What’s Showing Today? Thursday, May 24
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Tonight gorehounds are offered a 35mm screening of Stuart Gordon‘s 1986 cult classic From Beyond, which reunites key cast and crew of the preceding year’s Re-Animator, including Gordon, star Jeffrey Combs and producer/writer Brian Yuzna and writer Dennis Paoli for another H.P. Lovecraft adaptation.
Despite over 100 screen adaptations, no one has quite surpassed Gordon’s Lovecraft adaptations, which also include Castle Freak, Dagon and Dreams in the Witch-House. One reason may be the knowing irreverence to the source material. Though Lovecraft is more lurid and pulpy than influences including Lord Dunsany, Edgar Allan Poe, Alergnon Blackwood and Arthur Machen, his writing is rather self-serious, and the web of gods, elder gods and recurring characters and objects that compose the so-called “Cthulhu mythos” running through much of his work inspires a likeminded ardent devotion among many of his greatest fans. Yet the difficulty of a literal visual adaptation is Lovecraft’s greatest strength is his evoking of what might quaintly be described as “liminal states” or “the void”, but in his words taken to abject, hysterical extremes. With Gordon, the pornography of the unknown is replaced by buckets of Grand Guignol gore and slimy special effects, and the humbling tremble of one face-to-face with things beyond understanding makes way for risible humor. Indeed, few of Lovecraft’s stories are as difficult to imagine literally as “From Beyond,” in which a scientist’s experiments resonance waves alters his pineal gland in a way that makes him increasingly aware of an alternate reality of translucent creatures that has been co-existing with our own outside the spectrum of normal human perception. In Gordon’s film, as multiple people are exposed to the resonance waves, the planes begin to overlap physically, and eventually the beings from either side themselves begin to merge—and, being that this is a 80s horror movie, so too do the waves awaken naughty sexual impulses within their subjects. Though by no means as impossibly cool and inventive as its predecessor, From Beyond is a most worthy follow-up—no one plays over-the-top ghastliness as well as Re-Animator‘s Combs, and Ted Sorel is a wonderfully sadistic villain. Beyond that, though not as transgressive in its content, it’s arguably the more subversive movie for its simultaneous insistence and impudence toward altered states.
From Beyond runs tonight at 7:30 pm, and star Barbara Crampton will be joining via brief telephone call.
Tonight at Williamsburg’s Interference Archive, Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times runs alongside The Idea by Berthold Bartosch. Bartosch was an Austrian animator who collaborated with Lotte Reiniger on a number of her early silhouette animations. The cutout technique, along with an amazing array of other optical and physical special effects, takes center stage in The Idea, based on a series of woodcuts by Frans Masereel. Arthur Honegger‘s remarkable score is allegedly the very first incorporating an electronic instrument—the truly stunning and little-known ondes Martenot, a rare, delicate instrument that is sort of a much more versatile contemporary of the theremin.
Musician Ben von Wildenhaus and video collaborative House Plants team up for a performance at Rabbithole that prefaces a screening of Aki Kaurismäki‘s The Leningrad Cowboys Go America. The show begins at 8:00 pm with a $10 open bar.
Sex change comedy Myra Breckinridge runs at Chelsea Clearview with an introduction by drag queen Hedda Lettuce at 7:30 pm. The movie only repeats at 9:30 pm.
And Filmwax‘s ongoing retrospective of Brooklyn husband-and-wife filmmaking duo Michael Galinsky & Suki Hawley continues with Code 33, an acclaimed procedural documentary with intimate access to the Miami-Dade County police department. It’s often referred to as a real-life CSI.
- The Young and the Passionate (Federico Fellini). Details. 1953. 104 min. 1:30 pm.
- The Black Angel and Wolf Wondratschek: Laudatio auf Werner Schroeter. Details. 1974/2010. 92 min. 4:30 pm.
- Willow Springs and Dietrich Kuhlbrodt im Gespräch mit Werner Schroeter. Details. 1973/2010. 86 min. 7:30 pm.
- The Last Mistress (Catherine Breillat). Details. 35mm. 2007. 104 min. 7:00 pm.
- The All-Around Reduced Personality (Helke Sander). Details. Digital. 1979. 98 min. 7:30 pm.
