A CASE OF THE MONDAYS

Each month, the Drexel Theatre will screen a series of films based on a theme or a retrospective of the work of some of the world’s best filmmakers and performers. The Drexel dances into summer with our new program “You Can’t Stop the Beat: Musical Mondays in June!”

First up on June 3, it’s The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, and Frank Morgan. Dorothy Gale dreams of a better life away from her lonesome Kansas farm. When a tornado transports her to the Land of Oz, Dorothy befriends three lovable outsiders who join her on a trip to see the mysterious Wizard.

June 10 brings the 2001 rock musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Adapted from the off-Broadway hit, Hedwig charts the life of a genderqueer German emigrant who leaves behind her tragic life in Kansas to become one of the biggest rock stars in the world. John Cameron Mitchell stars in and directs this funny and moving adaptation of the stage show he co-created with Stephen Trask, who also wrote the lyrics and music.

On June 17, it’s the 2007 musical adaptation of John Waters’ cult hit, Hairspray. Nikki Blonsky stars as Tracy Turnblad, a teenager in 1962 Baltimore who dreams of performing on her favorite music program, “The Corny Collins Show.” After facing off against mean girls and their stage moms to nab a spot on the show, Tracy decides to stand up against the racism and inequality she witnesses behind the scenes. Joining Blonsky are John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah, Zac Efron, James Marsden, Brittany Snow, Amanda Bynes, and Allison Janney.

The program closes on June 24 with Little Shop of Horrors, the 1986 adaptation of the stage show and original Roger Corman horror film. Rick Moranis is Seymour Krelborn, a lonely florist stuck in Skid Row who dreams of romancing sweet Audrey (Ellen Greene). A carnivorous talking plant named Audrey II (voiced by Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops) suddenly appears in his life and might be the solution to all of Seymour’s problems … as long as the florist keeps feeding Audrey II all the humans it craves. Directed by Frank Oz, Little Shop also stars Steve Martin, Vincent Gardenia, Bill Murray, John Candy, Christopher Guest, and Jim Belushi.

YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT:
MUSICAL MONDAYS IN JUNE!

THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

Monday, June 3, 7 pm

When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) that needs a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who wants courage.

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (2001)

Monday, June 10, 7 pm

A German emigrant living in a trailer in Kansas is the victim of a botched sex-change operation. Adapted from the critically acclaimed off-Broadway rock theater hit, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of the “internationally ignored” rock singer, Hedwig, and her search for stardom and love.

HAIRSPRAY (2007)

Monday, June 17, 7 pm

In 1960s Baltimore, dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) auditions for a spot on “The Corny Collins Show” and wins. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun, and fashion. Perhaps her new status as a teen sensation is enough to topple Corny’s reigning dance queen and bring racial integration to the show.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1986)

Monday, June 24, 7 pm

Meek flower shop assistant Seymour (Rick Moranis) pines for co-worker Audrey (Ellen Greene). During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds only on human flesh and blood. The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the previously struggling store. After Seymour feeds Audrey’s boyfriend, Orin (Steve Martin), to the plant after Orin’s accidental death, he must come up with more bodies for the increasingly bloodthirsty plant.

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FARGO (1996)

Monday, January 9, 7 pm

Fargo is a 1996 black comedy crime film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Frances McDormand stars as Marge Gunderson, a pregnant Minnesota police chief investigating a triple homicide that takes place after a desperate car salesman (William H. Macy) hires two criminals (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife in order to extort a hefty ransom from her wealthy father (Harve Presnell).

A SERIOUS MAN (2009)

Monday, January 16, 7 pm

Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) is a physics professor at a 1960s university, but his life is coming apart at the seams. His wife (Sari Lennick) is leaving him, his jobless brother (Richard Kind) has moved in, and someone is trying to sabotage his chances for tenure. Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis, but whether anyone can help him overcome his many afflictions remains to be seen.

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2007)

Monday, January 23, 7 pm

While out hunting, Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) finds the grisly aftermath of a drug deal. Though he knows better, he cannot resist the cash left behind and takes it with him. The hunter becomes the hunted when a merciless killer named Chigurh (Javier Bardem) picks up his trail. Also looking for Moss is Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), an aging lawman who reflects on a changing world and a dark secret of his own, as he tries to find and protect Moss.

