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Thursday, December 14, 2023

January Plans: Cats & Miyazaki

Cat Movies on Criterion Channel
Streaming Jan 1st

Every cat is a born star. With their intriguingly enigmatic personalities, sleek grace, and bewitching eyes, they make for the perfect aesthetic subjects, as well as sphinx-like gateways through which we can contemplate the mysteries of our own existence. Bringing together lovably mischievous cats (That Darn Cat), magical Czechoslovak New Wave cats (The Cassandra Cat), supernatural Japanese cats (Kuroneko, House), claws-out killer cats (Cat People, Sleepwalkers), extraterrestrial cats (The Cat from Outer Space, The Cat), and even a cat that owns a baseball team (Rhubarb), this salute to some of the screen’s most entrancing felines is purr cinema.
*No Cats on Park Avenue (1989)? For shame.


Cat People, Jacques Tourneur, 1942

The Cat Creeps, Erle C. Kenton, 1946

Rhubarb, Arthur Lubin, 1951

The Incredible Shrinking Man, Jack Arnold, 1957

The Shadow of the Cat, John Gilling, 1961

Walk on the Wild Side, Edward Dmytryk, 1962

The Cassandra Cat, Vojtěch Jasný, 1963

That Darn Cat, Robert Stevenson, 1965

Kuroneko, Kaneto Shindo, 1968

Eye of the Cat, David Lowell Rich, 1969

The Long Goodbye, Robert Altman, 1973 

House, Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977

The Cat from Outer Space, Norman Tokar, 1978

Inferno, Dario Argento, 1980

Cat’s Eye, Lewis Teague, 1985

Two Evil Eyes, George A. Romero and Dario Argento, 1990

The Cat, Lam Nai-choi, 1991

Sleepwalkers, Mick Garris, 1992

Inside Llewyn Davis, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, 2013


The Perils of Priscilla, Carroll Ballard, 1969

To the Unknown, Michael Almereyda, 2017

Hayao Miyazaki: An American Cinematheque Tribute
January 6 – January 7, 2024
Aero Theatre and Egyptian Theatre
*Funny as we have Ghibli Fest throughout the year bringing back these films to major theaters. Sill a different experience at the Aero and Egyptian.

In January, the American Cinematheque is thrilled to celebrate the distinguished career of world-renowned filmmaker, animator and artist Hayao Miyazaki. The tribute includes a screening of his highly-acclaimed new film, THE BOY AND THE HERON, along with a marathon featuring iconic works such as MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE, PRINCESS MONONOKE and SPIRITED AWAY—presented in 35mm.

Honored with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2005 Venice International Film Festival and bestowed with an Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement by the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2014, Miyazaki has earned international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and filmmaker, solidifying his status as one of the most accomplished figures in the history of animation.