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From Manhola Dargis’ 2017 NYT’s review: “In “Get Out,” an exhilaratingly smart and scary freakout about a black man in a white nightmare, the laughs come easily and then go in for the kill. The writer and director, Jordan Peele (of the comedy sketch show “Key & Peele”), knows how to make shadowy streets into menacing ones and turn silences into warnings from the abyss. His greatest stroke in “Get Out,” though, is to have hitched these genre elements to an evil that isn’t obscured by a hockey mask, but instead throws open its arms with a warm smile while enthusiastically (and strangely) expressing its love for President Obama.” Read more…
All films begin at 7pm. There is a suggested donation of $7. Coffee, wine, beer, and soft drinks will be available for purchase at the Best Video Cafe.
This program is made possible through a generous grant from the CT Humanities organization, an independent, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs.
For more information, please call (203) 287-9286. Best Video Film and Cultural Center is located at 1842 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06517. There are parking lots both in front and back of the Best Video building, as well as across the street at Spring Glen Church.
Enjoy a glass of wine, beer, or cafe drink during a relaxed evening at Best Video Film& Cultural Center with a curated mix of lounge music by DJ’s Tyler and Cameron who will start spinning at 7pm. Special small taste plates make for a perfect evening atmosphere to welcome October.
The free improvisation trio GoBruCcio presents trumpeter Vance Provey in a show at Best Video Film & Cultural Center Fri., Oct. 7. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.
GoBruCcio will do an opening set followed by an extended quartet performance with Vance Provey.
The trio of guitarist Bob Gorry, bassist Pete Brunelli, and drummer Peter Riccio create dynamic and consistently intriguing free improvisations as GoBruCcio. Their debut album, GoBruCcio, was released to positive reviews in the worldwide music press.
Provey considers himself as trumpet Soloist. With a long history as a composer and leader, his approach is rooted in the jazz idiom. Some may call his playing “free” or avant-garde. Trumpeter and educator Bill Dixon was a major influence, giving Provey the opportunity to work at Bennington College in The Black Music Division.
As this is an indoor show, masks are strongly recommended.
Robert Messore brings his Toddler Tunes kids’ music show to Best Video Film & Cultural Center Sat., Oct. 8. The event starts at 10:30 AM. This will be an outside show, weather permitting.
Robert Messore puts on a high-energy sing-and-dance-along program for young children and their parents.
Voted “Best Entertainer for Toddlers” in the 2011 Kidhaven.com readers poll, Messore’s public “Toddler Tunes” program at St. John’s Episcopal Church in New Haven is the place to be every week! The songs are a mix of the classics and some newer songs that folks love. He recognizes that these programs are a place for parents to get together as much as anything, so he encourages folks with newborns through 6-yr-old children to attend.
Suggested donation is $5-10 per family but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.
Brian Jarawa Gray—better known as Jarawa—presents “The Healing Drum” on Saturday, October 8th, at Best Video Film & Cultural Center.
The show starts at 7 PM and there is a $10 cover.
A native New Havener, Jarawa has more than 30 years of experience as a percussionist, songwriter, band leader, and performing artist. He has taught world music in public and private schools and universities in Connecticut and New York. Jarawa performs Natural Centric Drumming and the music of the African Diaspora. Jarawa has also released his own CDs titled “Berdisha Pertasha,” “You’re So Special” and “Stories of Life.” Jarawa has Performed at Lincoln Center with vibraphonist Jay Hoggard, SOBs with drummer Pheeroan akLaff, Seventh Avenue Theater with Joseph Jarman, Brooklyn Academy of Music with Chuck Davis Dance Company, and many more venues across the country.
As this is an indoor show, masks are strongly recommended.
Dave Scanlon and Mother Juniper share a bill at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Thurs., Sept. 29. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.
Dave Scanlon pursues a practice of writing austere songs and continues a series of “counting” compositions focusing on intonation, numerology, and measurement. He is also a member of the experimental rock band JOBS and the pop group Leverage Models.
Scanlon has released music on Ramp Local, New Amsterdam Records, Tzadik Records, Hometapes, Clean Feed Records, New Atlantis Records, and Whatever’s Clever. He has performed at Issue Project Room (NYC), Roulette (NYC), The Stone (NYC), Shinjuku Pit Inn (Tokyo, Japan), Yokohama Airegin (Yokohama, Japan), Boston Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA), Casa Del Popolo (Montreal, Canada), and many more.
Mother Juniper is made up of dream story weavers, many myths, and a three-stringed street banjo.
As this is an indoor show, masks are strongly recommended.
Love n’ Co plays Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Fri., Sept 30. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10. Lars opens the show.
Emerging from New Haven in 2019, Love n’ Co delivers powerful sonic waves that caress the soul, aiding in the journey of self-discovery and raw expression.
The core duo of the band consists of Lovelind Richards and Lamar Smith, the former born and raised in Florida while the latter grew up in Hamden, Connecticut. The band’s sound has been described to have a range, “from high-energy funk to surging pop.”
Lars is a queer musician and singer sharing their love for ukulele. They have been playing for 7 years and are featured in the band uncis with two published albums which can be found on all streaming platforms.
This is an inside show, these are our covid protocols: masks are strongly encouraged.
