Repo Man (1984) <imdb>
Directed by Alex Cox
A punk named Otto quits his nametag job by slugging a co-worker, gets dumped by his girlfriend and finds his calling as a repo man. Easy come, easy go. To a young man with no future, the mercenary world of car repossession just feels right. But it's a dangerous world filled with rival agents, pushy UFO freaks, generic brand cigarettes and a dangerous 1964 Chevy Malibu stolen by a rogue government scientist. If what's in the trunk doesn't kill him, something will. A classic punk rock soundtrack, forged in the fires of Los Angeles, boasts tracks by Iggy Pop, Black Flag, The Circle Jerks, Suicidal Tendencies and The Plugz. “The life of a repo man is always intense.”
Saturday, December 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007-French) <imdb>
Directed by Julian Schnabel
His body became like a fish bowl, with his spirit stuck inside looking out. Such was the life of Jean-Dominique Bauby, the French editor of Elle magazine, who was paralyzed completely but for one eye following a massive stroke. Today, it is known as Locked In Syndrome, but for Bauby it was uncharted territory. Unable to speak or gesture, but with his powerful mind completely intact, he must make a new life for himself out of unimaginable circumstances and come to peace with the world he left behind. “I decided to stop pitying myself,” Bauby says, “Other than my eye, two things aren’t paralyzed, my imagination and my memory.” French with English subtitles.
Saturday, December 21 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.
Naked Lunch (1991) <imdb>
Directed by David Cronenberg
Exterminate all rational thought. This is not the Cliff's Notes version of William S. Burroughs' disjointed and disorienting masterpiece. Instead, the filmmakers give us the author's life story as if it had unfolded within the confines of the novel. Burroughs is reimagined as Bill Lee, a poker-faced exterminator whose wife is hooked on the substance he uses to kill bugs. After accidentally killing her, he flees to the dreamlike North African port of Interzone to investigate her alleged career as a secret agent and begins writing reports that sound suspiciously like the novel. But can he trust his own typewriter? After all, it’s a giant talking beetle and it knows way too much about things that no one was supposed to know about in the 1950s… This all might sound a bit strange, but the fluttering, insect wing jazz by Ornette Coleman will make you feel as if you'd been there before yourself.
Saturday, January 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
The Tall T (1957) <imdb>
Directed by Budd Boetticher
A trio of outlaws led by Richard Boone is holding rancher Randolph Scott and newlyweds Maureen O’Sullivan and John Hubbard hostage at a stagecoach station. As they wait for the next stage to arrive, Scott realizes that when Boone robs it, he will no longer need any hostages. He tries to bargain for his fellow captives, but Boone finds their predicament increasingly amusing. As the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that the hero and the villain are more alike than either would like to admit.
Saturday, January 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Shadow Magic ( 2000) <imdb>
Directed by Ann Hu
In 1902, enthusiastic Englishman Jared Harris arrives in Beijing, films in hand, intent upon opening a motion picture theater. He meets Yu Xia who has ideas on how to leverage the project. The men become friends. An invitation arrives to present a showing of the Lumiere Brothers short films to the Empress Dowager. Things are looking good. But does disaster lurk in the wings?
Saturday, January 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.