October '17: Overview and Weekend Picks! Miyazaki, Anna May Wong, and Mizoguchi! Let's Face East!

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Hale and Hello, Stockahz! I'z back once more to ring the alarm regarding NYC's busy rep film skematitazz! We got a lot going on this month, so let's get to the new monthly quickie-overview and weekend selections. For the lunar cycle, my Big Dawg award swooned between multiple candidates, including the series Boxing on Film Part Two at Anthology Film Archives, and the Mexican Horror program at BAM Cinématek. but really, come October, the newly introduced but now sacred ritual at my beloved Nitehawk Cinema, A Nite to Dismember, their overnight Halloween film fest, takes the gutted pumpkin. Believe me, there's a ton of treats within that pulpy husk. And some tricks. You won't be sorry.

 

New and ongoing series this week include Modern Matinees: Directed by John Cassavetes and Black Intimacy at MoMA; the Robert Mitchum Retrospective and Revivals at the Film Society of Lincoln Center; Imaginary Chinatown and Anna May Wong: Empress of Chinatown at Metrograph; Monthly Classics at the Japan Society; Cabaret Cinema at the Rubin Museum; and Film Forum Jr. at, gues where? Film Forum. The luminous loitery be thus;

 

 

Friday October 6th

 

Quad Cinema

THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932) Dir; James Whale

 

MoMA

Modern Matinees: Directed by John Cassavetes

OPENING NIGHT (1977) Dir; John Cassavetes

 

Black Intimacy

STRAIGHT OUT OF BROOLYN (1991) Dir; Matty Rich

 

Film Forum

BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967) Dir; Arthur Penn

 

Film Society of Lincoln Center

NYFF55: Robert Mitchum Retrospective

CROSSFIRE (1947) Dir; Edward Dmytryk

 

Metrograph

Imaginary Chinatown

OUTSIDE THE LAW (1930) Dir; Tod Browning

 

Japan Society

Monthly Classics

PORCO ROSSO (1992) Dir; Hayao Miyazaki

 

Rubin Museum

Cabaret Cinema

ON THE WATERFRONT (1954) Dir; Elia Kazan

 

Roxy Hotel Cinema

REPO MAN (1984) Dir; Alex Cox

GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) Dir; Ivan Reitman

 

Nitehawk Cinema

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974) Dir; Tobe Hooper

 

Today's Pick? Mostly standard fare on the menu today, with the exceptions of the new 4K resto of Whale's seminal DARK HOUSE and the screening of Matty Rich's debut BROOKLYN. I'm just feelin' Miyazaki today, and PORCO ROSSO is one of his trippier delights. So I'm Biebering my heart at the Japan Society tonight, one of our more precious venues. Catch the anime madness. You won't be disappointed.

 

 

Saturday October 7th

 

Nitehawk Cinema

THE FUNHOUSE (1980) Dir; Tobe Hooper

HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1959) Dir; William Castle

 

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974) Dir; Tobe Hooper

 

Film Forum

BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967) Dir; Arthur Penn

 

Metrograph

Imaginary Chinatown

ALICE (1990) Dir; Woody Allen

ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (1984) Dir; Sergio Leone

YEAR OF THE DRAGON (1985) Dir; Michael Cimino

 

Anna May Wong: Empress of Chinatown

SHANGHAI EXPRESS (1932) Dir; Josef Von Sternberg

TOLL OF THE SEA (1922) Dir; Chester M. Franklin

DAUGHTER OF THE DRAGON (1931) Dir; Lloyd Corrigan

 

MoMA

Modern Matinees: Directed by John Cassavetes

OPENING NIGHT (1977) Dir; John Cassavetes

 

Black Intimacy

SUNDAY ON THE RIVER (1961) Dirs; Gordon Hitches, Ken Resnick

LOOKING FOR LANGSTON (1989) Dir; Isaac Julien

 

Anthology Film Archives

THE GENERAL (1927) Dir; Buster Keaton

 

