Arthouse Goes Dark: 10 Great Films From 1966 That Reflect the Year’s International Tumult

Take a look back at 10 great films from 1966 and discover a new favorite that you’ve never seen before.

The Endless Summer dir. Bruce Brown

The Endless Summer was the definitive surf film of the decade. In the documentary, director Bruce Brown follows the lives of two surfers named Mike Hynson and Robert August. The title suggests the “endless” quality of traveling around the world during the summer, as the film was shot in multiple locations including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Tahiti, and, yes, California. Roger Ebert once said of the film, “The beautiful photography he [Brown] brought back home makes you wonder if Hollywood hasn’t been trying too hard.” Let’s go surfing!

Available to stream on: Vimeo, Amazon Prime

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? dir. Mike Nichols

Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? Our late Mike Nichols adapted Edward Albee’s 1962 play and garnered 13 Academy Award nominations. The sweltering and sultry (Oscar-winning) Elizabeth Taylor stars as Martha and aggressive Richard Burton stars as George, an alcoholic couple that uses a second couple named Nick (George Segal) and Honey (Sandy Dennis) to relinquish their anger and inner demons. The tumultuous relationship between both Burton and Taylor comes alive onscreen. This film is of only two films (the other is Cimmaron) that have ever been nominated for all categories at the Oscars. The film is memorable and a classic. It will stay with you for a long time…Or you’ll be quoting it. A dynamic piece of work.

Available to stream on: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon

A Man and a Woman dir. Claude Lelouch

Winner of the Palm d’Or and Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and Writing, A Man and a Woman is the romantic tale of a widower and widow that fall in love upon a chance encounter at their children’s boarding school. Their relationship is composed of a remembrance for their deceased partners. The swooning score composed by Frances Lai was recorded before the film went into production. It remains one of the finest soundtracks to date. Lelouch played the soundtrack for lead actors Anouk Aimée and Jean-Louis Trintignant to encourage the actors before even filming.

Available to stream on: Google Play, iTunes

Alfie dir. Lewis Gilbert

Michael Cain’s portrayal of swinging playboy named Alfie , whose self-serving acts become increasingly alarming in his own life, is one for the books. Alfie is a womanizing playboy, always looking for his next “fix” in women, sleeping around, and living his life as a complete hedonist. That is- until Alfie begins to question his actions and the unbearable loneliness that strikes him as the women in his life return the following years. The film is highly noted for Caine’s unflinching performance (often breaking the fourth wall) and resulted in many iconic performances later in his career.

Available to stream on: iTunes, Amazon

Persona dir. Ingmar Bergman

Persona is a deeply tense exploration into the lives of a female nurse (Bibi Andersson) and her patient, a stage actress patient (Liv Ullman) whose spoken words become diminished. It’s been labeled as “modernist horror” and even considered a “psychological drama”, which doesn’t even begin to describe the cerebral experience one has upon the first viewing. Critics still argue and revise their interpretations of the film. Words cannot describe this cinematic experience. You’ll just have to see it for yourself….Again and again and again.

Available to stream on: Amazon, iTunes

Fahrenheit 451 dir. Francois Truffaut

The 1953 Ray Bradbury novel hits the big screen in this visually stimulating adaptation that became the first (and only) English speaking film Truffaut would direct. For the first time, Universal Pictures would also have their first European production. If you’re not already familiar with the book, the setting is a dystopian future where society is controlled, its citizens are extremely oppressed, and a fireman named Guy Montag (Oskar Werner) is demanded to burn all literature. The catch? He becomes a convict for reading the literature. Bradbury was “pleased” with the film but his one qualm was the casting of Julie Christie as the lead wife.

