January 18, 2019
EggJanuary 18, 2019
Comedy / 2019 / 90 minutes
The long awaited feature follow-up to her indie debut Good Dick, director Marianna Palka – known primarily as a memorable side character on the hit Netflix show Glow – tackles the sticky subjects of motherhood, female friendship and marriage with her sharply astute and wickedly funny Egg. Working from a cracking script by Risa Mickenberg, Palka's second feature centers on a pair of old friends – one of whom is 8 months pregnant (Christina Hendricks) – and the increasingly tense evening they share when the other (Alysia Reiner) reveals her plan to get pregnant via surrogate (Anna Camp) as an art project. Hendricks and Reiner play off each other brilliantly, trading wonderfully calibrated passive hostilities until the inevitable eruption, illustrating through their impeccable dramatic and comedic chops how the looming threat of parenthood brings out personality flaws both hilarious and heartbreaking. With David Alan Basche and Gbenga Akinnagbe.
Blade Runner with Bottleneck Gallery and ISHJanuary 18, 2019
Science Fiction / 1982 / 110 minutes
It's hard to remember a time when Ridley Scott's Blade Runner was not considered a genre-definer, but the truth is that the film – a box office dud upon its 1982 release – was not fully appreciated until Scott released his director's cut a decade later. Freed from a clunky, studio-mandated voice over narration, Scott's vision of Philip K. Dick's 2019 Los Angeles, while not perfectly predictive, is nevertheless perfectly realized; the rain-soaked, Asian influenced neon-noir production design is an indisputable benchmark of cinematic science fiction world-building, augmented beautifully by the hypnotic, futuristic score by synth-maestro Vangelis. But what makes Blade Runner a modern classic is the powerful, resonant theme of what it means to be human, a sci fi trope explored in countless films since but never crystalized as eloquently as in the brilliant Hampton Fancher and David Peoples screenplay – with a notable ad-lib contribution from Rutger Hauer’s unforgettable villain. With Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah and an iconic turn from Harrison Ford.