PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE

PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE: Brian De Palma's psycho rock musical

PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE: Brian De Palma's psycho rock musical

A couple of weeks ago I talked about Brian De Palma’s infamous tendency to divide his career between “one for me” personal works and “one for them” studio movies. One of his strangest and most beautiful films, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, airs tonight at midnight, and it is absolutely not to be missed. In fact, “strange” doesn’t even do it justice.

PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE: Rock schlock that's a brilliant hot mess

PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE: Rock schlock that's a brilliant hot mess

Anyone can make a bad film, but it takes considerable craft, talent and personality to make something intentionally B-grade that’s really, really good. So what Brian De Palma does in the 1970s bouillabaisse of American culture PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (playing tonight at 12:20A) is nothing short of a brilliant hot mess, if not the template for great schlock.

Now playing on Sundance Channel: PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, French love and more

Now playing on Sundance Channel: PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, French love and more

Choose your poison — blatant francophilia, perhaps, or a battle of quirky movies featuring youth-in-search-of-meaning? How about a twisted cult classic or an oddball romance? We’ve got all of ‘em this week.