The highlight will be the 10 p.m. screening of Alfred Hitchcocks 1963 opus weirdus The Birds. In stark contrast to the trend in modern horror, Hitchcock doesnt explain why birds are suddenly organizing into sadistic SWAT teams to murder humans. Just as Rope is an exercise in camera movement and Psycho is designed to distort point of view, The Birds is largely an experiment in tension. And despite the fact youve never feared a bird in your life, youll find yourself looking over your shoulder all evening. (Hint: Dont order any rolls with sesame seeds.)
The 8 p.m. appetizer is Robert Aldrichs campy Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, in which Betty Daviss turn as Jane Hudson will not only remind you of Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes in Misery, but also put the latter performance in proper perspective.
Tue., June 30, 8 & 10 p.m., 2009