Framing Pictures comes roaring back this Friday, June 21, 5 p.m. to talk about films new and old. The old will include a couple of Fifties Westerns from Hollywood veteran Delmer Daves—the original 3:10 to Yuma, which verges on greatness, and Jubal, a more problematic title that people nevertheless seem to be digging as it and 3:10 roll out in Blu-ray and DVD. Glenn Ford stars in both.Foremost among the new is Berberian Sound Studio, an uncanny “it’s not a horror film” that has creative and increasingly unsettling fun with the Italian giallo school of screen horror—especially Dario Argento, though in some ways the movie keeps reminding one of Abbas Kiarostami’s narrative strategies. Expert Brit player Toby Jones shoulders a lot of the burden, and the man can carry it.
We may or may not get around to two others: Hannah Arendt, Margarethe von Trotta’s latest meditation on a history-making woman (with Barbara Sukowa); and Byzantium, Neil Jordan’s return to vampire territory. Who knows, we may even flick some kryptonite at Man of Steel and dare to suggest that World War Z has turned out to be not the mess soothsayers gleefully anticipated.
The venue is once again Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave. Admittance free; libations not.
Originally posted, in a slightly different form, at Straight Shooting, 6/20/13.