Looking to escape this beautiful fall weather by hiding in a movie theater? Paul Chouchana has some suggestions of what to see.


I usually try to avoid going to the MOMA for films, because it means having to share the screening room with an artsy crowd for whom fashion and conceptual Norwegian cooking utensils rank just as high as cinema on the art scale. Sometimes however, I have to suck it up and go. The 10th MOMA International Festival of Film Preservation starts this weekend, and this means a lot of great films freshly restored in DCP.  Among other classics, Jacques Demy’s Lola is playing Friday at 6:45pm with an introduction by the legendary Anouk Aimée. If you have not yet seen Once Upon a Time in America, you have many good reasons to go to the screening Saturday at 7:00pm. To name a few: Robert De Niro, Ennio Morricone’s score, and the satisfaction of having seen a 4 hour film that is NOT the extended version of the Lord of the Rings.

Hausu is playing at the Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, this Friday at 12:20am. If you’ve never heard of this Criterion classic, it may seem like yet another weird Japanese horror film. But Hausu is something else; it is a social experience. You will share with whomever you watch it with enough private jokes to last you through graduation… BANANAS, EVERYWHERE!