followed by an audience Q & A.  With each question asked more and more hands went up, and I feared that I would not get your question in before it ended.  The host then said they where about to wrap it up and I sat with my hand in the air without bringing it down, like a fourth grader who positively knows the answer, in a desperate last attempt.  Low and behold she says “We only have time for one more, this guy over here who had his hand up for so long” and that is how the winning question from YOU the Horror Homework fan base made it in at the final bell.  Here is a paraphrased transcript of that interview since there was a language barrier involving a translator.  **SPOILERS ARE LISTED**

Can you talk a little on how this film came about?  Upon completing “Thirst” I felt that a chapter in my career had come to a close.  On “Thirst” I was really pushing my boundaries and I felt afterwards that I needed a break and felt at a turning point in my career.  It was around this time I came across the script for “Stoker” and I really liked it, and the timing could not have been more perfect.

What was it that spoke to you in this script?  It wasn’t what I saw in the script but rather what I heard, or did’nt hear.  To clarify, an image of a very quiet film came to mind.  In this quiet mansion populated by a small number of characters it makes for an environment in which the smallest sounds stand out, the fall of footsteps on a wooden floor or the ticking of a clock.  You can imagine not only the dialogue from the characters but also just their breathing.  It’s something that gets on your nerves and creates tension.

Along with the amazing sound aspect of the film, you use a lot of cross-cutting, that not only provides suspense but gives the film a sort of “aura”.  Can you speak a little about that?  I thought it could imbue almost a sense of musical rhythm to the to the pace of the film, such as in a piece of music where you are introduced to separate themes which than interweave with each other to achieve a heightened effect.  I took individual scenes and dissect them into smaller pieces and interweave them into bigger chunks.  In a way you could do the film as a series of these chunks.  It was only later that I realized why I wanted to do this.  That is to take these seemingly unrelated threads and by interweaving them, to direct them towards one conclusion as if there is one avoidable outcome and imbue a sense of destiny to the proceedings.

(At this point they take audience questions)

What was the significance of the spider metaphor?  Well, to have to explain everything to you would be quite boring wouldn’t it?  I will answer by putting myself into the shoes of a hypothetical audience member who has seen plenty of films, and what they might think the significance is.  **HERE THERE BE SPOILERS—->>**  First, it might be viewed as a metaphor for Uncle Charlie.  As this hypothetical audience member, I would see this spider crawling towards the moving shoe upon the piano petals, and having seen a few Park Chan-Wook films before, this hypothetical audience member might imagine that the spider will meet a horrendous demise by being squashed by the shoe.  But that would be boring.  So I decided to betray the audience member’s expectations and have it crawl up India’s leg.  Originally I had the spider crawl all the way up her leg and go up into her skirt in the first scene.  But I decided that to reveal India to be such a fearless girl would be too early in this introductory stage, so I cut the scene and placed the skirt scene later in the film.  **SERIOUS SPOILERS: DO NOT READ TILL AFTER YOU SEE THE FILM—>>**  Just as you see the spider crawl up under her skirt, you see Uncle Charlie enter her psyche in much the same way at this time.  After he is killed the spider crawls from inside his shirt across his face as if to allude to his spirit leaving his body.  Another function this spider serves is to allude to how the character of Uncle Charlie could be something more than human, or to raise the question, did Uncle Charlie actually exist or is he a figment of India’s imagination?  But these are just possible interpretations of the film and I wouldn’t want to dictate this hypothetical audience member’s impression of the film.

How do you come up with these metaphors and how would you explain the essence of your artistic film style?  The work of a filmmaker as an artist is more rational and closer to the work of a mathematician or an architect in terms of the amount of calculations and pre-planning that goes into making a film.  Its not  some swelling inspiration or being struck by some muse that falls from the sky, quite far from it.  There is quite a lot of thought that goes into this, be it conscious or subconscious.  I say this because most decisions are well thought out in advance while some are only discovered during the editing process where I can be more objective over my earlier decisions and find the truth in my earlier intentions.  Sometimes it takes as long as seeing the film after release to reveal some of the inner workings of some of those decisions.  So I realize even within my subconscious there is a through line.  And when you say stylization this is prone to misinterpretation.  I hope that however I end up presenting the film to the audience, that there is nothing unnecessary.  In terms of my approach to film making I would only use those cinematic tools that are essential to tell the story.  What would be the best vehicle to convey the drama to the audience is what concerns me.  When you say style, it conjures images of something more ornamental, something more like wrapping paper that covers the substance, and I’ve never really subscribed to that approach.

