Pony up to the films we’re excited to see this week.
Winners of Slamdance Film Festival 2014
Early next week IFC is screening the winners of the OG rebel film festival, Slamdance, created by a couple of filmmakers who were rejected from Sundance 20 years ago. Both I Play With The Phrase Each Other and Copenhagen will be screened back to back on Tuesday night.
The former is a dark comedy, shot in grainy black-and-white darkness by filmmaker Jay Alvarez. The film follows Jake, an extremely neurotic young guy who has an unhealthy fear of radiation, as he moves from his small hometown to a big city and encounters some obstacles along the way. Copenhagen is the story of a boozy American traveler who ends up in Copenhagen, which also happens to be where his estranged grandfather may or may not live. He enlists a young Danish dame as a translator to help him in searching for his grandfather and falls in love in the process. Tuesday, September 2: “Copenhagen” at 7 p.m. and “I Play With The Phrase Each Other” at 9:30 pm at IFC Center 323 Sixth Avenue; tickets, $14
Summer’s over guys. It’s OK to start watching Jaws again. And we think the best way to ease back into the relationship is by first and foremost cracking a free can of Narragansett at Videology, which is also promising throwback cans a la Quint. Friday, August 29, 11 p.m. at Videology, 308 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg; tickets, free
Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell is nearing its 20th birthday but Sunshine isn’t waiting for the official date to screen this dystopian cyborg anime thriller. Ghost was way ahead of its time in predicting that by 2029, humans would be highly connected to and dependent on a digital network. We’ve realized that much, but how many years have we got until cyborg cops with superhuman abilities are roaming the streets? Here’s to hoping that never happens. Friday-Sunday, August 28-30 at midnight, Sunshine Cinema, 143 East Houston Street, LES; tickets, $13.50
The One I Love
There’s been a lot of hype regarding this film’s supposedly highly wicked twist. A couple (Elizabeth Moss of Mad Men and Mark Duplass of mumblecore fame) try to rectify their crumbling relationship, hoping to find ways to recreate the days when they actually liked each other. Unfortunately they seem to fail at every attempt and things are looking pretty bleak right before the aforementioned wicked twister rolls in. We’ve read the spoiler alert and can tell you The One I Love is probably worth a gander and just might be another great addition to the genre of whimsical Rom-Coms gone cray, think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Through September 4th at Angelika Film Center, 18 West Houston; tickets, $14