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For the weekend of June 10th and 11th, The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, continues its 10th consecutive year of classic film screenings with a 3 film tribute to composer Bernard Herrmann.
As Always, All Our Show Are Presented Exclusively From High Resolution 35mm Motion Picture Film With Genuine Carbon Arc Projection, On Our Giant 50 Foot Wide Screen.
Friday June 10th at 8:00pm, Cape Fear (1962)
Starring Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen.
Directed by J. Lee Thompson. (106 minutes, B&W)
Gregory Peck, playing the straight-laced hero as usual, is the perfect counter-point to Robert Mitchum in what becomes a psychotic game of cat and mouse. Peck’s growing frustration and terror at his utter helplessness, both legally and physically, to head off what Mitchum is so relentlessly doing is devastatingly palpable. The supporting cast is excellent. And Bernard Herrmann’s haunting score is literally pitch-perfect.
Saturday June 11th at 6:00pm, The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad (1958)
Starring Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer & Torin Thatcher.
Special Effects by Ray Harryhausen.
Directed by Nathan Juran. (94 minutes, Color)
One of Ray Harryhausen’s best work is The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, an Arabian Night-inspired tale of Sinbad as he sails the seas, forms an uneasy alliance with an evil magician and battles a Cyclops, a two-headed Roc and a magically resurrected skeleton. The action starts right away and continues throughout the film, and Bernard Herrmann’s score is the perfect companion, adding mood that enhances the visual effects. Herrmann went on to score three more Harryhausen films.
Saturday June 11th at 8:10pm – The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Starring James Stewart & Doris Day.
Directed by Alfred Hitchock. (120 minutess, Color)
American tourists Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day witness the killing of a Frenchman they’ve recently befriended. Just before dying, the man whispers a secret to Stewart; a political assassination will occur during a concert at London’s Albert Hall. But Stewart soon finds out that he dare not go to the police, because foreign agents have kidnapped his son to insure his silence.
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Is there any way to get the comments to display oldest to newest like this thread and the old site? Reading comments in reverse order is somewhat confusing.
The old site displayed comments with our “display name”. The new site always uses our username, along with a display name if we provide one. It would be nice to go back to only the the display name. When I registered at the old site, I believe it indicated that my username would not be public.
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For the weekend of May 20th and 21th), The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, continues its 10th consecutive year of classic films with three visually striking films that showcase cinema as an art form.
Friday May 20th at 7:45pm â€" Barry Lyndon (1975)
Starring Ryan Oâ€™Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee.
Directed by Stanley Kubrick. (184 minutes. Rated PG)
To recreate both the aesthetic style of 18th century paintings and the physical look of the period, Stanley Kubrick, cinematographer John Alcott and production designer Ken Adam used authentic antique props and costumes to brilliant effect, and they lit their scenes with only natural sunlight or candles, for a look that no other movie has ever touched. The result is a film of singular visual style and beauty, and one of the richest and most evocative period pieces ever made.
Saturday May 21th at 6:00pm â€" Days Of Heaven (1978)
Starring Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz.
Directed by Terrence Malick. (95 minutes. Rated PG)
Terrence Malick’s follow-up to his acclaimed 1973 debut Badlands confirmed his reputation as a visual poet and narrative iconoclast. Inspired by the work of silent master F.W. Murnau, and shot in natural light primarily during the “magic hour” before sunset, Malick’s spectacular imagery largely takes the place of conventional exposition and excessive dialogue. Terrence Malick, who has been called the reclusive genius of American cinema, continues to make critically acclaimed movies — only to disappear from the director’s chair for years. His latest film, Tree Of Life premiers at the Cannes Film Festival this month.
Saturday May 21th at 8:15pm â€" Sunrise (1927)
George Oâ€™Brien & Janet Gaynor.
