Showing posts with label Grieve goes to the movies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Grieve goes to the movies. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Now playing: The East Village Queer Film Festival; Utterly Winona; Bowie as Ziggy Stardust


[The Wild Project on 3rd Street]

The East Village Queer Film Festival is underway (as of last evening) at the Wild Project on Third Street between Avenue A and Avenue B. You can find the lineup of films and accompanying events, playing through Sunday, right here.

And here are a few more films that may be of interest...

• "Madonna: Truth of Dare" — Hedda Lettuce is hosting an interactive cinematic experience for the documentary that chronicled Madge's Blond Ambition tour in 1990. Aug. 22 (tomorrow!) at 7:30 p.m., City Cinemas Village East (Details here)

• Larry Clark retrospective — The Metrograph down on Ludlow Street is hosting a slate of Clark's films, including "Bully," "Wassup Rockers" and "Another Day in Paradise," starting on Saturday. (Details here.)

• Utterly Winona — The Quad Cinema's Winona Ryder retrospective continues on 13th Street between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue. Upcoming screenings include "Edward Scissorhands," "The Age of Innocence" and "Mermaids." (Details here.)

• Rock 'N' Film — The Anthology Film Archives, on Second Street and Second Avenue, has several titles left to screen in its rock 'n' roll retrospective including the documentaries "Wattstax" and "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars." (Details here)

• "Suddenly, Last Summer" — The 1959 Southern Gothic classic with Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift plays for free tomorrow evening at 5 at the Tompkins Square Library branch on 10th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B. (Details here)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' getting the 35th anniversary treatment at Union Square



Here's the official blurb about the 35th anniversary screening....

Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Universal Pictures are bringing Fast Times at Ridgemont High to select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day event, which also includes an introduction from a TCM host. Academy Award winner Sean Penn stars in the film that defined the outrageous and bold teen comedy genre.

It's playing Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and again on Wednesday at the same (fast)times at Regal Union Square Stadium 14 on 13th Street and Broadway. Find more details here.

And now, the dated trailer...



Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Desperately Seeking 1985 New York City


There's a free screening tonight of 1985's
Desperately Seeking Susan at McCarren Park Pool in Greenpoint. It's a silly movie (stolen ancient Egyptian earrings! amnesia! mistaken identities!) that I enjoy watching every summer. (In fact, I just watched it Sunday night.) As Brian J. Dillard writes in his review at allmovie.com, "A classic Hollywood screwball comedy transposed to modern-day Manhattan, Desperately Seeking Susan offered mid-'80s moviegoers a mall-friendly version of hip New York style, much like Madonna did throughout her early musical career." Hmm, that's about right. I like it for a lot of reasons, such as seeing youngish John Turturro, Steven Wright and Giancarlo Esposito, among others, in small roles. And director Susan Seidelman rounded out the film with several downtown musicians/performers -- Richard Edson, Rockets Redglare, Richard Hell, John Lurie, Arto Lindsay, Ann Magnuson. And, of course, you get to see some mid-1980s New York, including several scenes in the East Village. (Nice, too, that many of these places are still around some 23 years later, including Gem Spa, Trash & Vaudeville, B & H Dairy and Love Saves the Day.)

Wacky Neighbor had a post on Susan's production design in September 2004. As he notes, the players behind the look of the film were Woody Allen regulars at the time.

Meanwhile, here are a few screenshots from Desperately Seeking Susan.

On St. Mark's.

On Second Avenue.

In front of Love Saves the Day.



Ohhh! Don't mess with the guy with the bucket of the Colonel hanging around Second Avenue and 7th Street!


Scary clubgoers! Do all New Yorkers look like this?!

Outside the Magic Club. (In the film, the club is said to be on Broadway. According to Wikipedia, some of the interiors and exteriors were filmed in Harlem.)




Now, some Desperately Seeking Susan trivia from Wikipedia, which means it may or may not be right:
* The filmakers had initially wanted Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn to play the roles of Roberta and Susan. But the director decided to cast newcomers Rosanna Arquette and Madonna instead. 
* Bruce Willis was up for the role of Dez. Melanie Griffith was up for the part of Susan as well.
* Madonna barely beat out Ellen Barkin to the part of Susan. Barkin was the producers first choice for the part, but the director claimed Barkin had a lack of substance.
* The Statue of Liberty can be seen in the film when it is still covered in scaffolding during its two year renovation.
* The DVD commentary track for the film (recorded in 1996) noted that after Madonna's first screen test, the producers asked her to take four weeks of acting lessons and get screen-tested again. Although the second screen test wasn't much of an improvement, the director still wanted her for the role, as much for her presence and sense of style as for anything else.
* The 1964 sci-fi movie The Time Travelers is playing in scenes 6 and 23 (melts at the end of the movie).
* The movie was originally filmed in the summer of 1984, early in Madonna's rise to popularity, and was intended to be an R-rated feature. However, following the success of the singer's 1984-85 hits "Like a Virgin" and "Material Girl," the film was trimmed in content by Orion Pictures in order to receive a PG-13 rating in order for Madonna's teenage fanbase to be able to see it
* The interior / exterior shots of The Magic Club were filmed in Harlem.
* Some of the scenes were filmed in Danceteria, a club that Madonna frequented and which gave her a start in the music business.

Previously on EV Grieve:
In case why you were wondering why some SATC fans are now into Richard Hell

They just didn't get it

A quick note on the end of "Siskel & Ebert"/"Ebert & Roeper." As Roger Ebert noted yesterday on his Web site, "After 33 years on the air, 23 of them with Disney, the studio has decided to take the program named 'Siskel & Ebert' and then 'Ebert & Roeper' in a new direction. I will no longer be associated with it."

I still haven't forgiven them (from 1989!) for trashing one of the greatest bad films ever (partially) shot in NYC.

Friday, April 18, 2008

EV Grieve goes to the movies (not often, though): "If people don't like it now, they will"


I'm not one to go around recommending movies. But! There's an excellent documentary opening tonight at the Anthology Film Archives. My Name is Albert Ayler explores the free jazz saxophonist’s too-short life and legacy. It plays through Tuesday night.

I had a chance to see the film during its premiere at the Anthology Film Archives last November. It's directed by Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin, who spoke about Ayler after the November screening. This is the result of nearly seven years of work. He built the film around various audio recordings of Ayler’s voice from interviews. Collin also found archival footage from Stockholm and New York featuring some scorching live performances. All this is rounded out by talking head interviews with friends, family and musicians who knew Ayler. Their stories are just a small part of the film, which humanizes the enigmatic musician who died in 1975. He was 34.

Oh, and that headline? Ever confident, Ayler always had this to say about his rather jarring brand of jazz, “If people don’t like it now, they will.”

Here's a little background on Ayler: