Welcome to 2016, everybody! And with the beginning of any new year comes two things: a bunch of awards movies flooding theaters and just as many awful early-year releases polluting the multiplexes. Instead, why not go the safe (and likely, a whole lot more entertaining) route? You know it: classic cinema. Here’s what you can look forward to this month in terms of old-school flicks.
30 Years of Killer Films
With the Cosford Cinema running their retrospective of producer Christine Vachon’s films, it’s a full month for them. Still Alice on the 9th, The Grey Zone on January 10, Boys Don’t Cry on January 16, Kill Your Darlings on January 17, The Company on January 25, One Hour Photo on January 30, and Savage Grace on January 31. All of the films except for Still Alice will be shown on 35mm instead of digitally.
Secret Celluloid Society
If you missed the first film of Secret Celluloid Society’s late night line-up this month (which was The Wild Bunch) don’t be sad: you’ve still got four films left in January to check out. On January 9 is Animal House followed by the quintessential Prince classic Purple Rain on January 16. Big Trouble in Little China, an appropriate pick considering Kurt Russell having a film currently on the big screen, is on January 23. And, finally, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights closes the month on January 30. As usual, all of ‘em are being shown on 35mm and take place at 11:30 p.m.
Four Films By Two Masters
The release of documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut — yes, loosely based around the book of the same name — is happening this month at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, and with it comes a retrospective of both filmmakers’ work. You might have, sadly, missed one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best, Marnie, earlier this week, but three more films are waiting just around the corner. François Truffaut’s The Bride Wore Black shows on January 14, with an introduction by Rubén Rosario of Miami Art Zine. Hitchcock’s The Wrong Man shows on January 21, with an introduction by critic and author David N. Meyer. And Truffaut’s Confidentially Yours shows on January 28, with an introduction by Hans and Ana Morgenstern of Independent Ethos.
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Fashion Project Festival
Over at Bal Harbour, there’s a four-day film festival being hosted by Fashion Project and they’ve got a great lineup, entirely free and open to the public. On January 28, there are nine short films and a showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. On January 29 is Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om, with an introduction by Anupama Kapse. On January 30, it’s a triple feature of Tony Takitani, with an introduction by Kate Sinclair, Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now, and Max Ophüls’ Lola Montès. Closing out the festival on January 31 is My Fancy High Heels and Grey Gardens, along with the short films Rose Hobart, Doll Clothes, and Irma Vep, the Last Breath.
The end of the month offers three classic options at Gables Cinema outside of their SCS After Hours line-up. There's The Man Who Fell to Earth as a great Bowie tribute on January 28th, a short run until January 27th of Orson Welles' Chimes at Midnight, and a run of Brian de Palma's brilliant Blow Out (which kicks off Jan 29th and runs through February). Bonus: Miami Herald Critic Rene Rodriguez will be attending the January 30th, 4:00p.m. screening for a conversation with Nat Chediak about the film.
There’s always additional events that don’t all take place at one spot, so here’s a run-through of that. The Miami Jewish Film Festival will be having a free screening of Spaceballs on January 16 under the stars at the New World Center SoundScape. O Cinema Miami Beach will have their usual end-of-the-month Rocky Horror Picture Show screening on the 29th. Blue Starlite will be showing Alice in Wonderland (with optional Pink Floyd soundtrack) and The Big Lebowski on January 9 in Virginia Key.