From Dennis Hopper to Terrence Malick, Here Are the Films You Should Be Seeing This Weekend in NYC

I don’t know about you, but I fully intend on spending my weekend curled up with a box of Junior Mints in a darkened theatre. It’s been a long week thus far and with the myriad premieres and screenings going on over the new few days, you really have no excuse to not get yourself into a cinema. From Antonio Campos and Shane Carruth’s stunning sophomore efforts to Terrence Malick’s latest poem of emotions, to the wonder of Dennis Hopper and the debut of Darren Aronofsky, there’s a certainly a diverse mix of films to see. So to get you ready, I’ve compiled the best of what’s playing around the city this weekend—take a look and go buy yourself some candy and/or popcorn. Enjoy.



IFC Center

Simon Killer
Beyond the Hills
Gimme the Loot
Room 237
The We and the I
Upstream Color
2001: A Space Odyssey
House (Hausu)
The Shining



Landmark Sunshine

Spice World (in 35mm!)
The Place Beyond the Pines
The Sapphires
My Brother the Devil


Nitehawk Cinema

Easy Rider
Room 237
Spring Breakers
Pat Garrett and Billy
Bad News Bears



Film Society Lincoln Center

Room 237
From Up on Poppy Hill
No Place on Earth
Stones in the Sun
Death for Sale
My Fair Lady




Museum of the Moving Image

To the Wonder
The Face You Deserve
The Headless Woman
Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait




Somebody Up There Likes Me
Castle in the Sky
My Neighbor Totoro
Princess Mononoke



Angelika Film center

No Place on Earth



Village West Cinema

On the Road
6 Souls
Lotus Eaters
Ginger & Rosa




Me You and Everyone We Know
Laws of Gravity
Viktor und Viktoria
Winter’s Bone

Walter Salles’ ‘On the Road’ Will Be Released Again This Month, Check Out a New Clip

Well, for those of you that didn’t get to see Walter Salles meandering adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, don’t worry—it’s coming back. After a planned wide release last December, the expansio was thwarted for one reason or another and will now be released again this spring. So in case you missed the film the first time around, new promotional clips have made their way online and this latsest one, courtesy of MTV, shows Kristen Stewart’s Marylou and Garrett Hedlund’s Dean in an intimate moment in the backseat of a car, naturally. The film is now apparently whittled down from its original Cannes running time, which will hopefully add some vigor to the picture.

When I spoke with Salles back in October, he told me that in crafting his adaptation of Kerouac’s iconic beat novel, he recognized that, "like jazz, where the instrument is an extension of the muscian," since Kerouac had a writing style in which the typewriter was an extension of himself.  So in order to bring that vitality and energy to life, the film had to have an “impressionistic quality,” keeping the camera close to the actor’s body, aiming to connect the audience with the character’s experience. 

And although he made a valiant effort here, I recalled that there was a "gnawing dissonance between reading the author’s words and hearing them recited in a film. Reading On the Road is an intimate and thrilling experience, but an inevitable amount of magic is lost in the translation as it plays out onscreen. Despite the fact that the long and winding road to the novel’s cinematic debut satisfies our visual curiosities of the text, it raises the question: are some parts of the road better left unpaved."

Anyway, check out the new clip from On the Road which you can see on VOD or when it hits theaters March 22nd

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Watch the Trailer for Michael Polish’s New Kerouac Adaptation ‘Big Sur’

In a little over a week from now, a huge slate of new and impressive films will hit Sundance—and we couldn’t be more excited. Although a select few we’ve been lucky enough to screen already, there are plenty in the lineup we’re anticipating—not only for ourselves but for audiences to get thrilled about. Hopefully, the festival’s exposure will have distributors snatching up projects, but so far, the one’s we’re looking forward to are: The East, Upstream Color, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, Fill the Void, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, C.O.G, Before Midnight, Interior.Leather Bar., and now, the latest from Michael Polish, Big Sur. Adapted from the Jack Kerouac novel of the same title, the film stars Kate Bosworth, Jean-Marc Barr, Bathazar Getty and will focus on:

