Halifax film screening picks — August 15-21

Indignation is screening at Cineplex Park Lane, and with its strong reviews it seems to be another step in the (in her words) “slow, long upward climb” of Toronto actress Sarah Gadon, who has quite transcended her Cronenberg-it-girl beginnings. It’s also the directorial debut for the longtime screenwriting partner of Ang Lee, Professor James Schamus, Ph.D., of whose work I am a longtime fan—yes, even his under-appreciated Hulk movie.

The Thrillema is back this week with 1999 horror milestone The Blair Witch Project, a film that seemed like an aberration and a gimmick on its release, but not so much now—”its influence wasn’t immediate, but delayed until technology caught up with it.” There is a regular Thrillema presentation on Wednesday at 8pm, and on Thursday, a slightly earlier screening paired with a meet-and-greet with Jordan of The Night Time Podcast and Earl Lattie of Paranormal Investigations Nova Scotia (PINS).

David Huddleston, portrayer of “big dons or capos and tempestuous men,” and best known for the title role in The Big Lebowski, died on August 2. On Tuesday at the Central Library, as part of an August series of screenings of Coen brothers films, you can revisit this classic with Kendra Barnes—an incredibly knowledgeable programmer with Carbon Arc, and a good Twitter follow to boot.

Cineplex’s August Indiana Jones revival continues with more screenings of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and this Friday at Park Lane, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the first in a series of intended final episodes that will soon outnumber the preceding films. Originally intended as an apology for Temple of Doom, the film brings back for me teenage opening night memories, thanks to the film breaking and burning in the middle of the nail-biting tank chase scene. But I digress.

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