Available to stream on: Google Play, iTunes, Amazon

Andrei Rublev dir. Andrei Tarkovsky

Tarkovsky’s masterpiece centers on the life of famed Russian painter Andrei Rublev and remains one of the best films on many film critics’ lists. Set in 15th century Russia, the epic film remains a restless ode to the artistic freedoms, rebellion, and ultimate defiance against a governed regime that the title character faces. Thus, the film had been censored in the Soviet Union until 1971. Because of the Soviet regime, Andrei Rublev wasn’t eligible for the Palm d’Or but was still screened out-of-competition. In later years, Tarkovsky had written in his diary that even though the theaters had been sold out upon his final 186 minute version there were no posters to be seen.

Available to stream on: YouTube

Cul-de-sac dir. Roman Polanski

Following the critically acclaimed Repulsion, Roman Polanski returns with his second installment for the “apartment trilogy” with Cul-de-sac. Its story follows a wounded criminal and his dying partner that seek refuge in a countryside castle owned by a seemingly bizarre couple. When the criminal’s partner dies, an unexpected relationship ensues between the three and complex emotions are aroused. The film’s tone has been compared to the works of Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter. Just like other Polanski works, this deliciously moody film explores themes of humanistic horrors, including alienation and sexual frustration. Cul-de-sac won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.

Available to stream on: Amazon

Blow-Up dir. Michelangelo Antonioni

The most fashionable of all films on this list, Blow-up is a major staple of British cinema during the 60s, offering a glimpse into the transitioning times of modernity and “Swinging London”. A fashion photographer (David Hemmings) believes he has witnessed a murder via a photograph he took and decides to search for answers and begins to questions himself. A saucy Vanessa Redgrave stars as the femme fatale. It’s quite easily the most distinguished stylistic film of this year and noted for its counter-cultural content that shook production codes worldwide. The film was nominated for several awards at Cannes Film Festival and won the Grand Prix.

Available to stream on: Amazon, iTunes, GooglePlay

Au Hasard Balthazar dir. Robert Bresson

Robert Bresson’s tale of a young rural farmer girl in Southern France and her beloved donkey named Balthazar has been considered Bresson’s finest work to date. Au Hasard Balthazar is inspired loosely by Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot and each “episode” of Balthazar’s life “represents one of the seven deadly sins.” The film premiered at the 1966 Venice Film Festival. 60s auteur Jean-Luc Godard once spoke of the film saying, “Everyone who sees this film will be truly astonished because this film is really the world in an hour and a half.”

Available to stream on: iTunes, Hulu, Amazon

Giveaway! Win a Free Download of the Zellner Brothers’ ‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter’

Attention film lovers! Enter for the chance to watch the wondrous Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter on iTunes.

As we noted in our interview with Rinko Kikuchi when the Zellner Brothers’ film had its theatrical release back in March:

With Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, Kikuchi travels from Tokyo to Minnesota, hitchhiking her way to a buried treasure that may or may not really exist. Based on the true story of Takako Konishi, we watch her search for the money buried by Steve Buscemi in the Coen Brothers’ Fargo, from a map she created from an old VHS copy—ditching her job and pretty much all of her social relationships along the way. The Zellner Brothers have crafted an affectionate look at cinephilia and a quirky comedy of manners, with Kikuchi at her deadpan best.

Today, you can enter to win the Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter iTunes package, which will include exclusive behind-the-scenes features, an interview with the Zellner Brothers and Kikuch, as well as deleted scenes. Sounds good to us!

Enter by tweeting @blackbook ! Check out the rest of our interview HERE to see Kikuchi discusses damaged heroines and her personal connection to the film.

Blast From the Past: 10 Movies to Stream Right Now From 1965

From the political backdrop of the Civil Rights movement to the threat of nuclear war, these films are a true reflection of the year of 1965. It was the year The Sound of Music won Best Picture, the Grateful Dead played their first show in San Francisco, and Malcolm X was shot in New York City. The times were a changin’, and so were the approaches to female characters, interracial relationships, and fashion. Here are 10 movies to stream right now from 1965.

