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9/19 - 9/25
» The Omega Man
Tim Burton says that when he happens across The Omega Man on TV, invariably he watches it all the way to the end. Hell yeah! There's not much quite as satisfying as seeing Charlton Heston "handle" nocturnal albino-mutants. As the survivor of biological warfare, Dr. Robert Neville (Heston) comes to learn that his blood is the cure. But before he can find interracial love and before he can save orphans, Neville must deal with the leader of The Family, Matthias (played with scrotum-curdling, thespian intensity by Anthony Zerbe). Ron Grainer's alternately funky and poignant score ripens under your skin (Grainer did the Doctor Who theme!), and Heston is my man!! Note: Omega Man director Boris Sagal died in a Portland hospital in 1981 after being "partially decapitated" by helicopter rotors at Timberline Lodge during a shoot for the miniseries World War III. C'mon people, let's get that statue commissioned! "We waited for you, Neville, so you could see this: The end. The end of all you've done. You see, none of it was real. It was illusion. Your art, your science, it was all a nightmare. And now it's done. Finished." (1971)
The Omega Man

9/26 - 10/2
» Last Tango in Paris
What can you say about one of the most radical films of all time? Just make "butter" jokes? Ok, but I'd rather realize that Last Tango in Paris is supremely fresh not only as a movie but it's a painting, too. Director Bernardo Bertolucci and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro created what they describe as an "orange" film by absorbing the palette of Francis Bacon. Based on a dream of Bertolucci's about a "beautiful nameless woman," Last Tango portrays the very, very, very doomed love affair between a newbie widower (Marlon Brando) and a pretty young girl (Maria Schneider). Audiences went berserk over Last Tango's sheer eroticism. Unable to see it in their own country, thousands of Spaniards traversed the border into France. In the U.S., a bomb threat was directed at a theater and there were reports of "vomiting by well-dressed wives," along with multiple accusations of "pornography disguised as art." Simultaneously, Pauline Kael compared the American premiere to the first performance of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps! "Anyway, to make a long, dull story even duller, I come from a time when a guy like me used to come into a joint like this and pick up a young chick like you." (1972)
Last Tango in Paris

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