The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week: NYC Repertory Cinema Picks, June 3-9

06/03/2015 10:05 AM |

into the night

Into the Night (1985)
Directed by John Landis
A cubicle prisoner (Jeff Goldblum in the deadest-of-deadpan) is plopped into what could very well be a sleep-deprived hallucination: a Hitchcockian jewel heist involving ice queen Michelle Pfeiffer, a mustachioed (but lethal) David Bowie, and Persian royalty. True to Landis’s penchant for excess, Into the Night is beefed up by morbid slapstick and anarchic sensibility. It’s also, perhaps, the director at his most cinephilic. There are plenty of filmmaker cameos to chew on, plus an unforgettable standoff set to Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. While lacking the immediacy of Scorsese’s or Demme’s takes on the yuppie nightmare, this nocturnal caper’s esoterica and eccentric inconsistencies (not to mention some sweet tunes by the late B.B. King) serve as spectacle. Max Kyburz (June 6, 7, 11:30am at the Nitehawk)