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With the release of Joel and Ethan Coen’s newest work, Inside Llewyn Davis, we decided that it would a good time to dedicate the entire month to their early catalog, jumping around from Blood Simple to Fargo.

The complete listing of our special screenings is below, but aside from the Coen’s there’s also heavyweights like David Cronenberg, Paul Schrader, Martin Scorsese and D. A. Pennebaker. It’s going to be a hell of a month.

JANUARY 2014

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Nitehawk Nasty: Videodrome (1983, David Cronenberg)
January 3 & January 4; Midnite | Buy Tickets

David Cronenberg’s weird melding of sultry 80’s sleaze and waxy, gross-out gore. It’s a film not so much of blurred lines, but ones that are mashed together in kind of a jagged, pulsing mass. Flesh melds with machines. The mind melds with data. Long live the new flesh.

No Country

Country Brunchin’: No Country For Old Men (2007, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen)
January 4 & January 5; Brunch | Buy Tickets

A barn-burner of a Neo-Noir that’s bleak as cold dust. The Coen Brothers’ strongest voices most often come from their southern fried characters. With No Country For Old Men, we’re presented with three of them: a weary sheriff mourning the persistence of mankind’s dark nature; an out-of-luck cowpoke in over his head, and a shape in the night that’s the source of all of our fears.

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Film Feast: Goodfellas (1990, Martin Scorsese)
January 8; 7:00pm | Buy Tickets

For our Film Feast this month, we chose Martin Scorsese’s made-man epic Goodfellas. Our kitchen has put together a full menu of dishes inspired by the film — which is great, because there’s a lot of amazing food in the movie. We’re doing this in conjunction with Brightest Young Things, who we can all agree is both bright and young… and a thing too, I guess.

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One Nite Only: When Harry Met Sally (1989, Rob Reiner)
January 9; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets

Nylon Magazine has a book club now, which is neat. The club’s first entry is The Most of Nora Ephron, a new collection of the writer-director’s work. To celebrate the club’s inception, we’re screening the Ephron-penned classic When Harry Met Sally, followed by a panel of women inspired by Ephron and her work: Emily Gould, J. Courtney Sullivan and Desiree Akhavan.

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Before Fargo: Miller’s Crossing (1990, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen)
January  10 & January 11; Midnite | Buy Tickets

Miller’s Crossing is full of black humor and intense violence, producing some of the most visually stunning and entertaining film sequences in cinema. Watch as this paradoxical tale both warns and embraces the criminal underworld in such beautiful display.

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Before Fargo: Raising Arizona (1987, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen)
January 11 & January 12; Brunch | Buy Tickets

I forgot about the FART gag in Raising Arizona until just now. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.

Look Back

Music Driven: Don’t Look Back (1967, D. A. Pennebaker)
January 11 & January 12; Brunch | Buy Tickets

Filmed at a period when folk superstar Bob Dylan seemed locked in a cage. As he’s harried by a clueless press corps and a bunch of pretentious squares, the film shows Dylan as he starts to push back, petulantly refusing to take part in the discussion anymore. It makes him look like kind of a jerk, to be honest; but look at these people he’s surrounded by. Who can blame him?

Blood Simple

Before Fargo: Blood Simple (1984, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen)
January 17 & January 18; Midnite | Buy Tickets

The Coen’s first film may lack the levity and lyricism that they developed in their later work, but man is it a fantastic crime thriller. Set in the darkest and dustiest corners of Texas, the film follows Hitchcock’s oft-quoted gag “It is very difficult, very painful, and it takes a very, very long time to kill someone.”

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Spoons Toons and Booze
January 18 & January 19; Brunch | Buy Tickets

Cartoons, cereal, booze, cereal, cartoons, booze and cereal. Secret Forumla’s monthly nostalgia-fueled pop-culture worm-hole. This month it’s all origin stories and first episodes — something that used to be kind of a big deal back in the analog days — so get ready to see how Eek The Cat first got really spooked.

Fargo

Before Fargo: Fargo (1996, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen)
January 18 & January 19; Brunch | Buy Tickets

The Coens have a slew of strengths. Their knack for oddballs spitting poetry, the way they amplify the mundane, their goobery sense of humor, and a rather brutal dark streak. More than any of their movies, Fargo shows off all of these strengths working as kind of a linchpin for their entire career. 

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The Deuce: Cat People (1982, Paul Schrader)
January 23; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets

Taxi Driver and Raging Bull writer Paul Schrader’s follow-up to American Gigolo, Cat People, is a masterwork of New Wave sleaze (there’s that word again). Scrader updates Val Lewton’s classic with a primal smolder — all sex, violence and David Bowie.

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Live + Sound + Cinema: Winged Migration (2001, Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud)
January 24 & January 25; Midnite | Buy Tickets

From the French directors that cooked up Microcosmos comes Winged Migration, a similarly poetic look at birds, whose gift of flight is the most enviable and amazing trait of any creature on Earth. We’ve invited New York ambient group Long Distance Poison back into the theater to provide the score for the film.

Hudsucker

Before Fargo: The Hudsucker Proxy (1994, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen)
January 25 & January 26; Brunch | Buy Tickets

Probably the screwiest Coen comedy, The Hudsucker Proxy follows oddball inventor, Norville Barnes, who moves from the mail room of Hudsucker Industries to the president’s chair after the company’s boss took a dive out of his top-floor office window. Eager to shanghai the company by letting Barnes tank it, the Hudsucker board approves Barnes’s bizzaro concept of an “extruded plastic dingus” for production, which proves to be an unexpected national sensation.

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The Breakfast Club (1985, John Hughes)
January 25 & January 26; Brunch | Buy Tickets

When John Hughes had it, he really had it. More than just the antics of a bunch of high-school stereotypes, Hughes uses The Breakfast Club to flesh out the kids’ divisive attitudes in an effort to show that nobody really has it as easy as all that.

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Vice Presents The Film Foundation Series: Wanda (1970, Barbara Loden)
January 28; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets

Part of our ongoing collaboration with Vice and The Film Fondation, Wanda is writer/director Barbara Loden’s first and only film. Set in the anthracite coal region of eastern Pennsylvania, despondent housewife Wanda attempts to escape her abusive existence by abandoning her husband and children.