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Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) Directed by Rob Hedden The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) Directed by Frank Oz Though these aren't an official double-bill—they're screening mere days apart—it's fun to dream them together, especially in a mashup. Kermit crooning the irresistible “Together Again” over two dudes shooting dope in a nightfallen alley; Miss Piggy with tattoos marking where her internal organs are, attempting to seduce Dabney Coleman; a rollicking Broadway baby of a...
Cell Directed by Tod Williams Opens July 8 at Cinema Village In 2007, the movie 1408, based on a Stephen King story and starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, made $72 million in sweet, sweet horror money at the summer box office. Just a year shy of that movie's tenth anniversary, Cusack and Jackson have reteamed for a movie version of Cell, which is based on a much bigger King story (much of 1408 is an...
Who Killed Teddy Bear? (1965) Directed by Joseph Cates A scuzzy, lurid low-budget independent film partially shot in Manhattan, particularly the peep shows in Time Square, Who Killed Teddy Bear? is steeped in perversions of the past and present. Norah (Juliet Prowse), a young woman working at a discotheque, starts getting harassed by a garbled voice over the phone. She enlists the protection of a police lieutenant (Jan Murray) who turns out to be a...
Blue Velvet (1986) Directed by David Lynch In the autumn and winter of 2014-15, an exhibition of David Lynch’s early pieces, The Unified Field, was on display at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia. Lynch spent several years studying here, creating a body of work with a je ne sais quoi only identifiable as his own. The exhibit featured sculpture, painting, and short films, all of which explored the same paradigms...

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