The masturbation scene in the shower, was that in the script or did you come up with that yourself?  It was in the script, possibly slightly changed, but yes, in the script.

Can you talk about how you worked with the actors to get the tone you wanted, and the possible language barriers?  That’s why you have to cast your films very well.  The actors I used are very smart.  It’s not the type of intelligence you would find in someone with a PHD who has only sat at a desk and studied books.  These actors are intelligent in the way of their perception of the human condition and human emotion.  Working on an American set was much more busy than a Korean production.  I didn’t have time for disagreements or arguments especially with a translator which would make the argument twice as long.  I made sure I spent alot of time with the actors in rehearsal with each and every line and learn their questions and ideas at that time.  Their input informed my revisions of the script that night.  It was a process of understanding each other and this insures that we are all on the same page and can retain the essence of the film.

THE HORRORHOMWORK.COM WINNING QUESTION:  Did you have any hand in the remaking of Oldboy, and what are your feelings on Spike Lee as the choice for director?  I will now place myself in the shoes of a hypothetical filmmaker who is doing a remake of another filmmaker.  This hypothetical filmmaker would probably not want much involvement from the original filmmaker and that is exactly what I’m doing, not getting involved.  There is a larger reason behind this.  As a cinema goer, once this film is completed, without any prior knowledge about this remake, I can be just another viewer.  I want it to be like when I was younger and I can go and really meet this new film for the first time and truly enjoy this film for what it is, a film by Spike Lee.

(Audience questions are stopped and the host has one final question)

You are currently working on a new project.  Can you tell us a little bit about that?      Rather then call this an American film I would call it an international film being that it is backed by a Korean financier.  It is directed by Bong Joon-Ho(The Host), and the cast includes Song Kang-Ho, Chris Evers, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Ed Harris, and Jaime Bell.  And, it was shot in Prague, so very international.  It’s a very original sic-fi action film the likes of which one has probably never seen before.  It is in the final stage of production and scheduled to release this summer, so I hope you will come see it.

~The Rotting Apple

 

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This Week in “The Rotting Apple” Feb 28th – Mar 6th

Well, the time has come.  I’ve compiled the enormous masses of questions everyone submitted for tomorrow nights Park Chan-Wook Q & A, and I can see that this opportunity has you BURSTING WITH EXCITEMENT!!!!

I’ll be at the screening of “Stoker” and I’ll see if I can squeeze a few of your submissions in during his interview and I’ll have the dirty low-down for you sometime shortly after.  But that’s not all that this festering metropolis has to offer this week.  Check out these juicy tidbits here in the apple, or a town near you…

AT THE MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE:

Park Chan-Wook Retrospective  World-renowned director Park Chan-wook is a versatile stylist with an idiosyncratic and graphic horror-and-humor style has been likened to that of Quentin Tarantino.  Here is a list of the showtimes along with linked  trailers.

AT LINCOLN CENTER:

Catch the closing night of the Film Comment Selects 2013 series with the U.S. premiere of the new film from sensational director Michel Gondry “The We and The I” with the cast members.

And definitely don’t miss the New York Premiere of “SightSeers”!! A country caravan tour spins horribly out of control when a very English couple embarks on a romantic getaway that gradually escalates into all-out killing spree in this blackly funny new outing from rising indie star Ben Wheatley(Kill List).  Showing Thurs Feb 28th 6:30PM  Trailer here.

