The Chicago Rep-port 4/13-4/19, 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.
Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave
If you missed Basket Case (Frank Henenlotter, 1982, 4K DCP) playing midnight last weekend, you have another chance, as the schlocky NYC horror film is playing again both Friday and Saturday night. Also showing both midnights is Ichi the Killer (Takashi Miike, 2001, 4K DCP), Miike’s wild and violent precursor to the modern superhero genre. This one was very, very popular among genre fan circles when I was in high school and college, so it will be interesting to see how it holds up.
Doc Films, 1212 E 59th St # 3
The Spring 2018 series calendar is now in full swing, featuring the best of Canadian cinema, the Korean New Wave, the work of Elia Kazan and Michael Haneke, and more! Here is the breakdown of the calendar along with this week’s screenings:
Sundays, Miracle on the Han River: The Korean New Wave: Peppermint Candy (Lee Chang-dong, 1999, 35mm), from the premiere melodrama filmmaker of the Korean New Wave.
Mondays, Beyond Hollywood North: Contemporary Canadian Voices and Visions: My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, 2007, 35mm), from Canada’s favorite art director son, a blend of documentary and fiction, a love letter to Maddin’s strange hometown.
Tuesdays, Tremors of an Unknown Passion: A Michael Haneke Retrospective: Funny Games (Michael Haneke, 1997, 35mm), the notorious original German-language version of Haneke’s treatise on screen violence and the viewer’s role.
Wednesdays, Elia Kazan: A Retrospective: On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954, 35mm), perhaps the greatest performance of screen legend Marlon Brando, as a washed up boxer trying to find dock work.
Thursdays, “Love Is a Matter of Timing…”: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher, 2008, DCP), Brad Pitt vehicle where the aging-in-reverse special effects are the real star.
Thursdays, Shattered Visions: Loss of Identity in Cinema: Sisters (Brian De Palma, 1973, 35mm), a journalist suspects her neighbor of murder despite no physical evidence in this Hitchcockian thriller.
The Logan Theatre, 2646 N Milwaukee Ave
This April at the Logan Theatre is a rundown of some of the most iconic, badass, amazing action films of all time. This week features two of the biggest sci-fi action crossovers of the golden age of Hollywood action, featuring the era’s biggest star. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (James Cameron, 1991, format unknown) plays April 13-16 while Predator (John McTiernan, 1987, format unknown) plays April 17-19.
Northwestern Block Museum of Art Cinema, 40 Arts Cir Dr., Evanston
A series called Different Image, focusing on ways filmmakers have explored the socially-imposed images and identities of race, class, gender, and sexuality, starts this week with two great (and FREE!) screenings. Kicking off the series on Friday, April 13 is Safe (Todd Haynes, 1995, 35mm), starring Julianne Moore in a harrowing allegory for the AIDS crisis. Playing later in the week, on Thursday, April 19, is Chameleon Street (Wendell B. Harris Jr., 1990, DCP), the winner of the 1990 Grand Jury Award at Sundance, a biting social critique through a con man narrative.