“Complex and Compelling” film series resumes Mon. night, May 12, 7 PM, with “Memento”

The film series “Complex and Compelling: Fun Movies That Make You Think,” a joint presentation of Best Video and Temple Beth Sholom, was suspended while the Coffee and Wine Bar and the Performance Space were relocated to the other side of the store. The concluding two films—”Memento” and “Mulholland Drive”—have now been rescheduled to Monday, May 12, and Monday, May 19, respectively. The screenings start at 7 PM. Admission cost is $5 and reservations are recommended.

Memento

The fifth film in the series is the 2000 thriller “Memento.” Best Video staffers Michael Wheatley and Rob Harmon will introduce the film and lead the discussion afterwards. Directed and written by Christopher Nolan, “Memento” stars Guy Pearce. In his 2000 New York Times review critic A.O. Scott wrote:

“Memento” is a brilliant feat of rug-pulling, sure to delight fans of movies like “The Usual Suspects” and “Pi.” Like Darren Aronofsky (who directed “Pi” and last year’s “Requiem for a Dream”), Mr. Nolan demonstrates a supercharged cinematic intelligence. He’s clearly excited by the way the medium can manipulate time and information, folding straightforward events and simple motives into Moebius strips of paradox and indeterminacy.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, May 8. IMPROVISATION: FUCHSPRELLEN

• Monday, May 12. FILM SCREENING: “MEMENTO”

• Wednesday, May 14. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Thursday, May 15. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, MARK MIRANDO

• Sunday, May 18. SUNDAY CHILDREN’S FILM MATINEE

• Monday, May 19. FILM SCREENING: “MULHOLLAND DRIVE”

• Wednesday, May 21. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, May 22. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: ILANA ZSIGMOND, SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Monday, May 26. FILM SCREENING: “LOCAL HERO”

• Wednesday, May 28. POP: MISSION ZERO

• Thursday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: SAM PERDUTA, JASON PRINCE

• Thursday, June 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: KATH BLOOM & TOM HANFORD, BOP TWEEDIE

• Wednesday, June 11. LITERARY READING: ALICE MATTISON, SANDI KAHN SHELTON

• Thursday, June 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, June 18. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, June 19. GARAGE POP/PSYCHEDELIC ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Wednesday, June 25. INDIE ROCK: MERCY CHOIR

• Thursday, June 26. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: PRESTER JOHN featuring SHAWN PERSINGER & DAVID MILLER

• Friday, June 27. PUNK ROCK: STARK RAVING LULU

Last two screenings in “Complex and Compelling” postponed

Oops. We spoke too soon. While we are making progress on renovating and relocating our Performance Space, we will not be able to screen “Mulholland Drive” next Monday (March 24) and “Memento” the following week. We will announce soon when we will conclude the “Complex and Compelling” film series with the final two films.

This Monday’s scheduled screening of “Memento” postponed to Mon., Mar. 30

MementoBecause of the rearranging of the store and the relocation of the Performance Space and screening room to the other side of our space, this Monday’s scheduled showing of the 2000 thriller “Memento” is being rescheduled to Monday, Mar. 30. The Mar. 24 screening of “Mulholland Drive” will take place as originally scheduled.

The theme of the current current Best Video/Temple Beth Sholom film series collaboration is “Complex and Compelling: Fun Movies That Make You Think.” Best Video owner Hank Paper and Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic take turns presenting and leading discussions of six unique and stirring films that not only make you think but change the way you think.

Each movie starts at 7 PM. Admission cost is $5. Reservations are highly recommended.

The next film to be shown now will be “Mulholland Drive,” director David Lynch’s 2001 take on film noir. Best Video owner Hank Paper will introduce the film and lead the post-screening discussion. In his 2001 review of “Mulholland Drive, ” film critic Roger Ebert wrote:

David Lynch has been working toward “Mulholland Drive” all of his career, and now that he’s arrived there I forgive him “Wild at Heart” and even “Lost Highway.” At last his experiment doesn’t shatter the test tubes. The movie is a surrealist dreamscape in the form of a Hollywood film noir, and the less sense it makes, the more we can’t stop watching it.

The now final film in the series is the 2000 thriller “Memento.” Best Video staffers Michael Wheatley and Rob Harmon will introduce the film and lead the discussion afterwards. Directed and written by Christopher Nolan, “Memento” stars Guy Pearce. In his 2000 New York Times review critic A.O. Scott wrote:

“Memento” is a brilliant feat of rug-pulling, sure to delight fans of movies like “The Usual Suspects” and “Pi.” Like Darren Aronofsky (who directed “Pi” and last year’s “Requiem for a Dream”), Mr. Nolan demonstrates a supercharged cinematic intelligence. He’s clearly excited by the way the medium can manipulate time and information, folding straightforward events and simple motives into Moebius strips of paradox and indeterminacy.

This is the remaining schedule for “Complex and Compelling”:

• Monday, Mar. 24: MULHOLLAND DRIVE
• Monday, Mar. 30: MEMENTO

Film screening: “Memento” with Guy Pearce on Mon., Mar. 17, at 7 PM

MementoThe theme of the current current Best Video/Temple Beth Sholom film series collaboration is “Complex and Compelling: Fun Movies That Make You Think.” Best Video owner Hank Paper and Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic will take turns presenting and leading discussions of six unique and stirring films that not only make you think but change the way you think.

