Since any New York City cinephile has an almost suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Museum of Modern Art
One of MoMA’s most respected members receives a wonderful tribute series, “In Memoriam: Celeste Bartos (1913–2013).” Playing in her honor are The Adventures of Robin Hood, King Kong, Bringing Up Baby, Citizen Kane, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, and Jezebel. This could very well be your finest repertory option for the weekend.
Joel and Ethan Coen‘s O Brother, Where Art Thou? plays Saturday (6/1) and Sunday (6/2) morning on 35mm, as part of the series “Country Brunchin’.” A great film, food, and live music beforehand is, most will agree, all a good way to start the day.
Your other brunch option — this being an installment in “June Brunch: Perfect Parodies” — would be Christopher Guest‘s Best in Show. Hopefully your meal does not tie too directly to the film’s subject.
Friday (5/31) and Saturday at midnight, as part of “The Works: Karen Black,” brings a print of blockbuster classic Airport 1975, introduced by Alan Cumming (for some reason).
Also on film those same nights and times is the anthology Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America, which does not sound nearly as entertaining as the three other options. Given its status as a rarer item, though, it should be worth checking out.
One of Andrei Tarkovsky‘s finest works, Nostalghia, comes to New York for a two-week, 35mm run. Go.
With all the Jodorowsky hoopla that’s been going around these past couple of weeks, it’s only right that one of his early classics would get some theatrical love. The quintessential midnight movie, El Topo, is playing just then on Friday (5/31) and Saturday (6/1) in a new, albeit digital restoration that the filmmaker has personally supervised.
Some more surreal content comes your way, as Terry Gilliam‘s fairly underappreciated The Brothers Grimm shows a bit past midnight, Friday and Saturday as well, on a 35mm print.
Jaws, again, about an hour before those other two and on the same nights.
Buster Keaton‘s The General plays Sunday morning (6/2) on 35mm, a live piano score included.
Harmony Korine‘s Gummo screens Friday (5/31) and Saturday (6/1) at midnight, while Tommy Wiseau‘s The Room, back again, plays the latter time and date. No matter which one you choose, you’ll never be the same.
Museum of the Moving Image
The enlightening, crushing Radiohead-centered documentary Meeting People is Easy will screen this Saturday (6/1) on a film print, as part of the theater’s series “Play This Movie Loud!”
What are your weekend watching plans?