The Chicago Cinema Society recently discovered an uncut, Italian print of Suspiria. Rescued from an Italian cinema that had closed down and gone untouched in storage since 1977, this 35mm print contains six minutes of footage never seen in America. This uncut version of Dario Argento’s masterpiece is finally coming to Miami. Jessica Harper plays a ballet student who transfers to a prestigious German school only to discover dark, sinister and supernatural forces at work. The nightmarish story is enhanced by elaborate set design and vivid photography that emphasizes the film’s color palette – and it’s wrapped up in an iconic score by progressive rock band Goblin.
Modern science fiction wouldn’t be what it is today if not for Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, a seminal film that presented a multicultural, dystopian future filled with massive corporate advertising, thick pollution, and flying cars. Central to this world are replicants, human-like androids with limited life spans built by the Tyrell Corporation. When four of them escape from an off-world colony to Earth, retired cop Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is tasked with hunting them down. What makes the film work so well is that it is a film noir at heart encased in a sci-fi shell that tackles arguably the most pertinent question in our history as a species: what does it mean to be human? Initially a box office bust, Blade Runner grew into a cult classic that saw a myriad of versions. This screening presents the only version Scott had total control over, The Final Cut.
Way out west there was this fella by the name of Jeff Lebowski who called himself “The Dude.” He had a rug that really tied the room together until a pair of muscle heads carrying a marmot pissed on it in a case of mistaken identity. Naturally, The Dude seeks remuneration from the other Jeffrey Lebowski, a Pasadena millionaire, but is drawn into a ransom scheme involving severed toes, nihilists, bowling, and lots of White Russians. It’s been 20 years since the Coen Bros. released The Big Lebowski, inspired by their friend Jeff Dowd whom they met while seeking distribution for their debut feature Blood Simple, and it’s every bit hilarious now as it was then. No doubt this partly because of its impeccable cast that includes Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro, and Sam Eliot. Put on your bathrobe and white tee, blast some Creedence, and celebrate the anniversary of a timeless comedy. But that’s just, like, our opinion, man.
The Gables Cinema presents the best films you never saw on the big screen (or maybe you did) from late-night cult classics to foreign favorites and even summer blockbusters every Saturday at 11:30 pm. Tickets include a free popcorn and happy hour. Please note that unclaimed pre-ordered tickets will be sold to the waitline 30 mins after showtime.
Join us as we host our first Live Oscar Watch Party! It will be a red carpet event where semi-formal attire is recommended, so be ready to be judged. We will have food and refreshments along with games to keep us entertained during the show. Bring your friends and prepare for a night to be remembered.
The Warriors are on the lam after their leader is accused of assassinating the leader of the most powerful gang in a near future New York City. Stuck behind enemy lines in the heart of the Bronx, the Warriors must fight their way through the concrete jungle to their home turf of Coney Island. Though at first glance it may seem like a low-brow gang flick, The Warriors is a meticulously crafted work that comes with a literary pedigree: director Walter Hill adapted it from Sol Yurick’s 1965 novel of the same name and draws, like Yurick, from Greek soldier Xenophon’s Anabasis which recounts the return journey of Greek mercenaries who fought for Cyrus the Younger in Persia. Visually, the film oozes with style thanks to cinematographer Andrew Laszlo, carefully choreographed action sequences that echo dance, and colorful costumes worn by the diverse gangs. The release of the film was fraught with sporadic outbreaks of violence at screenings; this was so egregious that Paramount pulled advertising for the film and released theatres from contractual obligations to play the film. On the eve of its 40th anniversary, take a chance and watch The Warriors on 35mm and see why it has become an established cult classic from a prolific decade in cinema history.
For all the anime masters you’ve heard of, Masaaki Yuasa is the one you probably haven’t. His directorial vision – inspired by everyone from Tex Avery to René Laloux – is distinct in its fluidity and surreal nature, creating shows like Kemonozume, The Tatami Galaxy, and most recently Devilman Crybaby. With the release of his two new films, Lu Over the Wall and The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl, this year, his first and most insanely ambitious feature returns to theaters after over a decade. That film is Mind Game. Flirting with an abundance of styles to tell one story – that of a loser who gets killed by two yakuza because of a crush on his childhood girlfriend, prompting a psychedelic journey of self-discovery when he goes to heaven and back – Yuasa brings everything and more to the table. Mind Game indulges in the goofiness and malleability of animated filmmaking, building up a funhouse of kaleidoscopic visual tricks. This is a movie that blends digital animation with rotoscoping, watercolors, sketches, and CGI as effortlessly as it navigates the genres it bounces through.