Sexy, hilarious, deep, irreverent, transcendent, unique, delightful, disturbing: The films of Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar are all these things and more, further buoyed by strong performances, memorable leading ladies and the director's own inimitable imagination. And what could be more wonderful, on the brink of winter and hectic holidays-to-come, than a glorious eight-week unfurling of all that Almodóvar wit and impertinent mischief. Especially if it's free?
Lucky for you, it's Pedro Almodóvar Season at the Thin Man, where just such a retrospective kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. in the Ubisububi Room downstairs. Since many of his movies sport a subtle serial thread -- the idea for one is often embedded in the plot of another -- the idea of an Almodóvar season makes perfect sense.
First up is the 1984 comedy What Have I Done to Deserve This?, which follows the misadventures of a dysfunctional family in Madrid; while in my humble opinion, any Almodóvar film is a good film, highlights in the future include, well, everything, in this order: Matador, Law of Desire, The Flower of My Secret, Bad Education, All About My Mother, Talk to Her and Volver. The Thin Man is at 2015 East 17th Avenue; call 303-320-7814.
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