While watching “20,000 Days on Earth,” the stunning new documentary following one day in the life of the great Nick Cave, it occurred to me that he might be one of the most enigmatic people on the planet. Watch him on stage with his band the Bad Seeds, or listen to his voice rumble during “20,000 Days,” and try not to be riveted.
British documentarians Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard directed this hip, groundbreaking documentary, and it is essential viewing whether a Cave die-hard or not. It screens at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in Squeaky Wheel, making for another killer Squeaky screening.
Throughout the film, Cave drives around, chats with Ray Winstone and Kylie Minogue, ruminates on photographs of his family and his days in the band the Birthday Party, and generally looks really, really cool.
The documentary has elements of a biography and concert film, but joins them together for something fresh and altogether thrilling. This is one of the best films of 2014, and a can’t-miss screening.
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In other screening news, if ever there is an ideal month for “Rocky Horror Picture Show” parties, it is October. So it is fitting that the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda) is continuing its “Rocky Horror” tradition at 10 p.m. Oct. 24. (Doors open at 9:30 p.m.) The corset-optional night features the Ladies of Illusion with Jayme Coxx and Eye Candy Burlesque as well as costume contests and the film itself.
“Classic Movie Night” at the North Park, presented by Nichols High School, continues at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 with one you may have heard of: “Casablanca.”
The Buffalo Film Seminars continue at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Amherst Dipson with the legendary “Performance,” featuring an unforgettably sleazy Mick Jagger.
Woody Allen’s latest, “Magic in the Moonlight” was, to put it mildly, minor Woody. But the Emma Stone-Colin Firth comedy still had moments of charm, and if you missed its summer run the Fredonia Opera House will present the film as part of its Cinema Series at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Next up is the critically acclaimed Irish drama “Calvary,” at 7:30 Oct. 25.