REEL 13 may be taking a break for June pledge, but we haven’t taken our eye off of the great films playing around the city. While you’re waiting for us to return to your home theater on June 25th, here are some films to stave off your cinematic ennui. Sticking to the typical REEL 13 lineup, we present you with our favorite classic, indie, and short films playing in a theater near you. And just as a reminder, voting for next week’s short begins this Saturday at midnight.
Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn: 8:30 PM (Showing free as Part of the Movie Under the Stars series)
“A Tender Domestic Drama From, No Joke, Spike Lee,” read the headline of The New York Times when the film Crooklyn came out in theaters in 1994. Sentimentally looks good on Lee, as his semi-autobiographical coming of age tale highlights the ups and downs of the close knit Bedford-Stuyvesant communities of the 1970s. The film follows Troy Carmichael as she navigates her family’s financial troubles, her taunting brothers, her controlling Aunt Song, and the formation her own identity as an emerging black women in late 20th-century America. Troy is a fiery and astute girl, who seems to be a modern version of another famous Lee’s creation, Scout Finch. For the 2016 viewer, Troy leads a tour of her world with melancholy exuberance. –RO
The Metrograph: 12:00 PM, 2:15 PM, 4:30 PM, 7:00 PM, and 10:30 PM
Don’t call the late Andrzej Zulawksi’s final film, Cosmos, a swan song unless you’re imagining it in the Dionysian key of E major. Adapted from Witold Gombrowicz’s novel of the same name, Cosmos is every bit as erotic and effusive as his other works, the last of which was released 15 years ago. In broad strokes, the film centers on Witold, a fledging (and failing) law student and novelist prone to histrionics, as he and his friend, Fuchs, take up residence in an omen-laden bed and breakfast populated by a family of eccentrics. Evasive and surreal, the film builds a constellation of meaning with its wide-spun allusions (Sartre, Ophüls, Shakespeare, to name just a few) and a slew of mundane-turned-significant objects. As difficult as it is to get through for both its characters and viewers, Cosmos forks lightening with its pure carnal energy. –BS
Anthology Film Archives: 4 PM
Maya Deren’s avant-garde short At Land has stood the test of time: After 60 years it is still piercingly unnerving and aesthetically pleasing. Deren’s vision, who is both the director and the star of this tale, follows a young woman’s journey through hidden crevasses on the shore. The film is silent, yet fully captivating; the cinematography is richly sharp; and the editing is jarringly alluring. At Land is playing as part of Essential Cinema: Maya Deren and will be accompanied by her other films, Meshes of the Afternoon, A Study in Choreography for Camera, and Ritual Transfigured in Time. –RO
By Rachel Olshin and Brittany Stigler