Friday, October 20, 2006

October revivals second half: revised

Mike here with an updated list for the second half. Now that the Mets are toast (disappointed but it's better to be in the playoffs then not be there at all), and I know what theaters are showing Nightmare before xmas, I can give a better idea what to catch. Here we go:

TIM BURTON'S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS- Regal Union Square Cinema- Fri Oct 20 at 7:30, 9:20, 9:50, 11:30, 11:50 and Midnight, Sun Oct 21 at 5:10, 7:30 and 9:20 and 7:30 9:20 and 9:50 during the week- Also AMC Lowes Raceway 10 in Westbury- for at least a week starting Friday at 5:45, 8:15 and 10:45- Also College Point Multiplex Cinemas- for at least a week- at 4:45, 7, 9:15- plus 11:30 on weekends-

Here are the majority of the theaters playing Tim Burton's (created but not directed by him) cult hit that became a huge hit on home video. Since the 3-D process is coming mainly from a projector, I guess not many theaters are willing to take a chance on a 13 year old film. No idea how long this will play, but with this few theaters, I guess it will be thru Halloween and then who knows. Oh joy.

The Regal Union Square is the only convenient theater in Manhattan to catch this. I'm guessing this will play next week, but who knows. The only convenient theater in Queens is College Point, but it may not play the 2 weeks to wait for Bart's SAG card to kick in. Also playing out in Westbury. But only if needed and depending on who actually says yes.

For fans of the film, or animation fans here who have NEVER seen it, I can't say enough that I'd really like to make time for this.

I should correct myself regarding one part of this in the previous list. Danny Elfman did the singing voice of Jack Skellington, but NOT the speaking voice. That was Chris Sarandon (Child's Play, Fright Night, The Princess Bride).

AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD- Fri Oct 20, Tues Oct 24, Wed Oct 25 and Mon Oct 30 at 7:30 and 9:30- Film Forum- More chances to see the first team-up of Kinski and Herzog. Scroll down to the previous blog list and read more. But since it's playing this many days, it would be a shame to miss it.

RASHOMON- Fri Oct 20 at 7:30- AMMI in Astoria- 35 Ave at 36 St- This Kurosawa-Mifune classic is also playing on Friday night. A shame that this is an afterthought, but it's a crowded list. Nevertheless, this is an option. Moving on.

WALKABOUT- Tues Oct 24 at 1- Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center- The excellent film from 1971 from director/cinematographer Nicholas Roeg. I'm not cutting and pasting the rest. Scroll down to the previous list blog to read more.

MEAN STREETS and/or MANHATTAN Wed Oct 25 at 6 and 8:15- MOMA- The Scorsese- De Niro- Kietel classic, and/or the Woody Allen 1979 film. Can see one or the other, or both films for one admission and one long night. Plan for a very late dinner if you do that. But considereing the cinema feast, not too shabby.

CARRIE- Fri Oct 27 at Midnight- Chelsea Clearview Cinemas for 6 dollars- You know this one. You decide if you want to do it.

CHLOE IN THE AFTERNOON- Sat Oct 28 at Noon- IFC Film Center- W. 4th st and 6th ave.- This film is playing as well. Scroll down to the previous list to read more.

ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER- Sat Oct 28 at 9 for 5.50- Film Forum- Part of a retrospective, honoring the best documentaries that received money from the Soros/Sundance Documentary Fund, and made an impact at the Sundance Film Festival. If you're a fan of the Spielberg film "Munich", or fascinated by this moment in history, this 2000 Oscar winner for Best Documentary is worth catching. It won't fail to engross, and won't fail to piss you off on some level.

An additional note; all tickets for this screening is 5.50, so my FF card isn't needed.

HALLOWEEN Mon Oct 30 and Tues Oct 31 at 8pm- Regal Union Square Cinema- A special screening of the John Carpenter horror classic. If you can tell me a more perfect film to see at this time period, I'd like to know. OK, aside from Nightmare Before Christmas, but anyway. Not the headiest or highest brow of the previous films on this list to be sure. But consider this low on the art, high on the execution (no pun intended). Few horror films work this well. Great use of lighting, or lack of. You would be surprised at how bloodless it is, and how much of the deaths you have to imagine for yourself.

To quote from the regal cinemas website: "THE HALLOWEEN CONTENT IS A DIGITAL VERSION OF THE ORIGINAL MOVIE AND WILL BE SHOWN IN ITS ORIGINAL FORMAT." This will also include interviews with some actors from the 1978 film, plus director Rob Zombie, who's about to shoot the remake. All that presumably before the film.

Yes, CORPSE BRIDE/PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE, SQUIRM and ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTIEN are also options, but I don't feel like writing about them; just scroll down to the previous list.

I really want to make an effort for NIGHTMARE, and find the time for AGUIRRE, ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER, HALLOWEEN and if anything else can be caught, great. Let me know. Later.

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