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Film Series

Joe Dante at the Movies

 
 
Aug 5—Aug 24, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Joe Dante’s films brim with anarchic, inventive energy, and are indebted to (and a celebration of) the cartoons, comics and creature features that animated his childhood. Dante got his start working for Roger Corman, cultivating an appreciation for unpretentious ingenuity and a sharp satirical streak. His subversive forays into science fiction, fantasy, and horror deliver genre thrills while also coming laced with cutting critiques of American society and pop culture. This retrospective brings together Dante’s film and television work with unsurprisingly offbeat favorites hand-picked by the director.


 
PAST EVENTS
Film
Gremlins
 

Pint-sized terror invades Small Town, USA in Dante’s offbeat Christmas classic.

Aug 5—Aug 20, 2016
 
 
Film
Small Soldiers
 

Toy action figures become mini killing machines in Dante’s subversive adventure fantasy.

Aug 5—Aug 21, 2016
 
 
Film
Matinee
 

Dante indulges his love for atomic age creature features in this 1960s-set comedy.

Sat, Aug 6, 2016
 
 
Film
Gremlins 2: The New Batch + Secret Screening
 

Dante’s sequel to his biggest commercial hit sends up the original.

Sat, Aug 6, 2016
 
 
Film
The Movie Orgy
 

This epic pop culture mash-up is a wild ride through the mass media of the 50s and 60s.

Sun, Aug 7, 2016
 
 
Free
Film
Idiocracy + The Second Civil War
 

Mike Judge’s cult classic screens with Dante’s black comic immigration satire.

Sun, Aug 7, 2016
 
 
Film
Hollywood Boulevard + Scenes from Amazon Women on the Moon
 

Dante’s directorial debut screens with his scenes from Amazon Women on the Moon.

Mon, Aug 8, 2016
 
 
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Piranha
 

Roger Corman produced this Jaws spoof, which delivers its own visceral thrills.

Aug 9—Aug 20, 2016
 
 
Film
Runaway Daughters + It's a Good Life
 

This program brings together two of Dante’s bitingly funny, made-for-television films.

Tue, Aug 9, 2016
 
 
Film
The Black Book (Reign of Terror) + The Big Clock
 

This pair of thrilling noirs feature stylish cinematography and ingenious plots. 

Wed, Aug 10, 2016
 
 
Film
Looney Tunes: Back in Action
 

Dante channels the anarchic spirit of the original cartoons in this turbo-charged update.

Fri, Aug 12, 2016
 
 
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The ’Burbs + It's a Gift
 

Dante’s black comedy screens with a showcase for W.C. Fields’ boozy, misanthropic genius.

Fri, Aug 12, 2016
 
 
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Looney Tunes: Back in Action + Artists and Models
 

Dante’s turbo-charged update screens with Frank Tashlin’s satire of 1950s comic book culture.

Sat, Aug 13, 2016
 
 
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The Howling + Lisa and The Devil
 

Dante’s take on the werewolf genre screens with horror maestro Mario Bava’s gothic fantasy.

Sat, Aug 13, 2016
 
 
Film
Explorers + Invaders from Mars
 

Dante’s ode to 1950s science fiction screens with William Cameron Menzies’ hallucinatory B movie. 

Sun, Aug 14, 2016
 
 
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Innerspace + The Incredible Shrinking Man
 

Dante’s inventively zany sci-fi comedy screens with Jack Arnold’s existential masterpiece.

Sun, Aug 14, 2016
 
 
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The ’Burbs
 

Tom Hanks is a crazed NIMBY in Dante’s black comic spoof of small town Americana.

Mon, Aug 15, 2016
 
 
Film
Cold Turkey
 

This biting satire is the only feature film directed by legendary TV producer Norman Lear.

Mon, Aug 15, 2016
 
 
Film
The Black Cat + A Bucket of Blood
 

Cult auteur Edgar G. Ulmer’s ultra-perverse Poe adaptation screens with Roger Corman’s drive-in classic.

Tue, Aug 16, 2016
 
 
Film
The Hole 3D + Dial M for Murder 3D
 

A pair of films featuring ambitious explorations of 3D.

Wed, Aug 17, 2016
 
 
Film
Innerspace
 

Dante brings screwball zaniness to this “incredible shrinking” sci-fi comedy.

Fri, Aug 19, 2016
 
 
Film
Mickey One
 

Warren Beatty is a paranoid stand-up comic in this existential, Euro-chic puzzle film.

Fri, Aug 19, 2016
 
 
Film
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
 

Dante’s sequel to his biggest commercial hit sends up the original.

Sat, Aug 20, 2016
 
 
Film
The Howling
 

A shape-shifting serial killer stalks a news anchor in Dante’s take on the werewolf film.

Sat, Aug 20, 2016
 
 
Film
Matinee + The Smallest Show on Earth
 

Dante’s nostalgic love-letter to creature features screens with a charming British comedy.

Sun, Aug 21, 2016
 
 
Film
Theatre of Blood
 

Vincent Price is at his scenery-chewing best as a murderous Shakespearean actor.

Sun, Aug 21, 2016
 
 
Film
Confessions of an Opium Eater + The Fool Killer
 

An avant-pulp oddity starring Vincent Price screens with Servando González’s haunting pastoral.

Mon, Aug 22, 2016
 
 
Film
His Kind of Woman
 

This cult favorite is part hard-boiled noir, part shaggy-dog spoof of the genre.

Tue, Aug 23, 2016
 
 
Film
Masters of Horror Program
 

The two films Dante directed for Showtime’s Masters of Horror pack a subversive punch.

Tue, Aug 23, 2016
 
 
Free
Film
Burying The Ex + Modern Romance
 

Dante’s ode to old-school B horror screens with Albert Brooks’ dissection of love and heartbreak.

Wed, Aug 24, 2016