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (2013)

Monday, January 30, 7 pm

In 1961 New York City, folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is at a crossroads. Guitar in hand, he struggles against seemingly insurmountable obstacles to make a name for himself in the music world, but so far, success remains elusive. Relying on the kindness of both friends and strangers, Llewyn embarks on an odyssey that takes him from the streets of Greenwich Village to a Chicago club, where awaits a music mogul who could give him the big break that he desperately needs.

DIRTY DANCING (1987)

Monday, February 6, 7 pm

Baby (Jennifer Grey) is one listless summer away from the Peace Corps. Hoping to enjoy her youth while it lasts, she’s disappointed when her summer plans deposit her at a sleepy resort in the Catskills with her parents. Her luck turns around, however, when the resort’s dance instructor, Johnny (Patrick Swayze), enlists Baby as his new partner, and the two fall in love. Baby’s father forbids her from seeing Johnny, but she’s determined to help him perform the last big dance of the summer.

THE NOTEBOOK (2004)

Monday, February 13, 7 pm

In 1940s South Carolina, mill worker Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and rich girl Allie (Rachel McAdams) are desperately in love. But her parents don’t approve. When Noah goes off to serve in World War II, it seems to mark the end of their love affair. In the interim, Allie becomes involved with another man (James Marsden). But when Noah returns to their small town years later, on the cusp of Allie’s marriage, it soon becomes clear that their romance is anything but over.

BRIDESMAIDS (2011)

Monday, February 20, 7 pm

Annie (Kristen Wiig) is a single woman whose own life is a mess, but when she learns that her lifelong best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), is engaged, she has no choice but to serve as the maid of honor. Though lovelorn and almost penniless, Annie, nevertheless, winds her way through the strange and expensive rituals associated with her job as the bride’s go-to gal. Determined to make things perfect, she gamely leads Lillian and the other bridesmaids down the wild road to the wedding.

BEFORE SUNRISE (1995)

Monday, February 27, 7 pm

A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.

THE BIG BOSS (1971)

Monday, March 6, 7 pm

A young man sworn to an oath of non-violence works with his cousins in an ice factory where they mysteriously begin to disappear.

THE LEGEND OF DRUNKEN MASTER (1994)

Monday, March 13, 7 pm

A young martial artist is caught between respecting his pacifist father’s wishes or stopping a group of disrespectful foreigners from stealing precious artifacts.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA (1991)

Monday, March 20, 7 pm

Legendary martial arts hero Wong Fei-Hung fights against foreign forces’ plundering of China. When Aunt Yee arrives back from America, Wong Fei-Hung assumes the role of her protector.

SISTER STREET FIGHTER (1974)

Monday, March 27, 7 pm

A young martial artist is on a mission to rescue her brother who’s being held captive by a sadistic drug lord.

WEATHERING WITH YOU (2019)

Monday, April 3, 7 pm

A high-school boy who has run away to Tokyo befriends a girl who appears to be able to manipulate the weather.

PERFECT BLUE (1997)

Monday, April 10, 7 pm

A retired pop singer turned actress’ sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.

SUZUME (2022)

Monday, April 17, 7 pm

As the skies turn red and the planet trembles, Japan stands on the brink of disaster. However, a determined teenager named Suzume sets out on a mission to save her country. Able to see supernatural forces that others cannot, it’s up to her to close the mysterious doors that are spreading chaos across the land. A perilous journey awaits as the fate of Japan rests on her shoulders.

GHOST IN THE SHELL (1995)

Monday, April 24, 7 pm

A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

ERASERHEAD (1977)

Monday, May 1, 7 pm

Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

BLUE VELVET (1986)

Monday, May 8, 7 pm

College student Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) returns home after his father has a stroke. When he discovers a severed ear in an abandoned field, Beaumont teams up with detective’s daughter Sandy Williams (Laura Dern) to solve the mystery. They believe beautiful lounge singer Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini) may be connected with the case, and Beaumont finds himself becoming drawn into her dark, twisted world, where he encounters sexually depraved psychopath Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper).

MULHOLLAND DRIVE (2001)

Monday, May 15, 7 pm

A dark-haired woman (Laura Elena Harring) is left amnesiac after a car crash. She wanders the streets of Los Angeles in a daze before taking refuge in an apartment. There she is discovered by Betty (Naomi Watts), a wholesome Midwestern blonde who has come to the City of Angels seeking fame as an actress. Together, the two attempt to solve the mystery of Rita’s true identity. The story is set in a dream-like Los Angeles, spoilt neither by traffic jams nor smog.

