November 22, 2019
Moonstruck (35mm)November 22, 2019
Romance / 1987 / 102 minutes
Though well-established by 1987 as a pop singer, it was Norman Jewison’s Moonstruck that made Cher a bona fide movie star and landed her the Oscar for Best Actress. The story of a widowed middle-aged woman (Cher) from a strict Italian American family who finds herself falling for her fiancée’s hot-tempered younger brother (a smoldering and youthful Nicolas Cage), Jewison’s perfectly calibrated dramedy skillfully tackles romance and family dynamics with the sensibility of the great European directors, while still delivering a filmic confection for the masses. Cher is simply revelatory – her performance is the gold-standard for a musician turned actor – sharing spectacular chemistry with Cage as well as Olympia Dukakis in the role of her overbearing mother, for which the older actress also famously took home the Oscar. A romantic comedy classic. With Danny Aiello.
Pan’s Labyrinth (35mm)November 22, 2019
Fantasy / 2007 / 118 minutes
No modern filmmaker has mastered the art of the fairytale as successfully as Guillermo del Toro, a fact cemented with his 2006 critically hailed masterpiece Pan's Labyrinth. Set during the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, del Toro's fantasy-drama centers on the experiences of a young girl (Ivana Baquero) who seeks refuge in the fantastical to escape the real-life horrors of war and the sadistic army captain (Sergi Lopez) her mother (Ariadna Gil) has recently married. As with all his films the production design and practical creature work is uniquely and perfectly del Toro, but what sets the horror-loving auteur apart from the pack is his ability to mine rich emotional drama from his monster tales, elevating genre material to arthouse status and crafting indelible stories that appeal to fans of both. A clear precursor to his recent Academy Award winner The Shape of Water. Featuring the performance work of man-in-suit extraordinaire Doug Jones.
Curated by Spoke Art Gallery and featuring a new limited edition poster by Matt Taylor plus an event-exclusive t-shirt by Rucking Fotten