(Monte Hellman, 1971) · James Taylor and the Beach Boys' Dennis Wilson go on an existential cross-country road race to beat repulsive muscle car driver Warren Oates, with hippie femme fatale Laurie Bird throwing a wrench in the works. A film that runs the gamut from bleakness to hilarity, Two-Lane Blacktop has become a cult classic in the years since it confounded audiences in 1971. Director Hellman channels the spirit of his mentor Roger Corman and the drive-in era of film.
runtime: 102 min format: 35mm
(Joyce Wieland, 1968) · Hollis Frampton said it best: "The thought of some Purgatory wherein I might be deprived of seeing Joyce Wieland's films makes me regret my every sin and dereliction." Reason Over Passion, Wieland's probable masterpiece, is a film that seems like a logical summation of all her other works – it's as political, as personal, as playful, and as intense as each of her shorter works, and it doesn't lose an ounce of that passion over its 80 minutes.
runtime: 80 min format: 16mm
(Robert Altman, 1975) · Borrowing from musical, political homily, and celebrity, Nashville appropriates our shared cultural language to create a pastiche of twentieth-century America. Featuring a massive ensemble cast, myriad storylines, and a full repertoire of original music, the film is the high-water mark of Altman's exuberant and intense personal style. Appropriately, the movie climaxes at the Nashville Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the Athenian original.
runtime: 159 min format: 35mm
(Alain Resnais, 1983) · In Life is a Bed of Roses, Resnais made a film that gives equal weight to speech and music. As song and dialog alternate, the film tells three very different stories of very different eras all set in the same castle in the Ardennes. The interwoven tales of a utopian architect, an imaginary Prince Valiant figure, and some reform-minded professors might seem frivolous if viewed alone, yet together they prove Resnais' vast imagination and narrative wit.
runtime: 110 min format: DCP
(Claire Denis, 2001) · Denis, after Beau Travail cemented her status as a revered director of the international art cinema, took an unexpected left turn with this film about an affliction ranging from savagery to cannibalism. Though visually rapturous and narratively enigmatic, the eroticized violence shocked viewers and critics. Later, it would be recognized as an inspiration for the "New French Extremity" movement, characterized by an intense, disturbing focus on the body.
runtime: 101 min format: 35mm
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(John Lasseter, 1999) · Originally envisioned as a straight-to-VHS sequel to Pixar's first feature, Toy Story 2 was rushed through a nine-month development period after John Lasseter and his team decided to completely rework the film's existing plot. Despite these production issues, the film is a rare sequel that avoids retreading the original's ideas. Instead, it introduces characters like Jessie (voiced by Joan Cusack) who are just as memorable as the original cast of toys.
runtime: 92 min format: 35mm
(Martin Scorsese, 2013) · The Oscar season's most controversial movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, 16 years after going down with the Titanic and in better acting shape than ever. He plays a real-life stock market crook Jordan Belfort, who rises from penny-ante trader to Wall Street emperor – and, just as quickly, falls at the hands of the government. In between, he learns life lessons from a chest-thumping Matthew McConaughey, ODs with Jonah Hill, and engages in dwarf tossing and S&M.
runtime: 180 min format: DCP
(Ernst Lubitsch, 1933) · Loosely adapted by Ben Hecht from a play by Noel Coward, this is another movie which would have raised quite a firestorm if made under sterner censorship. Our heroine (Miriam Hopkins) falls in love with two different starving artists (Gary Cooper and Fredric March) but can't decide which one she likes better...so, since none of them has any money, they decide to live together in a platonic (or so the movie tells us) ménage à trois! Complications follow.
runtime: 91 min format: 35mm