Sag Harbor Cinema’s Winter Series Presents “Matinee” (2017, USA) followed by conversation with MOMA Curator – Dave Kehr
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THE SAG HARBOR CINEMA PRESENTS “MATINEE”
DIRECTED BY JOE DANTE
THE FINAL SCREENING OF OUR WINTER SERIES “HERE COMES THE CINEMA!”
FOLLOWED BY A CONVERSATION WITH MUSEUM OF MODERN ART CURATOR – DAVE KEHR
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2PM at PIERSON HIGH SCHOOL AUDTORIUM
In this ferocious satire of Cold War fever and loving ode to B-monster movies, filmmaker Joe Dante pays homage to William Castle, the master of exploitation that provided his audiences with extra frissons by wiring movie theater seats to give electric shocks during The Tingler (1960). John Goodman channels Castle in his role of Lawrence Woosley, a B-movie impresario that arrives in Key West, Florida in 1962 right in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis for a special Saturday matinee preview of Mant, his latest opus, starring a very large mutant and announced by an ad campaign that promises “Half Man…Half Ant…All Terror!!!” The clips of the movie-within-a-movie are dead on, with hilarious in-jokes, surprising cameos (including Kevin McCarthy, the star of the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers and fellow independent filmmaker John Sayles) and special attention for historical details from the 50’s and 60’s.
Owen Gleiberman, chief film critic for Variety wrote: “In Matinee, Dante has captured the reason that Cold War trash like Mant struck such a nerve in American youth: The prospect of atomic disaster was so fanciful and abstract that it began to merge in people’s imaginations with the very pop culture it had spawned. In effect, it all became one big movie. Matinee is a loving tribute to the schlock that fear created”.
“Joe Dante’s passion for film as reflected in his very special blend of horror, subversive comedy and sharp political satire makes for very unique voice in American cinema. After the Gremlins director kindly appeared via skype for SHC last year to introduce his rarely seen The Second Civil War (as part of our Present Tense series), we chose one his most beloved titles, Matinee.” says SHC’s artistic director Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan.
Dave Kehr is a curator in the Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Film. In a previous life he worked as a critic and journalist for the Chicago Reader, the Chicago Tribune the New York Daily News and the New York Times. Among his books are When Movies Mattered: Reviews from a Transformative Decade (2011), Movies That Mattered: More Reviews from a Transformative Decade (2017) and Italian Film Posters (2003). Described by Roger Ebert as “one of the most gifted film critics in America,” Kehr was an early supporter of Joe Dante’s work.
SAG HARBOR CINEMA presents MATINEE directed by Joe Dante followed by a conversation with Dave Kehr and SHC’s Artistic Director Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan, Sunday February 23, 2pm at Pierson High School auditorium, 200 Jermain Ave., Sag Harbor. Admission $15 for Adults, Children under 14 FREE. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.sagharborcinema.org. Tickets are also available at the door.