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.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
November and December engagements at the Metrograph
November/December Week-Long Engagements Calendar Announced
October 27-November 2 Exclusive One-Week NY Engagement
JOAN DIDION: THE CENTER WILL NOT HOLD Griffin Dunne's Intimate Portrait of the Visionary, Iconic Author
Across more than 50 years of essays, novels, screenplays, and criticism, Joan Didion has been the premier chronicler of the ebb and flow of America’s cultural and political tides. In the intimate, extraordinary documentary Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, actor and director Griffin Dunne unearths a treasure trove of archival footage and talks at length to his “Aunt Joan” about the eras she covered and the eventful life she’s lived. Didion guides us through the literary scene of New York in the 1950s and ’60s, as a writer for Vogue; the return to her native California for two turbulent decades; the writing of her seminal books, including Play It as It Lays and The White Album; her film scripts, including The Panic in Needle Park; her view of 1980s and ’90s political personalities; and the meeting of minds that was her long marriage to writer John Gregory Dunne. With commentary from Vanessa Redgrave, Sir David Hare, Anna Wintour, Hilton Als, and Susanna Moore. World Premiere at 2017 New York Film Festival. A Netflix Original Documentary.
November 3-9 Exclusive One-Week NY Engagement
ALONG FOR THE RIDE A Revealing Portrait of the Freewheeling Dennis Hopper, Filmmaker
Method actor, filmmaker, art collector, and all-American madman—the many sides of Dennis Hopper are explored in Nick Ebeling’s remarkable documentary, confirming Hopper as a major filmmaker, a fact often eclipsed by his legend. Through the triumph of Easy Rider, the magnificent career suicide of The Last Movie, the overlooked masterpiece Out of the Blue, and a midlife comeback after plenty of booze and brawling, Along for the Ride is a vivacious work of film biography with a freewheeling style that’s only appropriate to its anarchic subject. A series of Hopper-directed films to run concurrent with the release ofAlong For the Ride, including Easy Rider (1969), Out of the Blue (1980), Colors (1988), The Last Movie(1971), and The Hot Spot (1990).
Sundays Beginning November 5 Special Monthlong Engagement
REGULAR LOVERS (LES AMANTS RÉGULIERS) Philippe Garrel's Career-Spanning Masterwork Screens with ACTUA 1, His May '68 Short
May ’68—the moment of collective uprising, the comedown of returning to a world fundamentally unchanged—is an event absolutely central to Philippe Garrel’s worldview, and in this monumental work, he recreates the events of his youth. François is our guide (played by Garrel's Louis), a young poet who goes from the exhilaration of the barricades to the exhaustion of drug addiction and aimlessness ("the year of powder"). Shot in black-and-white that makes the 1960s seem near to the 19th century, the film combines youthful romance with adult rue, and introduced Garrel to a whole new generation. A vintage 35mm print of Regular Lovers screens with Actua 1, his thought-to-be-lost short film shot in Paris in May '68. A Film Desk release.
November 10-16 Exclusive One-Week Revival Engagement
ICHI THE KILLER Director's Cut of Takeshi Miike's Cult Classic in New 4K Restoration
Searching for his missing boss and a lot of missing money through the channels of the seedy underworld, Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano), a sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer, more than meets his match in the form of the mysterious Ichi (Nao Ohmori), a shy, sexually-repressed lad who, when enraged, becomes a virtuoso of creative slaughter. Director Takeshi Miike’s manic manga adaptation was a phenomenon, appalling audiences around the world, and may never be topped for the sheer variety of ways that it presents to pulverize the human body. Miike's Audition (1999), The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001), and The City of Lost Souls (2000) will also screen during this revival run. A Well Go USA Entertainment release.
November 17-23 One-Week NY Engagement
ON THE BEACH AT NIGHT ALONE Hong Sang-soo's Bittersweet and Remarkable New Film
On the Beach at Night Alone combines simplicity of expression and complexity of design in the effortless manner that has endeared the South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo to audiences around the world. Kim Minhee (Right Now, Wrong Then) stars in both halves of this bittersweet, bifurcated story of romantic distress and booze-fueled self-laceration, moving between her character’s retreat in Hamburg and her hometown of coastal Gangneung. Formally frisky while full of heavy-hearted home truths, this is Hong at his beguiling best. Official Selection of the 2017 Berlinale and New York Film Festival. A Cinema Guild release.
November 17-23 Exclusive One-Week NY Engagement
WET WOMEN IN THE WIND A Hysterical Slapstick Comedy Rebooting Nikkatsu's Legendary Roman Porno Series
Dissipated Tokyo playwright Kosuke (Tasuku Nagaoka) has retreated to the countryside after deciding he’s done with women, but the indefatigable cat-in-heat Shiori (Yuki Mamiya) has other ideas, clinging to Kosuke like his shadow. Rebooting Nikkatsu's legendary Roman Porno series to celebrate its 45th anniversary—and paying sincere tribute to his forebears—Akihiko Shiota has made a hysterical, free-associative slapstick sex comedy that includes a burlesqued threesome and a coupling that literally brings down the house. A MUBI release.
December 1-7 Exclusive One-Week Revival Engagement
WOMEN IN LOVE New Restoration of Ken Russell's Adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's Essential Novel
Ken Russell’s D.H. Lawrence adaptation was a rollicking succès de scandale when it first appeared, infamous for, among other things, a disrobed fireside tussle between best mates Oliver Reed and Alan Bates, whose intimacy rivals that which they share with ladyfriends, mining town girls Glenda Jackson and Jennie Linden. George Delerue’s score further stokes the flames of consuming passion in this singularly love-drunk work, which suggests all of the dangerous sensual possibilities provided by four bodies in close proximity. Screenplay by playwright and Act-Up founder Larry Kramer. An MGM/Park Circus release.