CineQuixote—The National Hispanic Cultural Center in conjunction with Instituto Cervantes will present a screening of Lost in La Mancha, a documentary about Terry Gilliam's aborted attempt to film Cervantes' classic novel. The screening will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at NHCC's Wells Fargo Auditorium (1701 Fourth Street NW). Entrance is free and open to the public.
Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1974)
You know that old saying that goes, “Hell hath no fury like a one-eyed woman pumping your sorry ass full of shotgun shells”? Well, after watching Thriller: A Cruel Picture, it's pretty freakin' obvious where that particular nugget of knowledge came from.
UK import gives “feel-good” films a good name
Working with sentiment is like working with nitroglycerin. Use just the right amount and you can treat a heart condition. Use too much and it's gonna blow up in your face, taking a whole lot of people with you. Get it right and you come up with a classic weeper like Old Yeller. Get it wrong and you end up with a manipulative horror like Pay It Forward. It takes an alchemical precision to work with heart-tugging sentiment, and few Hollywood people really have the skill for it.
The Sesame Street Diet
“Sesame Street” on PBS
Last week, PBS perennial “Sesame Street” kicked off its 36th season. Thirty-six years of teaching kids the letter “D” is, I guess, enough to drive even the most dedicated of educators mad. (“D! It's a D! Don't you get it already?!?”) How else to explain the shocking revelation that--I can hardly bring myself to say it--this season, Cookie Monster will be cutting down on the cookies?
The Week in Sloth
House of Wax (TCM 6 p.m.) Catch the classic Vincent Price horror flick now, before the upcoming Paris Hilton remake burns all memory of it from your poor mind.
“Most Identical Twins Test” (Discovery Health 7 p.m.) How identical are twins and who, pray tell, are the most identical twins in America? This medical inquisition will root out the freakiest of the freaks and expose them for all of America to ogle.
“Sheer Dallas” (TLC 8 p.m.) Former fake oilman Larry Hagman narrates this glimpse into the lives of the rich, the famous and the fabulous in glitzy modern-day Dallas. Heck, they even have gay people there now.