If you're looking to venture outside your apartment this weekend and brave the dreary weather, be sure to stop by your local theater. They have all your bases covered—from zombies and haunted hotels to pre-code controversies and "blue steel." Not to mention you have three chances to see your favorite classics in 35mm.
Friday, December 6th
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
No date night ideas? No worries, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s beloved zom-com is playing downtown! Shaun (Pegg) is your average bloke living an aimless existence until the zombie apocalypse throws the world into turmoil. Shaun must step up to not only save those close to him, but the entire human existence.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
For some reason Tim Burton loves having Johnny Depp cut up things. But before Sweeney Todd came along, there was the gentle Edward Scissorhands, who was just about perfect aside from his curse of being unfinished by his inventor. The first collaboration between Burton and Depp gives a completely uncoventional take on coming-of-age meets Beauty and the Beast when Edward lusts after young Kim (Winona Ryder).
Taxi Driver (1976)
After Mean Streets, Scorsese invites us to look through an even bleaker lens of Manhattan in the 1970’s – a city torn by crime, red light districts, and lack of mayoral control. De Niro’s infamous, Travis Bickle, is a portrait of a generation lost amidst the Vietnam War and political turmoil. He tries to save the only females in his life, Betsy (Cybill Sheperd) and Iris (Jodie Foster) from the parasitical system and discreetly cries for help to his fellow cab drivers, who are simply too jaded by the survival-of-the-fittest, New York mentality to notice. If you’ve never had the privilege to see Scorsese’s iconic masterpiece on the big screen, IFC Center is giving you your chance this Friday night.
Saturday, December 7th
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
Brunch, bluegrass music, and Warren Beatty – what could be better on a Saturday morning? See Robert Altman’s classic tale (in 35mm!) of the little man rising up against corporate America, along with a pre-screening live music performance by bluegrass band, The Birdhive Boys.
The Shining (1980)
While the film world is still reeling from the conspiracies surrounding The Shining presented in documentary, Room 237, this weekend try to decide for yourself which theory you believe. Perhaps Kubrick was indeed experimenting with ideas of the Labyrinth, demonstrated by the Overlook Hotel’s impossible architecture. Or maybe the rumors are true and the film does, in fact, act as Kubrick’s penance to helping stage the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. Pshh, conspiracies not for you, you say? Well, head over to IFC and see it anyway.
Ben Stiller will be at Film Linc this Saturday to present his New York cult-comedy, Zoolander, part of the series Ben Stiller Directs, in honor of the much-anticipated Christmas Day wide-release of his new film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The weekend series is featuring our Stiller favorites, including The Cable Guy, Reality Bites, and Tropic Thunder.
Sunday, December 8th
Monkey Business (1931)
They have influenced comedic legends from John Cleese to Woody Allen. See Harpo, Groucho, Zeppo, and Chico in Monkey Business, directed by Norman Z. Mcleod, right out of the vaudeville era. After making the switch from traveling entertainment troop to film icons, the Marx brothers all but created their own unprecedented subgenre blend of vaudeville, slapstick, and stand-up.
Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
In honor of Redford’s heralding performance in All is Lost, IFC is presenting the series, The Way He Was: Early Redford, which runs through January 26th. Lucky for you, this weekend, Sydney Pollack’s wilderness classic, Jeremiah Johnson, is playing. Redford’s characters in both films parallel one another in loneliness and uncertainty. Be sure to see this timeless American film (and Redford's majestic beard) shown in 35mm before brunch this Sunday.
Baby Face (1933)
3:30 6:50 and 9:50
Want to catch a controversial, pre-Hays Code gem? Then had over to Film Forum to see Baby Face. We follow Lily (Barbara Stanwyck), after she quits working in her abusive father’s speakeasy and moves to the big city, where she attempts to put her broken past behind her by sleeping her way to the top of the social food chain. See it in its original 35mm format and step back in time for an afternoon to when sex and drinking portrayals were allowed on film… Oh, wait a minute…