The Best Old (and New!) Movies On a Big Screen This Week: NYC Repertory Cinema Picks, March 4-10

03/04/2015 8:21 AM |

god told me to

God Told Me To (1976)
Directed by Larry Cohen
This unhinged mystery opens with arbitrary sniping on the streets of Abe Beame-era Midtown. The gunman doesn’t give the churchgoing investigator (a Judd Hirsch-esque Tony Lo Bianco) a rational motive. Instead? The title. In fact, the perpetrators of several outlandish crimes keep citing the same motivation, including a young Andy Kaufman as a trigger-happy cop, leading Lo Bianco into an underworld of folie à plusieurs and ancient-aliens theology, where god is the OG terrorist, ruling through violence and fear, demanding Old Testament-style sacrifices in modern Manhattan. Grimy and off-the-rails, this is an overlooked masterpiece, a thinking man’s grindhouse picture that fuses the religious-crisis pretensions of a Great Novel with the tawdry horror tropes of a Times Square also-ran. Henry Stewart (Mar 5, 7:30pm at the Nitehawk)