Archive for the ‘Films’ Category

Godzilla: The Japanese Original

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

DCP projection

“Rejoice, guy-in-rubber-suit fans! Sixty years after first trampling his way into the collective consciousness (and with a blockbuster reboot on the horizon), the primordial behemoth known as Godzilla returns… in a new DCP restoration. If you know only the Americanized version—dubbed into English and featuring Raymond Burr in awkwardly incorporated footage—this is your chance to see director Ishiro Honda’s pointedly allegorical Japanese original.

“Starting with a scene that directly parallels a then-current incident (the Daigo Fukuryu Maru disaster, in which a fishing boat’s crew was affected by a nuclear blast), this GODZILLA is prepared to confront the real-life traumas of a devastated country still reeling from the endgame of WWII… More so than in the jokey sequels, this film’s Godzilla comes off as a potent and provocative metaphor, a lumbering embodiment of atomic-age anxieties birthed from mankind’s own desire to destroy. (The creature’s handmade qualities strangely work to the advantage of the film’s themes.) Honda’s satire is cutting, with several characters resigned to living with the threat of constant cataclysm. And the way the filmmaker shoots his central Tokyo-destroying set piece—with fleeing extras, sky-high flames and wanton destruction—calls up plenty of uncomfortable associations, even as it feels like a nation exorcising its demons. GODZILLA is Pop Art as purge.” – Time Out New York

Godzilla®, Gojira and the character design are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. © 1954 Toho Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

National Theatre Live: Coriolanus

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

From National Theatre Live comes Donmar Warehouse’s production of CORIOLANUS, Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, with Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Speilberg’s War Horse) in the title role and Mark Gatiss (Season’s Greetings at the National Theatre, BBC’s Sherlock) as Menenius, directed by the Donmar’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke.

When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.

“Tom Hiddleston has blazing stellar power … magnificent.” – The Independent

“Unfailingly vivid – intelligent, brisk and brutal.” – Metro

The Donmar Theatre production of Coriolanus is generously supported by Radisson Blu Edwardian London and Clive and Sally Sherling.

The Queen

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Post-film discussion with Murray Hill! Digital projection

Before there was Drag Race, there was THE QUEEN. This seminal documentary about a 1967 NYC drag contest goes behind the scenes, recording the rehearsals, the conversations, and the jealousies that emerge in the lead up to the big competition. For drag king Murray Hill — “the hardest working middle-aged man in show business” — it was also “the first glimpse of gay/drag life that I’d ever seen.” Starring the legendary Flawless Sabrina, and including cameos by Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick and Mario Montez, we can’t think of a better way to end our Summer of Drag than with this perfectly preserved time capsule of the pre-Stonewall New York drag scene.

Hedwig & the Angry Inch

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Post-film discussion with BUSHWIG! 35mm print

20 years after HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH first appeared as a revue at the legendary rock n’ roll drag party Squeezebox, the creators of Brooklyn’s BUSHWIG festival are carrying the torch with their annual dragstravaganza, featuring the most exciting young queens in NYC. We’ll be joined by some of the girls and BUSHWIG founder Simon Leahy, who writes, “We grew up with Hedwig, and love it because it deals not only with performative gender expressions but also the idea of multiple genders in one being. It was the first film to bring these ideas to a mainstream audience.” Join us for this groundbreaking film, plus a special surprise or two.


Suddenly, Last Summer

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Post-film discussion with Barbara Herr! 35mm print

Cannibalism. Homosexuality. Lobotomy. Only Tennessee Williams could pull together this Gothic mix and write a film as moving and beautiful as this. Elizabeth Taylor stars as a young woman who, at the insistence of her wealthy aunt (Katherine Hepburn) is being evaluated to receive a lobotomy after witnessing the death of her cousin. For the legendary Latina drag queen Barbara Herr – who started out in Times Square’s Sally’s Hideaway before owning the stages of Escualita, The Monster, and Friend’s Tavern — the film’s depiction of violence against homosexuals “is still alive and well in our society today in this country and all over the world.”

*Note 7:30pm start time


Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Post-film discussion with Lypsinka! Digital projection

Summer of Drag gets kicked off with this cult classic about a hairdresser whose schizophrenic roommate convinces him to turn his passion for imitating Hollywood starlets into a full-fledged career. Before long Robin (played by the brilliant Canadian drag superstar Craig Russell) is wowing crowds with his impressions of Judy Garland, Bette Davis, Mae West and more. Our guest host is the legendary drag superstar Lypsinka (aka John Epperson), who calls OUTRAGEOUS! “the best feature film about drag performance and what it means to have chosen such a weighted, fraught profession.” Come out and celebrate the beginning of a very glamorous summer!

