Thursday, February 4, 2010

Twin Cities Film 2/5 - 2/11

Special Screenings:

Made in the U.S.A. (1966) Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Godard's 60s at the Trylon
Friday and Saturday, February 5 and 6, 7:00 and 8:50pm
The Trylon kicks off their Godard series with a Minneapolis premiere!
"Imagine that Bob Dylan recorded an album in between Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde. We’re not talking about a Basement Tapes–style collection, but a full-length record infused with his characteristic verve. Now pretend that this Dylan project never got a proper release here; other than the occasional playing of a mono recording, you weren’t able to hear it. Then, for two weeks, listeners could experience the work in all its high-fidelity glory. There would be dancing in the streets." -- Time Out
VitaMN Review

India Song (1975) directed by Marguerite Duras
The Films of Marguerite Duras at the Walker
Friday, February 5, 7:30pm
"A sensuous consular wife in 1930s India, Delphine Seyrig deals with anxiety after her affair is discovered and she is disgraced. The narrative is told through the off-screen whispering of gossiping harpies, government attachés, and servants, making the main action aural rather than visual. A beautiful exposition on isolation incorporating haunting images from Duras’ youth."

Clockwork Orange (1971) directed by Stanley Kubrick
Midnight Movies at the Uptown
Friday and Saturday, February 5 and 6, midnight
"Stanley Kubrick's nightmarish, satiric horror show has lost none of its power to shock. Malcolm McDowell portrays Alex, a Beethoven-loving, head-bashing punk who leads his gang of "droogs" on ultra-violent assaults—until he is captured by authorities and subjected to nasty behavior-modification therapy. Based on Anthony Burgess's novel. Got milk?"

Destroy, She Said (1969) directed by Marguerite Duras
The Films of Marguerite Duras at the Walker
Saturday, February 6, 7:30pm
"Two men and two women, all afflicted with mental illness, create their own social order within the walls of a rural asylum by teasing each other with games that border on the erotic. When rules are broken, tensions flare and loyalties are tested."

Nathalie Granger (1972) directed by Marguerite Duras
The Films of Marguerite Duras at the Walker
Sunday, February 7, 4:00pm
"In this voyeuristic meditation, “a celluloid equivalent of atonal music or free verse” (Time Out), shot at Duras’ country house, the director creates a cycle of laconic domestic ritual over the threat of impending doom. Two women (Jeanne Moreau and Lucia Bosé) share a home with their children. Barely able to contain their indifference to life, they’re distracted by the expulsion of one child from school, escaped convicts lurking in the neighborhood, and a bumbling washing machine salesman (Gérard Depardieu) who keeps pestering them."

The Fallen Idol (1948) directed by Carol Reed
Brit Noir at the Heights
Monday, February 8, 7:30pm
"Lesser known [than The Third Man], but equally brilliant. Laced with moral ambiguity, Noir was a natural fit for Graham Greene, who was fascinated by paradox, betrayal, and lost innocence."

It Came From Kuchar (2009) directed by Jennifer Kroot
Expanding the Frame at the Walker
Thusday, February 11, 7:30pm
"This documentary is a well-deserved tribute to legendary experimental filmmakers George and Mike Kuchar, the Bronx-born twins who spent five decades pioneering underground filmmaking. Their campy, zero-budget parodies—an homage to Douglas Sirk melodramas laced with a healthy dose of Ed Wood’s aesthetic—influenced multitudes of directors from Guy Maddin and David Lynch to John Waters, who called them his first inspiration: 'These were the pivotal films of my youth, bigger influences than Warhol, Kenneth Anger, even The Wizard of Oz.'"


That Evening Sun (2009) directed by Scott Teems
MFA at St Anthony Main
"Abner Meecham, an aging Tennessee farmer discarded to a nursing facility by his lawyer son, flees the old folks home and catches a ride back to his country farm to live out his days in peace. Upon his return, he discovers that his son has leased the farm to an old enemy and his family. Not one to suffer fools or go down easy, Abner moves into the old tenant shack on the property and declares that he will not leave until the farm is returned to his possession. But Lonzo Choat, the new tenant, has no intention to move out or give in to the demands of the old man. This sets up a ruthless grudge match between Abner and Choat, each man right in his own eyes, each too stubborn to give an inch. Angered by the betrayal of his son and haunted by recurring dreams of his long-dead wife, Abner sets about his own path toward reclaiming his life. Lines are drawn, threats are made, and the simmering tension under the Southern sun erupts, inevitably, into savagery."
Star Tribune Review

The Last Station (2009) directed by Michael Hoffman
Edina Cinema
The Countess Sofya, wife and muse to Leo Tolstoy, uses every trick of seduction on her husband's loyal disciple, whom she believes was the person responsible for Tolstoy signing a new will that leaves his work and property to the Russian people.
Star Tribune Review

Dear John (2010) directed by Lasse Hallstrom
Area Theaters
A romantic drama about a soldier who falls for a conservative college student while he's home on leave.
Star Tribune Review

From Paris With Love (2010) directed by Pierre Morel
Area Theaters
In Paris, a young employee in the office of the US Ambassador hooks up with an American spy looking to stop a terrorist attack in the city.

Frozen (2010) directed by Adam Green
Area Theaters
Three skiers are stranded on a chairlift and forced to make life-or-death choices that prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death.
Star Tribune Review


Sandy Nawrot said...

I'd love to see Clockwork Orange again. That even freaked me out in college. I've got my eye on the Tolstoy movie, and I will happily stay far away from Dear John and the ski lift movie (another thing to further cement my fear of heights).

Kathie Smith said...

I'm going to have to say that it has to be a pretty special movie (or one-time opportunity) for me to go to a midnight movie. I'm getting too old for that. I was recently at bar where the bartender was playing Clockwork Orange on the TV behind the bar - I had forgotten how disturbing that movie was...