Repulsion dir. Roman Polanski

Horror maestro Roman Polanski and queen bee Catherine Deneueve teamed up for what would be Polanski’s first English-language feature, and the first part of his “Apartment Trilogy,” followed by The Tenant and Rosemary’s Baby. When the film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, it was especially noted for its stunning black-and-white cinematography by famed cinematographer Gilbert Taylor (A Hard Day’s Night, Dr. Strangelove). Deneuve plays Carol, a woman traumatized by her past who begins to act upon her inner demons while left alone in an apartment. At the time, it was very rare for a female killer to be depicted and Polanski, as usual, floored the world.

Available to stream on: YouTube, iTunes

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! dir. Russ Meyer

Sexploitation baby! Leave it to 60s legend Russ Meyer to take us on a voluptuous cruise featuring three go-go dancers that embark on a murderous rage and kidnapping in Southern California. The film has been recognized by many filmmakers and musicians, including Quentin Tarantino and White Zombie, and became a cult favorite as years went by. Though the film didn’t perform so well and critics weren’t particularly fond of it it’s considered a 60s staple and took a risk with its gender roles, violence, and “shameless” dialogue.

Available to stream on: YouTube

Pierrot Le Fou dir. Jean-Luc Godard

Based on Lionel White’s novel Obsession, Godard’s Pierrot Le Fou was the fifteenth highest grossing film of the year in France. Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina star as two lovers on the run seeking adventure and escape from both sides of their lives. Karina stars as Marianne Renoir, a woman sought after by the Algerian mafia, who meets Pierrot, a Frenchman who decides to leave hometown Paris for the Mediterranean Sea as he’s bored and wants to spice up his life. It was submitted for the Academy Awards for Foreign Language Film but wasn’t a nominee. Still, the film is a staple of Godard’s experimental style and is considered a “post-modern” work, especially in its approach to American pop culture.

Available to stream on: iTunes, VeOh, YouTube

The Collector dir. William Wyler

Filmed throughout England, William Wyler’s psychological thriller The Collector is the story of a man (Terence Stamp) who kidnaps a woman (Samantha Eggar) for the sake of his own amusement and pleasure. Stamp’s depiction of lead character Freddie is grotesquely entertaining. He’s a bank clerk who collects butterflies and is removed from the world that has rejected him. When Miranda (Eggar), an art student beauty, enters his life things forever change and a bizarre relationship develops. It’s a great actor’s movie. The performances and chemistry between the leads is worthy of praise. Trivia: William Wyler passed on The Sound of Music just to make this film.

Available to stream on: Vimeo

The War Game dir. Peter Watkins

At roughly 48 minutes long, The War Game succeeded critically and won the Oscar for Best Documentary. The complete irony in this decision is that the film was actually fiction. Its focus is set on a nuclear-war occurring in England and the aftermath that will soon follow due to authorities lack thereof. The War Game utilizes acting, interviews, and quotations to set its apocalyptic tone and non-actors were used for the film. It caused massive controversy with the BBC with the statement following, “The effect of the film has been judged by the BBC to be too horrifying for the medium of broadcasting, it will, however, be shown to invited audiences…”

Available to stream on: DailyMotion

Juliet of the Spirits dir. Federico Fellini

Fellini’s Juliet of the Spirits mixes myriad genres. Part fantasy, party comedy, and part drama, Fellini’s tale of a woman named Giuletta Masina (Giuletta Boldrini) whose dreams, visions, and memories guide her to the decision of leaving her husband, is a delirious rollercoaster of a character study. It was also the first color film of Fellini’s and won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film.
Available to stream on: Hulu

Bunny Lake is Missing dir. Otto Preminger

This 1965 British psychological thriller stars superstar Laurence Olivier and Carol Lyney, as the mother of a lost daughter she’s convinced has been kidnapped but according to others never existed. The question of whether the mother is mentally unstable begins to become apparent and will leave you guessing until the end. Its use of dramatic settings, including a “doll hospital”, a child daycare center, and an apartment, set a sinister tone for this twisted tale of fantasy versus reality and the urgency of a mother’s search for something longing in her. It’s a peculiar film that may appeal to those who love thrillers.

