Here are this week's happenings in film from New York to LA and points in between, right after the jump ...
New York City: At Film Forum through August 14, you can treat yourself to a foreign-language double-whammy with Summer '04, a German love triangle drama, starring Martina Gedeck (The Lives of Others). The film screens with a short film, Never Like the First Time, a little Swedish treat telling the tales of the first time four people ... well, you get the idea ... through animated documentary interviews. In Swedish (which probably makes it that much more sexy) with English subtitles, 15 minutes.
The NYC Noir Fest, a spectacular five week, 46-film exploration of the dark side, is still going strong. You can check out the full schedule right here -- I have to note that it includes one of my fave bad movies ever, Cat People, which I used to revel in watching every time it showed on the late-night movies on the local UHF channel when I was a kid (UHF? Yeah, that was pre-cable, thanks for noticing and making me feel old). You can also catch films like Midnight Cowboy, Taxi Driver, Panic in Needle Park, Rope, and Rear Window, if Cat People isn't your thing. As a part of the fest, Film Forum also has a series called "The Silent City: New York in the Movies, 1898-1928."
Iraq war doc No End in Sight is still screening at Film Forum as well, if you haven't caught it yet -- even if you're getting sick of war docs -- this one is worth catching. You can get more insight into the film as well with James Rocchi's interview with director Charles Ferguson.
If you just can't get enough of Gerard Depardieu, the Walter Reade Theater has a real treat for you: "Tough and Tender," a series on the French actor's films runs from August 3-19, so you can spend the hot and sweaty month of August getting, well, hot and sweaty watching Depardieu. Ooh-la-la. Also at the Walter Reade, on Sunday, August 5 you can catch a Film Comment Selects screening of The Executioner's Song -- with Rosanna Arquette and Lawrence Schiller in person!
Los Angeles: We've been telling you for a while now that it's coming, and at long last it's here! Through August 27, American Cinematheque brings you all the geekiness you can handle with the Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Fest! Get your weekend off to a bloody good time with a Euro-vampire double-feature: a screening of lesbian vampire flick Blood and Roses, Saturday at 7:30PM, followed by Kiss of the Vampire. There just aren't enough flicks about blood-sucking lesbians out there, and Blood and Roses isn't available on DVD, so don't miss it! At the Egyptian.
If vampires, werewolves and aliens aren't your style, you can head over to the Aero on Sunday for a Tom Dicillo double-feature: Living in Oblivion (1994) starring Steve Buscemi, and Box of Moonlight (1996), starring Sam Rockwell. DiCillo will be on hand for a Q&A between screenings.
Seattle: Looking for something film-ish to kick your weekend off, Seattleites? Tonight at 7:30PM at Northwest Film Forum, you can catch Planet of Storms, part of the "From the Tsars to the Stars: A Journey Through Russian Fantastik Cinema" series. Hey, it has volcanoes and a "cackling, swooping pterodactyl" -- what more could you want. Pop into Crave down the street for a yummy dinner beforehand (their soup of the day is always amazing), and then hike it over to Vivace for a post-movie latte (boy, do I miss Seattle coffee ... ), and you've got your perfect cinepheliac date night, kids.
If you're not into Russian sci-fi, NWFF still has you covered; they're also showing Flanders, which won the Jury Grand Prize at Cannes in 2006, August 3-9. Cehck out the full schedule at NWFF, including their upcoming workshops, right here.
The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) Group is still going strong with their summer screenings. This weekend at the SIFF theater at McCaw Hall, they're screening Aki Kaurismäki's Lights in the Dusk, the conclusion to Kaurismäki's trilogy that started with Drifting Clouds and The Man Without a Past.
Toronto: Heading north of the border, Toronto film fans can head over to Yonge-Dundas Square on Tuesday, August 7 to catch an outdoor screening of one of my all-time fave films, Gattaca! Upcoming at the Square: The Matrix (August 14), Minority Report (August 21) AND, on August 28, Fritz Lang's 1927 silent masterpiece, Metropolis, accompanied by live electronic music! That one is not to be missed -- heck, I might even have to hop a flight to Toronto just for that.
Austin: This weekend at The Alamo Drafthouse at Lake Creek brings you a midnight screening of Jackie Chan's Drunken Master both Friday and Saturday. At the South Lamar location, bring the kids to free screenings through August at Kids Summer Movie Camp. Films will include Nanny McPhee, Holes, and one of my own faves, Howl's Moving Castle. Plus: The Village location has Rocky Horror Saturday night at 11:55 PM, so break out your corsets and fishnet stockings! Also coming up at the Village: The ever-popular Ladies of the '80s Sing-Along, Volume 2, August 17 and 24 at midnight.
Dallas: The Dallas Video Fest is still running through August 5. The fest is surprisingly affordable -- all-day passes range from $10 weeknights to $25 weekends. Check out the full schedule and start making your plans now. The Dallas-area Landmark theaters have some good films showing as well, including Evening and Waitress (you'll want to stop off for some pie after watching that one ...) and Midnight Madness screenings at the Inwood: The Wizard of Oz plays this weekend, and next weekend you can head Back to the Future with Michael J. Fox. Full schedule is right here.
Oklahoma City: This weekend at the Oklahoma CIty Museum of Art: Summercamp! screens through Saturday. Sunday at 2PM brings OKC a screening of Bound for Glory, a biopic about folk legend Woody Guthrie -- with a special guest appearance by Guthrie's youngest sister, Mary Jo Edgmon. Bound for Glory is part of the Oklahoma Centennial series, which explores how the Sooner State has been portrayed in film. Upcoming at Movies at the Museum: La Vie en Rose, The Outsiders, and mark your calendars NOW for Sarah Polley's remarkable Away From Her, screening starting August 16.
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