Movies Without CGI
Non-blockbusters around the city, June 28-July 4
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Film Forum, ongoing, various times
Any self-respecting cinema fan has probably already dropped by the Film Forum to check out the 50th anniversary restoration of Godard’s classic. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? It’s Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, the epitome of cool, on the big screen! As the Forum’s website says, “Must end soon,” so get your tickets now—unless you want to wait for the 100th anniversary edition.
Wild at Heart
IFC Center, July 2-4, midnight
Last week, I wrote about The Wicker Man and the amazing acting ability of Nicolas Cage. That was just one part of IFC Center’s ongoing “Cage Heat” series. So far, Bringing Out the Dead, Face/Off, Snake Eyes, Leaving Las Vegas, The Rock, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Peggy Sue Got Married, Valley Girl, Raising Arizona, and the aforementioned Wicker Man have been screened. What’s left? This week, from July 2-4, it’s David Lynch’s Wild at Heart, and July 9-10 is Con Air, the final “Cage Heat” film (where’s Gone in Sixty Seconds?). Remember, put the bunny back in the box.
Wendy and Lucy
MoMa, July 1, 4 p.m.
In 2008, two different dog movies were released: Marley and Me and Wendy and Lucy. Guess which film made me cry? No, it’s not the one starring Jennifer Aniston; it’s Kelly Reichardt’s drama about a girl, Wendy, trying to escape to Alaska with only $500 on her, but ends up with a broken car and a lost dog. It’s a shame Michelle Williams wasn’t nominated for an Oscar for her performance as the titular human, and even sadder that Marley and Marmaduke are more famous than Lucy. At least MoMA won’t be showing the films of those other two dogs, right? Right…?
BAM Rose Cinemas, June 23-29, various times
Look at the photo above. You know you’re interested. The woman pictured is Gina Lollobrigida, star of Jules Dassin’s 1959 film about lust and betrayal in a small Mediterranean town. Lollobrigida plays a housekeeper who denies the advances of a local mob boss (Yves Montand) in the hopes of marrying her real love, Enrico (Marcello Mastroianni). That’s when things begin to heat up.
Cinema Village, ongoing, various times
This is a Greek film about three teenagers who are told by their parents that they’re not allowed to go past the fence in their frontyard. They’re so out-of-sync from the rest of the world, a world they know nothing of, that they believe the word “zombie” means a small yellow flower, all because their parents say so. It’s not every week that a funny, terrifying film is released—unless you want the complete opposite of that, like the certain-to-be unfunny, not scary Eclipse, which will be released on Friday. Damn vampires.