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Red Beard dir. Akira Kurosawa

Red Beard would be the last black-and-white film Akira Kurosawa ever did. The film’s based upon Shūgorō Yamamoto’s short story collection, Akahige shinryōtan and a Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel (The Insulted and the Injured) for its subplot. The time and place is 19th century Japan. A young doctor (Yūzo Kayama) within the small town of Koishikawa, a district in Edo (then Tokyo), whose father is already well-established within the clinical circles, is guided by Dr. Kyojō Niide (Toshiro Mifune) aka Akahige (“Red Beard”). As the mentorship continues, the young doctor soon discovers what it really means to be a doctor as he’s guided through patient care and meets several citizens in need of help.

Available to stream on: Hulu

A Patch of Blue dir. Guy Green

A Patch of Blue is an important film because at the time of its release the civil rights movement was just beginning. The moving story focuses on a young blind white teenage girl named Selina (Elizabeth Hartman) who comes from an abusive household. She falls in love with a hard-working educated young black man named Gordon (Sidney Poitier) but faces the challenges of the times of racially divided America. Hartman was the youngest actress to be nominated for an Oscar at the time (22 year old). The record was held until Isabelle Adjani was nominated in 1975. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards and Shelley Winters, who plays the abusive prostitute mother of Selina, won for Best Supporting Actress.

Available to stream on: Amazon, iTunes

Darling dir. John Schlesinger

Oh, the swinging 60s! John Schlesinger’s groovy Darling is a stylish ode to the times of 60s fashion, the British glam, and modern lifestyle. It was nominated for Five Academy Awards (winning two: Best Original Screenplay and Best Costume Design), did well commercially, and spawned many examinations of the lead character played by Julie Christie, a model whose lifestyle is shamelessly immature and free willing. New York had written, “This new déclassé English girl was epitomized by Julie Christie in Darling—amoral, rootless, emotionally immature, and apparently irresistible” in response to the mod fashion wearers and caricatures of such times. (Shirley MacLaine was originally cast as Diana, the “darling of this picture”.)
Available to stream on: GooglePlay, iTunes

Lana Del Rey Releases ‘Honeymoon’ Teaser: Watch It Now


As if the suspense isn’t killing the Lanatics enough, Lana Del Rey posted to Instagram the latest clip from her upcoming album Honeymoon, set to release in September. Along with the visuals, which show a tiger prowling through shrubs and the baroness herself singing, fans also have the opportunity to read the lyrics, which by the way, aren’t “our honeymoon” over and over again. Though, she does sing it about nine times. Del Rey announced the album in January and she’s reportedly working with Mark Ronson to make it a hit. Apparently, it will have more of a “noirish” feel, similar to that of her debut, Born to Die.

Check out the clip below, which has been linked both to Del Rey’s own Instagram account and a related one appropriately called Honeymoon:

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And, just to get you even more pumped for the September release, here’s a guide to the song’s lyrics:

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Get ready. The music video for her upcoming track “Music to Watch Boys To” is aimed to premiere later this month.

Amy Berg’s ‘An Open Secret’ Explores Child Exploitation in Hollywood

No stranger when it comes to controversy, Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg’s has had her fair share of it with her new film An Open Secret, which began its theatrical run in New York last weekend.

An Open Secret explores the seedy, perverse underbelly of exploited children in Hollywood, particularly young males. It’s a documentary that, just like Berg’s previous Deliver Us From Evil, reaches the darkest depths of depraved and evil human behavior and calls for action. Parents of the Hollywood victims are interviewed, locations of the homes where molestations by their managers/colleagues transpired are shot, and even the use of audio and home video footage is intercut for major emphasis. But what really matters, is the voice of the victims that Berg has interviewed. These are scars that have been hidden for so long and their voices are now heard.

It’s still happening as we speak; child actors are being taken advantage of by powerful figures in Hollywood and child predators are still working in the entertainment industry. Take Martin Weiss, a subject in the film and a former manager who grew so close to the families of his victims. He was a man who promised landing roles for his clients and grew so close to them that an inner web of other convicted sex offenders, or non-convicted, were introduced to the children as well. All of these men shared an infatuation with their pubescent clients and even partied with them, offering Quaaludes, ecstasy, among other drugs that any thirteen year old shouldn’t be doing.

