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Ida! King Lear! The Room!
 
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week is the critical-acclaimed Ida, the newest release from Music Box Films. From director Pawel Pawlikowski comes this moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, makes a shocking discovery about her past. A.O. Scott of The New York Times raves, “One of the finest European films in recent memory”.

We’re also showing the monster movie that started it all with Godzilla: The Japanese Original, as well as the gritty black comedy God’s Pocket and erotic drama Young & Beautiful.

On Monday, we’re open early for a special presentation of National Theatre Live’s King Lear, the hit London production of one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies.

Our Hitchcock weekend matinees continue with Psycho, the shocking film that created the modern horror genre, starring Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins. Come see the most famous shower in cinema on the big screen!

Our midnights this weekend include cult disasterpiece The Room on Friday, the classic musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show (with live shadowcast!) on Saturday, and the controversial and transgressive Don’t Deliver Us From Evil, also on Saturday.

See you at the movies

Thursday, May 22nd – Wednesday, May 28th, 2014


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Ida

A film by Pawel Pawlikowski starring Agata Trzebuchowska, Agata Kulesza, Dawid Ogrodnik

 

Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.


“It haunted me. I can’t wait to see it again.”
–A.O. Scott, New York Times

“Absolutely stunning, one of the year’s best films”
–Oliver Lyttleton, The Playlist

From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes Ida, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation.

18-year old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism.

In this beautifully directed film, Pawlikowski returns to his native Poland for the first time in his career to confront some of the more contentious issues in the history of his birthplace. Powerfully written and eloquently shot, Ida is a masterly evocation of a time, a dilemma, and a defining historical moment; Ida is also personal, intimate, and human. The weight of history is everywhere, but the scale falls within the scope of a young woman learning about the secrets of her own past. This intersection of the personal with momentous historic events makes for what is surely one of the most powerful and affecting films of the year.

 
 
 

GODZILLA: The Japanese Original

A film by Ishirô Honda

 

60th anniversary restoration! The complete, uncut original! GODZILLA: The Japanese Original (a.k.a. GORJIRA) is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It’s also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama, made in Japan at a time when the country was reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing in the Pacific. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population’s fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning almost thirty sequels.


“SMASHING IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD!”
–Michael Sragow, New Yorker

“THE PRE-EMINENT MOVIE MONSTER OF THE 50’S! Its significance can be glimpsed only in the Japanese version!”
–Terrence Rafferty , New York Times

On a sunny day with calm waters, a Japanese steamer sinks in flames when the sea erupts; a salvage vessel sent to the rescue disappears the same way; exhausted, incoherent survivors babble of a monster. Could it be…? Then the biggest-budgeted film in Japanese history, the original Godzilla spawned 60 years of sequels and remakes, countless rip-offs, and a new genre: the kaiju eiga, or Japanese monster movie.

Released in the U.S. in a butchered version called Godzilla: King of the Monsters, it was re-cut, re-arranged and atrociously dubbed, with cheesy new scenes (shot in Hollywood) of a pre-Perry Mason Raymond Burr observing the action from the sidelines. To make room for Burr and to excise a strong anti-nuclear subtext, King of the Monsters deleted 40 minutes of the Japanese version — its very heart — including the opening credits and ominous main theme by the great Akira Ifukube; Tokyo commuters wisecracking about surviving yet another disaster; a vituperative session in the Japanese parliament; a TV announcer’s hilarious stomp-by-stomp account of the monster’s rampage; the original cautionary ending; and more scenes with the real (human) star of the movie, Takashi Shimura (also the Seven Samurai leader that year).

It’s a tour de force by special effects genius Eiji Tsuburaya, whose use of “suitmation,” the often-belittled “man in a monster suit” method, was due to time and budget restraints. But, in concert with noirish cinematography, this low-tech approach is still as thrilling as ever.

Subtitles by Bruce Goldstein and Michie Yamakawa. DCP restoration.

