So let the other suckers fight over whose big-budget comedy is less funny! Focus your attention on these...
INDIE THEATRICAL RELEASES
- Brick Lane, which opens today in New York after playing at a dozen or so film festivals, including Telluride and Toronto, is a British drama about a Bangladeshi woman who moves to London in the 1980s for an arranged marriage. Hilarity ensues?
- Expired is a comedy/drama about a mousy meter maid (Samantha Morton) who has a relationship with a gruff, abusive coworker (Jason Patric). It opens today in New York.
After the jump, our city-by-city round-up of special events and screenings....
Austin: No matter how bad (or good) Love Guru is, nothing can change the fact that Mike Myers' Wayne's World is a classic. Want proof? The Alamo Drafhouse is hosting a quote-along screening Sunday night, where patrons will be encouraged to discuss butt-expelled flying monkeys and Babraham Lincoln along with the characters.
Boston: When you think of comedy, you probably think of Johannesburg, South Africa. Just kidding! You probably think of Jon Stewart. But South Africa is home to the funny guys behind Bunny Chow (2006), an urban comedy set in J-Burg that's playing at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Sunday and Monday.
Boston: Operation Filmmaker -- a satirical documentary about Liev Schreiber's efforts to help a young Iraqi man break in to filmmaking -- will play all this week at the Brattle Theatre on Harvard Square. It's the area premiere for the film.
Brooklyn, N.Y.: Some of the films that have debuted at Cannes' Directors' Fortnight are being shown this week at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. BAMcinématek's "Directors' Fortnight at 40" series includes films by Fassbinder, Christopher Petit, and Lynne Ramsey.
Chicago: What's your pleasure -- shlock or shock? Either way, the Music Box Theatre has you covered, with midnight screenings this weekend of Rocky Horror Picture Show and Dario Argento's Inferno.
Denver: It's something old and something new with the Denver Film Society's back-to-back screenings of Swing Time (1936) and Save the Last Dance (2001). Both are about dancing!
Los Angeles: You might not know the name Savage Steve Holland, but if you're a certain age I bet you saw his films back in the day: Better off Dead (1985) and One Crazy Summer (1986). They're playing in a double feature tonight at the Aero Theatre, and Holland (joined by stars Curtis Armstrong and Diane Franklin) will be present for a discussion.
New Orleans: The N.O. Film Society is sponsoring poolside outdoor screenings every Thursday this summer. Next week's offering: City Slickers. Oh, and it's free, so you can't beat that.
Portland, Ore.: One of Joss Whedon's favorite charities is Equality Now, which fights violence and discrimination against women. So to help out their idol's pet cause, a group called PDX Browncoats is sponsoring a screening of Whedon's Serenity tonight and Saturday at the Hollywood Theatre, with all proceeds going to Equality Now. It's the third year they've done this, and the event keeps growing with parties, special guests, and related merriment. Shiny!
Seattle: Passing Poston is a documentary about some of the Japanese-Americans who were forced into intern camps during World War II, and the haunting effects on their lives. It's playing at the Northwest Film Forum all this week, and some panel discussions are scheduled.