Lypsinka on OUTRAGEOUS! – “OUTRAGEOUS! may still be the best feature film about drag performance and what it means to have chosen such a weighted, fraught profession. It also portrays fairly realistically what gay urban life in the 1970s was about. When younger people see it, they are usually fascinated by the pre-AIDS party that was New York (and Toronto). The movie is not unlike a Seventies version of the Judy Garland film A Star Is Born. And the star of OUTRAGEOUS!, Craig Russell, like Garland, was super-talented, charismatic and troubled. I look forward to sharing this fun, low-budget hit with OUTRAGEOUS! newbies.”

NYICFF Heebie Jeebies

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

SHORT FILMS FOR AGES 10 TO ADULT – A collection of strange and scary short films from around the world, for ages 10 to adult.

Program includes:

The Duke (USA) Animation, Jonathan Campo, 2012, 1.5 min: This film is about a sandwich – a chicken parmesan hero sandwich.

Spellbreaker (Netherlands – US PREMIERE) Animation, Janis Joy Epping/Diana van Houten, 2013, 4 min: Two kids are building a sandcastle, seemingly best of friends. But when a beetle gets trapped underneath a bucket, their peaceful harmony gets disturbed.

Collectors (Switzerland – NY PREMIERE) Animation, Marcel Hobi, 2013, 5 min: Whether it’s butterflies, shoes, or friendships – collecting is a passion. One can never collect too much.

The Big Beast (France – US PREMIERE) Animation, Pierre Luc Granjon, 2013, 6.5 min: A legend says that a huge beast will come to eat you when you least expect it.

Cornea (France – US PREMIERE) Animation, Stéphane Blanquet, 2013, 5.5 min: Blood drips into a bowl of soup. An ophthalmologist auscultates the eye of a patient. A couple walks hand in hand among the flowers. A surreal montage of nightmare images from the masters of creepy, Auteur de Minuit.

On the Other Side (France – NY PREMIERE) Animation, Icinori, 2013, 5.5 min: Tracking a doe in the woods, a hunter is stopped by a black wall that blocks his way. Making the choice to cross over, he enters a strange territory from which he may never return.

Feral (USA) Animation, Daniel Sousa, 2012, 13 min: A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him alive in the forest. A 2014 Oscar® nominated film.

Sleight Of Hand (Australia) Animation, Michael Cusack, 2012, 10 min: A man yearns to know his place in the world and how he fits in, when sometimes it’s better not to know.

Jamón (Spain) Animation, Iria Lopez, 2012, 8 min: As the only pig in a human family, José has trouble fitting in. But after an encounter with the neighbor next door, he begins to come to terms with who he really is.

Rootless Heart (Japan) Animation, Toshiko Hata, 2013, 10 min: Two high school kids explore an abandoned house. There is something lurking in the dark.

The Fat Cat (United Kingdom – US PREMIERE) Animation, Mole Hill, 2013, 1 min: What the fat cat wants, the fat cat gets and what the fat cat gets is…fatter.

Bird Food (Ireland) Animation, Richard Keane, 2012, 4.5 min: One man. One sandwich. And a park full of pigeons. This isn’t going to end well.

The Deep End (USA – NY PREMIERE) Animation, Jake Fried, 2013, 1 min: Hand-drawn animation using ink, white-out and coffee.


Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

Blood Glacier

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Janek is a technician on a climate observation station high up in the German Alps, one of a team of scientists preparing their outpost for visit from the Environment Minister. Their routine is interrupted by a strange discovery; a red liquid pouring from a nearby glacier, melted free from the ice crust that is shrinking with climate change. When the ‘glacier blood’ comes in contact with the local wildlife, it causes changes that are at first curious, then horrifying.

Soon Janek and his team have their hands full defending themselves and the station against a growing horde of biological monstrosities. Using every tool at their disposal they must learn to work together to survive the onslaught.

Harking back to classic creature features, director Marvin Kren combines classical filmmaking techniques with imaginative practical effects to produce a rollercoaster ride of laughs and jolts.

American Jesus

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

AMERICAN JESUS is an exploration of Christianity in every faction of American Life, from the breadline to the yoga studio, from the humble churches of snake handlers to the mega churches in the ex-urbs. Christian cowboys, bikers and musicians, comedians, surfers and cage-fighters, they are all doing it for Christ. Aram Garriga travels from his native Barcelona to the politically divided United States to chronicle the sometimes bizarre relationship between faith, materialism, politics and personal passions in this uniquely American tableaux.

Populated by an array of religious and secular characters offering candid, often illuminating testimonials, AMERICAN JESUS is a vivid mosaic of personalities and conflicting points of view that emerges as a portrait of an America yearning for solace and meaning in the modern world.

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