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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 5/8-5/15/2015
ON NETFLIX: Winter Sleep, by writers Ebru Ceylan and Nuri Bilge Ceylan (who also directed), is about a hotel keeper in Turkey and his difficult relationship with his wife and sister, as well as his own ennui. Inspired by plays and stories of Anton Chekov, it’s leisurely and methodical, but also a fascinating character study about a man at an existential crossroads in life.
ON HULU: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Feeling down? You want to feel happy again? You want to feel good about life? Then join this group of two drag queens and a transsexual as they travel Australia performing their act (with fabulous fashions including a dress made of American Express cards—winner of the Oscar for best costumes). With Hugo Weaving, Terence Stamp and Guy Pearce. Written and directed by Stephen Elliott.
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: The Last Waltz, Cream’s Farewell Concert, 5/14; Stop Making Sense, Big Time, 5/15
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, 5/8; Chimes at Midnight, Othello, 5/9; The Wizard of Oz, 5/10; Touch of Evil, Magician, 5/11
The CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: a week with Al Pacino and films adapted from theater: Chinese Coffee, 5/8, 5/10, 5/11, 5/13; Glengarry Glen Ross, 5/9; Looking for Richard, 5/9; The Merchant of Venice, 5/10; Salome, 5/11
NEW BEVERLY: Me and Orson Welles, The Cat’s Meow, 5/8-9; The Great Escape, 5/13-16
LACMA: Touch of Evil, 5/12
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: The Call of the Wild, Goodbye, My Lady, 5/9; Hello, Dolly, 5/10