Music Box Matinees - Staff Picks!

Sun, Feb 11th, 2018 to Sun, May 27th, 2018

The Music Box Matinee programming has been turned over to our excellent house staff! Come see classic films selected by the folks who sell the tickets, make the popcorn, mix the drinks, project the movies, and keep the Music Box running.

**Presented on 35MM**

Movies & Showtimes for
Music Box Matinees - Staff Picks!

Sun, Feb 11th
Strangers on a Train

11:30AM
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Sun, Feb 18th
Black Orpheus

11:30AM
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Sat, Feb 24th
La Belle et la Bete

11:30AM
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Sun, Feb 25th
La Belle et la Bete

11:30AM
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Sun, Mar 11th
My Own Private Idaho

11:30AM
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Sat, Mar 17th
Drunken Master

11:30AM
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Sun, Mar 18th
Drunken Master

11:30AM
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Sat, Mar 24th
California Split

11:30AM
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Sun, Mar 25th
California Split

11:30AM
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Sun, Apr 29th
The Silence of the Lambs

11:30AM
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Sat, May 12th
Legally Blonde

11:30AM
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Sun, May 13th
Legally Blonde

11:30AM
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Sat, May 19th
The Last Picture Show

11:30AM
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Sun, May 20th
The Last Picture Show

11:30AM
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Sat, May 26th
Phenomena

11:30AM
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Sun, May 27th
Phenomena

11:30AM
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La Belle et la Bete

A FILM BY: Jean Cocteau
WRITTEN BY: Jean Cocteau (dialogue), Jean Cocteau (screenplay)
STARRING: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély

Picked by Ernie, Manager

Jean Cocteau’s adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, in which the pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast.

Ernie says: This French adaptation blends fantasy and romance, creating magical visions that are brought to life through exquisite performances, stunning costumes & scenery, and enchanting practical effects.

In French with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 1946
Country of Origin: France
Language: French
Run Time: 93 mins
Format: 35mm

Black Orpheus

A FILM BY: Marcel Camus
WRITTEN BY: Marcel Camus, Jacques Viot
STARRING: Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira

Picked by Alvin, Front of House

The ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is transported to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

Alvin says: One of my first drum teachers while I was in high school immigrated from Brazil to my hometown of Atlanta, GA. Shortly after I started studying with him, he wanted me to watch BLACK ORPHEUS in order to introduce me to Brazilian music, specifically Brazilian percussion. BLACK ORPHEUS showcases some of the most incredible bossa nova and samba playing, while giving a modern twist to a classic story.

In Portuguese with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 1959
Country of Origin: Brazil
Language: Portuguese
Run Time: 100 mins
Format: 35mm

California Split

A FILM BY: Robert Altman
WRITTEN BY: Joseph Walsh
STARRING: George Segal, Elliott Gould, Ann Prentiss

Picked by Rebecca, Projectionist

Rebecca says: Elliott Gould and George Segal star in one of Altman’s finest films; a bittersweet and gentle comedy about compulsive gamblers and one of the most elusive types of human relationships: Friendship. We follow Bill and Charlie from the racetrack to the casino to the haze of the 5am poker table, all with Altman’s signature rich cacophony at every turn. As Gould would tell an interviewer on the film’s 40th Anniversary, “It’s not about gambling at all. It’s about staying alive.”

Technical Information

Production Year: 1974
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 108 mins
Format: 35mm

Drunken Master

A FILM BY: Woo-Ping Yuen
WRITTEN BY: Lung Hsiao (as Hua-An Hsi), See-Yuen Ng
STARRING: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Jang Lee Hwang

Picked by Audrey, Manager

*DRUNKEN MASTER replaces our previously announced screenings of POLICE STORY 2, which we are regrettably unable to screen.

Unable to see eye to eye with his father, completely broke and with nowhere else to turn, young Wong Fei-Hung (Jackie Chan) grudgingly accepts the tutelage of Su Hua Chi (Siu Tien Yuen), a notoriously intoxicated martial arts master. Su Hua Chi teaches Wong the techniques of Drunken Boxing, an unusually fluid fighting style. Wong is then forced to put his new skills to the test when his father is targeted by deadly assassin Thunderleg (Jang Lee Hwang), who has never lost a fight. 

Audrey says: The best kind of action flick to watch in the afternoon with friends and family, to take you back to the time when you were obsessed with arguing theories about how Jackie did that crazy stunt.