Directed by F.W. Murnau. (110 minutes. Unrated)
Considered by many to be the finest silent film ever made by a Hollywood studio, F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise represents the art of the wordless cinema at its zenith, a movie of extraordinary visual beauty and emotional purity. Murnauâ€™s graceful moving camera, expressive lighting and superimpositions lyrically evoke the inner passion, pain and romanticism that drive a love triangle among a simple country couple and a vamp-ish city woman. The story is poignant and the acting sublime; indeed, Janet Gaynor won the first-ever Best Actress Oscar for her role in Sunrise, along with her part in another film, Seventh Heaven. But it is the extraordinary Expressionist look of the film, so carefully crafted by Murnau and his cinematographers, fellow German imports Charles Roser and Karl Struss, that lifts the film into the realm of lyricism, and winning them the first Best Photography Oscar.
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The center areas of the Lobby were always carpeted and ringed with marble, as you can see from the 3 pictures from 1930 below. It looks like the carpeted areas were a little lower to compensate for the height of the carpeting. They did not want people tripping.
I remember seeing The Crimson Ghost before each Big Screen Classic a few years ago. I even remember a large poster for it in of the lobby poster cases.
Friday April 29th at 8:00pm â€" The Matrix (1999)
Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving.
Directed by The Wachowski Brothers. (136 minutes., Rated R)
What if everything that we think is real about our world is instead unreal, a virtual reality created by malevolent, all-powerful computers to fool and enslave humans? This film is a dark, convoluted and action-packed film that was one of the biggest sci-fi titles of its decade. If the ever-more complicated story gets confusing enough at times to make you feel as if you’ve become hopelessly lost in the user’s guide to the latest version of Windows — that’s the point: the film deliberately creates a kind of techno-intoxication to overload and confuse you, break your hold on the ordinary and numb you before completely overwhelming your senses with its special effects. Few films mess with your mind and cause your eyes to pop so far out of your head as “The Matrix.” It is a must to be seen on the Big Screen.
Saturday April 30th at 6:00pm â€" The Thing From Another World (1951)
Starring Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, Robert Cornthwaite, James Arness. Produced by Howard Hawks. Directed by Christian Nyby. (87minutes.)
An intelligent script; a fast pace; rapid-fire overlapping dialogue; a tight, controlled atmosphere; a smart and competent female character; and relaxed, natural performances — all are hallmarks of this movie by Howard Hawks. The â€œthingâ€ itself is seen only in fleeting glances, a directorial decision that built incredible tension while also mostly avoiding the unintentionally funny â€œman in a rubber suitâ€ scenes that plague so many sci-fi films of the era. The cast is excellent, though none were stars at the time Underlying all is the palpable dread of a lurking, unforgiving enemy that gripped America in the McCarthy era.
Saturday April 30th at 8:10pm â€" John Carpenterâ€™s The Thing (1982)
Starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Richard Dysart, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat.
Directed by John Carpenter. (108 minutes., Rated R)
When it was released in 1982, John Carpenterâ€™s “The Thingâ€ was mostly panned as a debasement of the original. But time has lent perspective, and today the film is generally recognized as that most rare of remakes: not a copy, but a successful new adaptation that stems from distinct creative instincts and different sensibilities. The Cold War allusions of the earlier film are gone, and there is much less of an â€œus vs. itâ€ feeling than an even more paranoid â€œyou canâ€™t trust anyoneâ€ mindset. And to top it off, the John Carpenter film is actually truer to the short story that both films were based on. Watching to two films back to back gives one an intriguing look at how two very different film-makers interpreted the same story, giving us two films that are at once the same, yet so different that having seen just one, you will not know the outcome of the other.
It is my understanding, that may not be 100% correct, is that the owner of the Shop-Rite mall strip mall will only rent the theater on a month by month basis, as the want to eventually demolish the entire complex and replace it with a larger Shop-Rite and more profitable stores. The cost of upgrading the projection equipment for digital cinema, a requirement these days, would be so expensive that without a long term lease you will never get back your money.
I was also told by someone involved with the township that when the theatre closed, it was going to be gutted and leased to Tractor Supply hardware store chain, but the deal fell though when the economy tanked.
“Me and Orson Wells” is available via Streaming Netflix in HD.
For the last weekend of March (25th and 26th), The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, continues its 10th consecutive year of classic films with three comedy classics to usher in the start of spring.
The theatre is located directly across from the PATH subway station connecting Manhattan with Jersey City, it is also easy to reach from most area highways. Secure discounted parking is located directly behind the theatre. Have your parking ticket validated at the theatreâ€™s boxoffice.
