Sunday, February 19

They Live at IFC Center

What’s Showing Today? Sunday, February 19
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Featured Screening: They Live at IFC Center

IFC Center is extending its weekend midnights to Sunday in observation of the Monday holiday, which means tonight is another chance to catch John Carpenter‘s violent anti-consumerist fantasia They Live at midni—er, 12:05 am. This tale of Canadian professional wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper finding special sunglasses revealing subliminal pro-corporate, pro-consumerist, nefariously conspiratorial messages hidden in all media and subsequently picking up a shotgun to horrifically murder hordes of cloaked alien invaders is especially relevant in light of the current International Occupy movement. That the film is owned by super-conglomerate NBC Universal, itself a subsidiary of General Electric, is something of a bummer; but then again, IFC Center is owned by AMC Networks, a spin-off of Cablevision, so really even if one were to see the 11:00 am show of L’EnfantJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne‘s social realist, structural critique of poverty and desperation weighing upon young Belgian parents, concessions of some kind or another would be made to the man (whose name, after some deliberation, I decided not to capitalize as I’d like to believe his power is more perceived than real). Of course, one could simply watch it’s two greatest scenes on—gasp,—YouTube. Here and here. This one is pretty rad, too.

Also Recommended

Two largely unheralded experimental-narrative filmmakers are spotlighted at Spectacle Theater tonight. Stephen Dwoskin‘s intensely autobiographical tale about love among a man crippled by childhood polio and a physically ordinary woman, Behindert, is at 7:30 pm, and Spanish cult film Arrebato, a surreal portrayal of young punks and drug addiction sometimes compared to Videodrome, is at 9:30 pm.

Two films about painters at MoMA Doc Fortnight: one about Abstract Expressionist painter Arshile Gorky and another on 18th-century artist Nainsukh.


The Wooster Group Film and Video at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • House/LightsDetails. 4:00 pm.
  • North Atlantic & Wrong GuysDetails. 6:00 pm.
  • Eugene O’NeillDetails. 8:30 pm.

New Voices in Black Cinema at BAMcinématek
Series Details

  • The Tested (Russell Costanzo). Details. 2010. 107 min. 2:00 pm.
  • Shorts Program I: A Matter of Time. Details. 4:30 pm.
  • Love Jones (Theodore Witcher). Details. 1997. 110 min. 6:50 pm.
  • Let’s Stay Together (Joshua Bee Alafia). Details. 2011. 100 min. 9:30 pm.

William Wellman at Film Forum
Series Details • 2-for-1

  • Beau GesteDetails. 35mm. 1939. 1:00, 4:50 and 8:35 pm.
  • The Call of the WildDetails. 35mm. 1935. 3:15 and 7:00 pm.

Family Films at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • Manuelita (Manuel García Ferré). Details. Digital. 1999. 86 min. 11:00 am.
  • Body Troopers (Jakten På Nyresteinen). Details. Digital. 1996. 91 min. 2:00 pm.

Film Comment Selects 2012 at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • Snowtown (Justin Kurzel). Details. 2011. 119 min. 1:30 pm.
  • Whores’ Glory (Michael Glawogger). Details. 2011. 35mm. 119 min. 3:50 pm.
  • I Wish (Hirokazu Kore-eda). Details. 2011. 35mm. 128 min. 6:15 pm.
  • My Own Private River (James Franco & Gus Van Sant). Details. Digital. 2011. 102 min. 9:00 pm.

Documentary Fortnight 2012 at MoMA
Series Details

  • Aita (José María de Orbe). Details. 2010. 85 min. 1:30 pm.
  • Without Gorky (Cosima Spender). Details. 2011. 79 min. 3:00 pm.
  • Nainsukh (Amit Dutta). Details. 2010. 75 min. 4:30 pm.
  • Imagining Emanuel (Thomas Ostbye) with The Ground We Stand On (Julie Orser and Jon Irving). Details. 2011. 82 min. 5:30 pm.

Anti-Valentines at Spectacle Theater
Series Details

  • Behindert (Stephen Dwoskin). Details. 1974. 94 min. 7:30 pm.
  • Rapture (Iván Zulueta). Details. 1980. 105 min. 9:30 pm.

L’Enfant (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne) at IFC CenterDetails. 35mm. 2005. 95 min. 11:00 am.
Jaws (Steven Spielberg) at IFC CenterDetails. 1975. 124 min. Midnight.
They Live (John Carpenter) at IFC CenterDetails. 35mm. 1988. 93 min. Midnight (12:05 am).
Eraserhead (David Lynch) at IFC CenterDetails. 1977. 97 min. Midnight (12:25) am.
Blazing Saddles
 (Mel Brooks) at Nitehawk CinemaDetails. 1974. 93 min. 12:15 pm.
Let’s Try That Once More, This Time In The Past: Performance & Documentation at UnionDocsDetails. 7:30 pm.
Cinemarosa: Queens Only Queer Film Series Celebrates Black History Month at The Queens Museum. Details. 6:00 pm.

OPENING: Jeffrey Gibson “one becomes the other” at Participant Inc.. 7:00 to 9:00 pm.


The Forgotten Space (Allan Sekula & Noël Burch) at Anthology Film ArchivesDetails. Video. 2010. 112 min. 4:15, 6:45 and 9:15 pm.
Michael (Markus Schleinzer) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 96 min. 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 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.
Talking Landscape: Early Media Work, 1974-1984 (Andrea Callard) at Maysles CinemaDetails. 2012. 80 min. 7:30 pm.