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November 19 – 26

PULP: A film about life, death & supermarkets

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PULP: A film about life, death & supermarkets

Florian Habicht / 2014, UK
90min / Blu-ray

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PULP found fame on the world stage in the 1990's with anthems including 'Common People' and 'Disco 2000'. 25 years (and 10 million album sales) later, they return to Sheffield for their last UK concert. Giving a career best performance exclusive to the film, the band share their thoughts on fame, love, mortality—& car maintenance. Director Florian Habicht (Love Story) weaves together the band's personal offerings with dream-like specially-staged tableaux featuring ordinary people recruited on the streets of Sheffield. PULP is a music-film like no other—by turns funny, moving, life-affirming & (occasionally) bewildering.

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Thurs, Fri, Mon–Wed: 7pm & 9pm
Sat & Sun: 5pm, 7pm & 9pm


November 28 - December 4

VHS: Viral

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VHS: Viral

Various / 2014, USA / Color
97min / Blu-ray, 5.1 surround

A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame-obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell-bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death. V/H/S Viral is the third installment in the found-footage horror franchise. Featuring films by Nacho Vigalondo (Time Crimes) and more.

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December 5 – 11

Actress

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Actress

Robert Greene / 2014, USA / Color
86min / Blu-ray

Brandy Burre had a recurring role on HBOʼs iconic drama The Wire when she got pregnant with the first of her two children. She gave up her career and moved to a small town to raise her new family with her partner, Tim. Things were fine for a while. But when Brandy decides to get back into acting, the foundations of her domestic life prove too fragile for her ambitions and the way she sees herself. As she tries to find balance between being a good mother and her desires for a life she once walked away from, Brandy is forced to make painful choices that will affect her family forever. Using elements of melodrama and cinema verité, Actress is both a present tense portrait of a dying relationship and an exploration of a complicated woman, performing the role of herself, in a complex-yet-familiar story. Itʼs a film about starring in the movie of your life. When a woman performs the roles of mother, wife and actor, whatʼs real? How far will Brandy go to remake her life? Actress chronicles what happens when we break the rules.

“…suggests the intimate grandeur and bitter irony of a Douglas Sirk romance come to life.” The New Yorker

"Robert Greene's extraordinary collaboration with actress Brandy Burre is a playful, provocative examination of self-performance." Variety

"Mesmerizing. A modern day 'Sunset Boulevard.'" IndieWire

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December 5 & 6, 12 & 13

Why Don't You Play in Hell

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Why Don't You Play in Hell?

Sion Sono / 2013, Japan / Color
129min / Blu-ray

Master filmmaker Sion Sono (Love Exposure, Cold Fish) describes his frenzied, gleeful new masterpiece as “an action film about the love of 35mm.” Based on a screenplay he wrote nearly fifteen years ago, Why Don't You Play In Hell? is among Sono’s very best work, as his trademark excess and outrageousness is infused with an affection for the previous century of Japanese cinema. With Sono's talent and unique vision completely unleashed, Why Don't You Play In Hell? is a Tarantino-esque ode to the yakuza films of yore, and features an over-the-top, blood-soaked finale for the ages.

"Delivers adrenaline, chutzpah, and fake blood by the bucket-load, continually confounding audience expectations while offering up a twisted valentine to moviemaking in general and the disappearing medium of 35mm film in particular." The Wrap

"A creative, barnstorming movie that feeds off mayhem in a most entertaining fashion, finding swirling inspiration from a swarm of cinematic highlights. It's original and absolutely furious." Blu-ray.com

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December 12 – January 1

It's A Wonderful Life

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It's A Wonderful Life

Frank Capra / 1946, USA / B&W
130min / 35mm

44th year!

“It’s a great -- really great -- film, so densely well made that to watch any three minutes is to realize how paltry the vast majority of movies are by comparison.” Richard T. Jameson

“The epiphany of movie sentiment and a transcendent experience.” Dave Kehr

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Opens January 2

Winter Sleep

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Winter Sleep

Nuri Bilge Ceylan / 2014, Turkey-France-Germany / Color
196min / Blu-ray

Winner of the Palm d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities. From the director of Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. In English & Turkish w/ English subtitles.

