After Halloween, the film schedules at repertory houses can often be a little bit of a letdown. It seems like the buildup to all Hallow's Eve is fraught with anticipation – the suspense, if you will, of seeing what classic or cult film will be rediscovered and shown on the big screen. But in the days following, those early weeks after October's specifically-themed holiday and the hotbed of new material released to commemorate "awards season," it seems tough for programmers to know what best to play to keep their audiences entertained.
Thankfully, the availability of 35mm prints, as well as the rise in digital projection, has made it possible for theaters to continue providing top-notch programming even after your eyeballs have been melted out of your head by watching some soul-scarring horror movie that was banned in 30 countries. And the first week of November offers a wide range of interesting programming in all parts of the country, including, but certainly not limited to our Top Ten picks listed below.
Fans of David Bowie and furries will have plenty to celebrate on November 4 at the Alamo Ritz, where programmers are hosting a 'Labyrinth' Sing & Quote-A-Long at 7:00 PM. Check out the Ritz calendar at the Alamo Drafthouse website.
-- Stanley Kubrick's 'Clockwork Orange' is screening at the University of Chicago on November 3 at 7:00 and 9:30 PM. For more information about the schedule and additional films being shown check out Eventful.com.
-- Roger Ebert, luminary of the film critic world, will make an in-person appearance on Nov. 6 at a Barnes & Noble in Naperville, IL, where he will be signing copies of his new book The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker.
-- On Nov. 1, Larry Fessenden's long-lost film 'Habit' will be screened at the reRun Gastropub Theatre. The film screens at 9:30 and particularly in our era of vampire obsession, it's not to be missed. For more information check out the reRun Theatre's official site.
-- On Friday, Nov. 5, the 1980s classic 'Red Dawn' is showing at the IFC Center in New York. The screening is at midnight, so make sure you bring plenty of pop rocks and Jolt Cola, but be warned that you might have to pee if you do (although probably not in a carburetor). For more information visit the homepage of the IFC Center.
-- Starting on November 4 with a premiere screening of Ed Zwick's 'Love and Other Drugs,' Los Angeles' AFI Film Festival launches a week of unique, curated programming of new and upcoming films. For a full schedule and ticket information, check out AFI.com.
-- At the New Beverly this week is a double feature of two Marilyn Monroe films that look terrific on the big screen: between Nov. 5 and 7, you can seen 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' and 'The Seven Year Itch.' Check the New Beverly's website for schedule and ticketing information.
-- David Lynch is a guest programmer at the 2010 AFI Film Festival and he scheduled a double-feature at Los Angeles' storied Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 3:30 PM of his feature debut, 'Eraserhead,' and Billy Wilder's 'Sunset Boulevard.' For more information check out the American Cinematheque website.
-- Also on Saturday, Nov. 6, come see Helen Slater in person as she introduces a 35mm print of the '80s cult classic 'The Legend of Billie Jean.' According to the Cinefamily website, the film is paired with another secret film, details of which will be released later. But come on out – and if you get a "Billie Jean" haircut at the door, you receive free and early admission to the show!
-- If your cinephilia hasn't been fully satisfied by Sunday, head back to the Silent Movie Theatre for a screening of the cult erotic film 'Score,' which will be introduced by director Radley Metzger and the film's co-star Lynn Lowry. Check out the Cinefamily site for schedule and ticket information, and also check out Cult Epics, the DVD distributor that is coordinating the home video release of the film.
The Savannah Film Festival will continue running through Nov. 6. Sponsored by the Savannah College of Art and Design, the festival includes a wide variety of panels, screenings and chats with filmmakers and industry experts. Check out the festival's website for more information about films being shown.