Odd Tuesdays presents…MYSTERIOUS SKIN
This month’s free screening is Mysterious Skin (Gregg Araki, 2004). Mysterious Skin will screen Tuesday, June 10th, at 7:30PM.
After making a series of dull, pretentious, cheaply nihilistic films that pretty much represented all the worst aspects of the 1990s, indie writer-director Gregg Araki suddenly turned around and produced this horrifying, bizarre, and genuinely moving melodrama, establishing himself as a major voice in queer cinema– and transforming star Joseph Gordon-Levitt from “the kid from 3rd Rock From the Sun” into, you know, whatever he is now.
Adapted from the novel by Scott Heim, the story follows two grown-up survivors of childhood sexual abuse: one a hardboiled, self-destructive prostitute (Levitt); the other a reclusive, squirrely fantasist plagued by strange dreams of alien abduction.
You’ve never seen a film like this. Unless you’ve seen it already. In that case, see it again.
ABOUT ODD TUESDAYS CINECLUB
Hosted by EMP Collective member Joshua Buursma, Odd Tuesdays Cineclub is dedicated to a proposition: That not all films are created equal; that some are weirder, sweeter, kinkier, and crankier than others; and that among these films are established cult favorites, essential art house classics, and more recent work that’s only begun to gather a following. In an age when media too often atomize us rather than bring us together, when we’re more likely to watch movies (especially older movies) alone on our devices rather than with a flesh-and-blood audience, it’s more urgent than ever that we deliberately come together and make seeing movies a show again. Odd Tuesdays Cineclub: Come and See.