- The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Think of the movie business as your fat uncle after Thanksgiving dinner: full of turkey, stuffing, gravy, and Canadian Club—all he wants to do is lie down under the piano for a while and sleep it off. So here we are the weekend after Thanksgiving with exactly two new studio releases: The Pyramid
, a horror flick that didn't screen for the press, and Wild
, an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, starring Reese Witherspoon and directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club
). But never fear: Gene Siskel Film Center kicks off a monthlong engagement of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
, an extravagant animation from Studio Ghibli founder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies
, My Neighbors the Yamadas
), and Facets Cinematheque presents Bad Hair
, a Venezuelan drama about a little boy who alarms his mother by behaving more and more like a little girl.
Best bets for repertory: Jean Vigo's L'Atalante
(1934), Friday at Northwestern University Block Museum of Art; Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist
(1969), Saturday at Film Center; and Mike Judge's Idiocracy
(2006), Friday and Tuesday at Film Center, with a lecture by Jonathan Rosenbaum at the second screening.
That's it for this week, folks. Hey, we're sorry, OK? Go read a book.