The Chicago Rep-port: 3/24 to 3/30, by Aaron Pinkston
Repertory screenings may not be as abundant in Chicago as they are in LA/NY, but when you look around, there are many theatergoing delights. The Chicago Rep-port is a weekly(ish) series highlighting the best and most compelling repertory screenings in the Second City.
For over a decade, the Movieside Film Festival has put on fantastic marathons with the Massacre and Sci-Fi Spectacular, and this weekend they’ll fully venture into the fantasy genre for the first time. The Fantastic Fantasy Film Festival takes place on Saturday, March 25 from noon to 11 pm at the Brew & View at The Vic. The lineup includes:
The Dark Crystal (Jim Henson & Frank Oz, 1982, format unknown)
Flash Gordon (Mike Hodges, 1980, format unknown)
Director’s cut of Legend (Ridley Scott, 1985, format unknown)
Masters of the Universe (Gary Goddard, 1987, format unknown)
Dune (David Lynch, 1984, format unknown)
The festival also includes special guest Kara Zediker from of Star Trek: Enterprise and Charmed, who will do a Q&A between films, as well as local vendors and a charity auction supporting Vital Bridges. This is a fantastic lineup of 80s fantasy and undoubtedly will be a great time. Tickets are only $13 in advance (purchase here) or $15 at the door. You can’t beat that.
The Music Box Theatre’s slate of rep screenings this week is anchored by multiple screenings of Blade Runner: The Final Cut (Ridley Scott, 1982, DCP) to celebrate its 35th anniversary. Whether you like it or not, the sequel is on the way, so catching up with the original on the big screen isn’t the worst you can do. To celebrate the career of Bill Paxton, the midnight screenings both Saturday and Sunday highlight the scary and cool Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow, 1987, 35mm). If you’d rather be scared in broad daylight, Wait Until Dark (Terence Young, 1967, 35mm) is covered as part of the 50th anniversary matinee series on Saturday and Sunday.
Throughout the weekend, the Facets Cinémathèque has a special presentation of three films by media and performance artist Valie Export: Invisible Adversaries (Valie Export, 1977, format unknown) plays on Friday, Menschenfrauen (Valie Export, 1980, format unknown) follows up on Saturday, and The Practice of Love (Valie Export, 1985, format unknown) completes the trilogy. On Monday, March 27, Facets is holding a members only screening of Charisma (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 1999, format unknown) preceded with a reception and followed by a lecture by Facets’ Film Program Director Charles Coleman.
The Logan Theatre completes its fantastic “Leading Ladies” film series this week with screenings of Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky, 2011, format unknown) and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (Robert Aldrich, 1962, format unknown), a perfect double feature of women going insane. You can catch Black Swan March 24-27 at 11 pm and Baby Jane March 28-30 at 10:30 pm.
For something completely different, the Cinemark Classic Series is showcasing The Karate Kid (John G. Avildsen, 1984, format unknown) at all Chicagoland locations on Sunday and Wednesday. (But could you imagine if Joan Crawford sweeped the leg on Bette Davis?)
On Tuesday, March 28, the Wilmette Theatre is holding a “Science on Screen” screening of Anaconda (Luis Llosa, 1997, format unknown), sponsored by the Field Museum and including a “talk back” with conservation biologist Dr. Lesley de Souza, who specializes on the Amazon basin.
Finally, the last week of the Gene Siskel Film Center’s annual European Union Film Festival includes a smattering of films from Sweden, Spain, Ireland, France, Greece, Austria, Lithuania, Croatia, Belgium, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Germany, and France Denmark. Highlights of the closing week include Their Finest (Lone Scherfig, 2016, DCP), The Son of Joseph (Eugène Green, 2016, DCP), Bobby Sands: 66 Days (Brendan Byrne, 2016, DCP), and closing night festivities Louise by the Shore (Jean-François Laguionie, 2016, DCP)