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May 19th-25th: Makeshift Twofers from Walter Hill & Michelangelo Antonioni, and Cinema's Greatest Sleepwalker! Snooze On, Stockahz!

So, let's just agree to not talk about anything extra-curricular and focus on our preferred art form and its doings this week. Agreed?

Ok.

New and continuing series this week include Three Favorites Selected by Aziz Anzari and Edward Yang at Metrograph; Immigrant Songs at the Quad Cinema; Il Bello Marcello at the Film Society of Lincoln Center; Modern Matinees: Mr. Cary Grant at MoMA; Peak Performances at BAM Cinématek; The Caan Film Festival at Museum of the Moving Image; Road Rage at IFC Center; Film Forum Jr. at Film Forum; and the effortlessly swank Cabaret Cinema at the Rubin Museum. The hijinkery be thus;

May 12th-18th: Mr. Lawrence, Sidney & J.J., and Donald Westlake, if that IS Your Real Name! Dig in!

Well, Stockahz, I ain't gonna lie; this here task regarding the NYC rep film circuit and my efforts to continually provide you with the best, most complete and constantly updated info has become, well, tougher. Now, that's not to say that I don't still love said task, or that I'm slacking out of disinterest, just that since I started, and some of ya remember when that was, the repertory film scene in the city had hit a lull, one I believed a temporary one, and indeed I began the site not only in the belief of that lull's temp status but in the hopes that my efforts might help encourage turnout at our beloved venues when particular series and screenings demanded such. So it's with great humility that I admit the last couple of months have seen a less effective effort fro yours truly in this regard. Again, not to beat an old saw, but there was Russian hacking (I'm not joking), an apartment collapse, and I don't mean in terms of equity, and the emergence of a brand new and spectacular player on the scene, the newly renovated and reopened Quad Cinema. Yes, I'm behind the 8 ball to a certain degree, but I'm fairly certain that once I get right in the saddle again, the wagon train's trail will proceed smoothly once more. In other words, to put it succinctly, Stick Wit Me Stockahz.

 

New and ongoing series this day include Forbidden Colors: Ryuichi Sakamoto at the Movies at the Quad Cinema; Modern Matinees: Mr. Cary Grant, Son of Universal: More Rediscovered Gems from the Laemmle Years and Moustapha Alassane, Pioneer of the Golden Age of Nigerian Cinema at MoMA; Peak Performances at BAM Cinématek; Welcome to Metrograph: A to Z and Mother's Day at Metrograph; Crime Scenes: Donald Westlake on Film at Museum of the Moving Image; and the tried and true hook-'em-while-they're-young Film Forum Jr. at yeah Film Forum. The oogie and the boogie be thus;

May 2017! The Caan Film Fest, Universal Jr. Pt. 2, and Nice Guy Eddie's Mystery Turns 25! Let's Get To It!

Hallo Stockahz. It's been quite a long time, quite a journey, quite the series of travails that finds us back here, site runner to site supporter, engaging once more in the wealth of offerings on the now exploding repertory film circuit in our grand and glorious and beloved NYC. February saw us the victim of Russian hackers (I kid not!), March the receiving end of some tactical mismanagement in my apartment (a ceiling collapsed on me), April the unfortunate stand-in for Sissyphus, as hurdle upon hurdle presented itself not merely without shame, but with absolute aplomb. So it is that I've been late to the gate and lost in the race this last trimester, and I have nothing but apologies for such. However, although the NYC rep film circuit has completely exploded not just since this site began, but in the last 12 months and considerably, I give you my bond that I will do my damndest to provide the most accurate & concentrated source for these screenings, even though I may falter from time to time. There ain't no horse I can't tame once I get used to its buck and kick, so stick with me and I promise I'll resume my spot as emcee of this here rodeo. When did I morph into Kris Kristofferson?

April 28th-30th: Ford, Hawks, Melville - One of Them is a Lie. Who Thinks Up These Goddam Facebook Posts Anyway?

