Pam Grier, Park Chan-wook in person and more NYC screenings
A bunch of special showings of genre films past and present, from America, Asia and other countries, are coming to the New York City area, some of them accompanied by special guests.
• The Film Society of Lincoln Center just announced the lineup for its “Foxy, The Complete Pam Grier” series, running Friday-Sunday, March 15-17 at the Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street) and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (144 West 65th Street, noted with a * below). While not every one of the cult-fave actress’ movies are showing, it’s a very healthy selection, with Grier herself attending several of the screenings. Here’s the complete rundown:
Friday, March 15
2 p.m.: BLACK MAMA, WHITE MAMA
4 p.m.: FOXY BROWN
6 p.m.: THE BIG BIRD CAGE with Grier in attendance
8:15 p.m.: JACKIE BROWN with Grier in attendance
11:59 p.m.: SCREAM, BLACULA, SCREAM (pictured above) with
Grier in attendance*
Saturday, March 16
4:45 p.m.: ABOVE THE LAW
7 p.m.: GREASED LIGHTNING with Grier in attendance
9:30 p.m.: COFFY with Grier in attendance
Sunday, March 17
2 p.m.: BUCKTOWN
4 p.m.: SHEBA, BABY with Grier in attendance
4:30 p.m.: Clips and Conversation, with Grier in attendance*
6 p.m.: FOXY BROWN
8 p.m.: ESCAPE FROM LA
In addition, the Society has set dates for its Film Comments
Selects series running Monday, February 18-Thursday, Feb. 28, including a
number of genre films. The fest opens with the New York premiere of Antonio
Campos’ psychothriller SIMON KILLER on Monday, Feb. 18 at 8:15 p.m., while
Adrián García Bogliano’s much-awaited HERE COMES THE DEVIL has its own area
premiere Friday, Feb. 22 at 10:15 p.m., and Ben Wheatley’s murderously funny
thriller SIGHTSEERS New York-preems on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. The
series also hosts the U.S. premieres of two new works by Japanese favorites:
Takashi Miike’s LESSON OF THE EVIL (pictured right), about a teacher who
becomes a murderer, showing Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 8:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb.
27 at 9:30 p.m., and Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s five-part, 278-minute PENANCE, about
the aftermath of a young girl’s murder, screening Monday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.
Finally, fans of William Peter Blatty’s THE NINTH CONFIGURATION
(a.k.a. TWINKLE, TWINKLE, KILLER KANE), or those who haven’t experienced its
unique and insane charms, will have a chance to catch it on the big screen a
part of a “Stacy Keach in the Bughouse” double feature on Tuesday, March 19. For tickets (on
sale soon for some of these) and more details, head over to the Film Society’s
• Astoria, Queens’ Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th
Avenue), in conjunction with The Korea Society, will present a series of films
by acclaimed director Park Chan-wook from Thursday, Feb. 28-Sunday, March 3.
First up is an advance screening of his knockout U.S. debut thriller STOKER,
with Park in person, on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m., followed by OLDBOY on
Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m., short films on Saturday, March 2 at 3 p.m., J.S.A.:
JOINT SECURITY AREA on the 2nd at 6 p.m., SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE on Sunday,
March 3 at 3 p.m. and LADY VENGEANCE on the 3rd at 6 p.m. See further info at the
Museum’s official site.
• For more K-thrills, head over to the 11th New York Korean
Film Festival, which takes place Friday-Sunday, Feb. 22-24 at Brooklyn’s
BAMcinematek (30 Lafayette Avenue). Among the movies showing are PIETA (making
its New York premiere Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.), the latest gruesome
provocation by THE ISLE’s Kim Ki-duk; Park Jung-woo’s DERANGED, about a
horrific countrywide epidemic, also having its local premiere on Sunday, Feb.
24 at 7 p.m.; and Jo Sung-hee’s blockbuster paranormal romance A WEREWOLF BOY,
screening Saturday, Feb. 23 at 9:15 p.m. See the fest’s webpage here.
• From Wednesday, Feb. 27-Sunday, March 10, Japan Society
(333 East 47th Street) will offer “Into the Shintoho Mind Warp: Girls, Guns
& Ghosts from the Second Golden Age of Japanese Film.” This assortment of
cult classics, featuring eight New York City premieres that have never been
issued on U.S. DVD, includes GHOST STORY OF YOTSUYA (pictured left), a graphic
variation on MACBETH by JIGOKU’s Nobuo Nakagawa, on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 8
p.m., followed by a reception; the supernatural thriller GHOST CAT OF OTAMA
POND on Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m.; Kyotaro Namiki’s fanged-vengeance saga VAMPIRE
BRIDE on Saturday, March 2 at 5:15 p.m.; plus other crime films and thrillers.
Go here for additional details.