Blog . 2/19-24: Bowling party, Cagney, Hitchcock, Howard the Duck & more!
See Hitchcock's STRANGERS ON A TRAIN and get a two-for-one coupon to the Western Reserve Historical Society
In STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, one of Hitchcock’s greatest films, two men (Farley Granger, Robert Walker) meet by chance on a train and innocently discuss the idea of “exchanging” murders -- each would kill a person the other would like to be rid of. (Since there would be no discernible motive for either murder, each would be a "perfect crime.") Walker's psychopathic character follows through and actually does a killing, and gets upset when Granger refuses to return the favor! This funny, chilling 1951 masterpiece ends with a spectacular chase on a speeding merry-go-round, so all those paying to see the film on Saturday or Sunday will receive a coupon for a two-for-one admission to the Western Reserve Historical Society, 10825 East Blvd., home of the newly restored Euclid Beach Grand Carousel. Each WRHS admission includes two rides on their vintage merry-go-round (which will go slow, we promise).
Marvel's infamous HOWARD THE DUCK returns to the city where it takes place
Willard Huyck's HOWARD THE DUCK, the first Marvel Comics-derived theatrical movie of the post-WWII era, was a critical and box office disaster. Produced by George Lucas and written by Huyck and Gloria Katz (the three also collaborated on American Graffiti and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom), the film tells of a talking, anthropomorphic duck from outer space who suddenly finds himself in Cleveland. There he falls for a punk singer (Lea Thompson) and battles another alien interloper, the evil "Dark Overlord" (Jeffrey Jones). With the overwhelming success of subsequent Marvel movies and Howard's cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy (to say nothing of Cleveland's waning inferiority complex), now seems a good time to re-evaluate this infamous fiasco. Tim Robbins also stars in this movie that will be shown Saturday at 9:20pm in a 35mm color print from the Universal Pictures studio archive.
Bowling comedy KINGPIN to be followed by bowling party at new Corner Alley
Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Bill Murray, Vanessa Angel, and Chris Elliott star in KINGPIN, the Farrelly brothers’ hilarious follow-up toDumb and Dumber. The movie tells of a former pro-bowler with a real handicap (a prosthetic hand) who tutors an Amish tenpin prodigy in advance of an upcoming tournament. The Tues., 2/24, 6:30pm screening of this 1996 movie will be followed by an hour of bowling at the swanky new Corner Alley at Euclid and Ford. Tickets for the film & bowling combo cost $18 ($15 members & CIA I.D. holders) and must be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com before Mon., 2/23. (Shoe and ball rental are included in price.) Film only tickets ($9, $7) can also be purchased, but only at the Cinematheque box office after 6pm on 2/24 (cash/check only).
Bruno Dumont goes comic in acclaimed new murder mystery LI'L QUINQUIN
A comedy from Bruno Dumont, France’s foremost proponent of miserablism and heir to the ascetic spiritual striving of Robert Bresson? Stranger things have happened, especially in Dumont’s miracle-laden movies (Humanité, Hors Satan). His new film LI'L QUINQUIN was made as a four-part miniseries for French TV. The saga is set in sea-swept, sparsely populated northern France (the rural setting of most of Dumont's films) where two provincial cops try to solve a series of bizarre murders. Meanwhile the mischievous moppet of the title looks on. The legendary French film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma named Li'l Quinquint the best film of 2014. Variety praised it as “a wonderfully weird and unexpectedly hilarious murder mystery.” Catch its exclusive Cleveland premiere on Thursday or Friday. Special admission is $11; members and those age 25 & under $9; no passes, twofers, or radio winners will be accepted. This film is supported by a generous grant from Maison Française de Cleveland. Watch the trailer here.
Three Busby Berkeley numbers conclude Pre-Code musical FOOTLIGHT PARADE
James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, and Dick Powell star in FOOTLIGHT PARADE, an often risqué 1933 musical about a floundering Broadway producer who decides to create spectacular “live” musical prologues before films at movie houses. Three (count ‘em) stupendous Busby Berkeley musical extravaganzas conclude the film. See it from glorious 35mm on Saturday or Sunday. Special admission is $10; members and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
Thu., Feb. 19, at 6:45pm
Fri., Feb. 20, at 7:30pm
Bruno Dumont's black comedy whodunit
Sat., Feb. 21, at 5:15pm
Sun, Feb. 22, at 1:30pm
James Cagney in
Pre-Code musical extravaganza
Sat., Feb. 21, at 7:20pm
Sun., Feb. 22, at 3:35pm
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN
All ticket buyers receive coupon good for 2-for-1 admission to the Western Reserve Historical Society, home of the newly restored Euclid Beach Grand Carousel
Sat., Feb. 21, at 9:20pm
Marvel Comics movie set in Cleveland!
HOWARD THE DUCK
Sun., Feb. 22, at 5:30pm
Thu, Feb. 26, at 8:55pm
new Romanian film
WHEN EVENING FALLS ON BUCHAREST OR METABOLISM
A Special Event!
Post-film bowling party!
Tue., Feb. 24, at 6:30pm
Randy Quaid, and
Bill Murray in the
See listing for details and advance tix to bowling party
Thu., Feb. 26, at 6:45pm
Fri., Feb. 27, at 7:15pm
Thu., Feb. 16, at 8:55pm
WHEN EVENING FALLS ON BUCHAREST OR METABOLISM
Fri., Feb. 27, at 9:25 pm
Sat., Feb. 28, at 5:15pm
Sun., March 1, at 6:30pm
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
Sat., Feb. 28, at 7:15pm
Sun., March 1, at 8:30pm
MAGICIAN: THE ASTOUNDING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLES
Sat., Feb. 28, at 9:10pm
BLADE RUNNER: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT
Sun., March 1, at 3:45pm
BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT