August 25, 2019
Sword of TrustAugust 25, 2019
Comedy / 2019 / 88 minutes
Superstar comedian/podcaster Marc Maron has been winning over Netflix viewers in the hit ensemble show GLOW, so it's only natural that he should take his deadpan, depressive comedic stylings to the big screen; thanks to director Lynn Shelton's winning new comedy Sword of Trust, he does so in style. The story of a pawn shop owner (Maron) who finds himself in a possession of what may be a historically significant Civil War saber, Sword of Trust's novel premise works as a clever examination of the post truth age, a comedy of manners where every fact is subject to the rigors of interpretive haggling. Shelton's does a masterful job employing humor to draw the viewer in before throwing them off balance, and Maron proves himself up to the task of a leading funnyman role, delivering flawlessly timed quips, backing them up with dramatic chops and sharing great chemistry with co-stars Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Jon Bass and Toby Huss.
Kwaidan (35mm)August 25, 2019
Horror/ 1965 / 183 minutes
Arguably the one of the most highly regarded works of Japanese horror cinema, Masaka Kobayashi's 1965 masterpiece Kwaidan is a film that set the J-horror template, one that continues to be felt in the ever-popular ghost story sub-genre. Adapting four Japanese folk tales by Lafcadio Hearn in anthology format, Kobayashi's film explores themes of marriage, love, status, spirituality, religion, and how the sins of our past can return to – in this case literally – haunt us. Rather than doling out cheap visceral thrills, Kobayashi is more concerned with contextualizing folklore through emotion and visuals, and as such some of his images – particularly that of a ghost woman with stringy black hair – have become embedded in the lexicon of supernatural scare films. A gorgeous, meticulous work that sits more comfortably in the arthouse than the grindhouse, Kwaidan is a must-see for those interested in the foundations of modern horror, or anyone who appreciate immersive, exquisitely crafted fantastical cinema.
Apocalypse Now 40th Anniversary: Final CutAugust 25, 2019
Drama / 1979 / 182 minutes
Though it was a famously troubled production that nearly broke its superstar director, Apocalypse Now was greeted with wild enthusiasm from audiences and critics when it was finally released in 1979 and stands as Francis Ford Coppola's crowning achievement. Transposing William Conrad's Heart of Darkness on to the Vietnam War, Coppola's epic charts the journey of a soldier (Martin Sheen in his defining role) who is tasked with finding an army colonel (an iconically bizarre Marlon Brando) who has gone spectacularly insane deep in the jungles of 'Nam. In terms of big screen wartime spectacle there simply is no topping Apocalypse Now, but the film’s enduring legacy are the forever-etched-in-pop-culture performances, including Dennis Hopper as a photographer who has gone way off the reservation, and Robert Duvall's Wagner-blasting surfing Lieutenant. With Laurence Fishburne, Frederic Forrest, Sam Bottoms and a blink-and-you'll-miss-him Harrison Ford.
Le BonheurAugust 28, 2019
Drama / 1965 / 79 minutes
François, a young carpenter, lives a happy, uncomplicated life with his wife Thérèse and their two small children. One day he meets Emilie, a clerk in the local post office.