Unlike Some Other Classic Motion Picture Venues, All Our Show Are Presented Exclusively From High Resolution 35mm Motion Picture Film With Genuine Carbon Arc Projection, On Our Giant 50 Foot Wide Screen.
Friday March 25th at 8:00pm â€" The Lady Eve (1941)
Starring Barbara Stanwyck & Henry Fonda.
Directed by Preston Sturges. (93 minutes.)
Always the ironic satirist with a gift for terrific characters, improbably wild scenarios and perfectly tuned dialogue, the great writer/director Preston Sturges had what is, arguably, his most glittering success in The Lady Eve. Without doubt, the film is one of the most sparklingly funny screwball comedies ever made, replete with beguilingly ribald sexual innuendo and such overt overtones about the appeals of dishonesty and criminality itâ€™s a wonder that Sturges got away it all in the face of the puritanical Hollywood Production Code.
Saturday March 26th at 6:00pm â€" Beetlejuice (1988)
Starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin & Winona Ryder.
Directed by Tim Burton. (92 minutes.)
A deliciously off-the-wall, fast paced comedy-horror, Beetlejuice was Tim Burtonâ€™s second feature â€" and it not only defined his signature mix of wild imagination, sweetly fractured characters, surreal sensibility, gothic whimsy and dazzling special effects, but also firmly established him as one of the most original movie makers of our time. Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are a young married couple who are killed in a car accident but are stuck haunting this world before they can move on to the next. When an obnoxious yuppie couple and their unhappy, Goth-obsessed daughter (played by Catherine Oâ€™Hara, Jeffrey Jones and Winona Ryder in her break-out role) move in to their old home, Davis and Baldwin try to frighten them away. But when their fledgling haunting skills prove less than effective, the two turn in desperation to a veteran spook: a yellow-haired, profane and thoroughly gonzo spirit played to over-the-top perfection by Michael Keaton. And thatâ€™s when the unique Burton blend of comedy and the macabre really takes off.
Saturday March 26th at 8:20pm â€" A Shot In The Dark (1964)
Starring Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, Herbert Lom.
Directed by Blake Edwards. (101 minutes.)
A murder has been committed at the palatial Parisian residence of George Sanders. All the evidence points to sexy, wide-eyed housemaid (Elke Sommer). But then the gloriously, monumentally inept Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) arrives on the scene and sets out to prove her innocence. What follows is an unbroken series of impeccable gags played out at a mad pace.
And Twice Is The Only Way To Live…
Good lineup. I’m especially excited to see The Party, one of the all time funny Blake Edwards/Peter Sellers films.
This coming weekend of February 25th and 26th, The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, continues its 10th consecutive year of classic films with three films featuring one of the great couples of cinema, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
Friday February 25th at 8:00pm â€" To Have And Have Not (1944)
Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan
Directed by Howard Hawks. (100 Minutes)
This is the movie that brought Bogart and Bacall together â€" both on screen and off. Bogart is the owner of a charter boat in Vichy-controlled Martinique. Approached by Free French activists, Bogart doesnâ€™t want to stick his neck out for them â€" until he finds that doing so will help Bacall. While the screenplay by William Faulkner and Jules Furthman owes as much to Casablanca as to the Hemingway novel they were adapting, it nevertheless is a terrific blend of romance and action leavened with comedy, and Howard Hawksâ€™ direction is, as usual, masterful. But what makes the film truly electric is the unmistakable chemistry that was boiling over for real between Bogart and Bacall as the cameras rolled.
Saturday February 26th at 6:00pm â€" The Big Sleep (1946)
Starring Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall
Directed by Howard Hawks. (114 Minutes)
One of the most popular noir films and most influential detective movies ever made, The Big Sleep nevertheless has one of the most convoluted scripts of any movie made in classic Hollywood. Director Howard Hawks literally blew past red herrings and possible dead ends by letting dialogue and action spill out so fast that there is barely time to acknowledge, never mind contemplate, a new plot twist. But Hawks did slow down to let the audience fully appreciate the erotic innuendo in the repartee between Bogart’s Philip Marlowe and Bacall’s Mrs. Rutledge — performances that were made palpable by the couple’s real-life relationship. This was cutting edge stuff for a Hollywood still under the Production Code. It’s the combination of this razor sharp sexual edge with the disquieting murky mystery that gives the film its distinctly hot yet cold, dream/nightmare feeling.
