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.
Black Mariah Films is a monthly screening series that takes its name from the world’s first film production studio, built just a short ride away in West Orange, New Jersey in 1893. In the tradition of the original theater, the series aims to provoke discussion among viewers about the themed yet eclectic screenings they present.
Catch these animated flicks plus other movies about boxers, folk musicians and BB guns we’re Reel Psyched about.
The Filmshop Presents: A Night of Freshly Cut Films
16 short films created by Filmshop members featuring “chaos theory, superheroes and everyone’s poop.” Featuring animation, documentary, experimental and more, this series promises something for everyone. Follow up the screenings with drinks and tunes compliments of DJ Empire Des Sens in the lounge.
indieScreen, 89 Kent Ave., Williamsburg; 8 p.m. & 9 p.m.; $12
Film Feasts: A Christmas Story
All Ralphie wants for Christmas is the “Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time.” But no matter who he asks — be it his mother, his teacher, or Santa — the answer is always the same: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” The menu for this film feast includes “Mrs. Parker’s Comfort Food,” “Chinese Turkey” and more.
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg; 7:15 p.m.;$75
An ex-boxer — who left fighting at the top of his game, left his wife and child, lost his eyesight, and is bitter as all hell — is convinced by a young boxer to be his trainer. When the ex-boxer agrees to take him under his wing the young boxer’s career begins to take off despite a tumultuous relationship between the two.
Spectacle Theater, 124 S Fourth St, Williamsburg; 10 p.m.; $5
Inside Llewyn Davis
Set in the Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1960s, the new Coen Brothers flick follows Llewyn Davis, a singer-songwriter trying to make a name for himself on the cold NYC winter streets.
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg; 10:30 p.m.; $11
The Socially Sentient Event: Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the U.S.
Catch the first episode of Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the U.S., in which he explores underreported events and people who shaped American culture. This first episode takes a look at FDR, Churchill, Stalin and the key decisions made during WWII that would fuel the creation of the “American Empire.”
Videology, 308 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 6:30 p.m.; Free
Here Comes the Devil
Felix and Sol take their children for a hike through a desolate mountainside full of ominous caves, and lose them overnight. After a short scare the children return and Felix and Sol are overcome with happiness, but it quickly subsides as the children reveal themselves to not quite be who they were before. Eerie inexplicable events begin to creep into their lives and bizarre ancient tales of the mountains unfold before their very eyes.
Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th St., Greenwich Village; $11
Some Velvet Morning + a Q&A with director Neil Labute (Trailer at top of page)
When Fred shows up at Velvet’s doorstep to announce he’s left his wife and can finally be with his ex-mistress, it’s 4 years too late. After 4 years apart she’s unmoved by his appearance and rejects his offer to be together, leaving him to obsess and become frighteningly persistent.
Village East Cinema, 189 2nd Ave., East Village; 7:15 p.m.; $14
Friday the 13th
Mrs. Voorhees is stalking and killing camp counselors as they attempt to reopen Camp Crystal Lake where her son Jason supposedly drowned to death years earlier. See Kevin Bacon in the movie that began the twelve-part franchise where Jason Voorhees came back to life over and over again, killing off camp counselors year after year.
Sunshine Cinema, 143 E Houston St, Lower East Side; Midnight; $10
Rebel Without a Cause
Troubled suburban teenager Jim Stark (James Dean) can’t seem to keep out of trouble. He consorts with other troubled teens, slings a switchblade, beats a bully in a game of chicken – which ends fatally for the bully – and can’t explain what’s going on to his parents. Coincidentally, James Dean died in a car accident about a month before the movie premiered.
Film Forum, 209 W Houston St., SoHo; $12.50