The Munsters (Comedy; Dir: Rob Zombie; Starring: Cassandra Peterson, Richard Brake, Sheri Moon Zombie; Distr: Universal Studios) – avail. 9/27/22
“The Munsters is a really well-done adaptation of the 1960s TV show and deserves a watch if you enjoyed that era of TV shows.” Read more…
Thor: Love and Thunder (Action/Adventure; Dir: Taika Waititi; Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale) – avail. 9/27/22
“…because the series has jettisoned many of its earlier components — its Shakespearean pretensions, meddlesome relatives and, crucially, Thor’s godly grandeur — the new movie more or less plays like a rescue mission with jokes, tears and smackdowns.” Read more…
After Blue (Paradis Sale) (France, Sci-fi; Dir: Bertrand Mandico; Starring: Elina Löwensohn, Paula Luna, Vimala Pons; 2021 Sitges – Catalonian Int’l. Film Festival Winner Best Film) – avail. 9/27/22
“It’s unclear what Mandico is trying to say, if anything, and the film overstays its welcome — even the wildest visuals lose their power to stun after a while — but “After Blue” certainly is sui generis.” Read more…
Memoria (Columbia, Drama; Dir: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2021 Winner Jury Prize at Cannes; Starring: Tilda Swinton, Agnes Brekke)
“Weerasethakul’s new movie is called Memoria, and while it’s as marvelously strange as anything he’s ever made, it’s also a bit of a departure. It’s his first feature shot entirely outside Thailand, and it also marks his first time working with a movie star, in this case, the great Tilda Swinton.” Read more…
Dawn of the Dead (2004, Horror; Dir: Zack Snyder; Starring: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer)
“Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead is purely an entertainment piece, full of outrageous set pieces, scary moments, and extravagant dialogue.” Read more…
Donnie Darko (2001, Drama/Mystery; Dir: Richard Kelly; Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary MCDonnell)
Donnie Darko at 20: the soulful student favourite comes of age
Mean Girls (2004, Comedy; Dir: Mark Waters; Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Tina Fey, Rachel McAdams)
Fetch happens: why Mean Girls is the perfect teen movie
The Wicker Man (1973, horror; Dir: Robin Hardy; Starring: Edward Woodward, Christoper Lee, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland)
“What transpires over the course of the film is unsettling and often bizarre, but also poses salient questions about tradition, judgment and moral relativism. And it does it all in a breezy, evenly paced 88 minutes. Although sometimes arcane in its references, I cannot express how bracing, exciting and downright funny a first watch of The Wicker Man is.” Read more…
American Back Catalog (Post-1960)
Exotica (1994, Drama; Dir: Atom Egoyan, 1994 Winner FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes; Starring: Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas, Don McKellar; Distr: Criterion Collection)
From Caryn James’ 1994 NYT’s review: “Despite its lurid-sounding subject, “Exotica” turns out to be less erotic than eerie. It raises moral questions of guilt and responsibility, plays with post-modern ideas about perception and, by the end, even involves blackmail and murder.” Read more…
Less Than Zero (1987, Drama; Dir: Marek Kanievska; Starring: Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey, Jr.)
From Janet Maslin’s 1987 NYT’s review: “…Mr. Kanievska gives it a superficial stylishness that is quite spectacular; every scene revolves around one ingeniously bizarre touch or another (the lighting effects are especially dazzling), and the cumulative effect is as striking as it means to be.” Read more…
The Automat (Documentary; Dir: Lisa Hurwitz; Featuring: Mel Brooks, Elliott Gould)
“The movie unfurls the history of Horn & Hardart, the Manhattan-and-Philadelphia-based chain of restaurants the Automat was synonymous with. It’s an engrossing tale of commercial expansion, industrial innovation and cultural harmony even in times, like the Civil Rights era, when that kind of unison seems tough to fathom.” Read more…
NOVA: Ultimate Space Telescope (Documentary; Distr: PBS) – avail. 9/27/22
“ULTIMATE SPACE TELESCOPE introduces viewers to the engineers responsible for building, launching, and deploying the most ambitious telescope of all time, chronicling the ups and downs of the events leading to its launch. The film gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the nerve-wracking, step-by-step process of each critical deployment, leading up to a thrilling success: JWST’s first image: A picture of a single star that turned out to be much more—an image revealing never-before-seen galaxies.” Read more…
Three Minutes: A Lengthening (Netherlands, Documentary; Dir: Bianca Stigter; Narr: Helena Bonham Carter; 2022 Winner Best Documentary at Dublin Int’l. Film Festival, NYT’s Critic’s Pick)
“Three Minutes” is more than a documentary about the Holocaust — it is an investigative drama, a meditation on the ethics of moving images and a ghost story about people who might be forgotten should we take those images for granted.” Read more…
Mayor of Kingstown (TV Series, Crime Thriller; Creator: Taylor Sheridan; Starring: Jeremy Renner, Dianne Wiest) – avail. 9/27/22
“Scripts are full of the musingly fatalistic dialogue that Sheridan favors, but to Renner’s credit, he’s built up a steady filmography of tough guys who feel betrayed by their own capacity for savagery, and he fits right in here.” Read more…
Ultra City Smiths (TV Series; Voice Actors: Julian Barratt, Kristen Bell, Chris Conrad; Distr: AMC)
“It’s hard to call a series that resembles Robot Chicken by way of Team America: World Police by way of Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa wholly original, nor after three episodes do I know if the insidious hard-boiled narrative is going to come together as anything other than a whimsically warped amusement, but the blending of elements has already resulted in a series that doesn’t feel like anything else on TV.” Read more…