WILD AT HEART (1990)

Monday, May 22, 7 pm

After serving prison time for a self-defense killing, Sailor Ripley (Nicolas Cage) reunites with girlfriend Lula Fortune (Laura Dern). Lula’s mother, Marietta (Diane Ladd), desperate to keep them apart, hires a hit man to kill Sailor. But he finds a whole new set of troubles when he and Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe), an old buddy who’s also out to get Sailor, try to rob a store. When Sailor lands in jail yet again, the young lovers appear further than ever from the shared life they covet.

TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (1992)

Monday, May 29, 7 pm

In the folksy town of Deerfield, WA, FBI Agent Desmond (Chris Isaak) inexplicably disappears while hunting for the man who murdered a teen girl. The killer is never apprehended, and, after experiencing dark visions and supernatural encounters, Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) chillingly predicts that the culprit will claim another life. Meanwhile, in the similarly cozy town of Twin Peaks, hedonistic beauty Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) hangs with lowlifes and seems destined for a grisly fate.

BODY HEAT (1981)

Monday, June 5, 7 pm

In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

BASIC INSTINCT (1992)

Monday, June 12, 7 pm

A violent police detective investigates a brutal murder that might involve a manipulative and seductive novelist.

JADE (1995)

Monday, June 19, 7 pm

A bright assistant D.A. investigates a gruesome hatchet murder and hides a clue he found at the crime scene. Under professional threats and an attempt on his life, he goes on heartbroken because evidence point to the woman he still loves.

WILD THINGS (1998)

Monday, June 26, 7 pm

A police detective uncovers a conspiracy behind a case involving a high-school guidance counselor when accusations of rape are made against him by two female students.

JAWS (1975)

Monday, July 3, 7 pm

When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community off Cape Cod, it’s up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.

PIRANHA (1978)

Monday, July 10, 7 pm

When flesh-eating piranhas are accidentally released into a summer resort’s rivers, the guests become their next meal.

ALLIGATOR (1980)

Monday, July 17, 7 pm

A pet baby alligator is flushed down a toilet and survives in the city sewers. Twelve years later, it grows to an enormous size thanks to a diet of discarded laboratory dogs injected with growth hormones. Now, humans have entered the menu.

CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954)

Monday, July 24, 7 pm

A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.

ORCA (1977)

Monday, July 31, 7 pm

A hunter squares off against a killer whale seeking vengeance for the death of its mate.

WEIRD SCIENCE (1985)

Monday, August 7, 7 pm

Two high-school nerds use a computer program to literally create the perfect woman, who promptly turns their lives upside-down.

FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986)

Monday, August 14, 7 pm

Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) has an uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last duck-out before graduation, Ferris calls in sick, “borrows” a Ferrari, and embarks on a one-day journey through the streets of Chicago. On Ferris’ trail is high school principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), determined to catch him in the act.

PRETTY IN PINK (1986)

Monday, August 21, 7 pm

A poor girl must choose between the affections of dating her childhood sweetheart, or a rich but sensitive playboy.

THE BREAKFAST CLUB (1985)

Monday, August 28, 7 pm

Five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention under a power-hungry principal (Paul Gleason). The disparate group includes rebel John (Judd Nelson), princess Claire (Molly Ringwald), outcast Allison (Ally Sheedy), brainy Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) and Andrew (Emilio Estevez), the jock. Each has a chance to tell his or her story, making the others see them a little differently — and when the day ends, they question whether school will ever be the same.

ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)

Monday, September 4, 7 pm

A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.

SABRINA (1954)

Monday, September 11, 7 pm

A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family’s chauffeur, but it’s his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.

FUNNY FACE (1957)

Monday, September 18, 7 pm

An impromptu fashion shoot at a book store brings about a new fashion model discovery in the shop clerk.

WAIT UNTIL DARK (1967)

Monday, September 25, 7 pm

A recently blinded woman is terrorized by a trio of thugs while they search for a heroin-stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment.

THE THING (1982)

Monday, October 2, 7 pm

A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1987)

Monday, October 9, 7 pm

A group of graduate students and scientists uncover an ancient canister in an abandoned church, but when they open the container, they inadvertently unleash a strange liquid and an evil force on all humanity.

THE FOG (1980)

Monday, October 16, 7 pm

An unearthly fog rolls into a small coastal town exactly 100 years after a ship mysteriously sank in its waters.