…a moment in Jack Kerouac’s life when, overwhelmed by the success of his opus On the Road and struggling with alcoholism, he retreats to his publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s cabin in the small, coastal California town of Big Sur, which eventually inspires his 1962 novel of the same name. Kerouac’s time begins with quiet moments of solitude and communing with nature. But, struck by loneliness, he hightails it to San Francisco, where he resumes drinking heavily and gets pushed into a relationship with his best friend Neal Cassady’s mistress, Billie.

While writer/director Michael Polish (Twin Falls Idaho) explores a less glamorous moment in Kerouac’s legacy—one of alienation and mental breakdown—Big Sur equally examines the beauty of this time in the writer’s life, witnessed in the romance of friendship and the purity of nature. Jean-Marc Barr embodies Kerouac’s intelligence and masculinity, but also portrays him at his most contemplative and vulnerable. Luscious and breathtaking, Big Sur approaches a religious cinematic experience.

When adapting a novel to the screen, the point is breathe fresh life into the narrative, to pick up where the prose left off creatively. You want the audience to be able to feel or envision what they could only imagine between the words of the novel—taking the brilliance of the text and bringing it to life, not simply doing a visual depiction each scene. That is, unfortunately, where Walter Salles’ On the Road fell short—it paid tribute to Kerouac’s book but too much so, in the sense that it unfolded like a novel itself, not showing the cinematic possibilities of his breathless, stream-of-consciousness style. Hopefully, this will prove other wise.

As of now, Big Sur has yet to find a distributor but we’re looking forward to seeing where it heads out the gate from Sundance.

Walter Salles Evokes The Spirit Of Jack Kerouac In ‘On The Road’

“I’m prayIng that you buy On the Road and make a movie of it,” implored Jack Kerouac in a letter to Marlon Brando in 1957. The actor never responded, and it’s been more than half a century since, but the beat author’s seminal meditation on the youthful hunger for sex, kicks, and enlightenment has finally made it to the big screen.

Kerouac infamously wrote On the Road—his stream of consciousness tale about the search for identity as played out by Kerouac and co-conspirator Neal Cassady’s alter egos Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty— on a single, 120-foot scroll of taped-together tracing paper in just three weeks. But it’s taken more than 30 years since Francis Ford Coppola first bought the film rights to the novel in 1979 for a cinematic adaptation to be brought to life, courtesy of Puerto Rican screenwriter José Rivera and Brazilian director Walter Salles. Salles’ work has a simpatico relationship with Keroauc’s writing—an affinity for the open road as both an adventure and a new frontier for the mind. “When I first read On the Road, I was eighteen and had just entered university,” says Salles. “The book was so relevant to us because it had the magic of something we could not do in our country.”

“Here’s a generation that believed that in order to expand your understanding of the world, you had to live through the experiences that would heighten all your senses,” says Salles. “This was about living all these experiences in the flesh and not vicariously.”

Bringing the novel from page to screen has proven to be a challenge for writers and directors from Barry Gifford and Gus Van Sant to Joel Schumacher and Coppola himself—their attempts all thwarted before completing the transformation. When adapting such breathless prose for the screen, Salles recognized that, “like jazz, where the instrument is an extension of the muscian,” Kerouac had a writing style in which the typewriter was an extension of himself. In order to bring that vitality and energy to life, the film had to have an “impressionistic quality,” keeping the camera close to the actor’s body, aiming to connect the audience with the character’s experience. Salles says he only strayed from the novel in order to stay faithful to Kerouac’s sense of urgency. “We were all conscious that we needed to find something fresh and new every single day in order to be in sync with Kerouac,” he says.

