Apologies for not posting my guide to weekend screenings in the cities here last Friday. It didn't seem appropriate to write about Minneapolis film showings when I was en route to Milwaukee. Also, I just ran out of time Friday morning (but that seems less like a reason and more like an excuse).
This Thursday is the start of the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, which will be showing over 170 films over the next three weeks. Because of the number of films programmed, I will have a twice-weekly MSPIFF screening guide in addition to the regular Minneapolis screenings guides that appear here. The guides will include my picks for the best films showing each day. So stay tuned and get excited for great showings here in the cities.
Let's see what else we have on tap here this week:
Psycho @ Riverview; 7:00 (Bernard Herrmann: Eight Themes in the Key of Suspense). I get the impression that this film isn't as highly regarded by film critics as other Hitchcock works, particularly Vertigo. But the film is definitely loved by all kinds of film fans, probably because this is the most frightening and suspenseful Hitchcock film. I personally can't think of a more rewarding climax in a thriller.
Casablanca @ Loring; 7:00 (Loring Vintage Cinema). Ingrid Bergman is absolutely gorgeous. Can somebody program a series of screenings that feature her? Seriously, I'd probably go see every one of the films shown, especially if they show the Rossellini film Viaggio in Italia.
Girl of the Golden West @ Heights; 7:15 (HD Opera in the Cinema). Puccini's opera about the wild west.
The Strange Case of Angelica @ Trylon; 7:00 & 9:00 (Trylon Premiere Tuesdays). Directed by 101-year-old Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, this story of a photographer's dreams was entered in the Un Certain Regard competition at Cannes in 2010.
Big Trouble in Little China @ Turf Club; 7:00 (Trash Film Debauchery). Kurt Russell. Chinese Gods. Green-eyed babes. Laughs, laughs and more laughs.
The Vanishing of the Bees @ Trylon; 7:00 (Do Something Reel Film Festival). A documentary on the many ways in which the declining bee population effects us all.
PlanEAT @ Trylon; 9:00 (Do Something Reel Film Festival). A documentary on our obsession with meat and dairy products.