Happy September '16 Stockahz! Believe it or not, we've seen one more summer come and go, and are going about the usual biz of prepping final BBQ's, cementing our Fantasy Football picks, and scratching our heads over where exactly the hell the last three months went? Whether you enjoyed the season's popcorn fare or not, it wasn't, in my opinion, the worst summer at the multiplex, as many have maintained. There were some big-money projects that hit it out of the park, like the much-maligned GHOSTBUSTERS reboot and the 3rd of the new STAR TREK flicks, while such sleeper fare as OUR KIND OF TRAITOR, THE INFILTRATOR and HELL OR HIGH WATER impressed greatly. Sized somewhere inbetween those scales was Shane Black's THE NICE GUYS, which should have done better at the box office. And I'm still figuring out what to make of SAUSAGE PARTY. I mean, I liked it, but what the hell WAS it?
The NYC rep film circuit fared much better of course, with spectacular series like MoMA's trib to Carl Laemmle Jr.'s brief reign as head of Universal Pictures, Film Forum's featuring of 4K restos like Lubitch's HEAVEN CAN WAIT, the Coen Brothers' BLOOD SIMPLE, and Malle's ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS, the Film Scoiety's ode to charcater great Warren Oates, BAM Cinématek's Election Special series, and the ongoing A to Z fest at NYC's newest rep screen, the LES' Metrograph. So while summer might be slowly winding down, the usual excellent fare at these fantastic venues goes on. Let's explore that case in point;