Schedule for Thursday, October 29
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A Serious Man
"A tart, brilliantly acted fable of life’s little cosmic difficulties." (Chicago Tribune)
The Coen Brothers' (No Country for Old Men) signature humor and cinematic imagination take on questions of faith, familial responsibility, delinquent behavior, dental phenomena, academia, mortality, and Judaism in their hot awaited new film, A Serious Man. It’s the story of Larry Gopnik, a suburban Jewish physics professor who is plagued with a dysfunctional family, a vindictive neighbor, and a grade-grubbing foreign exchange student who is threatening his long-nurtured chance for tenure. In a moment of existential desperation, he turns to three rabbis for help. Can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and become a righteous person—a mensch—a serious man?
Ethan Coen/Joel Coen. 2009. 105 m. R. US. Focus Features.5:10 PM 7:25 PM
Alien & Aliens
HALLOWEEN DOUBLE FEATURE!
Ridley Scott's Alien
Ridley Scott. 1979. 116 m. R. UK/US. Criterion/20th Century Fox.
James Cameron's Aliens
James Cameron. 1986. 124 m. R. US/UK. Criterion/20th Century Fox.5:15 PM
An Evening with Frank Bruni
Frank Bruni, the former New York Times restaurant critic and author of the new memoir Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater, joins us for an evening of food on film. He has personally chosen to screen Moonstruck, a perfect choice for an Italian-American food-obsessed writer. According to Bruni, a Westchester native:
“"Most of the delighted viewers of Moonstruck saw it as what the critic Pauline Kael understandably termed an 'opera buffa,' a comedy so broad it verged on some Italian version of slapstick. I saw it as a fairly accurate portrait of family, or at least family Italian-American style.
"I saw Grandma in Olympia Dukakis, Grandpa in Vincent Gardenia and aunts, uncles and cousins in so many of the other players. And I realized anew that some of what family provides is a gold mine of material. That reminder would serve me well when it came time to write my memoir, Born Round, parts of which are Moonstruck with triple the portions and double the calories."
Q&A: former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni will be interviewed by New York Times critic Janet Maslin.
Norman Jewison. 1987. 102 m. PG. US. MGM.7:30 PM