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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 9/4-9/11/2015
ON NETFLIX: Byzantium is a stylish and riveting vampire movie that is also strongly feminist in nature (one of the central ideas is that male vampires don’t want female vampires). It’s cleverly written by Moira Buffini (from her play) and moodily directed by Neil Jordan and stars the wonderful Saoirse Ronan in the lead. Underrated when it came out and not getting the attention it deserved, it was one of my favorite films of that year.
ON HULU: In writers Peter Handke and Richard Reitinger and writer/director Wim Wenders’ transcendent movie, Wings of Desire, Bruno Ganz plays one of many angels who overlook humans in a black and white Berlin. Then he falls in love and wishes to become human. A beautiful and powerful film, perhaps Wenders best, astonishing to look at with incredible cinematography by Henri Alekan.
FIRST RUN and OPENING: Z for Zachariah; Queen of Earth; Dope; American Ultra; Grandma; Straight Outta Compton; Mistress America; Diary of a Teenage Girl; Ricki and the Flash; The Gift; The Second Mother; Break Point; Trainwreck; Shaun the Sheep Movie; Best of Enemies
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: When Worlds Collide, Destination Moon, 9/10; The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, 9/11
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, Notorious, 9/4; The Sound of Music, 9/5; Casablanca, Gaslight, 9/5; LA Plays Itself, 9/6; Journey to Italy, Stromboli, 9/10; Spellbound, Anastasia, 9/11
NEW BEVERLY: A Fistful of Dollars, 9/4-5; The Maltese Falcon, The Mask of Dimitrios, 9/6-7; Airplane, Used Cars, 9/11-12
LACMA: The Day the Earth Stood Still, 9/8
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: History is Made at Night, Desire, 9/9; Honor Among Lovers, Merrily We Go To Hell, 9/11