the big news this week in the world of portland screenings, is the first official showing from the new non-profit cinema group, kinonik. they will be presenting carol reed's 1949 classic on a 16mm print at their just occupied location on 10 exchange st (home of the old movies on exchange). ticket price is just $5 and there will be two screenings- friday july 1 at 8pm, and sunday july 3, also at 8pm. kinonik will be showing films from a private 16mm collection once a month at this location. stay tuned for more screenings throughout the year.
probably the movie i'm most looking forward to seeing this week is belladonna of sadness, which will be playing for one week starting friday july 1 at railroad square cinema.
made in 1973, and getting its first official US release this year, belladonna of sadness looks to be a vibrantly animated, totally unique cinematic experience. psychedelic, haunted, and extremely controversial, this is a dark revenge story that is by most accounts pretty upsetting. but i recommend embracing the rare chance to see this movie on the big screen. definitely check out the trailer to see if the tone of it suits you. props to railroad sq for bringing it to maine. in a time where pretty much every obscure recording is getting unearthed and re-released on vinyl, its exciting to see some of that happen from time to time in retro-movie land. lets hope for more unearthed oddball gems.
if youre looking for something truly original being made in 2016, (and opening wide this friday) you could do a lot worse than daniel radcliffe's farting corpse. swiss army man looks pretty awesome if you like a movie thats funny, minimal, gross and hard to pin down. its opening at the nick and various cinemagic's around the state. if the trailer doesn't pull you in.... then you probably dont know how lonely it is to be stranded on an island with nothing but a dead body that sings and gets boners. trailer below:
also playing at a multiplex- though being scaled back to only one showtime a night at 10pm at the westbrook cinemagic- is nicolas winding refn's new head-scratcher, neon demon. im hoping to go see it this week while its still around. refn sorta falls into the auteur category of filmmaking in that his movies have been getting booed at major film festivals for years. the fact taht this one went the multiplex route is a little perplexing, but it seems to retain refn's unique stamp of odd.
alright. thats all i've got for now. next week im going to write a little about what i've been getting out to see lately, and also rundown some of the movies announced at this years Maine International Film Festival, which will be taking place from july 8-17th.