Godzilla®, Gojira and the character design are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. ©1954 Toho Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

 
 
 

God’s Pocket

A film by John Slattery starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, John Turturro

 

The only thing they can’t forgive is not being from… God’s Pocket.


“4 Stars. A brash, black comedy.”
The Guardian

In the gritty, blue-collar neighborhood of God’s Pocket, Mickey Scarpato’s crazy stepson, Leon, is killed in a construction “accident,” and Mickey quickly tries to bury the bad news with the body. But when a local columnist comes sniffing around for the truth, things go from bad to worse. Mickey finds himself stuck in a life-and-death struggle compounded by a body he can’t bury, a wife he can’t please, and a debt he can’t pay.

Acclaimed actor John Slattery makes an impressive jump behind the camera with an assured directorial debut that shows he has a razor-sharp eye for conveying the absurdity, cruelty, desperation, and tragic optimism of the people he portrays. Like life, his scenes seamlessly fuse humor and heartbreak, but it’s Slattery’s wit and confident style that make the portrait so authentic. Featuring a top-shelf cast and impeccable cinematography, God’s Pocket oozes with talent and marks the emergence of an inspired directorial presence.

 
 
 

Psycho

A film by Alfred Hitchcock starring Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

 

Credited with inventing the genre of the modern horror, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho features Anthony Perkins as the lonely motel keeper Norman Bates. Bates presides over an out-of-the-way motel under the domineering specter of his mother. Janet Leigh plays Marion Crane, a blonde on the run with stolen money who checks into the motel for the night.

 
 
 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

A film by Jim Sharman starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Richard O'Brien, Charles Gray, Meatloaf, Barry Bostwick

 

Featuring the Midnight Madness shadowcast, who ensure what’s happening in the audience is just as entertaining as what is on screen.

This notorious horror parody — a fast-paced potpourri of camp, sci-fi and rock ‘n’ roll, among other things — tracks the exploits of naïve couple Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) after they stumble upon the lair of transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry).

For 35 years, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has delighted audiences and terrified parents. The Music Box Theatre is the proud Chicago home of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Every screening has a shadowcast of the film (that’s actors acting in front of the screen during the film), and the Halloween screenings are known to sell out!

The Midnight Madness Virgin Kit

The Midnight Madness Virgin Kit (or “prop bag”) contains all you need for a Rocky Horror showing. Midnight Madness sells participation kits at The Music Box for $3. The performers do not get paid for performing at any venue, and 100% of the proceeds from kit sales go back to cast costumes, props, promotions, etc.

What’s in the bag?

Balloon, Glow Stick, Time Warp Flier, Rubber Glove, Noisemaker, Confetti Bag, Toilet Paper, Party Hat, Sponge, Paper Plates, Cards, Instructions, Bag

Don’t-Look-Like-a-Virgin tip

Do not throw objects at the screen — that’s just not cool and can damage a very expensive screen. Thanks!

Using your Prop Bag items

  • Balloon: During the song “Science Fiction Double Feature”, pop at the “When worlds collide” lyric.
  • Glow Stick / flashlight: (no lighters, matches, flammables due to fire code restrictions) During the song “There’s a Light (Over at the Frankenstein Place)”, light up at the “There’s a Light” chorus.
  • How to Time Warp Flier: During the “Time Warp”, get up and dance!
  • Rubber Glove: During the Time Warp, get up and dance!
  • Noisemakers: During the “Lab” scene, make a noise when the Transylvanian Guests use their noisemakers.
  • Confetti: At the end of the “Lab” scene, when the wedding march is being played, throw some.
  • Toilet Paper: When Dr. Scott makes his entrance and Brad exclaims “Great Scott!”, use some.
  • Party Hat: During dinner, Frank will put on his party hat, and you should too — it’s a party now!
  • Paper Plates: Use when Frank pulls the table cloth off the dinner table.
  • Bell: Ring when Frank is chasing Janet after dinner and asks the musical question “Did you hear a bell ring?” and during the song “Planet Schmanet”.
  • Sponges: Use when Columbia makes her “bitch out” speech and says to Frank, “You’re like a sponge!”
  • Cards: Bring them out after The Floor Show, when Frank sits down and sings the line, “cards for sorrow, cards for pain”.
  • Rope: Use when the rope falls from the rigging after Riff finishes shooting.

