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March 23rd 2013. Pick Of The Day.

Brunch at the Nitehawk Cinema this fine brisk when-will-winter-fucking-end-already afternoon offers two vastly different examples of crime fiction; the original silent CHICAGO from 1927, and the one-and-only STREETS OF FIRE from the entirely fictional year of 1984.

March 22nd 2013. Pick Of The Day.

Joseph L. Mankiewicz's SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER screens for the last of its three day run as part of MOMA's Auteurist History of Film series. Being as this slice of Tennessee Williams' happy is the closest we're bound to get to the season itself anytime soon I'm tempted to make it my Pick for a second time this week, but I stand by my anti-double-dip rule. Sorry Liz...

March 21st 2013. Pick Of The Day.

Joseph L. Mankiewicz's SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER screens for the second of its three-day run as part of MOMA's Auteurist History of Film series. Suppressed homosexuality, Freudian psycho-analysis, teenage lobotomy, all the goodies you'd expect from a Tennessee Williams' one act are on display in this film, which finds Liz Taylor's traumatized innocent manipulated by a steely Katherine Hepburn desperate to keep a family secret.

March 20th 2013. Pick Of The Day.

BAM's trib to the perennially alluring Isabele Adjani screens its penultimate day with two examples of farce separated by uncommon languages. Jean-Paul Rappeneau's ALL FIRED UP sees our starlet's degenerate gambler of a father, or Yves Montand, return to soak up the last of the family's cash, until Adjani intervenes and then joins him to thwart his creditors' plans. Tres Francais.

March 16th 2013. Pick Of The Day.

Don't want St. Patrick's day coming one minute earlier than it must, let alone one whole day? TOUGH, sez Bloomberg, the parade's today so start drinking NOW! And God help the bartenders on either end of that parade, sez this once-bartender...

On the other hand, that may leave more and better seating for the Cinegeek amongst us, and there's a LOT of great classic film unspooling this day where Technicolor may refer to film stock or, to put it politely, a certain digetsive expulsion commonly found along the 5th Avenue set this day. Let's focus on the emulsive variety.

March 15th 2013. Pick Of The Day.

Things start to simmer on the rep film circuit today as competing retrospectives of two of the screen's classic sirens duke it out with a certain whistling killer with some chalk on his back. The day kicks off with one of the former, Isabelle Adjan's whackjob horror (?) cult classic POSSESSION, as part of BAM's ongoing trib to the actress. Wanna know what this flick's about? Yeah so do I. Not my Pick.

March 14th 2013. Pick Of The Day.

The Godard confoundery concludes today as Film Forum's weeklong love affair with the Frogteur's LE PETIT SOLDAT comes to a close. I will play American Without Tears in its honor. Not my Pick.

March 13th 2013. Pick Of The Day.

Godard's followup to his BREATHLESS debut winds down its weeklong appreciation from the movie temple on West Houston. LE PETIT SOLDAT screens today and tomorrow unless repreived by Film Forum. I'm betting no.

March 9th 2013. Pick Of The Day.

Godard continues to confuse during Film Forum's weeklong screening of LE PETIT SOLDAT. Anna Karina's screen debut would doom her to marriage with the dreaded Jean-Luc. Hey, ya gotta take the salt with the vinegar. Wait I got that wrong. Whatever. Not my Pick.

March 8th 2103. Pick Of The Day.

Film Forum waves goodbye to the year 1933, which saw the institution of a Motion Picture Production Code, and welcomes the French New Wave, which pretty much destroyed it. Jean Luc Godard's LE PETIT SOLDAT gets a weeklong hug from the rep palace of West Houston. Never seen and I hate the director. So, y'know, things might change, but not my Pick today.


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