While Martin Weiss wasn’t interviewed for this documentary, his victims were, and their stories are exposed in such a slow-paced manner you can’t help but watch and listen, as painful as it is, until the story hits present-day. Audiences have the chance to witness the psychological torment that they’ll have to cope with for the rest of their lives. These victims recognize the fact that they will never be able to land a job again in Hollywood (that seems to be the status quo), but feel that by voicing the accounts of such abuse at a young age needs to be known by the masses. Berg recognizes these atrocities and exposes the grotesque reality within Hollywood’s insulated world. It’s heart-wrenching, unbelievably candid, and a realistic portrayal of a competitive industry that has a seedy underbelly. It’s urgent.

This riveting documentary is more than important—it’s essential. It matters more than ever, as young people in the modern age want to become famous, pursue careers in Hollywood (where their families move along with them), and the exposure has become an entirely new platform.

In Honor of ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’: 10 Great Tearjerker Movie Moments

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is officially out in theaters. Who’s excited? With a knockout performance featuring rising star Olivia Cooke and a soundtrack featuring Brian Eno, this film will melt your heart and have everyone talking. The film goes as follows:

“Greg, a high school senior who is trying to blend in as anonymously as possible, avoiding deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life. He even describes his constant companion Earl, with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a ‘co-worker’ than a best friend. But when Greg’s mom insists he spend time with Rachel – a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer – he slowly discovers how worthwhile the true bonds of friendship can be.”

To celebrate  the film’s upcoming release, we’ve compiled a list of tearjerker moments from some of our favorite young romances (guilty as charged). The films vary in their weepy moments, but they all have love in common. So, let’s take a look at some of these films that have left us sobbing and grabbing for the tissue box. You know you like a good cry sometimes…

My Girl dir. Howard Zieff

A young Macauley Culkin and Anna Chlumsky (in her debut) starred in this coming-of-age story. The pivotal tearjerking moment comes at the end when one of our favorite characterz gets stung by bees and dies. It’s an abrupt heartbreaking moment in a coming-of-age film because there isn’t a deathbed situation or even an illness. It was just a bee attack! But it did pull our heartstrings and we all cried, especially us young 90s kids.

A Walk to Remember dir. Adam Shankman

I’ll always remember…Mandy Moore starred as a young faithful pastor’s daughter who changed a rebellious Shane West’s life. It’s corny, I know, but I just loved those Mandy Moore songs so much! So, of course, when she dies in the end, and our leading man gazes into the bay as the sun sets, it’s definitely an emotional roller coaster for all of us romantics that are suckers for such film sequences.

The Notebook dir. Nick Cassavettes

For The Notebook, the angle this romance took (which will always leave me sobbing) is obviously the “aging love” element. Thanks to the always remarkable Gena Rowlands and James Garner for their depiction of commitment and devotion we really (and I mean really) fell in love with this romance. The tears start rolling during this final scene. If this movie didn’t make you cry I’m afraid you don’t have a heart.

Crazy/Beautiful dir. John Stockwell

Crazy/Beautiful is a movie starring Kirsten Dunst and Jay Hernandez as the two lead lovebirds. It’s set in Los Angeles and has a formula that recalls Romeo and Juliet. She’s the rich girl who has everything given to her and he’s the guy from the other side of town facing the struggle. They meet, fall in love, and tensions amount due to her father’s concerns about her ruining the boy’s life. She’s a troublemaker and parties way too much, but when she meets Carlos everything seems to “make sense.” We all got a bit a sad when the Dandy Warhols’ “Sleep” began to play after Carlos is told he’s never to see Nicole ever again by her father. Then, there’s Kirsten Dunst’s heartbraking moment where she’s crying begging Carlos to stay with her! “You don’t want me???”