I'm gonna play a broken record now, like my saying so isn't a broken record in and of itself; I cannot believe this month is over already. I cannot believe it's been 6 weeks since I last dreaded the looming threat of St. Patrick's Day 2017. I cannot believe it's been a month since the Quad Cinema's opening and I haven't planned a trip yet. I cannot believe Major League Baseball is already a month into its newest fresh-faced iteration, and doubly cannot believe how well the Yanks are ALREADY performing. I know, it's a long season, I don't need reminding. Most of all, I cannot believe I have to cobble together May 2017's rep film calendar already! Where the hell did the month go? You people got me in some kinda space/time express mail lane or what? I demand answers. Or sleep. Either will do.

New and ongoing series to be had in this month of showers' final weekend include Border Crossings and Road Rage at IFC Center; the kickof to the 2-week trib to auteur Jean-Pierre Melville and the aptly titled Film Forum Jr. at c'mon where else Film Forum; Modern Matinees: Mr. Cary Grant and a 2-film celebration of Polish auteur Wojciech Has at MoMA; Welcome to Metrograph: John Ford Edition at Metrograph; Cabaret Cinema at the Rubin Museum; and the final weekend of Lina Wertmüller: Female Trouble, the initial offering from the newest and bluest rep venue in our movie mad metro, the freshly spit-shined Quad Cinema! The flickering fricassee be thus;

April 21st - 27th: Dawn, Darkness, and the Difference Twixt. Let Us Explore Our Collective Humanity On Film.

So...this whole time thing. It ain't gonna slow down? Didn't I read a Hawking theorem that said sometime around one's late forties the fabric of the universe realigned to gently stoke the brakes and that whole coffee smelling thing was written into the eqaution as well? Or am I confusing that with one of his grocery lists? Can't remeber, the man's beyond me, April's nearly over before it's begun. Let's go to the videotape.

 

New and ongoing screenings this day include Border Crossings and Road Rage at IFC Center; Welcome to Metrograph: A to Z at, y'know, Metrograph; Modern Matinees: Mr. Cary Grant, Ecstasy and Irony: Czech Cinema, 1927-43, and Making Faces on Film: A Collaboration with BFI Black Star at MoMA; Lina Wertmüller: Female Trouble and Four Play at the Quad Cinema; Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy at BAM Cinématek; and The Cinema of Gender Transgression: Trans Film at Anthology Film Archives. Because yeah. The flim flam flickery be thus;

April 14th - 20th: Berkeley's Bananas, Choice Czech Achievements, and WWI, Here's Hoping it's Not a Trilogy.

There was a moment, and not too far in the rear view mirror, when the NYC rep film circut seemed a prospect lost, a scene abandoned, after years of indifferent programming and venues blowing off the prospect entirely, even as Midnight Movie fodder. When the advent of the Home Theater System morphed as DVD's emerged, and sound systems went 5.1, and the prospect of a home film library with state of the art picture and sound (plus the novelty of supplemental materials) cost-effectively acquired, when all those factors coincided, I theorize, attendance on the rep circuit dipped.

April 7th -13th: Blind Swordsman, One-Eared Scorsese, and, Well, You'll Just Have to See What Eastwood's Missing!

From Russian hackers (no joke!) to being crushed by a falling house. And no, the latter is not mean to to and does not imply that I am in any way affiliated with the Wicked Witch of the East. That's a plausible denial, is all I'm sayin'. OKAY, maybe a whole house didn't fall in on me, but a good chunk of what used to be my ceiling became my floor suddenly. Like, as I was stanfing beneath it. Prompting me not only to stop brewing my morning tea, but to make plans for other residence until such time as the problem was solved. So it is that two-COUNT-"EM -TWO months have now transpired with a delay to the monthly calendar and also, regrettably, a cancelling of the Monthly Overview. So I want to offer the following to everyone who's stuck with me thus far and especially through the ruptures of the last two lunar cycles;

