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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 5/1-5/8/2015
ON NETFLIX: HOT FUZZ, written by the star Simon Pegg and the director Edgar Wright, is a satire of both buddy cop movies and a peculiarly British genre, the dirty dealings going on in a small, sleepy country village. Very funny and often inspired (especially the opening). A fun romp.
ON HULU: SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER, written by Marcel Moussy and the director Francois Truffaut (from the novel Down There by David Goodis) is Truffaut’s first feature after his debut The 400 Blows. It’s also his first foray into post noir in this story of a piano player who in a bar who helps his brother who is being pursued by two mobsters. One of Truffaut’s finest films.
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: Dr. Strangelove and Kind Hears and Coronets, 5/7
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: The Man Who Would Be King and The Wind and the Lion, 5/1; The Lady From Shanghai and The Stranger, 5/7; The Magnificent Ambersons and Citizen Kane, 5/8
The CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: Iris, 5/1-7
NEW BEVERLY: The Bank Dick and Observe and Report, 5/1-2; How to Murder Your Wife and Not With My Wife, You Don’t, 5/3-4; Orson Welles in Treasure Island and The Long Hot Summer, 5/6-7; Me and Orson Welles and The Cat’s Meow, 5/8-9
LACMA: The Big Sleep, 5/5; Winter Sleep, 5/5