Titanic dir. James Cameron

Let’s get real here. Titanic has the inevitable ending that history proved happened, but the fantasy we experienced watching this film was beyond. When the “ship of dreams” ascends into the freezing Atlantic and Jack and Rose have their final moment together the sniffles begin. Promise me Rose, you’ll have lots and lots of babies… It’s just ridiculous. He’s obviously “the one” if you want to be the romantic. They were so in love!!! UGH!

E.T. dir. Steven Spielberg

This isn’t a romance film, but it’s definitely true love (or a modern bromance). The friendship and love that developed between our favorite intergalactic dude with a lit finger and the family that fell in love with him, urging for him to be protected and cared for, left us extremely emotional. Things obviously went haywire when the government gets involved, but we’re just happy by the end of the film that E.T. survived. That (almost) deathbed scene where E.T. is suffering is extremely painful to watch and as a child it may have traumatized me but the film really does testify to love. It filled our hearts with joy and still stands strong as a film. (It’s my favorite Steven Spielberg film of all time, honestly).

The Fault in Our Stars dir. Josh Boone

A breathing machine…A romantic trip to Amsterdam…Two characters that cross paths…The Fault in Our Stars is a teenage fantasy that touched upon real-life issues in an unsentimental way. Though the film’s been compared to Me and Earl, I’m letting you know that they’re both different films. (Don’t get it twisted!) A lovable Shailene Woodley and heartthrob Ansel Elgort star as the two young lovers, one affected by thyroid cancer that’s spreading to her lungs and the other an ex-basketball player and amputee. The plot twist that made us cry hit haaaaaard. I don’t want to give it away.

The Way We Were dir. Syndey Pollack

Can’t you just hear the title song ringing in your ears? Barbara Streisand and Robert Redford star as opposites that attract in this cinematic romance of the 1970’s. The characters meet each other during the college days and reunite later on and get married. The effective formula and strong performances make for a great film that speaks to the heart’s desire and how, despite our differences, we find ourselves in love with whom we are in love with. Watch the film because you’ll fall in love. Barbara Streisand is top notch. Just the song Streisand sings makes you, well, want to cry.

Love Story dir. Arthur Hilelr

A film titled Love Story on this list? Who would’ve known? It was the mark of a new decade (the 70s) and Love Story took the world by surprise. The film was based on a best-selling novel and is considered a “tragic” romance. The tearjerking moment, I must admit, features the definitive deathbed scene when Jenny (Ali MacGraw) makes funeral arrangements with her father and amends with her love Oliver (Ryan O’Neal), confessing that he didn’t hold her back from the music she pursued when together and that their love was all worth it. Sigh…

Brokeback Mountain dir. Ang Lee

There are too many things to list about the romance in this film. Masterful director Ang Lee (who won an Oscar for this) made a film about two cowboys that fall in love yet continue living their lives as straight men. It’s painful, yes. The passionate affair that unravels becomes a whirlwind of lies and deception, as the two men later get married to women (Anne Hatheway and Michelle Williams). The chemistry between Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal is so raw and believable and it was truly a modern feat for Hollywood to distribute the film, later becoming a commercial and critical success. After Jack (Ledger) dies from an exploding tire accident, his love Ennis (Jake Gyllenhaal) holds a shirt he once thought he lost that Jack actually kept during the times they spent together on Brokeback Mountain and holds it to his face, taking in the memories and love they shared. It’s easily one of the best films from the last decade.

PS- Another one that you should catch if you haven’t seen: Untamed Heart starring a fierce Rosie Perez and Marisa Tomei, who falls for Christian Slater. That’s going to make you sob.

So check out Me and Earl and the Dying Girl! It’s a phenomenal film, and I believe, one of the best films of the summer.

