Week of 9/20/2013 – 9/26/2013
We’re opening up two new movies this week: The first, in Theater 1, is Thanks for Sharing (Tickets) a drama about attractive people addicted to having sex with one-another (that’s not what it’s about, but kind of is); in Theater 2, we strip away Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger’s carefully constructed personal privacy in about 90 minutes with the new doc Salinger (Tickets); and servers continue to sing along to Tears for Fears while cleaning up after In a World (Tickets) in Theater 3.
Bad Things Happen in the Past & The Future
A double dose of twisted fate-teasing science fiction this weekend at midnight. The first, David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dead Zone (Tickets), about a teacher who awakes from a coma with the power to see a person’s future through simple contact. Pretty sweet, right? Not so fun when you shake a future President’s hand only to see total nuclear annihilation.
Our Terry Gilliam series continues with 12 Monkeys (Tickets), Gilliam’s time-twisted take on La Jetee about a criminal from the future who is sent to the past to put a stop to a viral outbreak that forces humanity underground. Stars Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt’s crossed eyes.
Brunch, Cartoons and the End of the World
Our Art Seen feature this weekend is a double feature of Chris Marker’s apocalyptic sci-fi short La Jetee (Tickets). A 28 minute experimental feature told through black and white still images, the film also served as the inspiration for 12 Monkeys. We’ll be following that with Slow Action, another post-apocalyptic film where two narrators read accounts that describes the new, water ravaged face of Earth.
If that all sounds too heady, there’s cartoons and cereal upstairs. Spoons, Toons & Booze (Tickets).
Tuesday, 9/24, 9:30pm – This month’s collaboration with Vice and The Film Foundation is a doozy, Stanley Kubrick’s masterstroke in anti-war film making, Paths of Glory (Tickets). The film stars Kirk Douglas as a French Colonel who’s forced to court-martial his own men for cowardice because they retreated from an obvious suicide mission. It’s really good; and I say that meaning that it makes you feel horrible about being a human being.
Thursday, 9/26, 9:30pm – Bombed train cars, monster block parties, the dawn of rap. Charlie Ahearn’s Wild Style (Tickets) put cameras in the faces of the men and women who created hip hop culture right as it began. Part documentary, part narrative, the film features some of the biggest names in rap, break dancing, graffiti, and DJing coming together in one movie. The film has been sampled by Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, Gang Starr, MF Doom and countless other MC’s. It is absolutely essential viewing for anyone with even the slightest interest in rap. Director Charlie Ahearn will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film.
Monday, 10pm | Probably the best line-up of episodes we’ve had since starting Simpsons Club, this week features four stone-cold classics from the series’ golden period: Fear of Flying, where Marge goes to therapy to deal with her aerophobia; Homer the Great, when Homer becomes the head of an infamous Springfield secret society, The Stonecutters; And Maggie Makes Three, a rather wrenching episode about the personal sacrifices we make in the name of family (seriously!); and Bart’s Comet, where Springfield deals with impending doom by freaking out and trying to kill Ned Flanders.