What’s Showing Today? Wednesday, June 13
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This week 92YTribeca‘s Jeff Bridges, Before The Dude series continues with Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, a high-octane buddy comedy featuring a fresh-faced Bridges as a petty thief teaming up alongside Clint Eastwood‘s professional bank robber.
Upping the Freudian stakes of Magnum Force—written by director Michael Cimino, here making his directorial debut—Eastwood’s title hero derives his own name from the 20mm canon he uses to break safes. (See above.) Nevertheless, unlike the Dirty Harry saga, this is more a picaresque ode to friendship among wisecracking outlaws; think Any Which Way But Loose with Jeff Bridges instead of an orangutan. As YouTube commenters point out on the trailer, “The trailer focuses on the crime itself, however, the actual fims far more, its really about friendship, loss and loneliness. Probably why it didn’t do well at the box office as UA marketed it more as a crime thirller when it really is a whole lot more” (TheMasterNo6). And: “This movie gets better with each consecutive watch, alienation, counter culture, friendship, it touches on all of these things and still manages to be more than the sum of its parts. 70s cinema and current movies are as diametrically opposed as the literary classics section and the early reading department at you local library.” (TherealFrankMorris)
Speaking of things diametrically opposed to reading, this weekend 92Y features Friday and Saturday screenings of Arnold Schwarzenegger classic Commando, the only movie I keep above my bed much as one might hang a religious portrait or tuck a pistol under his or her pillow to feel safe. The Saturday show with director Mark L. Lester in attendance is already sold out, but tickets are still available for Friday.
I can’t always put my due diligence into breaking out the listings for Newfilmmakers at Anthology Film Archives, but today something caught my eye: Donkey Love, a movie about what it claims is the “widely accepted” cultural practice of having sex with donkeys in Colombia. I’m hesitant to accept that claim at face value, but in any case, I find documentaries about non-normative sexual behavior fascinating, and I’m sure many Screen Slate readers do, too. Amiright?
Also at Anthology Film Archives: the experimental films of San Francisco’s James Broughton, which are closely linked with Broughton’s own poetry. This work is part of the ongoing Essential Cinema series.
Sergio Leone‘s seminal Zapata western Duck, You Sucker!—the most under recognized work of his western output—makes two appearances at Film Forum today with showings at 1:40 and 6:50 pm. At 4:40 is Sergio Sollima‘s The Big Gundown, of whose all-new DCP restoration I heard really great things, followed by another Lee Van Cleef vehicle, Sabata, which is the first part of a trilogy by Sartana director Gianfranco Parolini.
To some readers’ expressed consternation, VHS is all the rage. Being confronted with it on a many-times daily basis, I am beginning to understand. Let’s bring back the 8mm silent condensed versions of Hollywood favorites for the home market that were widely disseminated and enjoyed when video was still struggling its way out of mother invention’s belly button. Anyway, there’s this tonight. Otherwise I have a projector and a Super 8mm Ken Films Digest of Rodan the Flying Monster on my desk right now, party at Screen Slate HQ tonight.
- Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (Michael Cimino). Details. 35mm. 1974. 115 min. 7:30 pm.
- Donkey Love (Daryl Stoneage). Details. Video. 2011. 83 min. 6:00 pm.
- Shorts. Details. Work by Eliane Lima, Jacob Brown, Renata Bialkowska and Gregg de Domenico. 2010/2011. 7:45 pm.
- Change of Life (Amy McClug). Details. Video. 2006. 99 min. 9:00 pm.
- The Pleasure Garden & Others. Details. 16mm. 1953. 7:00 pm.
- The Golden Positions and Dreamwood. Details. 16mm. 1970/1972. 80 min. 8:30 pm.
- Duck, You Sucker! (Sergio Leone). Details. 35mm. 1971. 1:40 and 6:50 pm.
- The Big Gundown (Sergio Sollima). Details. DCP. 1966. 4:40 pm.
- Sabata (Gianfranco Parolini). Details. 35mm. 1969. 9:50 pm.