In Mandarin with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 1978
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Language: Chinese (Mandarin)
Run Time: 111 mins
Format: DCP

The Last Picture Show

A FILM BY: Peter Bogdanovich
WRITTEN BY: Larry McMurtry (screenplay), Peter Bogdanovich (screenplay)
STARRING: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd

Picked by Peter, Front of House 

High school seniors and best friends, Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane (Jeff Bridges), live in a dying Texas town. The handsome Duane is dating local beauty, Jacy (Cybill Shepherd), while Sonny is having an affair with the coach's wife, Ruth (Cloris Leachman). As graduation nears, both boys contemplate their futures. While Duane eyes the army and Sonny takes over a local business, each boy struggles to figure out if he can escape this dead-end town and build a better life somewhere else.

Peter says: Seeing PAPER MOON a couple of years ago, I was drawn to every emotional exchange--it's one of my favorite films to both subvert and reaffirm the powerful suggestion of blood in matters of love and estrangement. I haven't seen THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, but I'm familiar with its reputation as a staple of American cinema, as well as Bogdanovich's close relationships with the significant figures therein--from Orson Welles to John Cassavetes, to contemporary but still more-or-less independent filmmakers/admirers, such as Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson (who both happen to endearingly address him as "Pops"). 

After reading Roger Ebert's review, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW just seemed like the right pick for a weekend matinee.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1971
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 118 mins
Format: 35mm

Legally Blonde

A FILM BY: Robert Luketic
WRITTEN BY: Amanda Brown (novel), Karen McCullah (screenplay)
STARRING: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair

Picked by Brooke, Front of House

Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) has it all. She wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner Huntington III. But there is one thing stopping him (Matthew Davis) from proposing: She is too blond. Elle rallies all of her resources and gets into Harvard, determined to win him back.

Brooke says: LEGALLY BLONDE is a secretly a feminist goldmine while genuinely still being a very very fun movie. It's not just a nostalgic throwback to the early 2000s, but a showcase for an amazing, flawed, confident, ridiculous female character who reminds us we can do anything we set our mind to. We all have a little Elle Woods inside of us!

Technical Information

Production Year: 2001
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 96 mins

My Own Private Idaho

A FILM BY: Gus Van Sant
WRITTEN BY: Gus Van Sant (screenplay)
STARRING: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo

Picked by Flynn, Front of House

River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star as Mike and Scott in this haunting tale about two young street hustlers. Navigating a volatile world of junkies, thieves, and johns, Mike takes Scott on a quest along the streets and open highways of the Pacific Northwest.

Flynn says: MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO is the kind of queer, grunge, Shakespearean, outsider cinema that the world needs right now.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1991
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 104 mins
Format: 35mm

Phenomena

A FILM BY: Dario Argento
WRITTEN BY: Dario Argento, Franco Ferrini
STARRING: Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Daria Nicolodi

aka CREEPERS - U.S. Cut

Picked by Matt, Front of House

An American (Jennifer Connelly) at a Swiss finishing school calls on insects to help a paralyzed scientist (Donald Pleasence) fight a monster.

Matt says: The lush Swiss countryside, a black-gloved killer, schoolgirls wearing Armani, Jennifer Connelly communicating telepathically with insects, and Donald Pleasence with a pet chimpanzee!? PHENOMENA is Argento's most bizarre giallo. Just when you thought it couldn't get even better, Goblin and Iron Maiden handle the score!

Technical Information

Production Year: 1985
Country of Origin: Italy
Language: English
Run Time: 82 mins
Format: 35mm

The Silence of the Lambs

A FILM BY: Jonathan Demme
WRITTEN BY: Thomas Harris (novel), Ted Tally (screenplay)
STARRING: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn

Picked by Stephanie, Publicity Manager

Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into a case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out.

Stephanie says: I first saw SILENCE OF THE LAMBS when I was too young, and remember being terribly frightened. As my interest in cinema developed, I could appreciate the complexity of Jonathan Demme's psychological thriller. Under the veneer of a police procedural is a deep dive in the darkest corners of the human mind and a subversion of classic gender dynamics, anchored by two iconic performances by Anthony Hopkins & Jodie Foster.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1991
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 118 mins
Format: 35mm

Strangers on a Train

A FILM BY: Alfred Hitchcock
WRITTEN BY: Raymond Chandler (screen play), Czenzi Ormonde (screen play)
STARRING: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman

Picked by Cody, Front of House

Cody says: Hitchcock! Trains! Tennis! A way-too-fast carousel! While it may not be as widely-seen as some of Hitchcock’s better known movies, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN is probably my personal favorite of his. Featuring a creepy but somehow-charming villain performance by Robert Walker, this tale of mistaken intention shows what happens when a bad joke is told to the wrong person. Come for the stunning cinematography, stay for the subtly homoerotic plot.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1951
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 101 mins
Format: 35mm

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