Rooftop Film Club Is New York’s Hottest New Outdoor Movie Series

We’re just on the cusp of summer and with that comes a slew of outdoor venues to enjoy your weekly dose of cinema. Rooftop Film Club, a new outdoor film series, has made its way from the UK and is now officially in full swing for you to experience. Set at Midtown’s Yotel, the location offers some pretty breathtaking views of the New York skyline and won’t leave you scrambling for a seat on the grass before showtime. “With the most iconic skylines in the world, NYC has always been an aspiration for us as a business. We’ve spent years trying to find the ideal spot for our stateside debut – as soon as we saw the terrace at YOTEL we knew we had found our new home,” says Rooftop Film Club founder Gerry Cottle, Jr.

Every week, from now until September 30th, the series will show four films, ranging from classics like Dirty Dancing, Top Gun, Casablanca, and Clueless to new favorites like the Oscar-winning Whiplash and Birdman With a rooftop bar and delicious snacks to choose from (like a taco + sangria/beer special for $25), you can forget your typical movie theater concession stand fare and imbibe while watching your favorite flicks under the stars. Doors open at 6pm, with all screenings beginning at 8:30pm. Check out the full summer program HERE and check out the previews for the films playing this week.





Blast from the Past: 10 Great Films From 1964 to Stream Right Now

For American families, 1964 was filled with G.I. Joes, Easy Bake Ovens, Mr. Potato Heads, and Mary Poppins—but it was also filled with people watching the horrors of Vietnam happen on TV. Many music programs that chronicling the growing rock-and-roll mania were televised, and families saw as an escape or way to be transported from the reality and severity of the news. In terms of international cinema, The French New Wave was in full swing, and box offices were filled with movies that ranged from political commentary  to musical epics and experimental gems. Here are 10 films from 1964 that left a mark and remain vital today. Check out more about them and where to stream them below.

I Am Cuba, dir. Mikhail Kalatozov

Almost lost until it was rediscovered by American filmmakers, this Soviet-Cuban movie is a filmmaker’s hidden treasure. Before Kickstarter even existed, renowned filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Francois Ford Coppola campaigned to get this movie seen, and now the highly-influential  work is recognized by more audiences than ever. The film consists of four stories about the the suffering of the Cuban people and their diverse reactions to life’s everyday sturggles. The film is lauded for its black-and-white experimental visuals, mostly shot in wide-angle. (PT Anderson’s underwater pool shot in Boogie Nights was directly influenced by I Am Cuba.)

Available to stream on: YouTube

Dr. Strangelove: or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb, dir. Stanley Kubrick

When it comes to darkly-witted political satire, it doesn’t get better than this nasty piece of work. Working with collaborator Peter Sellers, Stanley Kubrick crafted the beloved black comedy, which explores the conflict between the USSR and the US. Sellers notoriously stars in three different roles (originally meant to be four), so just  watch the film and witness how incredibly multi-faceted Peter Sellers is in this beautifully crafted comedy.

Available to stream on: iTunes, Google Play, VUDU

A Hard Day’s Night, dir. Richard Lester

Amidst the Beatle Mania and worldwide tours of the 1960s, it was inevitable that the four-part mega group would go on to stars in multiple films. With a Hard Day’s Night we see one of the artifacts of music on film, perfectly encapsulating the 60s—this is quintessential ’64 at its most hip and stylish rocker volume. The film follows several days in the lives of the band and inspired the multiple films of this particular decade, including music videos, The Monkees television show, and spy films.

Available to stream on: iTunes, Amazon, Hulu

Band of Outsiders, dir. Jean-Luc Godard

Godard himself described his 1964 Nouvelle vague film as “Alice in Wonderland meets Franz Kafka.”. The original title Bande à part is taken from the phrase “faire bane à part,” translated as “to do something apart from the group.” Starring Anna Karina, the film’s story regards two cinephiles who convince a student to help them carry out a robbery. It remains one of the most recognized and beloved Godard films, and holds a spot on TIME’s All-Time 100 movies. The Louvre scene is completely enchanting and was later referenced in Bernado Bertolucci’s steamy 2003 film The Dreamers.