Although Salles’ On the Road pays respect to the novel and captures the essence of Kerouac’s vision, there’s a gnawing dissonance between reading the author’s words and hearing them recited in a film. Reading On the Road is an intimate and thrilling experience, but an inevitable amount of magic is lost in the translation as it plays out onscreen. Despite the fact that the long and winding road to the novel’s cinematic debut satisfies our visual curiosities of the text, it raises the question: are some parts of the road better left unpaved?

From Bunuel to Burton: The Best Films to See This Weekend

Well, it’s finally Friday. Either time to retire to your bed for the weekend with a stack of movies, a bottle of whiskey, and avoid the world you’ve been immersed in for the past five days—or if you’re not a misanthropic human, it’s time to indulge in a hard-earned celebration of another completed work week. But for those of you looking for a pleasant medium, a trip to the cinema to see one of your favorite old films or catching a midnight screening is always a wonderful way to spend a night. For those of you that have been anticipating, The Hobbit’s release—good for you, the day has finally come. You can now sardine yourself into theaters, throw on some 3D glasses, and hop on that journey. But if you’re in the mood for something a little different, this weekend theaters all over the city will be populating their screens with some wonderful films from Bunuelian dramas, to midnight horror shows, and even a little holiday—dare I say it—cheer. Earlier today we told you about our least favorite films of the year, but now with a slightly lighter heart, I’ve rounded up my pick of the best films showing over the weekend—so you really have no excuse to grab a pack of Twizzlers and lose your troubles in the world on the screen.


Nitehawk Cinemas
Christmas Evil (12:15am)
Kill Bill Volume 1 (12:15am)
Killing Them Softly
Edward Scissor Hands (12pm Saturday)
Marnie (11:45am Saturday)

Anthology Film Archives
Killing of a Chinese Bookie (9:15 Saturday)
Husbands (6:30)

Sunshine Landmark
Newsies (midnight)
Rust and Bone
Any Day Now

on the road
IFC Center
Alien (12:10am)
In Search of the Road (6:00pm)
On the Road (8:00pm)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (11:50pm)
They Live (12:05pm)

Film Society Lincoln Center
Ghost Graduation (8:15pm)
Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (11:59pm)
Viridiana (6:15pm)

Museum of the Moving Image
Dead Ringers (6:00pm Sunday)
Children of Paradise (7:00pm today and 6:30pm Saturday)

Gremlins (6:15 and 9:15 Saturday)
Meet Me in St. Louis (2:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:50pm, 9:15pm Sunday)
Never Say Never Again (6:00pm and 9:00pm)

Clearview Chelsea
Rocky Horror Picture Show (12:00am) 

What To Watch At Cannes

Today the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival kicks off, meaning gorgeous people are spending time watching movies and frolicking on French beaches while you sit in the office and read about it. Glamorous, no?

Say what you will about the celebrity industrial complex, but at least the Cannes fest does feature some excellent films—and is always good for an unscripted moment—that will eventually make their way to a cineplex near you. But what to watch?

Cosmopolis: How could a Don DeLillo book turned into a David Cronenberg movie go wrong? Starring an increasingly serious Robert Pattinson as a Wall Streeter whose world collapses on a drive across Manhattan, the movie is giving us shades of American Psycho but with something like the Batmobile. Sold!

On The Road: The Motorcycle Diaries director Walter Salles takes on Jack Kerouac’s legendary book with the help of, uh, Kristen Stewart. Sure it’ll probably glamorize the Beats and have some sort of moral, but all of this naked driving looks worth the price of admission.

Rise of the Guardians: One of the festival’s opening pictures, Dreamworks’ Guardians is about an Avengers-like team of Santa, The Tooth Fairy, The Sandman and The Easter Bunny who team up to save the planet from evil. The movie will be released stateside around the holidays and is sure to grace every plastic soft drink cup you purchase toward the end of 2012.

Rust and Bone: From the director of 2009’s big-deal film A Prophet, this French flick delves into the bond between a homeless man and a whale trainer played by Marion Cotillard.

Lawless: Guy Pearce, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Shia LaBeouf star in this Prohibition-era tale about schemers, bootleggers and lawmen during the Great Depression.