- Be Pretty and Shut Up (Delphine Seyrig). Details. Digital. 1981. 115 min. 9:30 pm.
- Quality Control. Details. 16mm. 2011. 70 min. Noon, 2:00 and 4:00 pm.
From Beyond (Stuart Gordon) at 92YTribeca. Details. 35mm. 1986. 86 min. 7:30 pm.
Three Short Films by Ateyyat El Abnoudy at Anthology Film Archives. Details. 16mm-to-video. 1971-1975. 60 min. 7:30 pm.
Code 33 (A Rumur Film) (Michael Galinsky & Suki Hawley) at Brooklyn Heights Cinema. Details. Presented by Filmwax. 35mm. 2005. 8:30 pm.
Myra Breckinridge (Michael Sarne) at Chelsea Clearview. Details. Early show introduced by drag queen Hedda Lettuce. 1970. 94 min. 7:00 and 9:30 pm.
Insuring Your Films at DCTV. Details. Panelists Emily Gray and Jean Ann Douglass of Fractured Atlas. 7:30 pm.
Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin) and The Idea (Berthold Bartosch) at Interference Archive. Details. 1936/1932. 112 min. 8:00 pm.
Player Hating: A Love Story (Maggie Hadleigh-West) at LaunchPad. Details. 2010. 95 min. 7:00 pm. FREE.
Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories (Pam Sporn) at Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx. Details. Q&A with Sporn. 56 min. 7:00 pm.
Leningrad Cowboys Go to America (Aki Kaurismäki) at Rabbithole. Details. Ben Von Wildenhaus & House Plants play at 8:00 pm. $10 open bar. 1989. Doors 7:30 pm.
The Color Wheel (Alex Ross Perry) at BAMCinématek. 35mm. 2012. 83 min. 4:30,6:50 and 9:15 pm.
Elena (Andrey Zvyagintsev) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 109 min. 1:00, 3:15, 5:40, 8:00 and 10:00 pm.
Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm of 4K restoration. 1937. 114 min. 1:00, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45 and 10:00 pm.
Bonjour Tristesse (Otto Preminger) at Film Forum. Details. DCP. 1958. 94 min. 4:35 and 6:30 pm.
Céline and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm. 1974. 193 min. 1:00 and 8:20 pm.
The Connection (Shirley Clarke) at IFC Center. Details. 1963. 110 min. 10:50 am.
Marley (Kevin Macdonald) at Maysles Cinema.Details. 2012. 145 min. 7:30 pm.
The Woman in the Septic Tank (Marlon N. Rivera) at MoMA. Details. 2011. 87 min. 4:00 pm.
Freak Dance (Matt Besser & Neil Mahoney) at UCB East. Details. 11:00 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 May.
- Rania Stephan at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through May.
- 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 May 28.
- 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.
- Whitney Biennial 2012 at The Whitney Museum. See screening schedule above. Ends May 27.
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.
- Jeff Robb “Thought Experiments” at Witzenhausen Gallery, 547 West 27 Street. Open Tue-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 31.
- 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.
- “Found” at Eyebeam, 540 West 21 Street. Work by Fred Wilson, Christian Marclay, Rashaad Newsome and Jacob Ciocci. Program runs noon to 6:00 pm daily. Ends May 30.
- Philippe Decrauzat at Elizabeth Dee, 545 West 20 Street. Open Mon-Fri 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends June 16.
- Nina Yuen “The School” at Lombard-Freid Projects, 518 West 19 Street. Open Tues-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 26.
- 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.
- Sara Blokland “Butterflies don’t exist” at LMAKprojects, 129 Eldridge Street. Open Wed-Sun 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends June 3.
- Brandon Herman “House of Leaves” at envoy enterprises, 131 Chrystie Street. Open Wed-Sun, Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends June 17.
- Hans Schabus “Let’s Call It Heimat” at Simon Preston Gallery, 301 Broome Street. Open Wed-Sun 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends June 15.
- “Radical Localism: Art, Video and Culture from Pueblo Nuevo’s Mexicali Rose” at Artists Space. Curated by Chris Kraus and Mexicali Rose with Artists Space. Open Wed to Sun Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends May 27.