More snow may be on the horizon, but that doesn't mean the city's movie scene is going to stop being incredibly awesome. If you look hard enough, a good ten things to do or see can be found at any given time. With the announcement of the Des Plaines Theater closing, it is now more important than ever to support the local film scene. I've listed ten options outside mainstream cinema that would be worthy of extra support.
The biggest news, of course, is the return of actor/director Crispin Glover (River's Edge, Back to the Future), who has a few long nights of curious entertainment set up for fans on two separate weekends. I attended both screenings of his first two films back when they first premiered (around 2006 for the first), which included the Big Slide Show. The experience itself isn't one to be forgotten anytime soon!
January 31st - Crispin Hellion Glover presents the Big Slide Show Part 2 at the Music Box Theatre at 8:00pm. He will narrate a slide show of books he has illustrated and revamped into his own creations via projection, followed by a screening of his second feature film in the “It” trilogy, It is Fine. EVERYTHING IS FINE!
The film is a semi-autobiographical, psychosexual exploitation-styled film written by lead actor Steven C. Stewart, a man afflicted with a very severe case of cerebral palsy. His script takes the viewer deep inside the darkest depths of his mind, where it isn't all candy and roses. He created a character that takes these perverse thoughts to the extreme, playing out a fetish toward long-haired women in particular. Partly a horror film, it captures the POV of a man with this condition who successfully carries out these horrible fantasies. Steven passed away shortly after the film reached completion.
After the film Q&A, Crispin will also be signing his books and CD, as well as taking free photos with fans after the presentation. Mr. Glover will also have something new to add to the mix. A ten-minute preview of his next directorial feature (set in 1888) will screen, which is the first time he and his father Bruce Glover (Diamonds Are Forever, Chinatown, Ghost World) have acted together. Photos from this shoot can be found on CrispinGlover.com. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL
January 31st, February 1st & 2nd - Facets presents Raze (2013), starring stuntwoman extraordinaire Zoe Bell, along with genre greats Sherilyn Fenn and Doug Jones. Noted as a violent, modern entry in the women in prison subgenre of exploitation/horror. A woman (Bell) wakes to find herself imprisoned in an underground lair where she is forced to fight other women (using their bare hands) while hidden spectators watch. Expect bloodshed and badassery! Fri/Sat at 11pm; Sunday at 9pm. Info here. Facets, 1517 W. Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
January 31st & February 1st - Terry Gilliam's unique, dystopian film Brazil (1985) screens at midnight. Info here. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL
January 31st - The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) screens in 35mm format at Doc Films. 7pm, 9pm, 11pm on Friday and 1pm on Sunday. Info here. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637
January 31st - Alfonso Cuarón's thriller Gravity (2013) returns to theaters in 3D! Highly recommended. Navy Pier IMAX, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
January 31st - 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) at Nitecap Coffee Bar. Free entry with menu purchase, free Wi-Fi. DJs. BYOB; 21+. 7:30pm. Info here. Nitecap Coffee Bar, 1738 W. 18th St., Chicago, IL 60608
January 31st & February 1st - The Chicago Mammals presents Three Girl Frankenstein. This one's actually a play, but worthy of mentioning. A bit different from their All Girl Frankenstein production, three actresses perform all of the roles. Tickets. Zoo Studios, 4001 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
January 31st - The Underground Multiplex presents rock opera Sci Fi Sol (2013), directed by Joseph R. Lewis. Melody Nife in person with cast and crew. Raffles and drink specials. $8 sugg. donation. Info here. Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark, Chicago, IL
February 1st - 2nd Annual Juggernaut Film Festival. The B-Sides: Sci-Fi's ReMixed! is an international showcase of sci-fi and fantasy short films by various directors. 7:30pm. $10 sugg. donation. Info here. Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark, Chicago, IL
February 1st - Bogliano's festival hit Here Comes the Devil (2012, released 2013) screens at midnight. Info here. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL
HEADS UP! Next week, there is another opportunity to meet Crispin Glover! He will present his Big Slide Show Part 1 at the Patio Theater on February 7th. What is It? will screen, followed by a Q&A and book signing / free autograph session. INFO.
Have a great weekend and please stay warm!
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