For those whose knowledge of Warren Beatty doesn’t extend much beyond last week’s unparalleled round of egg on Oscar’s face, it’s time to put in an appearance at Landmark’s Ken Cinema for their latest installment of Week of Film Classics.
4061 Adams Avenue, Kensington
Starting this Friday and running through Thursday, March 16, the Ken dusts off seven tried and true titles for their early spring drop of vintage cinema. Jim Henson’s Labyrinth opens the week, to which I say, “Enough!” Give the puppet show a rest. Next time try dazzling Bowie fans with a presentation of Julien Temple’s seldom revived (and infinitely superior) Absolute Beginners.
Next up, Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke and Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet. That takes us through Monday. Now that the weekend is over and the kids are back in school, it’s time to get down to basics: Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, and a 25th Anniversary restoration of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs.
“See it on the big screen!” It’s a term that should apply to all film, but none moreso than Robert Altman’s rimy whorehouse western McCabe and Mrs. Miller, starring Warren Beatty as tatty gambler John McCabe and Julie Christie as his opium-scented partner in prostitution.
No matter if your home screen is 3K, 4K, or OK DOKE, the textured veneer of cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond’s exquisitely languorous frames gets lost on TV every time. On a television viewing, the final chase through the wintry woods is barely comprehensible; it looks like someone kicked the cord and the satellite reception went to snow. Trust me: this one is worth leaving the house for.
You’ll have four chances to see McCabe when it screens on March 16. Visit LandmarkTheatres.com for dates and times.