AT IFC CENTER: 

You can still catch the Acadamy Award nominated shorts, Holy Motors, Jaws, and Alien, But here are some special highlights for this week…

 “The Elephant Man” (David Lynch,1980) w/ discussion afterwards with Andrew W.K. ?!  Thurs Feb 28th 7:00PM  The unfortunate John Merrick, brutalised by a childhood in which he was hideously abused as an inhuman freak, is gradually coaxed into revealing a soul of such delicacy and refinement that he becomes a lion of Victorian society.  Trailer here.

“Wake In Fright” (1971) Fri Mar 1st and Sat Mar 2nd 12:10 AM …tells the nightmarish story of a schoolteacher’s descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia. Believed to be lost for decades and virtually unseen in America until now.  ”Vibrant with color, atmosphere, emotion, violence and dread. It’s simultaneously terrifying and hilarious, a full-on shotgun blast to the face of rediscovered 1970s weirdness.”  Part of The Scary 70′s Trailer here.

AT FILM FORUM:

“The Invisible Man(1933) “Whale’s most elegantly inventive movie… a film that always feels both more sinister and more prankish than you remember it as: it’s a startling piece of studio-made surrealism.” and “Island of Lost Souls”(1932) w/ Bela Lugosi “A grand, hokey chiller, dripping with sex and sadism and photographed in dense, Sternbergian shadows by the great cinematographer Karl Struss.” Thurs Feb 28th Multiple Showtimes

“King Kong”(1933)  With scream queen Fay Wray in tow, a team sets out in search of the Ultimate Attraction. Kong opened on this day at Radio City Music Hall exactly 80 years ago.  And “Mystery of the Wax Museum”(1933) Nosy reporter Glenda Farrell stops at nothing to find out exactly what’s in those wax dummies, while, screaming her greatest scream, Fay Wray unmasks the villain, in this return to two-tone Technicolor terror.  Sun Mar 3rd Multiple Showtimes.  With a Fay Wray Scream-alike Contest at 11:00AM for kids 12 and under.

AT JAPAN SOCIETY:

Into the Shintoho Mind Warp: Girls, Guns & Ghosts is still going this week with these features and others…

“The Ghost Cat of Otama Pond”(1960)  Fri Mar 1st 7:00PM  A young couple caught in a web of ghostly revenge, with a black cat serving as a conduit between the worlds of the living and dead–is familiar from the era’s horror films, though the sumptuous production, as well as the use of color, is rare for a film by a Shintoho first-timer.  No trailer.

“Vampire Bride”(1960)  Sat Mar 2nd 5:15PM  Fujiko, a dance student with a horrific facial scar, seeks help from a sorceress in the mountains, who ultimately transforms her into a powerful monster. After undergoing a ritual that results in her temporary death, she returns to life as a fanged, hairy monster.  As much as she wants to live a normal, peaceful life, she cannot control the monster within her who wants payback against her tormentors.  No trailer.

AT NITEHAWK CINEMA:

“Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer” Fri Mar 1st and Sat Mar 2nd 12:25AM  Henry is a nomadic serial killer recently released from jail after murdering his mother who takes up with fellow inmate Otis and his sister Becky in Chicago. Clearly childhood traumas are at play as Henry and Otis take people’s lives, including an entire family. The inclusion of the two videotaping their actions compounds cultural issues of violence, fame, and entertainment. Trailer here.

 IN ART:

“F*CK ART” at The Museum of Sex  In response to the growing anti-institution sentiment pervasive in our culture, the Museum of Sex has engaged a group of 20 select street artists to occupy the third floor gallery.  Showcasing work that pushes the boundaries of our relationship to sexuality in public space, F*CK ART invites a dialogue around the power of visual provocation in the urban environment.

IN MUSIC:

“Man Man” w/ “Murder By Death”  Thurs Feb 28th 7:30PM @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

 

 

 

“Chelsea Light Moving” (Thurston Moore) Sun Mar 3rd 7:30PM @ Other Music (Free Show)

 

 

 

“Torche” Sat Mar 2nd 8:00PM @ St. Vitus Bar

 

 

 

 

As always, leave a comment and join the conversation, be sure to look all these up if you cant make it, and maybe I’ll see you there.  That should be enough to keep you smiling for now…

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