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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 8/7-8/14/2015
ON NETFLIX: Based on a true story, 24 Days is a French film about the kidnapping of a young Jewish man who is held for ransom. Though he was targeted because he was Jewish, it wasn’t really for political reasons, but more because the kidnappers had the absurd belief that all Jews have lots of money. The screenplay by Alexandre Arcady (who also directed), Emelie Freche and Antoine Lacomblez is riveting, taught and edge of your seat.
ON HULU: The Naked Civil Servant is a made for TV biopic about the early life of Quentin Crisp, a bon vivant gay man living in London before, during and after WWII. Written by Philip Mackie (based on Crisp’s autobiography) and directed Jack Gold, it’s an outrageous, funny, heartwarming and dramatic story about a man who refused to live by society’s rules at a time when those rules were very harsh. With John Hurt giving an amazing impersonation of the great man.
FIRST RUN and OPENING: Shaun the Sheep Movie; Diary of a Teenage Girl; Ricki and the Flash; The Gift; Stanford Prison Experiment; Best of Enemies; Listen to Me Marlon; Phoenix; The End of the Tour; The Look of Silence; The Best of Enemies; Irrational Man; The Stanford Prison Experiment; Tangerine; Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: The Blob, The Thing, 8/7; Nightmare City, Burial Ground, 8/9; The Howling, 8/13; a three day run of The Boy, 8/14-16
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: The Last Picture Show, Nickelodeon, 8/7; They All Laughed, Saint Jack, 8/8
NEW BEVERLY: For a Few Dollars More, 8/2-8
LACMA: The Parent Trap, 8/11
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Man’s Castle, Young America, 8/7; She’s Gotta Have It, Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, 8/8; First Comes Courage, 8/9; After Tomorrow, Song o’ My Heart, 8/14