From Wong Kar-wai to John Waters, Here’s What You Should Be Seeing in New York City This Weekend

If Wong Kar-wai has taught us anything from his films, it’s that love is all a matter of timing. What we hold in the grandest of proportions can be unhinged from the smallest fraction of time, whether we’ve met the right person too late or allowed moments to slip through our fingers in an earlier life. But as tomorrow begins the start to another weekend, you’ll have two days of relaxation to reflect on the myriad ways time has put a expiration date on the many loves that pass in and out of our lives. 

Or, if you’re looking for a more productive and pleasurable way to spend your time, you can head down to the cinema and dive headfirst into Kar-wai’s world with two of his best films as well as his latest. But if you’re looking for something more, there’s plenty of classics invading our cinemas this weekend—from British psychodramas to sci-fi thrillers and chillers. And alongside, we’d got some of the best premieres of the summer that show just how amazing some of independent cinema’s new talent truly is. So whatever your film fancy, peruse our list, find yourself a king size bag of candy and curl up in a darkened theater tomorrow night. Enjoy.  

 

Film Forum

The Servant
The Patience Stone
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
The Fearless Vampire Killers
Blacula
Creature From the Black Lagoon
The Incredible Shrinking Man

IFC Center

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
The Canyons
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
El Topo
The Happy Sad
Prince Avalanche
A Perfect World
Una Noche
Devil’s Pass
Frances Ha

BAM

Blue Jasmine
Odds Against Tomorrow
Black Natchez
Fruitvale Station
The Spectacular Now
The World’s End
Nothing But a Man
Two Thousand Maniacs!
A Raisin in the Sun

Nitehawk

The Jerk
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Fruitvale Station
In a World…
Caddy Shack
New York Ripper
It

Film Linc

Pink Flamingos
Short Term 12
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Game Change
Therese
The 17th Parallel
Blackfish
La Commune
The Pirate
Attica 

MoMA

Shadows
Old Cats
The Student

Museum of the Moving Image

2046
In the Mood for Love
Midnight Cowboy
Coogan’s Bluff
The French Connection
Across 110th Street

Landmark Sunshine

Drinking Buddies
Cutie and the Boxer
In a World…
The Spectacular Now
Short Term 12
Footloose

Angelika Film Center

The Grandmaster
Therese
Lovelace
Austenland
Blue Jasmine

Enjoy ‘In the Mood for Doyle’ and Some of Cinematographer Christopher Doyle’s Best Scenes

Last week, wonderfully seasoned cinematographer Christopher Doyle spoke bluntly and honestly about his feelings towards Spielberg’s Lincoln, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, and the state of the Academy Awards. Known for having some straight forward and unflinching opinions of his own, Doyle spoke about Pi, saying, “I think it’s a fucking insult to cinematography… That’s not cinematography. That’s control of the image by the powers that be, by the people that want to control the whole system because they’re all accounts. You’ve lost cinema. This is not cinema and it’s not cinematography.” And after working in film for over 30 years and creating some of the most beautifully crafted scenes for everyone from Wong Kar-wai to Jim Jarmsusch he’s got all the right in the world to be vocal and we’re happy to listen. And to my delight, a 2007 dcoumentary titled In the Mood for Doyle has made its way online, giving more insight into Doyle’s cinematic mind. Have a look at the 54-minute doc below and enjoy some of Doyle’s most stunning scenes from Wong Kar-wai films.

 

In the Mood for Doyle

 

In the Mood for Love, Yumeji’s Theme

Chungking Express, Opening Scene

 

 

In the Mood for Love, Final Sequence

2046, Secret

In the Mood for Love

Happy Together, Transition

Days of Being Wild, Dancing

Chungking Express, Dreams

2046

Happy Together, Dancing

As Tears Go By, Kissing

Go Behind the Scenes with Wong Kar-wai’s ‘The Grandmaster’

Known for his artfully shot films populated with lonesome characters enduring some form of existential romantic yearning, director Wong Kar-wai last graced us with the mildly-received My Blueberry Nights. But from the director who brought us Chungking Express, In the Mood for Love, and 2046, it’s difficult not to be excited by any project he has his hands in. And with his first feature in six years, Kar-wai looks to be harkening back to his Ashes of Time sense of action with The Grandmaster. Starring Kar-wai film staple Tony Leung, the film tells the story of the famed martial arts master Ip Man who trained Bruce Lee. 

Last week, The Grandmaster had it’s Hong Kong and China premiere, opening to generally well-received reviews across the board. Variety stated:

Venturing into fresh creative terrain without relinquishing his familiar themes and stylistic flourishes, Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai exceeds expectations with "The Grandmaster," fashioning a 1930s action saga into a refined piece of commercial filmmaking. Boasting one of the most propulsive yet ethereal realizations of authentic martial arts onscreen, as well as a merging of physicality and philosophy not attained in Chinese cinema since King Hu’s masterpieces, the hotly anticipated pic is sure to win new converts from the genre camp.

Next month, the film will have a premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, but in the meantime, Twitch has provided three new behind the scenes featurettes to build on the anticipation for the film. The clips include interviews with the cast and crew, a look at the location and sets of the film, as well as Leung’s training for the role.