BRAZIL - the original 1986 director's cut
Sep 19 to Sep 20
Friday and Saturday 10:15 pm
Dir. Terry Gilliam - 1986 - 131m - an ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $8 general / $6 students - DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF BUBONICON 47!
On 35mm Film!
In the dystopian masterpiece Brazil, Jonathan Pryce plays a daydreaming everyman who finds himself caught in the soul-crushing gears of a nightmarish bureaucracy. This cautionary tale by Terry Gilliam, one of the great films of the 1980s, has come to be esteemed alongside antitotalitarian works by the likes of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. And in terms of set design, cinematography, music, and effects, Brazil is a nonstop dazzler.
"Terry Gilliam's ferociously creative black comedy is filled with wild tonal contrasts, swarming details, and unfettered visual invention -- every shot carries a charge of surprise and delight." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A superb example of the power of comedy to underscore serious ideas, even solemn ones." - Janet Maslin, New York Times
Letter To Momo
Sep 19 to Sep 22
Friday to Monday 5:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Hiroyuki Okiura - 2012 - 120m - Japan - In Japanese with English subtitles - No Matinees
From the creators of Ghost in the Shell comes a wonderfully expressive and beautifully hand drawn animated tale that combines bursts of whimsy and kinetic humor with deep felt emotion and drama. The last time Momo saw her father they had a fight – and now all she has left to remember him by is an incomplete letter, a blank piece of paper penned with the words “Dear Momo” but nothing more. Moving with her mother to the remote Japanese island of Shio, Momo soon discovers three yokai living in her attic, a trio of mischievous spirit creatures that only she can see and who create mayhem in the tiny seaside community as she tries desperately to keep them hidden. But these funny monsters have a serious side and may hold the key to helping Momo discover what her father had been trying to tell her. A Letter to Momo was seven years in the making, and the handmade animation is superb, from the painstakingly rendered serenity of the island's Shinto shrines to the climactic finale – a frantic chase featuring thousands of squirming, morphing ghosts and spirits that is the best cinematic flight of supernatural fancy in many years.
"Stunning! As gorgeous as 'Momo' is to behold, the film's sensitive portrayal of a teenager dealing with grief proves its most compelling element." - Variety
"One of the best animated films of the year! A milestone in traditional handmade animation... this wonderful craftsmanship shines on screen, the result being a film truly beautiful to watch." - Twitch
"Four stars! Has a freshness and urgency that moved this reviewer to tears! Hiroyuki Okiura, who also wrote the script, manages the transition from light to serious with the craft and assurance of a true storyteller, while firmly grounding his human and nonhuman characters in their Seto Inland Sea setting, from the narrow portside streets to the gloriously expansive view from the island's highest point. All such scenes are painstakingly hand-drawn with an attention to detail befitting the best of Japanese animation." - Japan Times
The Zero Theorem
Sep 19 to Sep 22
Friday to Monday 8:00 pm ONLY!
Dir. Terry Gilliam - 2014 - 107m - No matinees
The mind of Terry Gilliam has brought us Brazil, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Now, he turns his eye not to the future, but the present, in this madcap sci-fi epic starring two-time Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, Matt Damon, and David Thewlis in a tale of man tasked to either find the meaning of life, or prove once and for all that life is meaningless.
“A perfect, complete masterpiece… under no circumstances should anyone ever experience Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem in anything other than a pristine theatrical experience.” –Harry Knowles, Ain’t It Cool News
“[A] visually splendid nightmare of totalitarian glitz… a spectacle that demands to be cherished.” –TIME Magazine