Basement Films will host a special one-night-only touring show featuring a fine selection of modern experimental films. Channeling: An Invocation of Spectral Bodies & Queer Spirits is a collection of film and video programs curated by Latham Zearfoss and Ethan White. Both curators will be on hand for the screening at Guild Cinema on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 9:45 p.m. The 68-minute program features a mixture of digital video, saturated 8mm, home movies, animation, greenscreen and more. The works in this program take a personal approach in dealing with the political and historical problems that haunt the queer experience: the AIDS pandemic, the body in transition, the idealized nuclear family and the narrow cultural standards of desirability. Among the artists represented are Vanessa Renwick, Elliot Montague, Shana Moulton, Michael Robinson and John Di Stefano. Admission is only $5. For more details, log on to channelingqueerspirits.wordpress.com.
Heavy drama paints marital strife in shades of midcentury modern
Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes continues his rumination on repression in suburbia (started in 1999’s American Beauty) with Revolutionary Road. That isn’t quite as big a headline grabber as “Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet reunite for the first time since Titanic.” But the truth of the matter is, those who come to the theater looking to recapture the heart-swelling romance of Titanic are going to be sorely disappointed—shocked even. On the other hand, those hoping for an even more soul-crushing dissection of the American Dream than the one depicted in American Beauty are on the right track.
A Christmas Tale
Apparently families suck no matter what the nationality
In reviewing Nothing Like the Holidays some months ago, I remarked that holiday-centric dysfunctional family dramas are best enacted by large, ethnic progeny. “If the family must be Caucasian,” I wrote, “at least make them a colorful Southern clan.” Mere weeks later and someone’s already trying to amend my rules.
“Look Around You” on Cartoon Network
You can argue over whether Cartoon Network’s recent move toward more non-animated entertainment (“Goosebumps,” “Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace,” “Tim and Eric, Awesome Show, Great Job!”) is a good thing or a bad thing. Or you could just shut up and enjoy the laughs you’re given. Cartoon Network’s latest Sunday night Adult Swim addition is a fine example. “Look Around You” is a welcome BBC import largely devoid of animation but perfectly suited for CN’s block of mature, late-night weirdness.
Week in Sloth
The Week in Sloth
“Supernatural” (KWBQ-19 8 p.m.) I have no idea what tonight’s episode is about, but I’m totally behind the title: “Criss Angel Is a Douche Bag.”
The Flesh Eaters (AMC 11:30 p.m.) Ever wonder what “Gilligan’s Island” would look like if the castaways were attacked by gigantic, flesh-eating bacteria? This super-cheesy but extra-fun 1964 drive-in junker answers that question quite well.
The Swinger (TCM midnight) Ann-Margret is 1966-style hot in this sex comedy about a demure novelist who lives out her heroine’s steamy adventures in order to impress the studly editor (Tony Franciosa) of a men’s magazine. It’s silly as all get-out, but it opens with a shot of Ann-Margret jumping on a trampoline in a catsuit and only gets better from there.