Available on: Criterion

The Killers, dir. Don Siegel

Another crime film from the year of 1964 was The Killers, a remake of the original 1946 film starring Burt Lancaster. Lee Marvin, John Cassavettes, Angie Dickinson, and (yes) Ronald Reagan star in this hit men on-the-run tale. It was intended to be the first made-for-TV movie but NBC insisted that the film was “too violent” for television. Ronald Reagan plays the villain of the film, and it would be his last film before he entered the world of politics and later becoming president.

Available to stream on: Hulu +

Diary of a Chambermaid, dir. Luis Buñuel

Diary of a Chambermaid was the first of a screenwriting collaboration between Buñuel and legendary writer Jean-Claude Carrière. Together, they would later go on the create  some of his best and most classic films, including That Obscure Object of Desire, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, and Belle du Jour. French actress Jeanne Moreau shines as the lead character Célestine, a chambermaid “who uses her feminine charms to control and advance her situation, in a social setting of corruption, violence, sexual obsession and perversion.” The film received attention from the New York Film Festival as well as Venice Film Festival.

Available to stream on: Amazon, YouTube

The Naked Kiss, dir. Samuel Fuller

For its time, Samuel Fuller’s The Naked Kiss, covered a number of taboo subject, but received great praise from the critics. They recognized his sensible direction and approach to the topics of prostitution, handicapped children, and deviancy. Actress Constance Towers steals the show as Kelly, a small-town prostitute chased out of town by her former pimp.

Available to stream on: iTunes, Amazon, YouTube

The Visit, dir. Bernhard Wicki

Ingrid Bergman and Anthony Quinn star in 1964’s The Visit, a film that delves into darker sides of human nature (greed, wealth, and power). Bergman stars as Karla, a woman whose world is pretty fabulous and filled with plentiful amounts of money until she hits a crossroad regarding a child she had with Serge Miller (Anthony Quinn) and the visit she must make to settle the ordeal with the town’s inhabitants. Murder awaits…

Available to watch on: VUDU, Amazon, Google Play

My Fair Lady, dir. George Cukor

My Fair Lady won a whooping eight Oscars in 1964, including Best Picture. Audrey Hepburn is magic. The American Film Institute has recognized the film, featuring it on the lists for Laughs, Passions, Songs, and Top 100 Movies. Trivia: Audrey Hepburn was judged as “inadequate” for his singing and was dubbed by Marni Nixon. It wasn’t until the 1990s that the original Hepburn recordings were released for those to make a decision for themselves.

Available to watch on: YouTube

Marriage Italian Style, dir. Vittorio de Sica

Italian superstars Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren star in this romantic WWII tale. Set in Naple, the film follows  a business man named Domenico Soriano (Mastroianni) who falls for a seventeen-year-old Filumena (Loren) when she begins working for him. She becomes his mistress, later having three children, one of which is Soriano’s. Their on-and-off relationship continues over the span of twenty years. Marriage Italian Style is a joy to watch, mainly due to the two lead performances that garnered much praise. The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, as well as Sophia Loren’s performance for Best Actress.

Available to watch on: Hulu, Amazon

Is It a Richard Prince or Not? Who Knows?

Richard Prince

When others’ Instagram images get sold for $90,000 a pop, people get really angry.

You’ve already heard about the recent controversies surrounding the Instagram images others have shot that have now been appropriated by renowned artist Richard Prince. “But those were MY photos!” screamed the Suicide Girls. So, where does this leave us Instagrammers? As what Richard Prince’s work typically does, it divided people’s opinions and raised a few eyebrows regarding the ethics of appropriating or stealing, whichever you prefer, for the sake of art and the copyright laws regarding our social sharing. I’m not going to go into my own opinion as I had written about it back when “New Portraits” premiered at the Gagosian Gallery but, while I’m at it, I present to you some images that may or may not be indeed one of Richard Prince’s works because by this point you’ve probably familiarized yourself with some of them. Or maybe you haven’t? What is mine? What is yours? What is his? Like, what is this? What is life?

Isn’t it so much fun to appropriate?

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