“...intricate, monumental and mysterious. This is masterfully staged and performed.” Chicago Reader

“Nuri Bilge Ceylan is at the peak of his powers... a richly engrossing and ravishingly beautiful magnum opus.” Variety

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January 23 – 29

Burroughs: The Movie

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Burroughs: The Movie

Howard Brookner / 1983, USA / Color-B&W
86min / Blu-ray

Burroughs: The Movie explores the life and times of controversial Naked Lunch author William S. Burroughs, with an intimacy never before seen and never repeated. The film charts the development of Burroughs’ unique literary style and his wildly unconventional life, including his travels from the American Midwest to North Africa and several personal tragedies. Burroughs: The Movie is the first and only feature length documentary to be made with and about Burroughs. The film was directed by the late Howard Brookner. It was begun in 1978 as Brookner's senior thesis at NYU film school and then expanded into a feature which was completed 5 years later in 1983. Sound was recorded by Jim Jarmusch and the film was shot by Tom DiCillo, fellow NYU classmates and both very close friends of Brookner's. Featuring interviews with Lauren Hutton, Pattie Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Brion Gysin and more.

"Bizarrely funny... Rarely is a film as well attuned to its subject..." New York Times

"A wonderful biography... a refreshingly irreverent mediation." Village Voice

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January 23, 30 & 31

Naked Lunch

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Naked Lunch

David Cronenberg / 1991, USA-Japan-Canada / Color
115min / 35mm

In this adaptation of William S. Burroughs's hallucinatory, once-thought unfilmable novel Naked Lunch, directed by David Cronenberg (Videodrome), a part-time exterminator and full-time drug addict named Bill Lee (Robocop's Peter Weller) plunges into the nightmarish Interzone, a netherworld of sinister cabals and giant talking bugs. Alternately humorous and grotesque—and always surreal—the film mingles aspects of Burroughs's novel with incidents from the writer's own life, resulting in an evocative paranoid fantasy and a self-reflexive investigation into the mysteries of the creative process.

"It's hard to imagine another film maker who could delve so deeply into the monstrousness of Mr. Burroughs's vision, in the end coming up with a bona fide monster movie of his own." New York Times

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January 24

It's Gonna Blow

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It's Gonna Blow

Bill Perrine / 2014, USA / Color
86min / HD video

'It's Gonna Blow!!! - San Diego's Music Underground 1986-1996' chronicles a period when San Diego was touted as 'the next Seattle'. A motley community of musicians with a do it yourself ethos and an aversion to mainstream culture developed their idiosyncratic sounds in the isolation of San Diego but soon found themselves at the center of bidding wars and expense account lunches. What happened when the outcasts from the sticks became the next big thing? Featuring interviews and performances from Drive Like Jehu, Fishwife, Tanner, Rocket from the Crypt, Trumans Water, the Locust, Heavy Vegetable, Physics, Crash Worship, No Knife, Pitchfork, Heroin, Antioch Arrow, Creedle, Swing Kids, Sub Society, Neighborhood Watch, Inch, Funeral March, Tit Wrench, Blink 182 and many others.

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Coming later

The Best of VHSXMAS
The best, worst and most insane holiday clips culled from the three legendary volumes of Scarecrow Video's VHSXMAS! Plus additional, all-new stuff! December 20.

The Philadelphia Story and Shop Around the Corner
A couple extra Jimmy Stewart films after the holidays. January 16 – 22. 35mm prints!

It's Gonna Blow: San Diego's Music Underground 1986-1996
A feature length documentary film about San Diego's DIY music scene and its uneasy relationship with the mainstream. January 24.

VHSEX 3
We're penetrating Scarecrow Video's Sexploitation room again in search of more awkward adult situations and humorous humping! February 14.