My man Mike Tully ain’t kidding when he mentions some of the filmic riches to be seen in New York City theaters this weekend. I mean, there’s Old Joy (which I confess to missing in Rotterdam, but promise to see this week) and California Split (which I think I should take in after taking in some of the things mentioned in my previous post), and I thoroughly agree with his take on Pan’s Labyrinth and will be writing more about it, tomorrow. It’s truly brilliant. But that’s hardly all on offer this weekend.
For starters, there’s the Evil City Film Fest http://www.evilcityfilmfest.com/ (the cleverest name for a fest in years). While I’m not going to lie (I don’t know much about the films at the fest) this is certainly a fest that could benefit from the attention and board members Morgan Spurlock and Mary Harron have given it. Why not give it a chance and see some new work?
This weekend is also the closing frame for the 44th New York Film Festival, including the closing night film, Guillermo del Toro’s sublime Pan’s Labyrinth. More on that film on Friday. Astonishingly, while Friday and Saturday’s NYFF films are currently sold out (including the excremental Marie Antoinette, tickets for Pan’s are, as of this writing, still available! This is a beautiful film. Go see it.
In the mood for some classics? Well you’re in luck, because there are two series running right now, one at MoMA and one at Lincoln Center as part of the NYFF. MoMA’s contribution to this cornucopia of celluloid riches is entitled Made In NY and I am an ass for forgetting about it. It’s been on since September 23rd, but thankfully runs until December 31st. The current schedule online only runs through November 30th and damn but doesn’t that make me curious as to what’s playing New Years Eve? At any rate, this weekend is amazing enough, with Friday night kicking things off with Susan Seidelman’s Desperately Seeking Susan at 8:15pm. Saturday? How about Woody’s Manhattan, Malle’s My Dinner With Andre and Merry Harron’s American Psycho? Quite possibly the oddest triple feature ever suggested, but what the hell? View against type, man? Sunday? How about a double feature of Shaft and The French Connection? I might have to attend….
The second and hardly less impressive series of classic films screening this weekend? As part of the NYFF, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is presenting 50 Years of Janus Films as a sidebar, celebrating some of the most important and influential foreign films ever seen on these shores, brought here bu this legendary distributor. This weekend’s offerings? How about Luis Buñuel’s Viridiana on Friday night with Agnès Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7 and Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai on Saturday? Not too shabby.
An utterly spellbinding scene from Pan’s Labyrinth Photo Credit: Teresa Isasi. ©2006 Picturehouse