Not Allowed

  • Toast
  • Hot dogs and prunes
  • Rice
  • Water guns

 


Sat, Apr 16 midnight
Sat, May 14 midnight
Sat, Jun 18 midnight
Sat, Jul 16 midnight
Sat, Aug 13 midnight
 
 
 

The Room

A film by Tommy Wiseau starring Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle and Greg Sestero

 

This “electrifying American black comedy about love, passion, betrayal and lies” stars (and was directed, written and produced by) the mysterious Tommy Wiseau, and has been a cult favorite in LA since 2003!. “Enter The Room and leave forever changed!”

Uninhibited by cinematic convention, this quirky cult favorite about lust and duplicity delivers nonstop laughs from beginning to end as the film’s central character (writer-director Tommy Wiseau) discovers that his foxy fiancée, Lisa (Juliette Danielle), is bedding his best friend. Adding to the hilarity are Greg Sestero, who plays the backstabbing buddy, and Carolyn Minnott as Lisa’s materialistic mom.

 


Fri, Dec 4 10:00pm
Fri, Apr 15 midnight
Fri, May 13 midnight
Fri, Jun 17 midnight
Fri, Jul 15 midnight
Fri, Aug 12 midnight
Fri, Sep 23 7:30pm · 11:00pm
 
 
 

Young & Beautiful

A film by François Ozon starring Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frédéric Pierrot, Charlotte Rampling

 

The portrait of a 17 year-old girl, in 4 seasons and 4 songs.


“Mesmerizing. A fascinating contemplation of adolescent sexuality. Psychologically probing and unerringly elegant. A luminous, star-making performance for Marine Vacth.”
–David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“Francois Ozon’s YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL continues the winning streak of a director with an especially acute understanding of desire.”
–Stephen Holden, New York Times

Acclaimed director François Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women) helms this erotic tale of sexual awakening. After losing her virginity, 17-year-old budding beauty Isabelle (Marine Vacth) takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her older gentlemen clients for erotic hotel room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes, while Ozon slyly refrains from offering easy answers. As the enigmatic Isabelle, Marine Vacth is magnetic, delivering a star-making breakout performance in this sleek and sexy coming-of-age drama.

 
 
 

Don’t Deliver Us from Evil

A film by Joël Séria starring Jeanne Goupil, Catherine Wagener

 

Proof that you get a lot more “shock” value from an actual shocking subject than a truckload of karo syrup and pig guts! This film is smart, controversial, profound, and highly-transgressive, with an unsettling and electric ending. A unique and unrestrained exploration of evil that dives playfully into the depths of amorality lying inside the minds of children.

Two French schoolgirls, Anna and Lore, spend their summer exploring the limitations of adolescence through a series of increasingly “evil acts”, all hoisted against the confines of their restrictive Catholic boarding school. Their deeds flanked by passages of Lautreamont and Buadelaire, this is beautiful, high-art horror, with no clip-art red devils to cling to for comfort.

It’s the lack of any overt “supernatural” presence that imbues Anna and Lore with a scarier hellfire. One that exists here in the real world. Where things really burn, and where two little Catholic girls can really seduce you, and really kill you.

It has a decadent and insular, escalating immorality that hardens from the amoral consciousness of children. And so a coming-of-age tale produces original and ripe horrors. These depths can cut pretty deep, and Seria guides the knife into the heart of it, equally playfully. The beautiful ending is the culmination of the film, all gathered in one concentrated ball of high art… from the depths of hell!

Presented by Cathode Love!

 

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