August 16, 2018
Order Of Death (Copkiller)August 16, 2018
Crime / 1983 / 117 minutes
Order of Death, aka Copkiller, aka Corrupt may not be a well-known genre entry, but Roberto Faenza’s prime cut of 80s copsploitation is a must-see for fans of Italian crime cinema. In a role that would echo in in the better-known Bad Lieutenant, Harvey Keitel plays a corrupt cop who finds himself trapped in a sadistic head game with a serial killer (John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, iconic front man for punk superstars The Sex Pistols and influential post-punk outfit PiL) who has confessed to targeting cops. Keitel is in top-form here, playing the role with enough simmering, glassy-eyed rage to earn it a place among his best performances, and Lydon, in his only film role to date, brings his considerable stage presence to the screen. Best of all, Faenza’s film digs at serious issues of institutional corruption and miscarriage of police power, giving the table-turning drama added resonance and thematic weight. With music by spaghetti western maestro Ennio Morricone.
Shakedown (35mm)August 16, 2018
Crime / 1988 / 112 minutes
The 80s were high time for buddy cop movies, and though James Glickenhaus’ Shakedown tends to get overlooked in favor of 48 Hours or Beverly Hills Cop, it rides comfortably along with those films as a prime example of the genre and wholly enjoyable escapist entertainment. Shakedown’s premise is simple; a mild-mannered public defender (king of deadpan Peter Weller) teams up with a renegade narcotics agent (master mustache-wielder Sam Elliot) to clean up the New York streets as well as the corruption in their respective institutions of law. By cleverly intercutting courtroom scenes with cartoonish, high octane action sequences, Glickenhaus gives the film an irresistibly rollicking pulse, allowing his leads to play to their comedic strengths while establishing a strong onscreen rapport. With Patricia Charbonneau, Antonio Fargas and Blanche Baker.
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On FootAugust 17, 2018
Biography / 2018 / 113 minutes
The arrival of a new Gus Van Sant film is always cause for celebration among film fans, and in the case of Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, the Pacific Northwest indie auteur is out to celebrate life itself. Based on the autobiography of the late cartoonist John Callahan, Van Sant’s film chronicles – in his loose, inimitable fashion – the life and career of Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix), a recently paralyzed alcoholic who, with the help of a supportive sponsor (Jonah Hill) and girlfriend (Rooney Mara) finds newfound purpose through his creation off-color newspaper cartoons that deal with his disability in frank and funny ways. Continuing on his home-run streak of lead performances Phoenix is once again superb, elevating the performances of his already stellar supporting cast and wringing optimism and warmth out of his visionary director. With Jack Black and Carrie Brownstein and featuring a score by A-list composer and former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman.
DamselAugust 17, 2018
Comedy / 2018 / 113 minutes
Austin writer/director team David and Nathan Zellner (Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter) bring their stately comedic sensibility to the Old West with Damsel, earning them praise among the Sundance set and the film critic circle. Robert Pattinson continues his post-Twilight winning streak in his role as an affluent pioneer who, along with a drunkard companion (co-director David Zellner) and a miniature horse, traverses the raw American frontier on route to marry his sweetheart (Mia Wasikowska).Taking a page from the Cohen brothers, the Zellners play on genre tropes for the purpose of subverting them – as well as audience expectation – while drawing layered, comedy-rich performances from their players and capturing the great American west with the visual splendor it demands. Featuring music from the indie electronica band The Octopus Project.
A loving reinvention of the western genre from the Zellner brothers (Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter), DAMSEL showcases their trademark unpredictability, off-kilter sense of humor, and unique brand of humanism.