(Jacques Doillon, 2003) · Fred, a wealthy middle-aged Frenchman, takes a shine to his young Moroccan gardener Raja and attempts to court her. He is all too aware of their cultural differences and lack of common language, not to mention the potential for misconduct, but his yearning is strong. In an example of Doillon's profound equity, Raja is just as complicated, indulging Fred's affection while maintaining her distance. Raja is one of Dollion's greatest films.
runtime: 112 min format: 35mm
(Adam McKay, 2004) · During his tenure on SNL from 1995 to 2002, Will Ferrell had a number of amusing roles in films like Superstar, Zoolander, and the Austin Powers series. However, it was 2004's Anchorman that truly established him as an unforgettable comedic powerhouse. Featuring memorable performances from Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, the film chronicles a group of bumbling news anchors in the '70s as they adapt to a changing workplace. You stay classy, San Diego.
runtime: 94 min format: 35mm
(Federico Fellini, 1976) · Fellini debunks the literary myth of Casanova by reimagining him as the legendary lover who is unable to love. "Donaldino" Sutherland portrays the virile hero as a cavalier bed-hopper beyond empathy, but Fellini's recognition of himself within the lothario manifested itself into pure disdain for the cavalier character of Casanova and Sutherland himself. Sutherland was perfect for the role, Fellini said, as he was "a big sperm-full waxwork with the eyes of a masturbator."
runtime: 155 min format: 35mm
(Frank Darabont, 1994) · Adapted from a Stephen King novella, this uplifting drama follows banker Andy Dufresne, who is convicted for the murder of his wife despite his professed innocence, and his refusal to give in to the ugliness of prison life. Interestingly enough, though well received by critics and incredibly popular now (it's ranked first on IMDb's "Top 250" list), the film was a box office flop on its initial release, barely recovering its $25 million budget.
runtime: 142 min format: 35mm
(Michael Lindsay-Hogg, 1977) · Made just a few years after Richard Nixon's notorious resignation from the Oval Office, Nasty Habits is a biting satire of the events surrounding the Watergate scandal, adapted from a Muriel Sparks novel called The Abbess of Crewe. Except, this time, things are a little different—instead of Nixon and Henry Kissinger, we've got Sister Alexander and Sister Gertrude, two Sisters conspiring to take over the wealthy Abbey of Philadelphia.
runtime: 96 min format: 35mm
(Alfred Hitchcock, 1960) · Perhaps the most notorious (apologies to Grant and Bergman) of all Hitchcock's films, Psycho explored uncharted territory in sex and violence. Anthony Perkins' performance as unhinged Norman Bates, the fate of escaped thief Marion Crane in the shower of Bates Motel room #1, and the movie's shocking twist have all become cinematic icons. Be sure to see it from the very beginning: Hitchcock insisted that his viewers couldn't be even one minute late!
runtime: 109 min format: 35mm
(Ruben Ostlund, 2014) · An attractive Swedish family of four vacations at a ski resort in France. They pose for a family portrait at the top of a mountain, they dine at the ski lodge, and they bear witness to a "controlled" avalanche. A split-second decision causes a rift in the family dynamics. Ostlund, originally a director of ski films, creates a thought experiment that dismantles the gender norms defining our societal expectations and the patriarchal family unit.
runtime: 118 min format: DCP
(Carmelo Bene, 1968) · Italian writer/actor/director Carmelo Bene's first feature is the story of an iconoclast rebel locked in battle with various historical and mythological religious figures. It is a furious (yet self deprecating) attack on everything Italy held holy from Catholicism to Baroque architecture to opera. Vogel writes: "Bene's films are visual, lyrical and auditory cataclysms, whose lava-like outpourings are of unequaled hallucinatory perversity."
runtime: 124 min format: 35mm