A still from Paul Verhoeven's 1997 sci-fi classic 'Starship Troopers.' It's playing this weekend, along with other cult screenings that you can't miss.



Beat The Heat This Holiday Weekend At These Classic Movie Screenings

Milk photographer Andrew Boyle splits his time between shooting and being obsessed with movies. Classic and cult movies to be precise. Before moving to New York, Andrew worked for the famous Astor Theatre film palace in Melbourne, Australia that played a nightly mix up of classics on 35mm and 70mm. Neon Marquee is his newly launched site that highlights the classics, cult favorites and B Grade misfires, and where they can be seen on the big screen around the world. Here’s his round up for Milk of a few notables playing around New York, L.A, and San Francisco this weekend, and check his Twitter for updates.

Escape From New York (1981, New digital remaster) plus Escape From L.A. (1996, 35mm Print)

It’s 1997, and Manhattan is America’s prison colony in director John Carpenter’s sweaty, action masterpiece. Kurt Russell stars as the now-iconic Snake Plisken, all guttural grunts and snarls, offered a clean slate if he can retrieve the stranded President (Donald Pleasance) who crash landed over the city. Greats like Ernest Borgnine and Lee Van Cleef co-star. Stick around for the crazier sequel that features Steve Buscemi and Bruce Campbell, and even a plastic surgery worshipping cult. That’s entertainment…

Escape From New York and Escape From L.A. will be showing at The Roxie Theater, San Francisco, on July 1st at 7pm. 

Blood Simple (1984, NEW 4K RESTORATION)

New York’s repertory home brings a new 4K Restoration of Joel and Ethan Coen’s debut effort. Penned by the two brothers and directed by Joel, the beginnings of familiar Coen Brothers tropes are on display; witty dialogue, impactful violence, definitive cinematography, and double crosses. John Getz and Frances McDormand are entangled in an affair, and trailed by a private detective (the brilliant M. Emmet Walsh) as McDormand’s husband begins to suspect infidelity. Regularly rehashed, rarely bettered, this is a great opportunity to experience it fully restored on the big screen. 

Blood Simple will be showing at The Film Forum, New York, on July 1st, through Monday, July 4th, at various showtimes.

HOUSE (aka HAUSU) (1977)

No other way to say it; House is a batshit insane, psychedelic Japanese horror classic, that you could pile adjectives upon, but never do it any justice. Like Scooby Doo directed by Dario Argento, seven schoolgirls take a summer vacation at the titular House, which is possessed and wants to eat them. Throwing every visual trick at the camera from matte work to bizarre collages, the girls (with names like Gorgeous, Fantasy and Sweet) are prey to a seriously psychotic cat, a hungry piano, possessed appliances, and hallucinogenic inspired devilry. It’s rediscovery a few years back has seen it back in rotation regularly making an essential midnight screening.

House will be showing at Videology, Brooklyn, on July 1st, and Saturday, July 2nd, at midnight.

Dog Day Afternoon (1975, 35mm Print)

Sidney Lumet directs a characteristically fiery Al Pacino in this classic. Based on a true story, Sonny Wortzik (Pacino) and his partner John Cazale attempt to hold up a Brooklyn bank on a sweltering New York summer’s day, but things go awry as the hold up becomes a hostage situation. As the day drags, the volatile Sonny becomes a media darling anti-hero, taunting the massing police force. Entered into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for preservation in 2009, Dog Day is indicative of New York based movies of the era using the background of a city at it’s worst. Pacino’s explosive talent helps us glimpse at the humanity of a desperate soul. Screens with a rare 35mm Print.

Dog Day Afternoon will be showing at Metrograph, New York, July 1st, at 7pm.

Southland Tales (2006, 35mm Print) with Director Richard Kelly in person.

Remember Donnie Darko? Richard Kelly’s debut cult masterpiece? That soundtrack too? Wow. Remember his follow up? Probably not. Southland Tales received a lashing at Cannes before it was re-cut. Like a David Lynch / Terry Gilliam fever dream, this incoherent, complex, ballsy, divisive and brilliant epic sets itself in an alternative 2008 of excessive national security in the wake of devastating terrorist attacks on U.S soil. Featuring a massive cast that Kelly picked to play against type, an amnesiac boxer (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in a bizarre and utterly brilliant star turn), a cop tangled in a conspiracy (Sean William Scott), a porn star (Sarah Michelle Geller) and a senator bidding for the White House, intertwine amongst themes of time travel and paranoia. Featuring Justin Timberlake, Amy Poehler, Nora Dunn, Mandy Moore, Bai Ling and dozens more, this bizarre world is also scored beautifully by Moby. Timberlake’s Busby-Berkley style musical number to The Killer’s “All These Things That I’ve Done” while downing beer is worth the price of admission. 

Southland Tales is showing at The Roxie Theater in San Francisco on July 2nd, at 7pm. 

Starship Troopers (1997)

Paul Verhoeven’s late 90s sci-fi shoot ’em up went seriously misunderstood for some time, before reevaluation spawned accolades—it’s now considered a parody of the American military machine and war propaganda. Earth is at war with a distant planet full of really nasty bugs (“Arachnids”) for no apparent tactical reason. Back on Earth, military service grants citizenship and our group of young heroes are immediately thrust into an end-game battle between bugs and humans after a devastating bug meteor attack kills millions back on earth. Praised as a dark comedy, it sports some of the most intense battle against alien nasties since James Cameron pitted the space marines against H.R Giger’s creation in Aliens, jeering at American patriotism, the supposed glory of war, the manufacture of conflict, and propaganda.

Starship Troopers is showing at the IFC Center, New York, July 1st through July 4th at 10:55am & Midnight (no late show Monday).

Jaws (1975)

Based on the 1974 novel of the same name, Jaws was the birth of the modern summer blockbuster, hitting a massive amount of screens on its opening weekend, spawning the now standard trotting out of a studio tentpole feature every other week. Steven Spielberg’s toothy predator made a small town smorgasbord of July 4th weekend beach goers, as Roy Scheider frantically tries to get a small town mayor to close the beaches on the busiest weekend of the year (of course he won’t…). The production suffered from many technical problems, with the mechanical shark and water not going well together. Undeterred, the young director opted for a more Hitchcockian technique of ‘implying’ the shark’s presence in many scenes, to great effect, proving that palpable tension can be created with what you don’t see. 

Jaws is showing at the Egyptian Theater, Hollywood, on July 1st at 7:30pm, and at Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn, on July 2nd – July 4th at 11:30am.

Stay tuned to Milk for more classic movie screenings, and be sure to check out Neon Marquee for more. 

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