New releases 6/4/19

Top Hits
Gloria Bell (romance/drama, Julianne Moore. Rotten Tomatoes: 91%. Metacritic: 80. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Manohla Dargis’ Times review: “‘Gloria Bell’ is filled with quicksilver tone shifts. It’s often quietly funny and then a little [or very] sad and then funny again. The humor is sometimes as obvious as the hairless cat that looks like a wizened extraterrestrial and the Velcro crackle of a girdle being hastily removed in a dark bedroom. [Chilean writer-director Sebastián] Lelio is acutely sensitive to the absurdities of everyday life, including the comedy of humiliation, both petty and wounding. But while his characters can be cruel, he never succumbs to meanness. His generosity is animated by Moore’s limpid, precise performance.” Read more…)

Mapplethorpe (bio-pic, Matt Smith. Rotten Tomatoes: 31%. Metacritic: 42. From Glenn Kenny’s New York Times review: “‘Mapplethorpe,’ directed by Ondi Timoner, is a fictionalized biography of the photographer that is most alive when it’s putting its subject’s pictures on the screen, which it does often. And should have done more, because the movie is otherwise as timid as its subject was bold. “ Read more…)

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (comedy/drama directed by Terry Gilliam, Adam Driver. Rotten Tomatoes: 63%. Metacritic: 58. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “Surely a movie so long in gestation, inspired by a doorstop-thick novel that has beguiled and baffled readers for several centuries, would turn out to be either a world-class catastrophe or a world-historical masterpiece. With a mixture of relief and regret, I must report that the movie is neither. ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ has moments of slackness and chaos [the book does, too], but for the most part it’s a lively, charming excursion into a landscape claimed by [director Terry] Gilliam in the name of Miguel de Cervantes, the Spanish gentleman who gave Don Quixote life back in the early 1600s. The filmmaker’s devotion to the novelist adds luster and vigor to the images, but this is more than just an act of literary-minded reverence. It’s a meeting of minds — a celebration of artistic kinship across the gulfs of history, culture and technology.” Read more…)

New Foreign
Mellow Mud (Latvia, coming-of-age drama, Elina Vaska. From Alissa Simon’s 2016 Variety review: “Harsh circumstances force a resourceful and determined Latvian lass to mature beyond her years in ‘Mellow Mud,’ a compelling, bittersweet coming-of-ager from first-time feature helmer-writer Renars Vimba. This evocatively shot realist tale benefits from a spare yet credible script and a knockout performance from big-screen debutant Elina Vaska, who conveys her character’s feelings of anger, abandonment, responsibility and first love with conviction and authenticity. Although named best film by the youth jury in the Berlin Film Festival’s Generation 14plus section, this is a title that will be appreciated by arthouse fans of all ages; extensive fest travel is guaranteed.” Read more…)

Woman At War (Iceland, drama, Haldora Geirhardsdottir. Rotten Tomatoes: 97%. Metacritic: 81. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ Times review: “Approaching weighty themes with a very light touch, Benedikt Erlingsson’s ‘Woman at War’ is an environmental drama wrapped in whimsical comedy and tied with a bow of midlife soul-searching. The package is lumpy at times, but not unwieldy, thanks to an engaging central performance and a cinematographer, Bergsteinn Bjorgulfsson, whose sweeping shots of frozen heath and lowering Icelandic skies wash the screen — and our minds — of extraneous distractions.” Read more…)

New Classic DVDs (pre-1960)
Her Twelve Men (1954, drama, Greer Garson. From Bosley Crowther’s 1954 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “The particular brand of golden sunshine that Greer Garson is called upon to shed in ‘Her Twelve Men,’ a little M-G-M confection that was delivered yesterday to the Sixtieth Street Trans-Lux, is so obviously manufactured and falls on such artificial ground that it scorches rather than nurtures any blossoms in this choking hothouse dust. This time, the glowing Miss Garson performs in the thoroughly barren role of an inexperienced but magically intuitive teacher and house mother to a gang of 10-year-olds, in a conspicuously starchy and repulsive boarding school for rich people’s boys. And the extent of her evident contribution to the health and education of her kids is the doing of a few little favors and the casting about of her smile.” Read more…)

New American Back Catalog DVDs (post-1960)
Bachelorette (2013, comedy, Kirsten Dunst. Rotten Tomatoes: 56%. Metacritic: 53. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Stephen Holden’s Times review [requires log-in]: “This film version of Leslye Headland’s successful Off Broadway play — part of a projected cycle covering the Seven Deadly Sins, it dealt with gluttony — ‘Bachelorette’ comes at you with the crackling intensity of machine-gun fire. Maybe the safest way to watch it is by peeking out from a behind a sandbag.” Read more…)

The Fourth Protocol (1987, action, Michael Caine. Rotten Tomatoes: 72%. From Janet Maslin’s 1987 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “It might reasonably be expected that the sight of two Soviet spies assembling a nuclear device, which they plan to detonate near an American Air Force base in Britain to fake an accident that could destroy NATO, would be more than a little chilling. But in ‘The Fourth Protocol,’ which opens today at the Ziegfeld and other theaters, even the threat of Armageddon has a business-as-usual air. Espionage stories as crisp as this one have a way of finding exceptional fascination in the ordinary, but in the process they may reduce the unimaginable to its nuts and bolts.” Read more…)

Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch-directed weird drama, Kyle MacLachlan. Rotten Tomatoes: 94%. Metacritic: 76. From Janet Maslin’s 1986 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “Other directors labor long and hard to achieve the fevered perversity that comes so naturally to David Lynch, whose ‘Blue Velvet’ is an instant cult classic. With ‘Eraserhead,’ ‘The Elephant Man’ and ‘Dune’ to his credit, Mr. Lynch had already established his beachhead inside the realm of the bizarre, but this latest venture takes him a lot further. Kinkiness is its salient quality, but ”Blue Velvet” has deadpan humor too, as well as a straight-arrow side that makes its eccentricity all the crazier. There’s no mistaking the exhilarating fact that it’s one of a kind.” Read more…)

New TV
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: Season 1 (action, John Krasinski. Rotten Tomatoes: 74%. Metacritic: 66.)
Batman: The Complete Series (comic book 1960s series, Adam West. Rotten Tomatoes: 93%.)

Film screening: Gen X film series continues Sun., Apr. 23, with David Lynch’s creepy “Blue Velvet”

Best Video Film & Cultural Center’s Generation X film series continues on Sunday, Apr. 23, with a screening of David Lynch’s cult classic “Blue Velvet.” The series features six films of the 1980s and early 1990s that touch on the culture and politics that informed so-called “Generation X.”

The series was the idea of BVFCC members Jennifer Griffiths and Sarah Strong. Working with BVFCC Program Director Hank Hoffman, they crafted a program that will both highly entertaining and thought provoking.

Each screening begins at 7 PM and admission is $7.

In Blue Velvet, David Lynch peels back the veneer of small-town respectability to expose a shadow side of the Amerian psyche. Released in 1986 at the height of government attempts to outlaw sexually explicit material, Blue Velvet’s unflinching portrayal of erotic taboos and violence created an uproar. Kyle McLachlan and Laura Dern are the young innocents who stumble upon a disturbing mystery; Isabella Rosselini is the nightclub singer at its center. Dennis Hopper is unforgettable as Frank, a sociopath with an Oedipus complex. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the ten greatest mystery films ever made, this cult classic shows Lynch at his most noirish and disturbing best.

From New York Times critic Janet Maslin’s 1986 review:

Other directors labor long and hard to achieve the fevered perversity that comes so naturally to David Lynch, whose ”Blue Velvet” is an instant cult classic. With ”Eraserhead,” ”The Elephant Man” and ”Dune” to his credit, Mr. Lynch had already established his beachhead inside the realm of the bizarre, but this latest venture takes him a lot further. Kinkiness is its salient quality, but ”Blue Velvet” has deadpan humor too, as well as a straight-arrow side that makes its eccentricity all the crazier. There’s no mistaking the exhilarating fact that it’s one of a kind.

Remaining schedule:

Sunday. Apr. 23: “Blue Velvet”

Sunday, Apr. 30: “Do the Right Thing”

Sunday, May 7: “Thelma and Louise”

Sunday, May 14: “My Beautiful Launderette”

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Wednesday, Apr. 19. FOLK ROCK: WE HAPPY FEW, GUITAR: DAVID DeLUCIA

• Thursday, Apr. 20. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: BIG FAT COMBO

• Friday, Apr. 21. ROCK ‘N” ROLL: DUST HAT

• Saturday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• Sunday, Apr. 23, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “BLUE VELVET”

• Thursday, Apr. 26. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ZACH ANDERSEN, ACOUSTIC DUO: THE HOOCH

• Friday, Apr. 28, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Sunday, Apr. 30, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “DO THE RIGHT THING”

• Wednesday, May 3, 7 PM. FILM SCREENINGS & LECTURE/TALKBACK: THOMAS WEXLER ON “I HAVE A DREAM”: THE CIVIL RIGHTS GENERATION, AND HIP-HOP IN THE SOCIAL UNCONSCIOUS (Just added!)

