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Cheap Thrills! Chaplin’s 100th Anniversary! Ernest and Celestine!
 
Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week, we open the twisted and audacious Cheap Thrills, the story of a struggling father whose life is turned upside down when he meets a wealthy couple who offer a path to a better life…but at a price. Actor Pat Healy and director E.L. Katz will host Q&As at both screenings on Friday! Dare to see the film the Hollywood Reporter calls, “One of the most involving works of cinematic misanthropy in years”.

In this month’s Second Saturday Silent Cinema, we’re celebrating Chaplin’s 100th Anniversary! In 1914, Charlie Chaplin’s iconic Tramp character first graced the screen in the short film Kid Auto Races, which we’ll be screening along with several other classic Chaplin shorts. As always, the presentation will be accompanied by live music provided by Dennis Scott on the Music Box organ!

We also have daily screenings of the Oscar-nominated animated charmer Ernest & Celestine (with special afternoon screenings all next week! Bring the kids!) and the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, a look inside one of the most tantalizing What-Ifs in film history.

Also this weekend are midnight presentations of the legendary Anime Akira (presented in 35mm!) and Jake Gylenhaal (x2!) in the thriller Enemy, and a Sunday matinee of Hitchcock’s inventive Rope, starring Jimmy Stewart.

On Wednesday, we’re hosting a One Night Only screening of Breadcrumb Trail, a new documentary about the band Slint and the Louisville music culture they emerged from, followed by a Q&A with director Lance Bangs and Slint band members David Pajo and Todd Brashear!

And don’t forget to grab your tickets for next weekend’s Grease Sing-A-Long and our Willy Wonka Easter Special!

See you at the movies

Thursday, April 10th – Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

 
 

Cheap Thrills with Pat Healy & E.L. Katz in person!

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Cheap Thrills tells the story of a new father facing eviction whose life is turned upside down when he meets a wealthy couple who offer a path to a better life…but at a price. Actor Pat Healy and director E.L. Katz in person opening night!

Cheap Thrills

A film by E.L. Katz starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, Sara Paxton

 

Cheap Thrills tells the story of a new father facing eviction whose life is turned upside down when he meets a wealthy couple who offer a path to a better life…but at a price. Actor Pat Healy in person opening night!


“One of the most involving works of cinematic misanthropy in years.”
–John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

Cheap Thrills follows Craig (Pat Healy, Compliance), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with eviction. In an effort to delay facing the music at home, he heads to a local bar and encounters an old friend (Ethan Embry, Empire Records). The two friends are roped into a round of drinks by a charismatic and obscenely wealthy stranger (David Koechner, Anchorman 2) along with his mysterious wife (Sara Paxton, The Innkeepers). The couple engages the two friends in a series of innocent dares in exchange for money over the course of the evening, with each challenge upping the ante in both reward and boundaries. It seems like easy and much needed money, but the couple’s twisted sense of humor pushes just how far Craig and his friend are willing to go for money and cheap thrills.

 


Fri, Apr 11 7:30pm
 
 
 

Charlie Chaplin’s 100th Anniversary

starring Charlie Chaplin

 

In 1914 a funny looking and very annoying man wearing a bowler hat and a cane wandered into The Kid Auto Races in Venice, California and ended up delighting the admittedly confused crowd with his antics. This early version of guerrilla filmmaking was the very first appearance of Charlie Chaplin as his “Tramp” character. In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of “The Tramp”, we’ve put together a program of Chaplin’s early shorts, including KID AUTO RACES!
The full lineup includes:
Kid Auto Races
The New Janitor
Mabel’s Married Life
The Floorwalker
The Immigrant

 
 
 

Ernest and Celestine (English Language Version)

A film by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner starring Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, William H. Macy

 

Nominated for Best Animated Feature

Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer—and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, Ernest & Celestine joyfully leaps across genres and influences to capture the kinetic, limitless possibilities of animated storytelling.

