Your Weekend Movie Roundup
- Design nerds and print fetishists can thank South Side Projections for a showing of Justine Nagan's 2009 documentary Typeface at the South Side Hub of Production. The next-best thing to actually going to the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Wisconsin, the film is shown as part of a continuing celebration of Kartemquin's 45th anniversary, for free, at 7 p.m. tomorrow night. SHoP is at 5638 S. Woodlawn Ave.
- If you're looking for some cinematic holiday loot for the cinephile on your list, we suggest sitting tight until next weekend, when Facets will be offering their annual holiday sale from 10am-4pm. The DVDs and VHS titles from the warehouse, which will be offered at vertiginously steep discounts, will surely feature a rare concentration of stuff even the biggest film nerd in your family is unlikely to have. The sale takes place from 10 am - 4 pm next Saturday and Sunday, December 10-11, at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave.
- Northwestern's Block Cinema finishes up its season with a special screening of The Turin Horse tomorrow at 2 p.m. We were blown away by Bela Tarr's spare and lengthy essay, but it is unlikely to get many theatrical exhibitions, so see it while you can.
- As a hedge against the December's inevitable slide into more sentimental fare, a visit to the Wicker Park Arts Center for Shock Theater is a frighteningly good idea tonight. Tonight's program stiches together Lady Frankenstein and Frankenstein's Daughter, and we'll bet the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. $5 gets you in to the 9 p.m. program. Also, don't forget that "A Very Carrie Christmas" goes down at the Music Box this Sunday at 2 p.m.
- The highest-profile film opening this week is Shame, which stars Michael Fassbender as a sex addict and Carey Mulligan as his lost sibling. This sophomore effort from scorching-hot director Steve McQueen continues a string of strong art house offerings on hand at Landmark's Century Center, with last week's My Week with Marilyn to be followed up with next week's opening of The Artist and both Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and A Dangerous Method rounding out the group of critical darlings getting on the books in 2011.