Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cinema Showdown: Cold War Monsters and Cannibal Doctors Edition

Posted By on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Exploded View microcinema and gallery, 197 #2 E. Toole Ave., has become a mover and shaker in Tucson’s cinema scene. From experimental films to fringe music movies to compelling social documentaries, Exploded View is definitely making a mark downtown. Catch the buzz on Saturday, March 29, when filmmaker Elizabeth Kennedy presents her documentary Wounaan: A People of the Rainforest, a look at an indigenous tribe living peacefully in the Columbian rain forests during the 1960s. It starts at 7:30 p.m., and admission is $5. For more information, visit explodedviewgallery.org or call 520-366-1573.

The Loft Cinema’s Wes Anderson series is winding down this week, with only two more films left to go. Saturday, March 29, Anderson’s epic The Royal Tenenbabums rolls out at 7 p.m. The third film directed by Anderson, it’s equally hilarious and poignant. Gene Hackman plays Royal Tenenbaum, an insufferable patriarch of a family full of woeful genii and socially awkward overachievers played by Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, and Gwyneth Paltrow (you can witness some early “conscious uncoupling” on display here). Tickets are regular admission, but they should let you in for free if your name is “Eli Cash.”

On Sunday, March 30, the Loft presents the 1958 sci-fi thriller Fiend without a Face as part of their Science of Cinema series. This schlocky picture, about a secret experiment gone awry at a military base, pulls out all the Atomic Era tropes. Soldiers mysteriously dying? Check. Blame it on spies? Check. Radiated monsters are the culprits, but it’s really an allegory for Cold War geo-politics? Oh you betcha, check! Film scholar and University of Arizona Regents Professor David Soren presents the film at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $6 for Loft members and students.

Wednesday, April 3 marks the start of the Loft’s April film series, Much Ado About Shakespeare: A 450th Birthday Celebration. Kicking things off is Laurence Olivier’s 1948 film Hamlet. You all know the story, but if you don’t remember reading it in high school, here’s the deal: Hamlet is the Prince of Denmark, and after his father suddenly dies, his mother Gertrude marries his conniving uncle Claudius. The prince plots revenge and chaos ensues. Hamlet took home a few Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor. Check it out at 7 p.m. Tickets are general admission, and brevity is the soul of wit. For more information, including a slew of special events this week at the Loft, visit loftcinema.com or call 795-0844.

I’m a big fan of Hannibal, the visually delicious NBC series that reimagines the genesis of Dr. Hannibal Lecter. While Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen is great as the title character, nothing beats Anthony Hopkin’s turn as the cannibal psychiatrist in Jonathan Demme’s 1991 Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs. Needless to say, I’m excited for another chance to catch it on the big screen when it plays Sunday, March 30 at Cinemark El Con and Cinemark Park Place. The film starts at 2 p.m., but if you can’t make it on Sunday, you can order up a liver with some lava beans and a nice chianti at a repeat performance on Wednesday, April 2 at either 2 or 7 p.m. For ticket prices and more information, visit cinemark.com.

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