Roxy Hotel Cinema

PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID (1974) Dir; Sam Peckinpah

WILD AT HEART (1991) Dir; David Lynch

 

Today's Pick? Live at the Metrograph today, with one of my all-timers, an actor who did an end run around the race barrier of 20's & 30's Hollywood, the iconic Anna May Wong, deemed this fest by the venue as Empress of Chinatown. Separate admissions, yes, but for your buck you get 1922's TOLL OF THE SEA, her first lead and the earliest surviving 2-color Technicolor; 1931's DAUGHTER OF THE DRAGON, perhaps her best starring role; and what might be her best remembered, Von Sternberg's SHANGHAI EXPRESS, where she serves as luminous rings to Marlene Dietrich's Saturn. I heart AMW tremendously. Get to know her.

 

Sunday October 8th

 

Film Forum

Film Forum Jr.

PAPER MOON (1973) Dir; Peter Bogdanovich

 

BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967) Dir; Arthur Penn

 

Nitehawk Cinema

THE FUNHOUSE (1980) Dir; Tobe Hooper

HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1959) Dir; William Castle

 

Film Society of Lincoln Center

NYFF55: Revivals

SANSHO THE BAILIFF (1954) Dir; Kenji Mizoguchi

 

Metrograph

Imaginary Chinatown

THE BOWERY (1933) Dir; Raoul Walsh

ALICE (1990) Dir; Woody Allen

 

Anna May Wong: Empress of Chinatown

OLD SAN FRANCISCO (1927) Dir; Alan Crosland

SHANGHAI EXPRESS (1932) Dir; Josef Von Sternberg

 

MoMA

Black Intimacy

CLAUDINE (1974) Dir; John Berry

A WARM DECEMBER (1973) Dir; Sidney Poitier

 

Anthology Film Archives

THE GENERAL (1927) Dir; Buster Keaton

 

Roxy Hotel Cinema

PRETTY IN PINK (1986) Dir; Howard Deutch

COOL HAND LUKE (1967) Dir; Stuart Rosenberg

 

Today's Pick? I have to show some love to the New York Film Fest, it beats so soundly in my heart. While I'd normally nominate a cheerier flick for a brisk, perhaps even rainy October Sunday, I fully endorse the new 4K resto of Mizoguchi's absolutely shredding tragic masterwork, 1954's SANSHO THE BAILIFF, screening at the Howard Gilman Theater as part of the Revivals section of NYFF55. It is a veritable Voight-Kampff test. If you haven't you need to. If you have, you need to take the test again.

 

Other notable screenings this week inlcude a 35mm unspooling of Michael Cimino's last great film, 1985's YEAR OF THE DRAGON, Monday at Metrograph as part of the series Imaginary Chinatown; Howard Hawks' EL DORADO, also in 35mm, this Tuesday as part of the Robert Mitchum Retrospective at the NYFF55; Cassavetes' masterwork and Ben Gazzara's most iconic turn, 1976's THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE, Wednesday at MoMA as part of the series Modern Matinees: Directed by John Cassavetes; and Andrew Davis' THE FINAL TERROR, unspooling at the Nitehawk Cinema this Thursday as part of their brilliant celebration of old school Times Square sleaze, The Deuce!

 

Once again, there you have it, my picks and pontifications regarding your next 3 days' worth of rep filmgoing! We'll check in again a week from now, in the early days of a whole new spin 'round the sun, for the purposes of once more rummaging through the reels and making the tough yet wonderful choices regarding our chosen love. Til then be sure to follow me on Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram, and be SURE to catch my new YouTube channel, Nitrate Stock TV, where I'll be checking in at screenings all over the city and giving my 2 cents on the film, the venue, the audience, any damn thing that comes to my mind. Which, as some of ya know, can be quite entertaining. Til next time Stockahz, remember: be safe, be sound, and make sure the next guy and gal are too. Excelsior!

 

- Joe Walsh

 

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