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July 30th, 2014 AP KRYZA | Screen
 

AP Film Studies: Acid-dropping nuns, Prince and dirt bikes

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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.

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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.

A tale of low-rent criminals, love, friendship and a botched heist, 1996’s Bottle Rocket was Wes Anderson’s debut and the only time the director’s films would have suedeless elbows. Hotel deLuxe. 8 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. 

 
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