Whether or not you’re a movie buff, the Modern School of Film is one everyone will want to enroll in this year. Coming to the IFC Center, MSF lets celebrities pick their favorite movie and, after the screening, lead a discussion on its cinematic merits. On January 11, Fred Armisen teaches Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy (1983), starring Robert De Niro as an aspiring stand-up comedian who goes to the extreme to get a spot on The Jerry Langford Show (with Langford played by Jerry Lewis). Coming up later this month, David Cross shares his insights on Luis Buñuel’s surrealist comedy The Phantom of Liberty (1974) on January 23 and Talib Kweli presents the Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski (1998) on January 31. Plus, tuition is a bargain at $17.
Fri., Jan. 11, 7 p.m.; Thu., Jan. 31, 7 p.m., 2013