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Tuesday, January 3

Laura at Film Forum

What’s Showing Today? Tuesday, January 3
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Featured Screening: Laura at Film Forum 

Film Forum has eased into 2012 with a new 35mm restoration of Laura, Otto Preminger‘s classic noir premised upon a detective who becomes enamored with the woman whose murder he investigates. It runs through Thursday, January 5.

This is precisely the sort of film I have no idea how to write about. It’s really good, but I haven’t seen it in a while and therefore have nothing new to say about it. Glancing over the press quotes on Film Forum’s website, it appears most critics classic and contemporary have essentially said variations on the same thing about it. Words that stand out include “perverse,” “sexual,” “haunting,” “voyeurism,” “ramrod” and “gewgaws.” Keith Uhlich writes, “few movies make you feel dirtier, and so perversely grateful for the pleasure,” to which I’d respond by directing Mr. Uhlich to CarStuckGirls.Com (oddly safe for work, sort of). Personally I believe the most perverse aspect of the film is it led me for years to believe I had a crush on Dana Andrews rather than Gene Tierney, which led to a great deal of sexual confusion and self-doubt at an impressionable age.

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Like Hollywood after a writers’ strike, NYC film is experiencing something of a post-holiday lull as theaters regroup and get back to work. In the meantime, Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata & The Masters of Studio Ghibli continues at IFC Center, and there are of other shows at Film Forum. I wrote up El Sicario the other day, though I haven’t yet seen A Separation, which has also been highly acclaimed.

Though not listed below, reRun is showing a FREE Criterion Blu-Ray spotlight series. When I returned home to Ohio, my mother greeted me with an article clipped from Travel & Leisure magazine spotlighting it as one of “The World’s Coolest Movie Theaters.” Pre-vegetarian Jon would have relished tonight as an opportunity to check out reRun’s duck or bacon fat popcorn. Slimmer Jon will probably use this calm in programming to hang out somewhere and try to talk to girls.

In anticipation of the weekend, yesterday I posted an interview with filmmaker William E. Badgley, whose Kill All Redneck Pricks: A documentary film about a band called KARP Screen Slate presents Friday at Spectacle Theater. Showings are at 7:30 and 9:30 pm—RSVP on Facebook.

Today

Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata & The Masters of Studio Ghibli at IFC Center
Series Details

  • Kiki’s Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1989. 102 min. 10:40 am and 7:55 pm.
  • Ponyo (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 2009. 101 min. 10:40 am.
  • My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1988. 86 min. 12:35 and 3:50 pm.
  • Castle in the Sky (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1986. 124 min. 12:40 pm.
  • Ocean Waves (Tomomi Mochizuki). Details. 1995. 72 min. 2:20 pm.
  • Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1984. 116 min. 3:10 pm.
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 2005. 114 min. 5:30 pm.
  • The Cat Returns (Yiroyuki Morita). Details. 35mm. 2002. 75 min. 5:40 pm.
  • Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 2002. 125 min. 7:20 pm.
  • Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1997. 134 min. 9:45 pm.
  • Whisper of the Heart (Yoshifumi Kondo). Details. 35mm. 1995. 111 min. 10:00 pm.

Ongoing

El Sicario, Room 164 (Gianfranco Rosi) at Film ForumDetails. 2010. 84 min. 1:00, 2:45, 4:30, 6:15, 8:00 and 10:00 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 123 min. 1:15, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:10 pm.
Laura (Otto Preminger) at Film ForumDetails. 35mm. 1949. 88 min. 1:00, 2:50, 4:40, 6:30, 8:20 and 10:10 pm.

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