- The Arrival of Wang (Atonio & Marco Manetti). Details. 2011. 80 min. 4:15 pm.
- Annalisa (Pippo Mezzapesa). Details. 2011. 82 min. 8:15 pm.
- The Earings of Madame de… (Max Ophuls). Details. 1953. 99 min. 1:30 pm.
VCR Party at Nitehawk. Details. Featuring Todd Handson of The Onion, Ted Travelstead of Vanity Fair and Cristina Cacioppo of 92YTribeca. $11. 10:00 pm.
In the Beginning Was the Image: Conversations with Peter Whitehead (Paul Cronin) at Spectacle. Details. 8:00 pm.
We Won’t Grow Old Together (Maurice Pialat) at BAMCinématek. Details. 35mm. 1972. 110 min. 8:00 pm.
Marina Abramović The Artist is Present (Matthew Akers) at Film Forum. Details. Akers in attendance at 7:50 pm. 2012. 105 min. 1:00, 3:15, 5:40, 7:50 and 10:00 pm.
Five Broken Cameras (Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 90 min. 1:00, 5:30 and 7:15 pm.
Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm of 4K restoration. 1937. 114 min. 2:50 and 9:00 pm.
Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku) at IFC Center. Details. DCP. 2000. 114 min. 12:30, 2:45, 7:20 and 9:50 pm.
The Harder They Come (Perry Henzell) at IFC Center. Details. 35mm. 1972. 120 min. 12:35, 2:50, 5:05, 7:10 and 9:35 pm.
Tahrir: Liberation Square (Stefano Savona) at Maysles Cinema. Details. 2011. 90 min. 7:30 pm.
UFO in Her Eyes (Xiaolu Guo) at MoMA. Details. 2011. 110 min. 6:30 pm.
- “Being Singular Plural” at The Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side. View screening schedule. Closed Thursdays. $18 general/$15 students and seniors/Children free. Free Saturdays 5:45 to 7:45 pm. Ends June 6.
- “Spiels in the House of Art: Photography, Film and Video” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Closed Mondays. Suggested donation admission. Ends August 26.
- Media Lounge and Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday. Ongoing.
- Mark Boulos “Projects 97” at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday. Through July 16.
- “9 Scripts from a Nation at War” at MoMA, Midtown. Work by Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander and David Thorne. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday. Through August 6.
- Frances Stark “My Best Thing” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through June.
- Rania Stephan at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through June.
- Julika Rudelius “What is on the Outside” at The Museum of Arts and Design, Columbus Circle. $15 general/$12 students and seniors. Open 7 days a week. Through July 5.
- Neil Goldberg “Stories the City Tells Itself” at Museum of the City of New York, Upper West Side. $10 general/$6 students and seniors. Open 7 days a week. Ends June 18.
- View all exhibitions at Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, Queens. $12 general/$9 students and seniors/$6 ages 3 to 18. Free admission Friday 4-8 pm. Closed Monday.
- Tacita Dean “Five Americans” at The New Museum. $14 general/$12 seniors/$10 students. Free Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Open Wednesday through Sunday. Ends July 1.
- Klara Lidén “Bodies of Society” at The New Museum. $14 general/$12 seniors/$10 students. Free Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Open Wednesday through Sunday. Ends July 1.
Below listed North-South
- Adrian Paci, Luisa Rabbia, SUPERFLEX and Su-Mei Tse “4 Films” at Peter Blum Chelsea, 526 West 29 Street. Open Tue-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends June 30.
- Loris Gréaud “The Unplayed Notes” at The Pace Gallery, 534 West 25 Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends June 19.
- Thomas Demand “Pacific Sun” at Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West 22 Street. Open Tues-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends June 23.
- Philippe Decrauzat at Elizabeth Dee, 545 West 20 Street. Open Mon-Fri 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends June 16.
- Brent Green “To Many Men Strange Fates are Given” at Andrew Edlin, 134 Tenth Avenue between 18 and 19 Street. Open Tues-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends June 23.