 


Thu, Apr 10 5:40pm · 7:40pm
Fri, Apr 11 3:30pm · 5:30pm
Sat, Apr 12 11:30am · 1:50pm · 5:40pm
Sun, Apr 13 11:30am · 1:50pm · 5:40pm
Mon, Apr 14 3:30pm · 5:30pm
Tue, Apr 15 3:30pm · 5:30pm
Wed, Apr 16 3:30pm · 5:30pm
Thu, Apr 17 3:30pm · 5:30pm
Fri, Apr 18 5:20pm
Sat, Apr 19 11:30am · 5:20pm
Sun, Apr 20 11:30am · 5:20pm
Mon, Apr 21 5:20pm
Tue, Apr 22 5:20pm
Wed, Apr 23 5:20pm
Thu, Apr 24 5:20pm
 
 
 

Jodorowsky’s Dune

A film by Frank Pavich starring Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger

 

The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

This fascinating documentary explores the genesis of one of cinema’s greatest epics that never was: cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s (EL TOPO) adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic Dune, whose cast would have included such icons as Salvador Dali, Orson Welles and Mick Jagger. In 1975, following the runaway success of his art-house freak-outs EL TOPO and HOLY MOUNTAIN, Alejandro Jodorowsky secured the rights to Frank Herbert’s Dune – and began work on what was gearing up to be a cinematic game-changer, a sci-fi epic unlike anything the world had ever seen.

Jodorowsky enlisted an elite group of artistic mercenaries, including French comic book artist Moebius, who illustrated the storyboards; screenwriter Dan O’Bannon (DARK STAR, ALIEN); artist H.R. Giger (ALIEN); and sci-fi paperback illustrator Chris Foss. For the cast, he lined up icons ranging from Salvador Dali and Mick Jagger to Orson Welles, and even his own son, who was put through two years of gruelling martial arts training to prepare for his role. Unfortunately, the film was never made.

Director Frank Pavich tackles one of cinema’s most enthralling “what could have been” stories, weaving interviews with the charismatic Jodorowsky, his collaborators, and supporters (including DRIVE director Nicolas Winding Refn), together with animation to bring Moebius’ storyboards to life. Even though the project exists only in the imaginations of its creators, and as the hundreds of illustrations they left behind, Pavich’s documentary chooses not to dwell on failure, but rather celebrates the ways in which the creative dreams of Dune planted seeds for many other iconic films that came after it, from STAR WARS to ALIEN to countless more. This is an inspirational story about the power of the creative spirit, one that establishes Jodorowsky as a master of cinema and a true visionary of our time.

 


Thu, Apr 10 5:30pm · 7:30pm · 9:30pm
Fri, Apr 11 3:20pm · 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:30pm
Sat, Apr 12 3:20pm · 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:30pm
Sun, Apr 13 3:20pm · 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:30pm
Mon, Apr 14 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:30pm
Tue, Apr 15 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:30pm
Wed, Apr 16 5:20pm · 9:30pm
Thu, Apr 17 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:30pm
Fri, Apr 18 7:30pm · 9:30pm
Sat, Apr 19 7:30pm · 9:30pm
Sun, Apr 20 7:30pm · 9:30pm
Mon, Apr 21 7:30pm · 9:30pm
Tue, Apr 22 7:30pm · 9:30pm
Wed, Apr 23 9:30pm
Thu, Apr 24 7:30pm · 9:30pm
 
 
 

Breadcrumb Trail with director Lance Bangs & Slint in person

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A documentary about the band Slint and the Louisville music culture they emerged from, featuring interviews with Slint, Steve Albini, Ian Mackaye, David Grubbs, David Yow, James Murphy and Will Oldham. Q&A with director Lance Bangs and Slint band members David Pajo and Todd Brashear!

Breadcrumb Trail

A film by Lance Bangs

 

Feature length documentary about the band Slint and the Louisville music culture they emerged from.