CHRISTINE (1983)

Monday, October 23, 7 pm

A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.

HALLOWEEN (1978)

Monday, October 30, 7 pm

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)

Monday, November 13, 7 pm

San Francisco private detective Sam Spade takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette, with the stakes rising after his partner is murdered.

THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955)

Monday, November 20, 7 pm

A self-proclaimed preacher marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real dad hid the $10,000 he’d stolen in a robbery.

BRICK (2005)

Monday, November 27, 7 pm

A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.

GREMLINS (1984)

Friday, December 1, 9:30 pm

A young man inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

GOING MY WAY (1944)

Monday, December 4, 7 pm

Father Charles O’Malley (Bing Crosby) is an easy-going, golf-playing young priest whose entry into a tough neighborhood parish in midtown Manhattan is viewed with skepticism from all quarters, especially the aging Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald). While dealing with some unfinished business from his former life in the form of an old flame who now sings at the Metropolitan Opera (Rise Stevens), Father O’Malley inspires the youth of his parish by forming a boys’ choir.

THE BELLS OF ST. MARY’S (1945)

Monday, December 11, 7 pm

Father O’Malley (Bing Crosby) is transferred to the Roman Catholic inner-city school St. Mary’s, where he quickly falls into conflict with its headmistress, Sister Mary (Ingrid Bergman). Their primary disagreement has to do with the deteriorating school itself. Father O’Malley feels it should be abandoned and the children sent to other schools. Sister Mary and the other nuns, however, believe there is still hope, possibly in the form of charity from a wealthy business owner (Henry Travers).

SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (1984)

Friday, December 15, 9:30 pm

Little Billy witnesses his parents getting killed by Santa after being warned by his senile grandpa that Santa punishes those who are naughty. Now Billy is 18 and out of the orphanage, and he has just become Santa himself.

WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954)

Monday, December 18, 7 pm

A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.

BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974)

Friday, December 22, 9:30 pm

During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)

Monday, January 8, 7 pm

After uncovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, a spacecraft is sent to Jupiter to find its origins: a spacecraft manned by two men and the supercomputer HAL 9000.

THE SHINING (1980)

Monday, January 15, 7 pm

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.

FULL METAL JACKET (1987)

Monday, January 22, 7 pm

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

EYES WIDE SHUT (1999)

Monday, January 29, 7 pm

A Manhattan doctor embarks on a bizarre, night-long odyssey after his wife’s admission of unfulfilled longing.

DO THE RIGHT THING (1989)

Monday, February 5, 7 pm

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

CLOCKERS (1995)

Monday, February 12, 7 pm

Young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn live hard dangerous lives, trapped between their drug bosses and the detectives out to stop them.

CROOKLYN (1994)

Monday, February 19, 7 pm

Spike Lee’s vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a schoolteacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband, and their five kids living in Brooklyn in 1973.

MO’ BETTER BLUES (1990)

Monday, February 26, 7 pm

Jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam makes questionable decisions in his professional and romantic lives.

LOST IN TRANSLATION (2003)

Monday, March 4, 7 pm

A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.

SOMEWHERE (2010)

Monday, March 11, 7 pm

After withdrawing to the Chateau Marmont, a passionless Hollywood actor reexamines his life when his eleven-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit.

THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (1999)

Monday, March 18, 7 pm

A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid 1970s.

MARIE ANTOINETTE (2006)

Monday, March 25, 7 pm

The retelling of France’s iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 14 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen, and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964)

Monday, April 1, 7 pm

A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.

FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1965)

Monday, April 8, 7 pm

Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a gang of outlaws led by a psychotic Mexican bandit, who is plotting an audacious bank robbery.

DUCK, YOU SUCKER! aka A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE (1971)

Monday, April 15, 7 pm

A low-life bandit and an I.R.A. explosives expert rebel against the government and become heroes of the Mexican Revolution.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968)

Monday, April 22, 7 pm

A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY (1966)

Monday, April 29, 7 pm

A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.

CARRIE (1976)

Monday, May 6, 7 pm

Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.

SCARFACE (1983)

Monday, May 13, 7 pm

In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

BLOW OUT (1981)

Monday, May 20, 7 pm

A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger.

THE UNTOUCHABLES (1987)

Monday, May 27, 7 pm

During Prohibition, Treasury agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop ruthless Chicago gangster Al Capone, and assembles a small, incorruptible team to help him.

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