• Hollywood 90028

    Hollywood 90028

    "Launched in November 2012, “The Deuce,” a monthly, 35mm-only series celebrating the 12 theaters on 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues and the grindhouse fare they pumped out daily in the 1970s and ‘80s, has become a cherished ritual to many of the hundred people that show up each month, and as such naturally provides a soothing mnemonic device for a catastrophic moment like the shutdown of the city.
    ... 'The Deuce' is a full-fledged Event, intended to transport the crowd through space and time."

    Madelyn Sutton for Screen Slate.
    Featured 2/9/23 at Nitehawk Williamsburg on 35mm, the hundredth screening of the series “The Deuce.”

  • The Secret Formula

    The Secret Formula

    "'It is an X-ray, not of Mexico, but of what it means to be Mexican,' said Alfonso Cuarón when introducing La Fórmula Secreta at the Morelia International Film Festival in 2017. Released in 1965, the film was coming on the heels of Mexico’s decades-long project of extolling national icons in its cinema, to create a cohesive national imaginary and to bury the factionalism left behind by the Revolution. La Fórmula Secreta is a direct riposte to a Golden Age of…

  • Godland


    "Godland, despite its violence, is a gentle viewing experience. It invites meditation on home, grief, desire, the passage of time, and the indifference of nature. Those who adapt to the pace of the film’s two and a half hours will be rewarded with the kind of sublime peace that comes from a long, silent afternoon watching sheep graze from the earth to which we all will return."

    Brittany Dennison for Screen Slate.

  • The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic

    The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic

    "Jaakko orients himself in the world through his sharp humor, his ability to quickly read the intentions of others (particularly those intending him harm), and his abiding dedication to Sirpa. But, perhaps most of all, it is his long-standing commitment to film art that sustains him. His mind, his language, is populated by movie references, from Misery (1990) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) to jokingly describe his no-nonsense home assistant, to Braveheart (1995), Fargo (1996), and the…

  • Kagero-za


    "Kagero-za concerns the horniness of Shungo Matsuzaki (Yūsaka Matsuda), a sophisticated playwright caught in a love triangle between a ghost and a European woman in disguise, whose blue eyes and blonde hair only reveal themselves under moonlight. To make matters worse, both paramours have been married to his patron, Tamawaki (a hilarious Katsuo Nakamura)."

    Nicholas Pedrero-Setzer for Screen Slate.
    Featured 2/3/23 at Japan Society on 35mm.

  • Jack and Jill

    Jack and Jill

    "Product placement abounds. Jokes are used again and again. Two-thirds of the way through the movie, it becomes an ad for Royal Caribbean cruises. But the most bizarre aspect of Jack and Jill, and the reason for its enduring place in popular culture, is the very last scene: the ad Pacino shoots for Dunkin’.

    It's a stunning thing, the Dunkaccino commercial—all the more so when you know it's coming and have sat through the entirety of Jack and Jill in advance of it."

    Merritt K for Screen Slate. Featured 2/1/23 at Nitehawk Prospect Park in 35mm.

  • The Marriage Circle

    The Marriage Circle

    "Lubitsch is known for sharp, acrobatic dialogue, and indeed, he and George Cuckor would remake The Marriage Circle in 1932 as a musical (One Hour With You). But even in silence, the director offers viewers a richly layered scenario with his typical urbanity and unrivaled “touch” for comic and sexual implication."

    Chris Shields for Screen Slate. Featured on 1/30/23 and 2/2/23 at the Museum of Modern Art.

  • I Married a Witch

    I Married a Witch

    "René Clair, who was previously renowned for his funny, often fantastical silent films in France (The Italian Straw Hat, 1928; Under the Roofs of Paris, 1930), utilizes charming visual gags that laid the groundwork for future witch-centric popular media such as Bewitched: broomsticks appear sentient and zip around, Lake works spells next to a bubbling black cauldron, and the disembodied spirits regularly travel around in the form talking wisps of smoke."

    Stephanie Monohan for Screen Slate. Featured 1/30/23 at the Museum of Modern Art.

  • Gandahar


    "This evening, if you find yourself curious about the cosmic adventures of giant blue humanoid aliens and the technofascist menace threatening their prelapsarian society, you can scratch that particular itch while still avoiding James Cameron’s profligacy by attending the French Institute’s screening of animator René Laloux’s final feature, Gandahar (1987)."

    Patrick Dahl for Screen Slate. Features 1/29/23 at the French Institute Alliance Française as part of the Animation First Festival.

  • Girls Town

    Girls Town

    "JG: How did teenagers respond to the film in that kind of setting?

    JM: I think thematically they liked it, and they liked the funny parts, and I think a lot of young people spoke eloquently about the politics involved in the story. But it’s also such a funky little movie. There have been a very limited number of times it’s been shown. I didn't even have a print of the film. I think the film went through the ownership…

  • One Fine Morning

    One Fine Morning

    "There is something childish about making films. When you are replaying some things that were originally very difficult to live—when you have actors play them—it’s funny somehow, whatever the scenes are about. I guess that’s why I make films, too. It’s in order to transform some experiences of your life that were maybe horrible to live into something almost funny. Of course, it wasn’t only funny to watch and experience, but still it was healing to me. There is something…

  • Legend of the Mountain

    Legend of the Mountain

    "Wuxia master King Hu’s Legend of the Mountain (1979) is a gentle and reflective epic that overwhelms viewers with natural beauty and mystery. Shot the same year as the director’s Raining in the Mountain, the film is loosely based on Pu Songling’s highly influential collection of Qing Dynasty stories, Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio. To this source material, Hu adds his flair for the sonorous majesty of Chinese opera, visual abstraction, and the soft mountain imagery of traditional Chinese painting to create an unhurried tale of magic, love, and deception."

    Chris Shields for Screen Slate.Featured through 2/2 at Metrograph.