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This Week: Naughty Flicks, Dirty Looks, Finding the Funk, and Jazzercise

It’s that time of year again where everyone and their mother becomes a diehard football fan, chugging beer and spilling wing sauce all over the place. This Super Bowl Sunday, you’ll want to be at the BrisketTown Super Tailgate Bowl-B-Cue at Villain in Williamsburg. The 5,000-square-foot event space will be filled with couches, tables, two bars, delicious BBQ from Delaney Barbecue and the biggest screen you’ve ever seen. The “Linebacker” ticket ($55) includes access to the space, your first drink, and a Texas three-meat BBQ plate. The “Quarterback” includes access to the space, a Texas three-meat BBQ plate, and unlimited drinks.

Here’s what else we’re Reel Psyched about this week.
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At Sundance, Appropriate Behavior Lovingly Skewers Park Slope and Bushwick

On its face, writer-director-filmmaker Desiree Akhavan’s first film, Appropriate Behavior, is about common lesbian experiences: the struggle to come out, tussles with identity, and what happens when a relationship fails as a result. But as the film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, the audience response happened just as often around the film’s examination of person as of place.
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This Week: Activist Nuns, a Music-Video Battle and ’70s Performance Artists

(Photo courtesy of Whitney Museum)

(Photo courtesy of Whitney Museum)

In conjunction with the Whitney Museum’s Rituals of Rented Island, Anthology Film Archives is presenting Further Rituals of Rented Island. During the 1970s performance art flourished in what performance artist/filmmaker Jack Smith dubbed “Rented Island” — better known as downtown Manhattan. Artists took to working in unconventional spaces like lofts, storefronts and even Anthology way back when it was in SoHo. They created new forms of art and expression while posing the question, who needs commercial art?
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Revisit Punk With Desperate Teenage Lovedolls or Folk With Don’t Look Back


Spectacle’s month-long Rockuary series is going full force from the start with a David Markey double feature you can’t afford to miss…

This Friday at 7:30 p.m. catch Desperate Teenage Lovedolls and, at 9:30 p.m., its follow-up, Lovedolls Superstar. Two girls decide to start a band, find a drummer, a manager and battle it out with rival bands, gangs and anyone else who dares to get in the way. The band’s manager Johnny Tremaine is played by Steven Shane McDonald of Red Kross and Off! and the movies feature music by Red Kross, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Sonic Youth and more. This is a definitive piece of punk rock history! The screenings are only $5 a pop and are back-to-back.

Catch these and other films about possessed cats, mutilated children and Bob Dylan we’re Reel Psyched about this week.
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This Week: Naughty and Nice Shorts, 15 Oscar-Shortlisted Docs

35mmShortsNaughtyHere’s one way Santa will know who was naughty or nice: by finding out who went to Nitehawk’s Naughty 35MM Shorts vs. who went to their Nice ones.

This Friday and Saturday at noon, catch some retro cartoons and obscure holiday clips with Jack Theakson, 35mm film archivist and historian. Watch children-friendly shorts plus a rare 1948 Technicolor print of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, while you brunch for this nice “Holiday 35MM Fun Show.”

Then return at midnight when Theakson presents naughty clips from his massive 35 mm collection. See “Nude in a White Car” (you can figure out the premise), “Love For Sale” (featuring 1950s burlesque strippers both on and off stage), and “Violated” (clips featuring NYC weirdos and derelicts on the streets and in the clubs of NYC).

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This Week: An Animation Festival, a Night of Shorts, and a Chat With Neil LaBute


It’s animation through the ages this Sunday at Videology as Black Mariah Films presents ANIMATED! Taking us back to the early silent era right up to the present, Black Mariah will be showcasing animated films that not only define the era they were made in but also reveal the technological innovation and experimental nature of the artists themselves.
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Wolf Down Some Popcorn — and Meet an Actual Wolf — at These Fun Screenings

This weekend at indieScreen, the second annual Philip K. Dick Film Festival pays homage to the sci-fi master whose work led to Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, The Adjustment Bureau and Minority Report, among others. Here, you can catch the adaptation of his short story “The Crystal Crypt” as well as blocks of films (in the genres of supernatural, horror, metaphysical, and sci-fi) inspired by the likes of Kafka, Borges and Calvino — writers that explored life through a unique lens that teetered on the strange and surreal. A three day pass is only $55 (day passes and individual tickets are available as well).

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This Week’s Film Fests: Pro Wrestling, Nitehawk Shorts, and Williamsburg Indies

Were you ever a Hulkamaniac? Of course you were, and so was anybody who grew up in the ’80s.  Rocks Off successfully threw their first ever rock n’ roll themed film festival a few months back and are now making their way into the world of professional wrestling. It’s a natural progression, really: Billy Corgan did it.
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Extend Your Halloween With NYC Horror Fest or Watch Godard All Day


Halloween may be over but true horror fans watch scary movies year-round. This year’s NYC Horror Fest kicks off with NYC’s very own Lloyd Kaufman — the man behind independent film company Troma for the past 40 years — being presented with a lifetime achievement award. That’ll be followed the U.S. premiere of Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1, which picks up right where 1986’s Class of Nuke ‘Em High leaves off. What kind of mutations will the torn down nuclear power plant spawn this time?
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Win a Prize at the Vine Film Festival or Watch the Stone Roses on the Big Screen


A six-second “film” isn’t going to stand up against classics like Goodfellas or Vertigo, but with the ADD generation upon us, maybe this is the future of film? The Vine Film Festival is awarding prizes for the best Vine movies this Saturday at Bushwick’s Bat Haus coworking space. To enter your film use the hashtag #tinylittlevideos on Vine and look for your work at the festival. Booze and prizes — awarded in all genres, so be creative — will be provided by the event’s sponsors: The Bronx Brewery, Kave Café, Northeast Kingdom and Mile’s Wine Bar. And there’s an after-party at The Rookery.

Catch these six-second masterpieces and other films about drugs, music and adoption we’re Reel Psyched about.
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