Saturday February 26th at 8:30pm â€" Dark Passage (1947)
Starring Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall.
Directed by Delmar Davis. (107 Minutes)
A well constructed Film Noir that is one of the most darkly seductive but seldom revived pairings of Bogart & Bacall. Bogart is a man wrongly accused of his wife’s murder who undergoes plastic surgery to conceal his identity. Bacall, more vulnerable here than in other roles, is a lonely heiress who shelters Bogie — and falls for him — while he tries to find his wife’s real killer. The film makes great use not only of its stars' real life chemistry but also of its San Francisco setting. The Bay Area’s hills and winding roads, world-famous bridges and even prison proximity are integral to the story, while the city’s mixture of affluence and squalor, misfits and money men give texture to the shadowy atmosphere. The supporting cast more than hold their own, and Director Delmar Davis makes great use of the tight, efficient script. The opening scenes filmed from Bogart’s perspective are especially effective, adding a distinct, perhaps even Hitchcock-ian feel. Don’t miss this rare chance to see this noir gem on the Big Screen.
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The weekend of January 28th and 29th, The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, begins its 10th consecutive year of classic films with a look at those risquÃ© early 1930â€™s pre-code films.
Unlike Some Other Classic Film Venues, All Our Show Are Presented Exclusively From High Resolution 35mm Motion Picture Film, With Genuine Carbon Arc Projection, On Our Giant 50 Foot Wide Screen.
[b]Friday January 28th at 8:00pm Double Feature
Directed by Todd Browning. (65 minutes).
Originally banned in over 30 countries, Freaks used many actual circus freaks as actors. It is the story of love, betrayal, and retribution under the big top.
– She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Starring Mae West, Cary Grant & Noah Beery, Sr.
Directed by Lowell Sherman. (65 Minutes)
Mae West’s first and best film, since it was not watered down by the subsequently production code censors. It is the ultimate distillation of her charismatic persona of simmering seductiveness and innuendo-laced one liners.
Saturday January 29th at 6:30pm â€" Morocco (1930)
Starring Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper & Adolphe Menjou.
Directed by Joseph von Sternberg. (92 Minutes)
Dietrich’s iconic performance in top hat and tails and her scandalously — for the day — kissing another woman created her enduring screen persona of simmering, androgynous eroticism.
Saturday January 29th at 8:30pm â€" Baby Face (1933)
Starring Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, John Wayne.
Directed by Alfred E. Green. (71 Minutes)
This amazingly frank drama about a woman sleeping her way to the top was one of the films that was most often decried by the advocates of movie censorship.
New movies were generally released on Wednesdays up through the early 1980’s, when the industry switched to Friday openings. Up until the 1970’s, many theatres outside of major cities ran split weeks, Wed->Sat, Sun->Tue or some variation of this.
The weekend of November 19th and 20th, The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, continues its 9th consecutive year of classic films with a tribute to a local boy who made it big, Frank Sinatra.
Unlike Some Other Classic Film Venues, All Our Show Are Presented Exclusively From High Resolution 35mm Motion Picture Film With Genuine Carbon Arc Projection On Our Giant 50 Foot Wide Screen.
Friday November 19th at 8:00pm â€" The Man With The Golden Arm (1955)
Starring Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker, Darren McGavin
Directed by Otto Preminger (B&W, 119 Minutes)
Sinatra is riveting as a two-bit card shark and drug addict trying to go straight in this deep, very dark noir film that features razor sharp characters, great acting, a crisp jazz soundtrack by Elmer Bernstein and a stylish rendering of the post-war hipster milieu. Sinatra’s depiction of the agony of drug withdrawal remains one of the most chilling yet powerful scenes ever filmed. Director Otto Preminger released this groundbreaking drama without the sanction of a Production Code seal, and helped break the stranglehold the censorial Code held over American cinema. This rare big-screen presentation will be shown in a restoration print from the Film Archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Saturday November 20th at 6:00pm â€" On The Town (1949)
Starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garret, Anne Miller, Vera-Ellen, Jumes Munshin.
Directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly. (Color, 98 Minutes)
The kind of movie they don’t make anymore — great music, great dancing, fun, romantic, exhilarating. Three sailors go on a whirlwind, 24-hour leave in New York City. Sinatra is great as the one more interested in seeing the sites than chasing girls — but who winds up being chased by one. Dazzling on-location scenes of mid-century New York, including the now iconic “New York, New York” opening. Choreography by Kelly, music and story by Adolph Greene & Betty Comden, score co-written by Leonard Bernstein.
Saturday November 20th at 8:20pm â€" From Here To Eternity (1953)
Starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra, Donna Reed, Ernest Borgnine.
Directed by Fred Zinnemann. (B&W, 118 minutes).
Extraordinary cast playing complex, engrossing characters, including Sinatra in an Academy-Award wining role that proved his power as a dramatic actor and revitalized his career. The story broke American cinematic ground — and taboos — with its frank depiction of ambitions, frustrations, personal conflicts, deliberate cruelty, sexual desire and adultery on a Honolulu Army base in the languid months leading up to the Pearl Harbor attack. The scene of Lancaster and Kerr in erotic embrace on the beach is legendary.
Those historic photos are from early November 1929, about a month after the theatre opened.
I hope it’s movies projected from 35mm film? The consumer quality video that the UCAC was showing since the renovation looks terrible.
The weekend of September 24th and 25th, The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, continues its 9th consecutive year of classic films and kicks off its fall season with some of the best films Alfred Hitchcock never made. These are films that have a Hitchcock feel to them, but he had nothing to do with.
All Show Are Presented In 35mm With Genuine Carbon Arc Projection On Our Giant 50 Foot Wide Screen.
Friday September 24th at 8:00pm â€" Peeping Tom (1960)
Starring Carl Boehm, Moira Shearer. Directed by Michael Powell. (106 Minutes)
This British-made film premiered within a few months of “Psycho,” and the two are often compared. Indeed, “Peeping Tom,” about a psychologically damaged young man driven to kill women, is every bit the dark story of madness and murder that “Psycho” is. It also shares themes of voyeurism and repressed desire with “Rear Window” and “Vertigo.” But if those three films ultimately cemented Hitchcock’s reputation as “The Master” of psychological thriller and horror films, “Peeping Tom” all but destroyed the career of Michael Powell, who had been one of Britain’s top directors. It was denounced and banned as prurient exploitation, and all but forgotten until Martin Scorsese lauded it as groundbreaking and personally arranged for its re-release. It is both more frank and yet more subtle in its exploration of its themes than any of Hitchcock’s works. And it is also a provoking meditation on the appeal of cinema, which is inherently voyeuristic. A half century later, it retains its considerable psychological impact. Don’t miss this 35mm rare screening.
Saturday September 25th at 6:00pm â€" The Stranger (1946)
Starring Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young. Directed by Orson Welles. (95 Minutes)
This film is a cat-and-mouse hunt to unmask a Nazi war criminal hiding in a sleepy Connecticut town still brims with Welles’s flair, such as his extraordinary use of lighting and shadow, long focus and dramatic camera angles. It’s also a first-rate thriller thanks to a great performance by Welles, and also by Robinson. The theme is a familiar one to Hitchcock fans, evil amid the ordinary.
Saturday June 25th at 8:20pm â€" Charade (1963)
Starring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn. Directed by Stanley Donen. (113 Minutes)
Audrey Hepburn is an innocent woman caught in a web of intrigue and deceit when her husband is murdered and she discovers she knew very little about him that was true. As she is pursued by three men who were apparently her husband’s accomplices in the theft of a large sum of money, she looks to Cary Grant for help — but it turns out he has layers of secrets too, including multiple aliases. Soon, neither the increasingly desperate Hepburn nor the audience knows what to believe or whom to trust. Stanley Donen, better known for making musicals, borrowed some of Hitchcock’s favorite plot devices to craft this stylish thriller that also mixes in romance and comedy. Includes beautiful location cinematography of early ‘60s Paris, and a great score by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini.
