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August 20th 2016. Pick of the Day.

New and continuing series this waning August day include the irresistable bargain Return of the Double Feature at Film Forum, the closure of Joe Dante at the Movies at BAM Cinématek, and Voyeurism, Surveillance and Identity in the Cinema at the brevity-obssessed haunted house Anthology Film Archives. The where and the what be thus;

August 19th 2016. Pick of the Day.

Hello my fellow melted popsicles! And I refuse to follow up with a line about the stick and where it was stuck. We seem to be at that point in the Twilight Zone ep where the chick wakes up from her nightmare and discovers that the earth isn't slowly, steadily hurtling toward the sun. Which is relief to us all, viewers and actual physical temp sufferers equally. Saner, safer, much more livable degrees of heat are approaching, for which we can all give thanks. Of course, the twist in that TZ bad boy was that the earth was slowly hurtling away from the sun, and freezing slowly and steadily. So what that metaphor bodes going forward, I'm not sure. But I'm absolving myself of any blame for predicting it. Or demanding a cut of the royalties. Whichever benefits me best.

 

New and ongoing series this day include the self-explanatory Return of the Double Feature! at Film Forum, Joe Dante at the Movies at BAM Cinématek, Voyeurism, Surveillance and Identity in the Cinema at the brevity-obssessed Anthology Film Archives, and the legroom luxurious Cabaret Cinema at the Rubin Museum. The ubiquitous unspoolery be thus;

August 13th 2016. Pick of the Day.

There are heat waves, there are sweltering heat waves, there are punishing pounding heat waves, there are heat waves that sometimes feel, to borrow a line from LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, that the city has become "the sun's anvil". Then there's this current bleak streak, which owes more to that ep of the Twilight Zone where the planet starts spinning further and further toward the sun. The twist in that gem? She discovers...oh hell, I'm not gonna spoil a blessed 22m of TZ for anyone, ANYONE, HELLO!, who hasn't yet seen it (HELLOOOOOOO?!?!?!). Suffice to say it suggests cooler temps are just around the corner, and as with anyhting in this world, we should be careful what we wish for in the face of what we've got. Sermon concluded. The planet's actually drifting away from the sun at the end of that episode I couldn't resist HOW HAVE YOU NOT SEEN THAT TWILIGHT ZONE EP?!?!?!

Ahem.

New and ongoing seris this day include the summer-long Fellini trib at IFC Center, See it Big: The 70mm Show! at Astoria's glorious Museum of the Moving Image, the always welcome reoccurence of the Silent Clowns Film Series at the Library for the Performing Arts, Gaumont: Cinéma Pour Tout le Monde at MoMA, and the excellent and long-deserved Joe Dante at the Movies at BAM Cineematek. The flickering foofaraw be thus;

August 12th 2016. Pick of the Day.

Yo knuckleheads! I'm back with a missive concerning your well-earned cash and hard-earned time on this big blue marble spinning 'round the sun. In other words a Pick, which I understand has become a more and more elusive tchothcke to those of you who follow this site loyally, but the world has differing weights, both online and off, so if you'll bear with me I promise to still offer anywhere from 2-3 articles a week regarding the NYC rep film circuit. Plus the calendar. Plus the Twitter feed. Plus the Facebook page look, this is getting exhausting just typing about the workload, and I haven't even adressed the resumption of the podcast. Let's take easy steps, shall we? And begin with this entry. A quite good one at that, mesez.

New and ongoing series this day include the Fellini trib at IFC Center, Modern Matinees: Summer with Judy Holliday and Gaumont: Cinéma Pour Tout le Monde, both at MoMA, Joe Dante at the Movies at BAM Cinématek, and Cabaret Cinema at the Rubin Museum. The shimmering shenanigans be thus;

August 2016! Joe Dante at the Movies, See it Big: The 70mm Show, and the Last of the Summer Screenings Under the Stars!

'Allo you magnificent, munificent, magnanimous, mellifluous, I've-run-out-of-M word-sobriquet Stockahz! Welcome to August '16 on the NYC rep film circuit. It's been a busy year so far what with the addition of Brooklyn's Syndicated and the LES's Metrograph to the already thriving scene, one which boasts such glorious longtime venues as Anthology Film Archives, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Museum of the Moving Image, BAM Cinématek, and that stalwart that bridged the gap between the closure of such legends as the New Yorker, the 8th St. Playhouse, the Thalia, and the Bleecker St. Cinema, and the advent of those venues to which I initially referred; our very own and very precious Film Forum. Once more we have a month promised that contains some of the best and most influential cinema from its glorious flickering past. So let's get to it.

