The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)
A classic tale of innocence and the villainy that seeks to dismantle it, The Night of the Hunter follows a duplicitous traveling preacher (Robert Mitchum) with a thirst for murder and money. Fresh out of prison, he seduces the widow of a bank robber, seeking the whereabouts of the $10,000 the man stole…whereabouts only the widow’s two young children know.
Thursday, February 12 at 7pm
La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995)
An explosive story of urban decay and disenfranchised youth, La Haine follows three young men – a Jew, an African and an Arab – as they roam the outskirts of Paris. Antagonized by police and taking stock of their place in the world, the trio considers taking action, the idea spurred by the discovery of a pistol. The film draws inspiration from Boyz n the Hood and Do the Right Thing, but stands out as a brutal and gripping example of contemporary French cinema.
Thursday, February 19 at 7pm
The Fly (David Cronenberg, 1986)
Starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis, this beloved piece of 80’s sci-fi horror tells the story of one idiosyncratic scientist’s experiment gone terribly wrong. What follows is a shocking transformation. Behind a façade of spectacular practical effects and gruesome makeup, The Fly is ultimately melancholic in the gradually unravelling tragedy of its narrative. Be afraid…be very afraid.
Tuesday, March 24 at 7pm
Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 1982)
A landmark in documentary cinema, Koyaanisqatsi takes an experimental approach, eschewing narrative and exposition to focus solely on harmony between image and sound. It’s a kaleidoscopic, transcendentalist portrait of humanity’s relationship with nature and fittingly derives its title from a Hopi word meaning “Life Out of Balance.” Stunning imagery and an iconic whirlwind of a soundtrack by Philip Glass combine to create a big screen experience like no other.
Tuesday, March 31 at 7pm
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (Paul Schrader, 1985)
Chronicling the life of famous Japanese author, Yukio Mishima, this is a biopic like no other. Grounded portrayals of real life drama intertwine with colorful segments depicting scenes from the titular figures’s work to create a dynamic portrait of a passionate man’s life. Aided by beautifully evocative cinematography and a stirring Philip Glass score, Schrader’s film is vibrant, engrossing and unforgettable.
Sunday, April 5 at 7pm