AP Film Studies' summer break continues, but once again there is homework. Please study these films, and when we return there will be a discussion of the Spielbergian implications of twee jackets in early-'90s chicksploitation films juxtaposed against the racial impact of early Warner Brothers cartoons. AP KRYZA.
Pix's Movies at Dusk series continues with Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Steven Spielberg's feel-good classic about aliens and family abandonment. Pix Patisserie. Dusk Wednesday, July 30.
Film historian and former Clinton Street Theater owner Dennis Nyback returns to wish his baby a happy 100th birthday and show old and rare shorts from the days before sound and Rocky Horror. Clinton Street Theater. 7 pm Thursday, July 31.
If a shit-talking, mustachioed Jack Nicholson in a sailor suit isn't enough reason to see Hal Ashby's sweet and heartbreaking The Last Detail, it also features something rare: a bearable Randy Quaid performance. NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Friday, Aug. 1.
The epilogue/prequel to Twin Peaks, David Lynch's Fire Walk With Me divided fans of the TV series. Some thought it genius. Others found it pretentiously weird. Everyone had nightmares for a week. Hollywood Theatre. 7:30 pm Friday, Aug. 1.
In Dark Habits, a cabaret singer dodges cops and other unsavory characters by hiding in a convent. Like Sister Act, but directed by Pedro Almodóvar. So, y'know, fewer rousing gospel numbers, and more randy nuns on acid. 5th Avenue Cinema. 9 pm Friday, Aug. 1.
After his hard-hitting mafia epic Gomorrah, Italian director Gianni Di Gregorio switched gears with Mid-August Lunch, the story of a lackadaisical wino who spends an extended holiday caring—and cooking—for a gaggle of elderly women. Nobody is shot in the face, surprisingly. 5th Avenue Cinema. Aug. 1-3.
It seems every week of the summer, Raiders of the Lost Ark screens. And every week, I call it the best action film ever. Well, it's still summer. And it still is. Academy Theater. Aug. 1-7.
My brother's friend once told me, "If you want to see women get nasty, put on some Prince." He never told me what would happen if you took a girl to Purple Rain. Probably because he got in trouble for giving sex advice to a 10-year-old. Laurelhurst Theater. Aug. 1-7.
A nasty, kinky noir disguised as a family film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is as ingeniously twisted and maniacally hilarious as it was 26 years ago. Whitsell Auditorium. 4:30 pm Saturday, Aug. 2.
In 1959, François Truffaut became one of the faces of the French New Wave with The 400 Blows. Nearly 60 years later, film students still pretend to like it. Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Saturday, Aug. 2.
VHSEX returns for a second helping of adults-only sexploitation clips. Drink every time you see a heaving Shannon Tweed bosom. Hollywood Theatre. 9:30 pm Saturday, Aug. 2.
The NW Film Center's Kaleidoscopic Visions series presents 20 years' worth of Looney Tunes in all their classic, occasionally racist glory. Whitsell Auditorium. 4:30 pm Sunday, Aug. 3.
A 1971 TV animation phenomenon inspired by a Harry Nilsson album—itself inspired by an acid trip—The Point is the kind of gorgeous, oddball fable that can only come from a night involving brown tabs. Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Sunday, Aug. 3.
B-Movie Bingo unleashes China O'Brien, a 1990 spectacle featuring Cynthia Rothrock (basically the female Steven Seagal) and, um, a small-town election. Also dirt bikes. Hollywood Theatre. 7:30 pm Tuesday, Aug. 5.