Each movie starts at 7 PM. Admission cost is $5. Reservations are highly recommended.

The fifth film in the series is the 2000 thriller “Memento.” Best Video owner Hank Paper will introduce the film and lead the discussion afterwards. Directed and written by Christopher Nolan, “Memento” stars Guy Pearce. In his 2000 New York Times review critic A.O. Scott wrote:

“Memento” is a brilliant feat of rug-pulling, sure to delight fans of movies like “The Usual Suspects” and “Pi.” Like Darren Aronofsky (who directed “Pi” and last year’s “Requiem for a Dream”), Mr. Nolan demonstrates a supercharged cinematic intelligence. He’s clearly excited by the way the medium can manipulate time and information, folding straightforward events and simple motives into Moebius strips of paradox and indeterminacy.

This is the remaining schedule for “Complex and Compelling”:

• Monday, Mar. 17: MEMENTO • Monday, Mar. 24: MULHOLLAND DRIVE

Film screening: “Babel,” with Brad Pitt, on Mon., Mar. 10, at 7 PM

The theme of the current current Best Video/Temple Beth Sholom film series collaboration is “Complex and Compelling: Fun Movies That Make You Think.” Best Video owner Hank Paper and Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic will take turns presenting and leading discussions of six unique and stirring films that not only make you think but change the way you think.

Babel

Each movie starts at 7 PM. Admission cost is $5. Reservations are highly recommended.

The third film in the series is the 2006 ensemble drama “Babel.” Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga, “Babel” stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. “Babel” will be introduced by Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic, who will also moderate the optional post-film discussion.

In his 2006 review critic Roger Ebert wrote:

“Babel” weaves stories from Morocco, America, Mexico and Japan, all connected by the thoughtless act of a child, and demonstrates how each culture works against itself to compound the repercussions. It is the third and most powerful of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s trilogy of films in which the action is connected or influenced in invisible ways. Sometimes these are called ‘hyperlink films.’ After “Amores Perros” (2000) and “21 Grams” (2003), it shows his mastery of the form, and it surprises us by offering human insight rather than obligatory tragedy.

This is the remaining schedule for “Complex and Compelling”:

• Monday, Mar. 10: BABEL

• Monday, Mar. 17: MEMENTO

• Monday, Mar. 24: MULHOLLAND DRIVE

Film screening: “American Beauty” to be shown Mon., Feb. 24, at 7 PM

American-Beauty-Poster_WebThe current Best Video/Temple Beth Sholom film series collaboration began this past Monday, Feb. 17. The theme this time is “Complex and Compelling: Fun Movies That Make You Think.” Best Video owner Hank Paper and Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic will take turns presenting and leading discussions of six unique and stirring films that not only make you think but change the way you think. There was a strong crowd for the first movie in the series, Howard Hawks’ classic postwar film noir “The Big Sleep.”

Each movie starts at 7 PM. Admission cost is $5 or $25 for all six films.

The second film in the series is the 1999 Oscar winner “American Beauty.” Directed by Sam Mendes, this drama stars Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening. Writing in The New York Times that year film critic Janet Maslin opined, “Lester Burnham, played with heavenly finesse by Kevin Spacey in his wittiest and most agile screen performance yet, is a buttoned-down 42-year-old who desperately needs to stop and smell the roses. But he won’t get much joy from the ones in his suburban yard.”

Maslin writes:

“American Beauty” hammers heavily on the notion that nonconformity is needed here. That thought is repeated frequently and never carries a whit of surprise. But scene by scene, the film is full of its own brand of corrosive novelty, from the way Lester transforms himself in hopes of attracting the cheerleader to the revitalizing effects of Carolyn’s acrobatic affair with a fellow real estate agent (a very smooth Peter Gallagher). As these characters struggle viciously — and hilariously — to escape the middle-class doldrums, the film also evinces a real and ever more stirring compassion.

This is the remaining schedule for “Complex and Compelling”:

• Monday, Feb. 24: AMERICAN BEAUTY

• Monday, Mar. 3: BEING JOHN MALKOVICH

• Monday, Mar. 10: BABEL

• Monday, Mar. 17: MEMENTO

• Monday, Mar. 24: MULHOLLAND DRIVE

New film series “Complex and Compelling” starts Mon., Feb. 17

The next Best Video/Temple Beth Sholom film series collaboration begins Monday, Feb. 17. The theme this time is “Complex and Compelling: Fun Movies That Make You Think.” Best Video owner Hank Paper and Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic will take turns presenting and leading discussions of six unique and stirring films that not only make you think but change the way you think. All movies start at 7 PM and admission is $5 (free for members of Temple Beth Sholom).

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This is the schedule for “Complex and Compelling”:

• Monday, Feb. 17: “The Big Sleep”

• Monday, Feb. 24: “American Beauty”

• Monday, Mar. 3: “Being John  Malkovich”

• Monday, Mar. 10: “Babel”

• Monday, Mar. 17: “Memento”

• Monday, Mar. 24: “Mulholland Drive”