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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 4/10-4/17/2015
ON NETFLIX: Bound, a superb thriller neo noir, the first film (and probably the best) directed and written by the Wachowski siblings. Jennifer Tilley and Gina Gershon as Violet and Corky start a love affair and conspire to rob Violet’s boyfriend of millions of dollars of mob cash. First rate.
ON HULU: The Hidden Fortress, one of Akira Kurosawa’s samurai film and one of his most fun. A general and a princess in disguise must make it through enemy lines to some allies, the two carrying gold so they can rebuild their clan. A movie that served as inspiration for Star Wars, especially with a plot revolving around the saving of a princess and two bickering peasants who are obviously models for R2D2 and C3PO.
SPECIAL NOTE: American Cinematheque at the Egyptian continues their annual Film Noir festival. This is one of the best things that the Egyptian does (especially since the programming at this location has really been going downhill the last couple of years). This is a must check out and the full schedule can be found at http://ow.ly/L9mGU
SPECIAL NOTE: The Passionate Thief, Mario (Big Deal on Madonna Street) Monicelli’s comedy of manners starring Anna Magnani, Toto and Ben Gazzara as a struggling actress, an actor and a pickpocket whose lives become entangled on New Year’s Eve in Rome.
FIRST RUN and OPENING: Furious 7, The Salt of the Earth, Wild Tales, While We’re Young, Man From Reno, Danny Collins, Going Clear, Run All Night, What We Do In the Shadows, It Follows, Ex Machina, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem.
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: Film Noir festival continues
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Agnes Varda salute, 4/10-4/12, including some episodes from a TV documentary, Kung Fu Master and Cleo from 5 to 7; Salute to Leonard Nimoy with 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers and two Outer Limits episodes, 4/17
The CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street, 4/10 and 4/12; Four Flies on Grey Velvet, 4/10; Harold Lloyd’s The Freshman, 4/11; Hard to be a God, 4/17
NEW BEVERLY: Shadows and Fog, Bullets Over Broadway, 4/10-11; Fargo, The Hudsucker Proxy, 4/12-13; Exotica, Calendar, 4/14; Army of Darkness, Darkman, 4/17-18
LACMA: Umbrellas of Cherbourg, 4/14
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: A Star is Born, Nothing Sacred, 4/10; Wings, 4/11; Earth, 4/12; The Public Enemy, Night Nurse, 4/17