Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Coal Miners Daughter Sissy Spacek
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Directed by Michael Apted
Long before Joaquin lost himself in the tortured country soul of Johnny Cash, there was Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn. Born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky (or “Holler” as the locals say), she grew up sharing bathwater with her seven siblings and got married to a moonshiner at 15, only to be catapulted to superstardom in the early 60s, making singles about hot-button issues like birth control and dysfunctional relationships. Spacek sings all of Lynn’s songs and plays this original strong woman with gentle ferocity. Watch this and understand why Taylor Swift isn’t country—just some pop tart with a banjo. Violet Lucca (August 3 at Nitehawk)

Love Streams John Cassavetes
Love Streams (1984)
Directed by John Cassavetes
Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands play dysfunctional siblings in the director's outlandish and astonishing penultimate film about delusion, excess, and the havoc wreaked by living according to unchecked impulse. She's a self-proclaimed "happy person" reeling from a nasty divorce in Chicago. He's a famous author who's writing a "book about nightlife" and lives in bachelor heaven in the Hollywood Hills, drowning in alcohol, surrounded by young prostitutes. The bifurcated narrative fuses when she crashes at his mansion in the last third. Freely mixing elements of screwball, noir, the musical and melodrama—and flourishes reminiscent of All That Jazz—Cassavetes offers a no-holds-barred attack on narrative expectation. It's a must-see. Paul Dallas (July 31 at BAM, the end of its Cassavetes series)

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