‘Dances With Wolves’ (February 28)
The popularity of “Yellowstone” fueled interest in this 1990 Academy Award winner by Kevin Costner for best picture and best director, a film that similarly explores a complicated relationship between Native Americans and white “settlers,” though through a clearer historical lens. Costner also stars John J. Dunbar, a Confederate Army lieutenant at a remote outpost who comes to sympathize with – and then essentially joins – the Lakota tribe. The cinematography is gorgeous, the plot is big and thrilling, and Costner finds just the right note of resigned rebellion in the lead role.
‘Interview’ (February 28)
In 2014, directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg made a black political comedy in which Rogen and James Franco traveled to North Korea to interview Kim Jong-un and were hired by the CIA to assassinate him. And it was released, and everyone had a good laugh, ending. Just kidding: This is one of the most controversial films of the 2010s, its explosive premise leading to cyberattacks and terrorist threats in the name of North Korea and in a debate. freedom of expression raged after Sony Pictures gave in and stole its mainstream release. In hindsight, what a mess for what was at its core a very broad and silly movie. The film also talks as much about the frivolity and delusion of Americans as about the humanitarian crimes of the North Korean government.
‘Labyrinth’ (February 28)
The phrase “ahead of its time” is thought to tend to be left out, but it certainly applies to the 1980s output of Jim Henson, who broadened his reach with video games. Dark fantasy entertainment, not Muppet, has been met with critical and commercial apathy but has garnered considerable cult following over the years. “The Dark Crystal” is an example; here’s another film, a 1986 musical fantasy film, made in collaboration with George Lucas, directed by Henson from a screenplay by Terry Jones, Monty Python cast member. Jennifer Connelly plays a slightly spoiled teenager who journeys into a dark world to rescue her younger brother; David Bowie is unforgettable, terrifying, and charming as the Goblin King who stands in her way.
‘Mars Attack!’ (February 28th)
In 1996, audiences flocked to see the thrilling story of Americans uniting and rebelling against a terrible alien threat. Of course, that movie is “Independence Day”; this the film, a ’50s-style sci-fi comedy directed by Tim Burton, was released six months later and was relatively overlooked. But timing was better for Burton’s accidental spoof than the flag-raising blockbuster it followed into the market. “Independence Day” is as old as milk, while many of the virtues of the gratuitously goofy “Mars Attack” have only grown to be entertaining. These include the killer cast (Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Glenn Close, Danny DeVito, Pam Grier, Michael J. Fox, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Natalie Portman, Martin Short and more), visual style Subtle and climactic images of exploding alien brains and recordings of Slim Whitman.
‘Observation and Reporting’ (February 28)
Writer and director Jody Hill, best known for his work on the television series “Eastbound and Down” and “The Ri Right Gemstones,” launched his studio with controversial black comedy like this ink from 2009. Seth Rogen stars. It could be a cop on the run as a mall security guard, but make no mistake, this isn’t “Paul Blart: The Mall Police” . Hill’s comedy is bleak, borderline nihilistic, portraying his protagonist as a dangerous, delusional lust, intoxicated with his (limited) powers. And in recognition of his credit, the film doesn’t pull its punches, up to and including its eye-opening ending. Rogen is rarely more brilliant, weaponizing his usual charisma and warmth to create a chilling (but funny!) portrait of a border killer.
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