Archive for October 2008

A cinematic horn of plenty: this Monday’s Green Screens

October 31, 2008

Enlightenment, great flicks and organic produce? How often can you get all three in one place?

Let Monday’s Green Screens presentation of Farming the Future and Homegrown show you what’s at stake in the the production of what’s on your plate. Afterward, have your organic apples and eat them too when actual Long Island farmers bring the bounty of their fields straight to you.

Buy tickets to see Green Screens: Farming the Future, Homegrown and The Fridge: Mon Nov 3: 6

Check out Homegrown’s official site.

Check out Farming the Future’s official site.


Just in time for Halloween–our contest winner reveals her favorite scary movie

October 31, 2008

“Wait Until Dark is the sweetest thrill of a scary movie I know.  Audrey Hepburn, all fragile bones and immense, unseeing eyes, mesmerizes as she’s stalked by drug dealing tough Alan Arkin, who exudes menace – and odd ball suave.

The blind Hepburn, who never has to wait for dark, fumbles, stumbles and clutches with such looks of stricken horror and pale, sweaty adrenaline, that we feel it all too.  Arkin, with his equally pallid skin and vampirishly dark hair, multiplies the gothic atmosphere of this mod sixties thriller.

There are equal parts terror and surprise; this is a classic twists and turns film, and it’s impossible not to get swept up in the tension.  Ironically, it is also a very visual film, and the shots, cuts and colors will stay with you long after the credits pass to black.  I first saw it when I was ten, and it stuck with me for decades, with no dvd/vcr reminders.  It will stick with you too.”

-by S.B. Arkun, grand prize winner of the Film Comment/Young Friends of Film Halloween contest

Get in on the fun–share your own favorite scary movie in the comments below!

On Sale Now! Get a first look at Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire

October 30, 2008

Fresh from its popular screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival, Trainspotting director Danny Boyle’s electrifying new genre-bending epic Slumdog Millionaire screens at the Walter Reade Tuesday, November 11th. In the film, Jamal, a mischevious young orphan in India, rises from the slums to compete on his country’s version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. But when suspicions grow about the boundless knowledge of this seemingly uneducated man, Jamal soon realizes he’s going to face the biggest test of his life.

Buy tickets now for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to preview a film that’s already generating Oscar buzz before its general release.

Young Friends of Film presents: Slumdog Millionaire, dir. by Danny Boyle

Tuesday, November 11th at 7:30 PM Buy tickets now

Smiles All Around

October 29, 2008


One of these things is not like the others…

A: The last has never asked anyone to smell his flower. 
Come see the foundation for all of our favorite Jokers in Young Friends of Film‘s chilling Halloween pic, “The Man Who Laughs.” Need more proof? How ’bout this phony, fan-made poster that was floated as a preview for “The Dark Knight”:
The original man who laughs

The original man who laughs


– Film Comment Selects your Halloween-night flick, “The Changeling.” Costumes welcome!
– Art takes its place in the revolution in Andrzej Wajda’s masterpieces “Man of Marble” and “The Conductor.”
– The first installment of the Film Society and New York City Opera co-production, Cinematic Opera/Operatic Cinema
– Bernstein and Mahler


Thursday, Oct. 30
7:30 YFF: The Man Who Laughs

Friday. Oct. 31
1:00 The Conductor
3:00 Man of Marble
6:15 The Maids of Wilko
9:00 Film Comment Selects: The Changeling 

Saturday, Nov. 1
2:00 Leonard Bernstein Program 10: Bernstein and Mahler, Part I
4:00 Leonard Bernstein Program 11: Bernstein and Mahler, Part II
7:00 The Promised Land

Sunday, Nov. 2
2:00 Cinematic Opera: Ivan the Terrible
7:00 Man of Marble 

All times p.m.

Three movies + a panel discussion + farm fresh produce? That’s this month’s Green Screens in an (organic) nutshell

October 29, 2008

Their cows were rGBH free--how 'bout yours?

New Yorkers clamor for hand-tilled morels and sustainably raised pork, beef and chicken, but can Long Island family farmers sate their hunger, stay green and also remain afloat?

You recycle, tote cloth bags, and carpool to work. But would you ever consider actually growing your own produce on your front lawn?

What is that green thing in the back of the fridge and is it actually…edible?

These are just a few of the questions raised by this month’s triple-threat edition of Green Screens. Not only will you be able to explore issues vital to foodies, locovores, and every inhabitant of Planet Earth, you can also stay for a panel that brings together both farmers and filmmakers for a bountiful discussion of all things green. Did we mention that a veritable horn of plenty of local organic produce will be available for sale after the screening? This is no average night at the movies, that’s for sure.

Buy tickets to see Farming the Future, Homegrown and The Fridge: Mon Nov 3: 6

BONUS: Check out Manny Howard’s adventure in micro-farming for New York magazine, in case you are tempted to turn your fire escape into a field of greens.

Check out Homegrown’s official site.

Check out Farming the Future’s official site.

Radical differences: a guide to telling your revolutionary biopics apart

October 27, 2008
A big beret to fill

A big beret to fill

Tomorrow night at the Walter Reade Theater, Film Comment Selects a biopic of a certain fatigue-sporting folk hero best known for leading the Cuban revolution.

Wait a second, you say, didn’t Che already make a rare appearance in it’s four-and-a-half-hour glory during the New York Film Festival? Yes, but that was the Steven Soderbergh-directed Che.

Benicio Del Toro as Che

This, my friends, is the rarely screened 1969 classic starring Omar Sharif embodying the indelible visage of emblazoned upon the threadbare t-shirts of grad students everywhere. And between Richard Fleischer’s blast-from-the-past biopic Che! and Soderbergh’s groundbreaking Spanish-language epic, there are some radical differences. To wit…

Omar Sharif as Che!

Omar Sharif as Che!


Soderbergh (Che): Famous for putting Sundance on the map with 1989’s Sex, Lies, and Videotape.

Fleischer (Che!): Famous for helming the film that brought the world the phrase: “…is made out of people!!!”

Castro was played by…

Che: Demián Bichir, a Mexican actor

Che!: Jack Palance, the famous one-armed push-up doing Oscar winner


Che: working characteristically fast and loose, Soderbergh shot Che himself, using a brand-new hi-def camera called The RedONE. The first half of the film was shot in anamorphic, while the second half was confined to a less wide-screen scope. [Watch Soderbergh talk about his process in an exclusive Film Society Q&A]

Che!: Widescreen all the way–this feature was pure Hollywood production.

If you saw Che, or even the Motorcycle Diaries, Che! is a new lens on understanding a pivotal historical moment. And it just goes to show: one exclamation point can mean a world of difference.

Buy your tickets now: Tue Oct 28: 6:35

Last chance to snag a bagful of treats from Film Comment and YFF!

October 24, 2008

Don’t miss this spooktacular competition! To enter, just send us a description of your favorite scary movie to by midnight Eastern time Sunday and you could win a DVD of Rob Zombie’s Halloween, movie tickets and much more! Don’t delay, enter now!

Film Comment and YFF prize package