3rd Season? We have been running classic films every fall/winter/spring since December of 2001.
Dumont Theatre Circa 1928
> and rebuilt seats by the new operator
Those were “balcony” seats, they were designed to be mounted on a level floor. Unfortunately, this theatre had a sloped floor, so the seat backs tilted slightly forward, making them rather uncomfortable. The rows were rather close together for a total seating of around 400. In the summer 1980, those seats were replaced with better seating purchased used from the closing little Willowbrook Mall Cinemas. At that time the seating was reduced to 296, giving more leg room with wider rows. There is no basement.
Riverdale never had a theatre. The closest theatre to Riverdale was The Colonial in Pompton Lakes. The next closest was the Butler Theatre on Arch street in Butler that closed in the 1950’s, followed by the Meadtown Cinema in Kinnelon which was built in the 1970’s and is still there.
This coming weekend of June 4th and 5th, The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, concludes its 80th Birthday Jubilee and 10th consecutive year of classic films. All this season, we have been saluting the decades that the Landmark Loews Jersey has been entertaining us. For June, we will be presenting some great classic films from the 1980â€™s.
Located directly across from the PATH subway station connecting Manhattan with Jersey City, it is also easy to reach from most area highways. Secure discounted parking is located directly behind the theatre. Have your parking ticket validated at the theatreâ€™s boxoffice.
Friday June 4th at 8:00pm â€" Raging Bull (1980)
Starring Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent, Nicholas Colasanto. Directed by Martin Scorsese. (128mins., Rated: R)
Martin Scorsese’s brutal character study incisively portrays the rise, fall and redemption of real-life middleweight boxer Jake La Motta, a violent man in and out of the ring who seemed to thrive on his ability and willingness to take a beating. Opening with the spectacle of the over-the-hill La Motta (Robert De Niro) practicing his 1960s night-club act, the film flashes back to 1940s New York when Jake’s career is on the rise. But Scorsese and De Niro eschew uplifting, “Rocky”-like, boxing movie conventions to make an unflinching portrait of an unlikable man and his ruthless profession. Their Jake is relentlessly cruel and self-destructive, a person whose inner demons cannot be exorcised even by acclaim and success. The physical brutality that makes Jake a champion in the boxing ring cripples his relationships with his wives, his business associates, and his brother.
Saturday June 5th at 6:00pm â€" Pee-Weeâ€™s Big Adventure (1985)
Starring Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger. Directed by Tim Burton.
(90mins, Rated: PG)
Tim Burton made his feature-length directorial debut with this film, and immediately established what would become his trademark quirky style. The film has a look reminiscent of German expressionist movies of the 1920s, filtered through a pop-art sensibility of cartoons, horror serials and Gothic fairy tales. The result is a surreal, mystical world, yet one very close to our own â€" that perfectly fits the absurdist humor. And the score by Danny Elfman is terrific. In all, Pee wee’s Big Adventure is a delightful film, enjoyable for children as well as adults.
Saturday June 5th at 8:15pm â€" The Blues Brothers (1980)
Starring John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Carrie Fisher, John Candy, Henry Gibson. Directed by John Landis.
(133mins., Rated: R.)
This movie is also an unapologetic homage to rhythm-and-blues in all its popular derivatives, from Cab Calloway to James Brown to Aretha Franklin, all of whom appear in lovingly realized musical scenes. And there is great fun in spotting the other members of the filmâ€™s legion of guest stars, including John Candy, Carrie Fisher, Steve Lawrence, Twiggy, Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman), Frank Oz and Steven Spielberg. And topping it all off, the streets, highways and police department of Chicago are laid to waste in what is, if not the most spectacular, then without doubt the funniest and coolest car chase scenes ever filmed. The Blues Brothers is filled with great fun and great music from beginning to end, and is the essence of entertainment.
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This coming weekend of May 21st and 22nd, The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, continues its 80th Birthday Jubilee and 10th consecutive year of classic films. This season, we are saluting the decades that the Landmark Loews Jersey has been entertaining us. This month, we will be presenting some great classic films from the 1970â€™s.
Friday May 21st at 8:00pm â€" Taxi Driver (1976)
Starring Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepherd, Jodie Foster, Peter Boyle, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel.
