Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: March 22, 2013
by HELEN GEIB
My top pick for the week is Sanguivorous, an experimental contemporary silent vampire movie from Japan showing tonight at 7 at the IMA in Indianapolis. With live accompaniment on percussion instruments by a Japanese musician. It may be good; it will be definitely be a unique moviegoing experience.
Note: For trailers, cast and crew, and suchlike follow the title link to the movie’s official website. For showtimes and directions for the non-multiplex venues, follow the links under “Outside the Multiplex” in the sidebar.
OPENING THIS WEEK IN LIMITED RELEASE
MURPH: The Protector- This documentary about the life and valor of Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy, the first man to be awarded the Medal of Honor from the Afghanistan war, plays this week at the three Regal theaters in the greater Indianapolis metro area: Galaxy 14 in Fishers, Village Park 17 in Carmel, and Greenwood 14.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)
Amour- Michael Haneke’s new film was a multiple Oscar nominee and won the award for best foreign-language film. Revered French stars Jean-Louis Trintignant (A Man and a Woman, Z, The Conformist) and Emmanuelle Riva (Hiroshima Mon Amour) play a married couple in their 80s who are tested by the wife’s illness. After a brief absence from the state, Amour opens at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne. “Movie Talk” will follow the Sunday matinee.
Emperor- This period drama is set during the post-war occupation of Japan. “[General MacArthur] assigns an expert in Japanese culture—and psychological warfare—General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox), to covertly investigate the looming question hanging over the country: should the Japanese Emperor, worshiped by his people but accused of war crimes, be punished or saved?” It was directed by Peter Webber and Tommy Lee Jones co-stars as MacArthur. Emperor holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Mindless Behavior: All Around the World- When I first saw the title I figured it was a Jackass wannabe, but that merely reveals my ignorance of the world of hip-hop boy bands. This concert documentary is an AMC exclusive and it holds over at the Castleton Sq 14, Indianapolis 17, and Washington Square 12 in Indianapolis and the Hobart 12.
Quartet- Dustin Hoffman makes his cinematic directorial debut with this comedy/drama starring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, Billy Connolly and Michael Gambon. Smith is the newest arrival at a retirement home for musicians. Her presence there reopens several old wounds, since her fellow residents include the other members of a quartet which broke apart when she left to pursue a solo career- a move that also eventually ended her marriage to another member of the group (Courtenay). Quartet holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema, Showplace Cinemas East in Evansville, Cinema Center in Fort Wayne, AMC Muncie 7, AMC Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, AMC Bloomington 11, and AMC Schererville 12 and Schererville 16.
Stoker- “In director Park Chan-wook’s (Oldboy) thriller Stoker, India’s (Mia Wasikowska) father dies in an auto accident, and her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.” It holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE
On Thursday, there’s a Fathom Events presentation of A Deeper Shade of Blue: “Told in eleven chapters, A Deeper Shade of Blue combines innovative underwater cinematography techniques with a unique narrative structure, to uncover the art of surfing and the spirit of Aloha like never before. Adding emotion to the imagery, the film is coupled with a soundtrack featuring Paul McCartney & Youth, Foo Fighters, Coldplay and many others.” After the movie there’s a recorded panel Q&A with a number of famous surfers.
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
The IMA starts a four film silent movie series tonight with Sanguivorous, a 2011 experimental Japanese vampire movie, which will be accompanied by a Japanese percussionist “using his own invented instruments.” I’ll be there with the Indy Film Buffs, so be sure and say hi if you come- we’ll be in the Toby lobby after the movie.
Appropriately, the Artcraft’s movie this weekend is Easter Parade, the classic MGM musical starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland.
The monthly Vintage Movie Night at the Garfield Park Arts Center is tomorrow at 7. The movie is B mystery House of Danger (1934).
Indy Film Fest presents Sushi: The Global Catch on Wednesday at 7. The venue is IndyFringe Basile Theater and the food will be catered by Forty Five Degrees.
The IU Cinema starts off the movie week with experimental 1960s documentary Portrait of Jason tonight at 6:30. There will be a talk on the film’s restoration at 3 in the Jorgensen Lecture Series. The Saturday and Sunday matinees are two classics, Kurosawa’s masterpiece High and Low tomorrow and John Huston’s Moulin Rouge on Sunday. Live action manga adaptation A Piece of Our Life is tomorrow at 7 and the documentary Pickaxe: The Cascadia Free State Story is Sunday at 6:30.
Also this week at the Cinema: documentary War Photographer Monday at 7; the 1959 version of Ben-Hur on Tuesday at 7; and Mary Pickford’s penultimate silent film Sparrows on Thursday, also at 7, with live accompaniment by pianist- and silent accompanist extraordinaire- Philip Carli.
Werner Herzog’s new documentary Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, documentary on commercial fishing Leviathan, and 56 Up, the latest installment of the every seven years documentary series, are the movies on offer this weekend in the Ryder repertory series; showings at IU and Bear’s Place in Bloomington (Ryder film series page for showtimes and venues).
On Sunday, the Ryder is sponsoring a special event showing of the 1925 silent version of The Lost World, with live accompaniment by the Andrew Alden Ensemble, who have played a few other shows (to different movies) in the state recently; 7:30 at Bear’s Place.
The Goodrich Theaters’ “Documentary Days” bi-monthly series continues Monday with Chasing Ice. Shows at 5 and 7; visit the series page on the Goodrich website for more info, including the list of participating theaters.
The Goodrich is also running a short series of films under the banner “Best of the Key West Film Festival.” Up next is Time Zero: The Last Year of Polaroid, showing Monday at 7 and Thursday at 5; this page has the series info.
In West Lafayette, Cinematheque for All’s winter season continues with an Indian film called Mr and Mrs Iyer, which sounds from the description like a humanist drama confronting Hindu-Muslim prejudices. This page has the full season schedule and information on the venue; all screenings are Wednesdays at 7 on the Purdue campus.
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
On the Road, an adaptation of the novel, and The Gatekeepers, the highly praised documentary based on interviews with six former heads of the Israeli secret service agency, are on the coming soon list for next Friday at the KAC. Coming-of-age drama Ginger & Rosa from director Sally Potter and Lore, which follows five young siblings who must travel across Germany near the close of WWII, are listed for April 5.
Films and events scheduled for next Friday:
Sparrows at the IMA
Ben-Hur at the Artcraft
Singin’ in the Rain at the Palladium
Friday Night Frights at the Strand