Throughout the 1980s, a group of friends in Louisville, Kentucky grew up forming bands, breaking up, and reforming in different configurations. They were playing hardcore shows at ages 10-12, touring with Samhain as 14 year olds, recording for Homestead as Squirelbait at age 15, then formed Slint in their late teens and recorded the classic album Spiderland before they were 21. They broke up before the album’s release, giving no interviews and vanishing into their own shadows. Two decades passed as filmmaker Lance Bangs assembled unseen footage of the teenagers writing and arranging Spiderland as well as the first on camera interviews with the band members and their contemporaries trying to decipher what they had been through. Featuring interviews with Slint, Steve Albini, Ian Mackaye, David Grubbs, David Yow, James Murphy and archival material from Will Oldham. Q&A with director Lance Bangs following the film

 


Wed, Apr 16 7:30pm
 
 
 

Akira

A film by Katsuhiro Ohtomo

 

The legendary Anime up on the big screen! On July 16, 1988, Tokyo was destroyed by a new type of bomb, triggering World War III. Thirty-one years later, Neo-Tokyo has arisen from ashes under Japan’s new political system; but the glittering city hides poverty, ignorance and despair. A secret military project endangers this troubled city when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath! Only two kids and a group of psionics can stop the mutating biker. 35mm print courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

 


Fri, Apr 11 midnight
Sat, Apr 12 midnight
 
 
 

Rope

A film by Alfred Hitchcock starring John Dall, Farley Granger, James Stewart

 

Two young men (John Dall and Farley Granger) murder their “inferior” classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family (including James Stewart!) to a dinner party as a means to challenge the “perfection” of their crime. Based on the real-life crime carried out by University of Chicago students Leopold and Loeb. The film is Hitchcock’s first Technicolor film, taking place in real time, edited to appear as a single take.

 


Sun, Apr 13 11:30am
Sat, Apr 19 11:30am
Sun, Apr 20 11:30am
 
 
 

Enemy

A film by Denis Villeneuve starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon

 

Adam Bell is a glum, disheveled history professor, disinterested in everything, even his beautiful girlfriend. Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his doppelgänger, actor Anthony Clair, and decides to track him down. The identical men meet and their lives become irrevocably intertwined. Jake Gyllenhaal is transfixing as both Adam and Anthony, embodying two distinct personas. With masterfully controlled attention to detail, director Villeneuve takes us on an enigmatic and gripping journey through a world that is both familiar and strange — and hard to shake off long after its final, unnerving image.

 


Fri, Apr 11 midnight
Sat, Apr 12 midnight
 
 
 

Grease Sing-A-Long!

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Back by popular demand, this fun-filled sing-along features a pre-show costume parade and screening of the beloved film.

Wear your best poodle skirt and saddle shoes, biker jacket, and shades — and bring your heartiest vocals for a rollicking 50s sing-along. “Grease is the word!”

Sing along with…

  • “You’re the One that I Want”
  • “We Go Together”
  • “Summer Nights”
    and many more…

Interactive fun!
Costume contest!
Prop bag!

Grease

A film by Randal Kleiser starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and Stockard Channing

 

Sing-Along Edition!

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

 


Sat, Apr 19 2:00pm
 
 
 

Music Box’s Easter Special Featuring Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

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Costume Contest! Awesome Goodie Bags!

After you’ve hunted your Easter Eggs and had your brunch, come to the Music Box to see “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” We’re pulling out all the stops and welcoming the Spring with this special presentation. Pig out on candy, wear your best Veruca (or Augustus!) costume and join in the fun!

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

A film by Mel Stuart starring Gene Wilder

 

Candy is dandy! Join us for the strangest tour an industrialist could ever offer! Right from the pages of Roald Dahl and onto the screen with the help of director Mel Stuart, enjoy this candied masterpiece!

The world is astounded when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his factory, announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory, shown all the secrets of his amazing candy, and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate.

Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie, but as his family is so poor that buying even one bar of chocolate is a treat, buying enough bars to find one of the five golden tickets is unlikely in the extreme. But in movieland, magic can happen. Charlie, along with four somewhat odious other children, get the chance of a lifetime and a tour of the factory.

 


Sun, Apr 20 2:00pm
 

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