Complex Relationships Dominate January’s Reel 13 Lineup
A cabaret owner and his male companion pretend to be married so their son can introduce them to his fiancée’s parents in Elaine May’s adaptation of the French classic La Cage Aux Folles. A father works to reestablish a relationship with his daughter in A Thousand Years of Good Prayers. A daughter questions her mother’s behavior in The Burning Plain. A couple afraid to commit to each turn to other lovers in Puccini for Beginners. Stories featuring complicated relationships are spotlighted in January’s Reel 13 schedule.
Also airing on Reel 13 on January 11 is James Cameron’s Aliens, the sequel to his 1979 sci-fi action film, Alien. Additional January offerings include the Robert Redford and George Segal starrer The Hot Rock and Billy Wilder’s classic comedy Some Like It Hot.
Every Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m., viewers can catch a Classic hosted by film historian Neal Gabler, followed by an Indie, hosted by Richard Peña. The evening concludes with a Short selected by visitors to Reel13.org who vote for their favorite of three shorts every week.
“The Birdcage” (1996) Dir: Mike Nichols
Robin Williams and Nathan Lane as a gay couple pretending to be man and wife when future in-laws visit. With Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest, Calista Flockhart and Hank Azaria.
“Ceremony” (2010) Dir: Max Winkler
A man (Michael Angarano) crashes the wedding of a woman he loves (Uma Thurman). With Jake Johnson.
“Aliens” (1986) Dir: James Cameron
Sigourney Weaver was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her performance as the survivor of a horrific alien attack. With Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser and Bill Paxton.
“A Thousand Years of Good Prayers” (2007) Dir: Wayne Wang
A Chinese man travels to America to visit his estranged daughter after her divorce. With Henry O, Pasha D. Lychnikoff and Feihong Yu.
“The Hot Rock” (1972) Dir: Peter Yates
A thief and his brother-in-law botch a diamond caper in New York. With Robert Redford and George Segal.
“The Burning Plain” (2008) Dir: Guillermo Arriaga
The two-tiered story travels from Mexico to Oregon in this drama. With Oscar winners Charlize Theron, Kim Bassinger and Jennifer Lawrence.
“Some Like It Hot” (1959) Dir: Billy Wilder
To evade gangsters, two men don skirts and makeup and join an all-girl band. With Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe.
“Puccini for Beginners” (2006) Dir: Maria Maggenti
A newly single New York writer finds herself in two conflicting relationships. With Elizabeth Reaser, Gretchen Mol and Justin Kirk.
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