The Best Old Movies On a Big Screen This Week: February 11-17

02/11/2015 9:30 AM |

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Blue Velvet (1986)
Directed by David Lynch
Propelled by a blistering Dennis Hopper performance and a memorably surreal MacGuffin, this nightmarish ode to obsession and voyeurism would have made Hitchcock blush. Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan, boyishly handsome) uncovers a severed ear in the woods of his idyllic small town. The gruesome discovery catapults Jeffrey into a sinister underworld of sex, murder, and Pabst Blue Ribbon. Blue Velvet established the tropes that would come to define Lynch: the anachronistic 50s vibe, the tormented femme fatale, the juxtaposition of the mundane and macabre. Jeffrey’s sleepy hometown is so similar to Twin Peaks, the two could share a zip code. A.J. Serrano (Feb 13-15, midnight at IFC Center)