Most local cineastes know Charles Horak as the guy who pieces together the film schedule for the annual Plaza Classic Film Festival.
But he also hosts a film show on KTEP, "On Film," and, for the past 11 years, has hosted a free, monthly film series at Trinity-First United Methodist Church, called Film Salon.
The winter-spring edition returns Jan. 5 with the first of four movies choreographed by that master of the spectacle, Busby Berkeley.
"Footlight Parade," which stars James Cagney, Joan Blondell and Dick Powell, opens the series at 7:30 p.m. Local film historian Jay Duncan will introduce it.
Berkeley directed the other three films in the series, including "Gold Diggers of 1935," his directorial debut, which will be shown on Feb. 2, followed by "Girl Crazy" (with Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney) on March 2 and "The Gang's All Here" (with Carmen Miranda) on April 6.
Go to filmsalon.org for more info.
In other movie news:
• You may recall that a threatened lawsuit prevented PCFF from showing an HD restoration of the El Paso-made "Manos: Hands of Fate" last August, though it was shown, unannounced, offsite by some involved in the restoration.
Another version resurfaced last fall and was shown in theaters across the country as part of the RiffTrax series, in which former "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" cast members offered their unflattering and comic commentary.
Well, it's back.
A rebroadcast of last fall's show will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Cielo Vista Cinemas and 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at Tinseltown. Torgo must be counting the money.
It's part of "The Best of RiffTrax Live" series of rebroadcasts, which also brings Ed Wood's "Plan 9 From Outer Space" to the same theaters at the same time on Jan. 31.
Tickets for each show are $12.50, $11.50 for seniors and students, $10.50 for children (no children under 6 permitted), on sale at cinemark.com.
• Cinemark, by the way, has started its latest series of classic film offerings, which began Jan. 2 with "2001: A Space Odyssey."
The series continues with "Rocky" on Jan. 9, followed by "The Sound of Music" (Jan. 16), "To Catch a Thief" (Jan. 23), "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (Jan. 30) and "Saturday Night Fever" (Feb. 6).
No titles have been announed beyond that.