January 17, 2018
Kramer Vs. Kramer 35mm: We Are New York SeriesJanuary 17, 2018
Drama / 1979 / 105 minutes
In the 70s the topic of divorce went mainstream, and no film did a finer job of capturing its complexities than Robert Benton’s 1979 Kramer vs. Kramer. Adapted from Avery Corman’s novel, it tells the story of a 30-something couple – Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman – dealing with the aftermath of their recent divorce, particularly how it affects their young son, played effectively by Justin Henry. It goes without saying that Streep and Hoffman are excellent, but Benton deserves much credit for keeping the proceedings grounded and objective, allowing his performers to craft flawed, sympathetic, three dimensional characters that feel lived in and real. A near-perfect snapshot of the fractured, “me generation” parenting of the 1970s, one that would go on to win 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actor and Supporting Actress.
The Fog Of War 35mm: SPC 25 Year Retrospective SeriesJanuary 18, 2018
Documentary / 2003 / 107 minutes
Culled from over 20 hours of footage, noted documentarian Errol Morris turns his lens to the philosophy of international conflict with his eye-opening 2003 doc The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert McNamara. As suggested by the subtitle, the film centers around former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, chronicling his life through his upbringing and education, his involvement in WW II, Vietnam, the Cold War, as well as his tenures as president of the Ford Motor Company and the World Bank. As remarkable as McNamara’s life is, even more remarkable is his candor towards his successes and failures; in moments of unguarded pride, and conversely regret, he paints a vivid picture of the weight bore by men of great influence and the machinations that take place within the corridors of power. A must see for anyone with even a passing interest in American foreign policy.
Riding Giants 35mm: SPC 25 Year Retrospective SeriesJanuary 18, 2018
Documentary / 2004 / 101 minutes
Following up his acclaimed doc about skateboard culture Dogtown and Z-Boys, director/skateboarder/surfer Stacy Peralta sets his sights on the big wave with his 2004 documentary Riding Giants. Diving headlong into surf culture, Peralta’s narrative flow traces the sport from its beginnings in Hawaii before coming to focus on “big wave riding”, a dangerous discipline in which surfers attempt to ride 20-foot plus waves. Many surfing legends are featured – including Greg Noll, Laird Hamilton, Jeff Clark and Mickey Munoz – providing context to archive footage and jaw-dropping re-enactments that viscerally illustrate the thrill and peril of catching a gnarly wave. With a propulsive soundtrack featuring tracks by Link Wray, David Bowie, Dick Dale, Moby and more.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriJanuary 19, 2018
Comedy / 2017 / 115 minutes
One of the most talked about smaller films of 2017, writer, producer and director Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri looks set to take the awards season by storm, recently scoring Golden Globe wins for Best Drama, Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. Building on a strong filmography that includes In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, McDonagh’s deft handling of black comedy –through acidic wit and gut-churning violence – is put to effective use in this tale of a small town mother (the always superb Frances McDormand) who wages war with the popular local sheriff (Woody Harrelson, also superb) via rented billboards when he fails to find her daughter’s murderer. It’s a darkly funny cautionary tale on the perils of playing God, and the supporting cast, which features Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage and John Hawkes, bring grace, redemption and humanity to characters that could easily fall into caricature.