It's very important to me that you know I'm still completely dedicated to this site, and to the meager service I provide to the NYC film fanatic. I'm working pretty much from home with no financial recompense for the effort, and I don't neccessarily require one (not the use of the word neccessarily, I'm good at leaving myself an out!). I do this as a labor of love, but also as my form of film school. I've gotten a great education out of applying myself to this site and to the rep film scene and the peeps who provide it and attend it. It's my aim to provide even MORE info, interviews, opinions, to preserve and enhance the communal experience that is so important to film. When I'm blocked in my efforts it doesn't merely aggravate me on a personal level, it frustrates me because I feel like I'm not doing my job, not providing you with the easy access to info you desire. It's been my joy to watch the rep film scene re-blossom in NYC, I'd like to think I had some small part in aiding that resurgence. And I want to promise you that, while glitches and hiccups are inevitable, I will do my damndest to solve any of these as quickly as is possible, and I will always work my hardest to provide you with the most up-to-date and complete listings as any man can manifest.

In other words, stick with me Stockahz.

Now let's get to biz.

March 24th - 30th! Post-Godzilla Syndrome, Still-Relevant 60's Paranoia, and the Radiator Lady Spices Up Pabst Blue Ribbon! Let's F&*% On, Shall We?

I'z back, Stockahz! Adversity is like a tin can to be kicked down a street straight outta a Don Siegel film! I don't know why that particular ref bubbled to the surface but I'm rolling with it. The site is active, the calendar is updated, and my musings are as follows. So let's dig in, shall we?

 

New and ongoing series include The Films of David Lynch at IFC Center; The Brit New Wave & Film Forum Jr. at Film Forum; Modern Matinees: Hollywood and the Great Depression, 1933 at MoMA; Cross-Dressing on Screen at Anthology Film Archives; Beyond Godzilla: Alternative Futures & Fantasies in Japanese Cinema at the Japan Society; Martin Scorsese at Museum of the Moving Image; and Buster Keaton at Metrograph. The digs be thus:

March 17th -23rd: Unseeable Terror, the Big Apple in B&W, and Origin, Purpose and Mystery! Good to Be Back, Stockahz!

Believe it or not, honest to god and no lie, this site's been partially inactive for the last couple of weeks due to the same woes the whole country seems to be buzzing about currently: HACKERS! This is the emmes, not one, not two, but FIVE-COUNT-'EM-FIVE hackers cracked Nitrate Stock for Buddah knows what reason. It surely couldn't be the riches it secures me, I mean those not of the metaphysical variey. In other words I don't make a thin dime outta this here thang, although that was the once (and future?) intent of this whole shebang. No, the code crackers' intent is a mystery, but it prevented me from posting full articles and, worst of all, delayed me a full ten days before I could provide the usually reliable interactive monthly calendar of the NYC rep film circuit. That's all been fixed, and the calendar is up and running smoothly, and now I can get back to the weekely post, offering a capsule review of what's upcoming over the next few days and humbly offering my choices. So there may be a foreign power trying to interfere with my work, or a deep state working against me, or perhaps Putin himself just isn't a fan of wondrous works of art that enrich all mankind or just lukewarm on fun in general. Actaully I'm certain about that last part. Whatever the case, we're back, and now let's get to the goods.

New and ongoing series this week include Autocratic for the People: An Unpresidented Star-spangles Series of Film Satires! at IFC Center; Modern Matinees: Hollywood and the Great Depression, 1933 at MoMA; The Singularity, Universal in the 70's: Part Two and Buster Keaton at Metrograph; and Film Forum Jr. at Film Forum. Let's go to press!

Hallelloo, Hallelloo, We Back in Bizaloo! Welcome to the March '17 Calendar of NYC's Rep Film Circuit! And Eat a Cupcake. You've Earned It!

Seems we've finally overcome the work of 5-apparently-5 hackers to get the site back to nomalized conditions! Mea culpa for the delay on the March calendar, and mucha mea culpa for the absence of a March '17 Overview and a weekly post this day. However, as inconvenient as this has been for me, you, and indeed them, whoever THEY are, I've also enjoyed a short, selective vacay from the routine, 5 years going come June! So please, indulge in the calendar, and forgive our
inexperience with this type of cyberattack. Again, whatever the Rusian hackers thought they'd find, seems they did their worst 4 months ago and were just getting bored. Nyucklehedz.

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