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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 6/12-19/2015
ON NETFLIX: Writer/director Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler is a dark comic look at a sociopath who becomes a videographer for the morning news with the motto, “if it bleeds, it leads”. An incredibly witty and intense performance by Jake Gyllenhaal supported by a strong Renee Russo. One of the best films of 2014.
ON HULU: People argue over whether Pickpocket, A Man Escaped or Diary of a Country Priest is writer/director Robert Bresson’s best. Well, whatever your decision, Pickpocket is pure Bresson, a man caught in a spiritual/existential crisis as he becomes the title character. Can he find redemption? Made with non-actors, though many sleight of hand artists, it’s a stark, but captivating character study. The inspiration for Paul Schrader’s American Gigolo.
FIRST RUN and OPENING: Spy; Jurassic World; Tomorrowland; Mad Max: Fury Road; Love & Mercy; Me and Earl and the Dying Girl; I’ll See You in My Dreams; Testament of Youth; Heaven Knows What; Love at First Fight; The Farewell Party
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: The ‘burbs, Matinee, 6/12; Innerspace, Explorers, 6/13; Return to Oz, The Company of Wolves, 6/19
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: House of Wax, The Mad Magician, 6/12; Kiss Me Kate, Miss Sadie Thompson, 6/13; Creature From the Black Lagoon, 6/14; Dial M for Murder, 6/15; The Truth, Love is My Profession
NEW BEVERLY: Breathless, Backfire, 6/12-13; They Died With Their Boots On, Custer of the West, 6/14-15; Cimarron, 6/17-18;
LACMA: The Man I Love, 6/16
ACADEMY: Grand Prix, 6/12; The Graduate, Point Blank, 6/19
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Flight of the Red Balloon, 6/12
CINEFAMILY at the SILENT MOVIE THEATER: Angst, 6/12-13, 6/15-17; Q, the Winged Serpent, 6/12;