Thursday, August 30, 2012

Have one on Studs, and the rest of this week's screenings

Posted By on 08.30.12 at 01:35 PM

Beverly Younger, Chet Roble, Win Stracke, and Studs Terkel gather at Studs’ Place
  • Beverly Younger, Chet Roble, Win Stracke, and Studs Terkel gather at Studs’ Place
Broadcast in 1950 and '51, Studs' Place was a locally shot, mainly improvised show set at a fictional restaurant on the near-northwest side, with journalist Studs Terkel as the proprietor. Next Wednesday at 5:30 PM, the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State, will present a free screening (with beer, wine, and soda, no less) of four lost episodes from the show, screening from kinescopes that were discovered in Terkel's basement after his death in 2008.

In the Family: Sebastian Bane and Patrick Wang talk things over
  • In the Family: Sebastian Bane and Patrick Wang talk things over
Also this week, Patrick Wang's excellent but little-seen drama In the Family returns on Sunday to Facets Cinematheque, with more screenings Saturdays and/or Sundays through September; the filmmaker appears on Sunday, September 9, and you can read our long review here. Also recommended this week: Compliance, a twisted drama from the talented Craig Zobel (Great World of Sound), and Sleepwalk With Me, a solid romantic comedy by Mike Birbiglia and Seth Barrish; Ira Glass, who served as coproducer, introduces screenings Friday and Saturday at Music Box.

Kill da wabbit: the art of Christiaan Zwanniken in Convento
  • Kill da wabbit: the art of Christiaan Zwanniken in Convento
We've got a hefty batch of new reviews, for The Apparition, a horror chiller from Warner Bros.; Convento, a documentary about a Portuguese artist who makes animatonic figures from junk and animal skeletons; For a Good Time, Call . . ., a comedy about two women who start a phone sex line to pay their rent; Lawless, a fact-based drama about Virginia bootleggers, directed by John Hillcoat (The Proposition, The Road); Little White Lies, a French drama about old friends clashing on their annual beach vacation, written and directed by Guillaume Canet (Tell No One); Oslo, August 31, a despairing look at a young drug addict in Norway, from Joachim Trier (Reprise); and Red Hook Summer, the latest from Spike Lee.

Gibson Gowland as McTeigue in Eric von Stroheims Greed
  • Gibson Gowland as McTeigue in Eric von Stroheim's Greed
Best bets for repertory: the Zucker brothers' Airplane! (1980), midnight Saturday and Sunday at the Logan; Eric von Stroheim's Greed in 16-millimeter, Wednesday at Northbrook Public Library; Howard Hawks's Scarface (1932), with matinees Saturday and Sunday at Music Box; Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead (2004), midnight Friday and Saturday at Landmark's Century Centre; and Orson Welles's Touch of Evil (1958), Friday and Tuesday at Gene Siskel Film Center, with a lecture by Fred Camper on Tuesday.


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