A collection of reviews of films from off the beaten path; a travel guide for those who love the cinematic world and want more than the mainstream releases.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Details on The Quad Cinema's Sam Elliot series
Richard Marquand, 1978, U.S., 102m, 35mm
June 7, 7.00pm
Elliott and future wife Katharine Ross star as an impossibly handsome pair of decorators hired for an odd gig by an even odder reclusive billionaire. When a series of horrific accidents begin killing off the fellow guests at his stately home, it becomes clear there’s a Satanic plot afoot. With cameos from The Who frontman Roger Daltrey and Elliott’s posterior.
Mask: Director’s Cut
Peter Bogdanovich, 1985, U.S., 127m, 35mm
June 7, 4.15pm & June 8, 7.00pm*
In this affecting tearjerker, Elliott shines as Gar, biker boyfriend to Cher and de facto father figure to her teenage son Eric Stoltz, a boy struggling with adolescence and a profoundly deformed face. Bogdanovich eagerly pursued Elliott for the role in his comeback picture, and the actor’s effortless charm has rarely been put to more effective use.
*With Sam Elliott in person
Rowdy Herrington, 1989, U.S., 114m, 35mm
June 8, 9.45pm
Bouncer-with-a-PhD Patrick Swayze is called in to clean up whiskey joint the Double Deuce, but when he runs afoul of crooked businessman Ben Gazzara, his older mentor Elliott comes to join in the fight. Elliott did his own stunts for this feature-length bar brawl: “I f**king got the sh** kicked out of me for the entire film.”
James Glickenhaus, 1988, U.S., 97m, 35mm
June 7, 9.15pm & June 8, 4.45pm
In full-on tough-guy mode, Elliott plays a veteran NYC detective who must buddy up with Peter Weller’s vanilla public defender after discovering a conspiracy between crack dealers and cops in this solid crime saga. Features several gloriously over-the-top action sequences in Coney Island and Times Square, and no shortage of macho wisecracks.
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