• Thursday, May 4. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Friday, May 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN  THE ROUND: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, FRANK CRITELLI

• Sunday, May 7. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, May 7, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “THELMA AND LOUISE”

• Thursday, May 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT, THE FURORS

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Saturday, May 13. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• • Sunday, May 14, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE”

• Wednesday, May 17. POP: THE RACKET DOWNSTAIRS

• Friday, May 19. INDIE ROCK: LA TUNDA, LYS GUILLORN (solo)

• Sunday, May 21, 3 PM. LIGHTS! FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Wednesday, May 24. WORLD MUSIC: ELEGANT PRIMATES

• Thursday, May 25. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT PLAYS MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”

• Friday, May 26. INDIE ROCK: WALLY

• Thursday, June 1. INDIE ROCK: IF JESUS HAD MACHINE GUNS

• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN WITH JOE CARTER & TIM MORAN

• Sunday, June 4, 3 PM. CAMERA! ACTION! FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Friday, June 9. ALT-COUNTRY: PAT STONE, BOX OF BIRDS

• Saturday, June 10. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE

• Sunday, June 11. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, June 16, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, June 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND; CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL MUSIC: THE CHRIS CHILDS TRIO

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, July 21. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANA MERRITT

• Wednesday, July 26. MUSIC FROM “THE SIMPSONS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRES OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS with SPECIAL GUESTS

• Friday, July 28. WORLD MUSIC: NEELA

• Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN & HER BAND

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Sept. 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

 

Generation X film series schedule revised; no film on Easter Sunday—”Blue Velvet” screens Apr. 23

Revised schedule.

It came to our attention that, as part of the Generation X film series, we had David Lynch’s psychological horror noir “Blue Velvet” scheduled to screen on the evening of Easter Sunday.

That seemed like possibly not the best match.

So, we are forgoing a screening on Sunday, April 16, and just pushing the whole series back a week. The revised schedule is:

Sunday. Apr. 23: “Blue Velvet”

Sunday, Apr. 30: “Do the Right Thing”

Sunday, May 7: “Thelma and Louise”

Sunday, May 14: “My Beautiful Launderette”

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Saturday, Apr. 8, 7 PM. CLASSICAL GUITAR: MAX LYMAN; AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: ALEXANDER; SINGER-SONGWRITER: SAM MOTH

• Sunday, Apr. 9. REDSCROLL RECORDS SCREENING AND MUSIC: “DEADBEAT AT DAWN” with LIVE SOUNDTRACK BY NEPHEW

• Thursday, Apr. 13. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Friday, Apr. 14. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Apr. 16, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “BLUE VELVET”

• Wednesday, Apr. 19. FOLK ROCK: WE HAPPY FEW

• Thursday, Apr. 20. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: BIG FAT COMBO

• Friday, Apr. 21. ROCK ‘N” ROLL: DUST HAT

• Saturday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• Sunday, Apr. 23, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “BLUE VELVET”

• Thursday, Apr. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ZACH ANDERSON

• Friday, Apr. 28, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Sunday, Apr. 30, 2 PM. LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Sunday, Apr. 30, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “DO THE RIGHT THING”

• Thursday, May 4. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Friday, May 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN  THE ROUND: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, FRANK CRITELLI

• Saturday, May 6. CULT FILM SCREENING: TBA

• Sunday, May 7. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, May 7, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “THELMA AND LOUISE”

• Thursday, May 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT, THE FURORS

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Saturday, May 13. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• • Sunday, May 14, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE”

• Wednesday, May 17. POP: THE RACKET DOWNSTAIRS

• Friday, May 19. INDIE ROCK: LA TUNDA, LYS GUILLORN (solo)

• Sunday, May 21, 2 PM. LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Thursday, May 25. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT PLAYS MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”

• Friday, May 26. INDIE ROCK: WALLY

• Thursday, June 1. INDIE ROCK: IF JESUS HAD MACHINE GUNS

• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN WITH JOE CARTER & TIM MORAN

• Sunday, June 4, 2 PM. LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Friday, June 9. ALT-COUNTRY: PAT STONE, BOX OF BIRDS

• Sunday, June 11. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, June 16, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN & HER BAND

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN