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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;

July 16th 2016. Pick of the Day.

New and continuing series this day include Le Durs at Film Forum, Seriously Funny: The Films of Leo McCarey at MoMA, Eternity and History: The Films of Theo Angelopoulos at Astoria's Moving Image, the roiling Cassavetes/Rowlands at the Metrograph, Four More Years: An Election Special at BAM Cinématek, and Voyeurism, Surveillence and Identity in the Cinema at Anthology Film Archives, who famously love to keep it succinct. The anamorphic amour be thus;

July 15th 2016. Pick of the Day.

New and ongoing series this day include the European Tough Guy celebré entitled Les Durs at Film Forum, the kickoff to Seriously Funny: The Films of Leo McCarey and the continuance of the fabulous Modern Matinees: Summer with Judy Holliday, the politically charged Four MoreYears: An Election Special at BAM, Voyeurism, Surveillence and Identity in the Cinema at Anthology Film Archives, and Eternity and History: The Cinema of Theo Angelopoulos at Museum of the Moving Image. The filmic foofaraw be thus;

July 14th 2016. Pick of the Day.

The day speaks for itself. Ongoing series include Modern Matinees: Summer with Judy Holliday at MoMA, and the excellent Welcome to Metrograph: A to Z at the glorious Metrograph. Here it comes;

July 13th 2016. Pick of the Day.

Well, I'm not sure where you, my faithful readers, stand on an issue of hefty gravitas that currently divides our great nation in ways simultaneously benign and absolutely hair-raising, but I can safely say I'm pleased with where the current results stand: AL 4, NL 2. Suck it League that makes your pitchers take at-bats still! I love making controversial statements!

New and ongoing series this day include Modern Matinees: Summer with Judy Holliday at MoMA, Mobsters on Main Street at the Tarrytown Music Hall, and De Palma & His Influences: Double Features at the newly-minted Metrograph. The emulsified ebullience be thus;

July 12th 2016. Pick of the Day.

Y'know what's great about the NYC rep film circuit? I don't mean the its best quality necessarily, but one of its recent and consistently beauteous attributes? That on a day when the offerings are slight, they still boast 3 classics, perhaps all masterpieces. So while the list at first may seem underwhelming, a closer scan of the fish market's haul will no doubt bring a grin to those educated in seafood. Or film. Dang it, I lost control of the metaphor again. Slippery prey, indeed.

Ongoing series today are confined to that newest gem on the rep circuit, the LES's Metrograph, who boast their ongoing year-long Welcome to Metrograph: A to Z, and the extension of their De Palma trib from last month. The projected profundity be thus;

July 8th 2016. Pick of the Day.

How did it become July already? How? It seems just yesterday that the Oscars got it wrong once more, Tax Day got it wrong re: our bank acc'ts, and the RNC got it wrong well I'll leave politics outta the conversation. It's the Hawks in me. But JEEZ! We're already past the year's halfway mark? So much rep film treasure has passed, like BAM's complete retrospective of the films of Michael Mann, MoMA's 90th birthday trib to the invaluable legend Jerry Lewis, and MoMI's equally important and luminous 90th birthday trib the the great, groundbreaking Sidney Poitier! Much more rep film wealth looms on the horizon, especially considering the emergence of new venues like Bushwick's Syndicated and the LES's Metrograph, with the re-opening of the Quad to come this Autumn and the expansion of IFC Center! This is the richest age of rep cinema in NYC since the days of the original Thalia, of the New Yorker, of the Bleecker St. Cinema and the 8th. St. Playhouse and the Waverly. It only reinforces my spirit to know so many people are not only investing in this genre, but attending as well. The future looks bright. As bright as the past.

So to the present: new and ongong series this day include Modern Matinees: Summer with Judy Holliday at MoMA, Welcome to Metrograph: A to Z at, well, the Metrograph, Eternity and History: The Films of Theo Angelopoulos at Museum of the Moving Image, and the eternally swank Cabaret Cinema at the Rubin Museum. The emulsified ebullience be thus;

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