The Nitrate Stock ClamFest Weekend Getaway! Again! This is not a giveaway contest! Are you fundamentally incapable of understanding another person's vacation? G'wan, call the Consumer Protection Bureau!!! The deep-friers will get me far faster than you!!!

Oh fried everything, how do I love thee let me count the yeah don't cut the line I'm waiting for my Corned Beef n' Cabbage Eggroll. Don't make a bad guy outta me.

 

Yes, Stockahz, I miss you all too. Tremendously so. It's been a struggle to maintain some consistency with this website over the last few months, but I wanna make sure I provide, at the very least, the essential info to keep you, the rep film circuit public, but more importantly my precious readers, with the full skinny at yer fingertips. The odd bribe here and there hasn't hurt either. Wait, did I say bribe? I meant graft. Hang on, lemme head to Webster.com...

So to today's point. I'm taking a much-needed overnight VayCay to that most sacred spot I make pilgrimage to every August, one of the very few reasons this Bronx Boy would ever venture into New Jersey. Yes, True Believers, I'm jumping on the ferry and diving head and feet first into the annual Clamfest! And to those who will deem that anatomically impossible, you haven't seen me at Clamfest.

My debauched dietary delvings aside, my real concern is providing you, my loyal cult member, the exacts about this weekend's rep film offerings. My second concern is having a defibrillator at the ready, which could very easily leapfrog into 1st concern, depending on whether they have those Corned Beef n' Cabbage Egg Rolls again, but for the moment it's YOU SWEET YOU!!!

So with heartfelt abandon and whatever acumen you might assume I possess, here are my Picks for the next 3 days. Any gripes you might have regarding my choices? Forward them to Gov. Christie. He's taking calls.

July 28th 2016. Pick of the Day.

Well, here we come to the finality of yet another July, which may instill dread in those who count how many summers they have left (RUMBLEFISH fans!), but only bolsters the spirits of those, like me, who collect their paychecks as part of the service industry. To us, July can't die fast enough. And August ain't no Grand Bargain either (Wonks!), but at least it contains the few remaining outdoor screenings NYC can comfortably offer, my annual walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, and my annual birthday, which happens every year. In case it was a question dangling out there. Farewell month named for Julius Caesar. Hello month named for Augustus Caesar. Let's do this, shall we?

Continuing series this month include Les Durs at Film Forum, Modern Matinees: Summer With Judy Holliday & Seriously Funny: The Films of Leo McCarey, both at MoMA, and the wonderful Booze N' Books at my current fave, BillyBurg's Nitehawk Cinema. The unspooling ululation be thus;

July 23rd 2016. Pick of the Day.

New and continuing series this day include Les Durs at Film Forum, Four More Years: An Election Special at BAM Cinématek, Seriously Funny: The Films of Leo McCarey at MoMA, Cassavetes/Rowlands at the Metrograph, Eternity and History: The Films of Theo Angelopoulos at Museum of the Moving Image, and an intriguing revival as part of Japan Cuts 2016 at the Japan Society. The flabbergasting flatbed flicker be thus;

July 21st 2016. Pick of the Day.

For the record, and because it concerns a classic film from over 30 years ago, I just wanna officially weigh in on the GHOSTBUSTERS reboot. It's terrific. And hopefully they'll get the sequel as right as this restart. Something the original creators failed to do. Hollywood gets so few chances at these things, when it works it feels nearly miraculous. So support, movielovers worldwide. And enjoy.

Continuing series this day include the trib to three French toughs, Les Durs at Film Forum, Modern Matinees: Summer with Judy Holliday and Modern Matinees: Summer with Judy Holliday, both at MoMA, and the slowly unwinding Cassavetes/Rowlands brilliance at the Metrograph. The filmic foofaraw be thus;

July 20th 2016. Pick of the Day.

Continuing series this day includes Le Durs at Film Forum, Cassavetes/Rowlands at the Metrograph, and Modern Matinees: Summer with Judy Holliday & Seriously Funny: The Films of Leo McCarey, both at MoMA. The emulsified ebullience be thus;

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