What’s Screening: January 15 – 21

Alamo On Demand, the virtual cinema offering for the New Mission, has a new section called Alamo X Criterion. You can rent several classics for only $3 each.

Besides that, you can get into a discussion on Kubrick’s most controversial work, or watch another sexy film from Wong Kar Wai. Speaking of sex, there’s Louise Brooks’ most famous work. Also early Coen Brothers, or a DC double bill at the drive-in.

Special online events

B- Thrillville Movie Club: A Clockwork Orange (1971)

The movie: Stanley Kubrick’s strange, “ultra-violent” dystopian nightmare about crime and conditioning feel self-consciously arty. But several scenes–the Singin’ in the Rain rape, the brainwashing sequence, Alex’s vulnerability when he’s attacked by his former mates–are brilliant, as is Malcolm McDowell’s performance as a hooligan turned helpless victim.
The Event: First, watch the movie. Then join the discussion, Saturday, 3:00.

New to me on virtual cinema

C- Days of Being Wild (1990), Roxie

Wong Kar Wai has made some very good films, but this early feature is not one of them. Leslie Cheung plays an extremely handsome young man who easily picks up women. But he’s an awful human being, and his two main squeezes (Maggie Cheung and Carina Lau) seem to be hopelessly in love with him despite the fact that he treats them like dirt. He also has mother issues. There’s also some criminal activity and a nice policeman who becomes a sailor.

Another chance to see

A- Martin Eden (2019) Rafael

An almost epic story about a would-be writer, told in ways that surprise you one scene after another. At times, you’re not sure where you are, which makes sense for an Italian flick based on a Jack London novel, set in the second half of the 20th century. When we first meet the title character, he’s a handsome, kind young man, a sailor, barely literate, but prone to settling disagreements with his fists. Over the years, he slowly becomes more respectable but less kind. Different photographic techniques, including sepia tone and muted color, help create the film’s different and unique moods.

Alamo X Criterion

A Pandora’s Box: (1929), New Mission

Nearly 70 years after her last film, cinephiles still debate whether Louise Brooks was a first-class talent or just a beautiful woman in the hands of a great director. Either way, her oddly innocent femme fatale wins our sympathy and our lust as she sends men to their destruction without, apparently, understanding what she’s doing. A great example of what the silent drama could do in the hands of a master; in this case, G.W. Pabst. Gideon Freudmann will provide musical accompaniment on an electric cello.

A- Blood Simple (1984), New Mission

The Coen Brothers’ first film shows a promise of what they’d become. An exceptionally dark, violent, gruesome, and funny noir, it tells a story that is totally incoherent to the characters onscreen, but complete coherent to the audience. You’ve got an adulterous couple (half of which is Frances McDormand in her first film role), a violently vengeful husband (Dan Hedaya), and a private detective with less morals than your average snake (M. Emmet Walsh).

Drive-in double bill

B Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) & A The Dark Knight (2008), Capitol Drive-in, 8:45

Wonder Woman 1984: Yes, it’s fun, but not as much as the first one. Yes, there was big effects, fish-out-of-water comedy, and Kristen Wiig for more laughs – until she becomes dangerous. The plot…well, let’s just say that Wonder Woman must save the world again.
The Dark Knight:
Fighting evil will inevitably corrupt the hero in the Nolan Brothers’ best movie since Memento, which is easily the best Batman picture ever. Christian Bale plays Bruce Wayne/Batman, while Heath Ledger’s Joker (his last performance) blows everything away.

Continuing engagements

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