With temperatures in the single digits: DTV-level horror pictures, an Australian-produced Laotian drama and a dozen European classics await New Haven area audiences within the warm confines of theaters this weekend:
I, Frankenstein: (Trailer) Aaron Eckhart makes one last, doomed attempt at leading man status with this embarrassing sci-fi/action take on the Frankenstein legend from writer/director Stuart Beattie (Collateral, The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise).
“From the Producers of Underworld” – which sounds like more of a threat than a selling point. Not screened for critics, obvs.
Personal interest factor: 1
The Rocket: (Trailer) Childhood drama about a “cursed” boy in Laos who enters a rocket-making competition. While the film sits at a promising (to say the least) 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, some critics are down on the film’s sentimentality and predictable nature. Still, it sounds like a winner.
Personal interest factor: 6
For classic fare: The Criterion in New Haven is running Fargo (1996) Friday and Saturday evening and The Philadelphia Story (1940) Saturday and Sunday morning.
There’s a film conference at Yale University, New Wave Europe: Cinema circa 1962, starting Thursday evening and running through Sunday. Screenings include Jules et Jim (1962), Vivre Sa Vie (1962), Salvatore Giuliano (1962), Passenger (1963), Diamonds of the Night (1964), La Jetee (1962) and L’Eclisse (1962), Divided Heaven (1964), Eva (1964), Cleo From 5 to 7 (1962), Through a Glass Darkly (1961) and Ivan’s Childhood (1962). Admission is free and it’s open to the public. Hit the link above for more details.