Directed by Martin Scorsese. (113mins, Rated R)
“I’m God’s lonely man,” says Travis Bickle, played by Robert De Niro in one of his finest and most memorable performances. He’s an insomniac, ex-Marine and chronic loner who, even when he tries, canâ€™t seem to relate to the world around him. He drives a cab at night in the decaying New York City of the mid-1970s, which director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Paul Schrader depict as a grimly stylized hell on Earth, where noise, filth, directionless rage, and dirty sex (both morally and literally) surround him at all turns. Lost in this toxic milieu, chronically isolated and potentially volatile, Bickle is a bomb waiting to explode, like the proverbial gun which, when produced in the first act, must go off in the third. After an encounter with a malevolent fare (played by Scorsese), the increasingly paranoid Bickle begins to condition (and arm) himself for his imagined destiny, a mission that mutates from assassinating a Presidential candidate to violently “saving” a teenage hooker (played by Jodie Foster) from her pimp. The film features Bernard Herrmann’s final score, reported to be finished the day he died.
Saturday May 22nd at 6:15pm â€" Blazing Saddles (1974)
Starring Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman, Mel Brooks.
Written & Directed by Mel Brooks. (93mins, Rated R)
Blazing Saddles is vulgar, crude and sometimes scandalous â€" and is one of the funniest and most successful film spoofs of all time. It is also writer-director Mel Brooks at his ribald best, with further outrageous hilarity added by co-writer Richard Pryor. Cleavon Little plays the first African-American sheriff of a stunned Western town scheduled for demolition by an encroaching railroad. If that plot sounds, at least in part, like a throw-back to the movies of an earlier time, itâ€™s because Brooks was, in his own manic way, a central figure in revising classic film genres to reflect the 70s' values and attitudes â€" an effort more often associated with such directors as Robert Altman and Peter Bogdanovich. Blazing Saddles is a work that truly could have only been made in the ‘70s â€" the idiom of the classic American western hijacked into an over-the-top comedy that purposely and relentlessly shredded the popular conception of â€œgood tasteâ€ while making merciless fun of everyone, regardless of skin color or religious persuasion. If blacks came off as stereotypical, whites were shown as just plain stupid and ignorant. The result was one of the funniest films of all time â€" which, ironically, could probably not be made today in our more politically correct time. Beyond its over-the-top humor, Blazing Saddles boasts some great performances: Little and Gene Wilder have great chemistry; Madeline Kahn is wonderful as a chanteuse modeled on Marlene Dietrich; and Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman and even Brooks himself turn in great supporting roles.
Saturday May 22nd at 8:40pm â€" Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Starring John Travolta, Karen Gorney, Barry Miller, Joseph Cali, Paul Pope.
Directed by John Badham. (119mins, Rated R)
From the moment John Travolta sauntered down a Brooklyn street to the Bee Gees' “Stayin' Alive” at the beginning of Saturday Night Fever, music, movies and all of pop culture were irrevocably changed, and the 1970s gained what is perhaps the decade’s single most recognizable celluloid imagery. Travolta plays Tony Manero, a Brooklyn paint-store clerk who’s trapped in a dead-end existence â€" except at night on the disco dance floor, where, when he struts his stuff amid the flashing lights and sweaty, undulating bodies, heâ€™s a king. Part of the filmâ€™s success owes to how astutely it balanced a gritty sense of the 70s' economic and social malaise with galvanizing dance numbers. But of course, the hallmark of the film is Travolataâ€™s star-making performance â€" especially the scenes in his iconic white suit â€" and the Bee Gees soundtrack. During the first half of 1978, the movie’s disco songs saturated the singles charts, occupying up to four positions at a time, prompting more and more people to see the movie â€" just as, in turn, the movie’s vast popularity prompted more and more record sales. This powerful marketing synergy between movies and music set a new standard, with the film eventually grossing over $100 million and the soundtrack becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time. For many young people at the time, the movie marked their generation’s coming of age and was an indelible movie-going experience. By any measure, Saturday Night Fever is the definitive evocation of the Disco Era, and affirmation of Disco’s dominance of the pop culture scene at the time.