Sup guys? Darkness reigns right now, so instead of pining away for the sun when it sets just two hours after freaking lunch, forget about it. Embrace the season of death by spending it far, far away from things that are a reminder you’re stuck on planet Earth till (real) death do y’all part. The best way to do that, in our opinion, is to get to a cinema theater.
This cult favorite will transport you back to a time when New York City was actually weird, the 1980s. Liquid Sky takes a drug-fueled trip through a colorful city replete with aliens, gender-bending club kids, and clueless yuppies. Think Party Monster (the Downtown cool kids share that same numbness and ice cold stare), but this film is actually an artifact of the time it portrays and may be even a little more out-there. Friday, Dec. 5; Tuesday, Dec. 9; and Tuesday, Dec. 23 at Spectacle Theater; tickets, $5 at the door
The Barefoot Artist
Barefoot Contessa? NO, sorry! This is the Barefoot Artist, a film about Lily Yeh, a 70-year-old artist based in Philadelphia. The only things she seems to share with the Barefoot Contessa are fraught family ties (where is Jeffrey?)– Yeh’s father left her family when she was a young girl. Yeh has spent the last few decades traveling to some of the poorest and most remote regions of the world. Her aim is to provide people with resources to create art, particularly those who might not otherwise have access to do so. Friday, Dec. 5 through Thursday, Dec. 11 at IFC Center; tickets, $14
Avoid “holiday spirit” like the plague and go see what Nitehawk calls “one of the best horror films ever made.” A killer squats in the attic of a sorority house unbeknownst to the sisters below. He begins terrorizing them with prank calls just before launching into a murderous rage. Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6, midnight at Nitehawk Cinema; tickets, $11
Filmmaker and Dennis Nyback shares his collection of 16mm films from the 1920s and 1930s depicting vaudeville performers. During this time period, movies began to compete with lives shows like the circus and other vaudeville acts. Ironically, vaudeville events first showcased cinematic and moving picture works, and helped propel them to popularity. You’d be hard pressed to find a comparable selection of films anywhere else, so if the topic interests you, don’t miss this one. Tuesday, Dec. 9, 7:30 pm at Light Industry; tickets, $7 at the door
Absurdity, stupidity, apathy, boredom, and rebellion make for a classic military comedy. But a film about young Israeli women serving the obligatory two years in the army offers one perspective we’re certainly not used to seeing on film. Friday, Dec. 5 through Tuesday, Dec. 16 at Film Forum; tickets, $13