The Dictator: There’s also Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest, The Dictator, for which he reportedly paraded a camel down one of Cannes main streets as a publicity stunt. It might not be brilliant, or even close to as funny as some of his older work, but there will be a laugh or two. And you might as well embrace it, avoiding this will be difficult.

Morning Links: First Look at ‘On the Road,’ Bobbi Kristina Will Carry On Whitney’s Legacy

● At last, the first trailer for the Walter Salles-directed On the Road has surfaced. Adventures are had, Kristen Stewart broods — looks good! [THR]

● A former assistant to Courtney Love is said to be shopping a tell-all book about her former employer, tentatively titled Get Me My Xanax. [NYDN]

● Bobbi Kristina Brown figures she’ll pick up where her mother left off. "We’re gonna do the singing thing. Some acting, some dancing," she told Oprah, in her first appearance since Whitney’s passing. "I have to carry on the legacy." [Us]

● Oliver Martinez has confirmed the whispered rumors: he and Halle Berry are officially engaged. [People]

The Sun reports that Kate Moss has welcomed young Kristen Stewart into her "posse," and suggests that the two are working on some sort of musical duet together with Moss’s hubby, The Kill’s Jamie Hince. One thing is for sure: many a cigarette has been smoked in the blossoming of his friendship. [TheSun]

● Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy of Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Days fame has been called on to write the second installment of The Hunger Games. [PageSix]

● Wit Stillman uses a strong side-eye to keep things PG on set. "“If you said a bad word on the open mike, [Whit would] look at you and shake his head,” explains Greta Gerwig, the star of his Damsels in Distress. [PageSix]

Afternoon Links: Kristen Stewart Smiles, Kate Moss Maybe Engaged

● An Italian researcher is claiming that the Mona Lisa might have been modeled on a dude, which would finally explain that giant penis just below the frame. [CBC] ● The Daily has kicked off its miracle run with a really creepy video that features a pre-injured Gabrielle Giffords talking about her crush on the iPad, with interstitials about her recovery progress. [The Daily] ● Check out the first images of Kristen Stewart and Garret Hedlund in the upcoming On the Road adaptation. She looks…happy? [MovieLine]

● A major Indonesian pop star has to spend 3 1/2 years in prison because a sex tape he made ended up on the internet. That sounds totally bogus. Does anyone know where we can inspect the evidence? [ONTD] ● The big news out of Egypt today is that Jennifer Aniston revealed to Oprah that she chose a role on Friends over one on SNL, a demonstration of the good decision-making skills she left at the door when she signed on for The Bounty Hunter. [E!] ● Kate Moss might be marrying her boyfriend, Kills frontman Jamie Hince. Wait, did you hear that? It’s the sound of Pete Doherty being too fucked up to care. [PageSix]

‘On The Bro’d’: Kerouac for Frat Boys

Whether you think Jack Kerouac was an American visionary or a self-aggrandizing ass in need of an editor, you’ve got to admit that he was a total bro. The Beats were basically a frat on permanent spring break, driving from coast to coast talking shit, slayin’, chayin’, and getting mighty messed up. For evidence, give Kerouac’s livejournal-esque novel On the Road a quick look. Or better yet, check out the new blog On The Bro’d, a sentence-for-sentence re-imagining of On The Road translated into the language of the contemporary bro. Excerpt after the jump.

“As we rode in my Land Rover in the weird phosphorescent void of South Campus we leaned on each other (no homo) fingers waving and yelled and talked excitedly, and I was beginning to get fucking buzzed like Dean. He was simply a straight-up player, and though he could be kind of a douche, he was only a douche because he wanted so much to party and to lay chicks who would otherwise pay no attention to him. He was being sort of a douche to me and I knew it (crashing at my pad and learning the acoustic axe, etc.), and dude knew I knew it, but I didn’t give a shit and we partied fine— no bitching and moaning; we tiptoed around each other like heartbreaking new bros.”