It’s back to school time, and I’ve decided to inaugurate a new weekly post to the WCCO Movie Blog which will, I hope, alert film fans to their assignments for the coming week. It’s not homework, because remember how awesome it was when you watched movies in class?
Here are five suggestions for the next seven days:
Monday, Sept. 3: A Burning Hot Summer (Trylon Microcinema)
Director Philippe Garrel once again puts his floppy-haired son into really awkwardly sexual situations. A Burning Hot Summer, getting its area premiere as part of the Trylon’s Monday/Tuesday Premieres series, is a typically French ménage a mélange drama that also stars Monica Bellucci, who can never be cast in enough movies as far as I’m concerned.
Tuesday, Sept. 4: Bruce Baillie: Screening Room with Robert Gardner (Walker Art Center)
Starting on Tuesday and lasting until Election Day, the Walker is presenting a 1973 conversation between avant-garde titan Bruce Baillie and Robert Gardner. Baillie’s seminal 1966 film Castro Street will be presented later this month in The Renegades: Films from the Collection Selected by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Wednesday, Sept. 5: A Bucket Of Blood (Trylon Microcinema)
It’s First Free Wednesday at the Trylon. Every first Wednesday of the month they present a movie that is, for whatever reason (negligence, usually), in the public domain and, thus, free to screen to the public without having to pay rentals. Though the thermometer isn’t reflecting it yet, Target stores have started putting out their Halloween displays. So kick the creepy season off right with a screening of Roger Corman’s A Bucket of Blood, in which Dick Miller plays an untalented artist mistaken for a genius thanks to a plaster cast of his cat. Perhaps self-starting but often dog-eared Corman could relate?
Friday, Sept. 7: The Inbetweeners (Lagoon Cinema)
We’re getting awfully close to the reopening of the newly-remodeled Uptown Theater. I’ll hope to have a bunch of pictures of the new digs before too long, but in the meantime, catch a movie at its sister theater (actually, more like granddaughter, if we’re talking in terms of overall age) the Lagoon, like this raunchy British romp about four geeks trying to get Greek.
Saturday, Sept. 8: Utamaro and His Five Women (Trylon Microcinema)
All month long, the Trylon is presenting films from one of the greatest Japanese directors ever (actually, go ahead and strike that “Japanese” qualifier, because he’s basically considered one of the greatest directors period). Utamaro and His Five Women isn’t currently available on DVD in America, so mark this assignment down as mandatory.