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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 9/11-9/18/2015
ON NETFLIX: Writer/director Justin Simien’s Dear White People is a funny, witty, tongue in cheek, but not really, look at racism in a “post-racist” society. Four black students, one gay, navigate the difficulty of a majority white Ivy League college and what happens when some white students throw a black face party. Taylor James Williams, Everybody Hates Chris’ Chris; Tessa Thompson; Kyle Gallner; Teyonah Parris; and Brandon P. Bell help make up the first rate ensemble cast. One of the best films of 2014.
ON HULU: Jaques Feyder and Bernard Zimmer’s 1935 comedy Carnival in Flanders is an absolutely delightful and incredibly beautiful film set in 1616 Flanders when a Spanish Duke and his army decide to spend the night in a small Flemish town. Terrified the village will be pillaged, the woman raped and the men killed, the menfolk panic and the mayor pretends to be dead, leaving it to the women of the village, led by the mayor’s wife, to take over and save the day, using their feminine wiles. With breathtaking cinematography inspired by the great Flemish painters and incredibly sumptuous costumes and sets (built in a suburb of Paris), plus a cast of thousands, including Francoise Rosay as the mayor’s wife (she was married to Feyder and was in a number of his films). Wonderful.
FIRST RUN and OPENING: Goodnight Mommy, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, Coming Home, The Visit, Dope, Grandma, Straight Outta Compton, Mistress America, Diary of a Teenage Girl, The Second Mother
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, 9/11; 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, 9/12; The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, Tom Thumb, 9/13;
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Spellbound, Anastasia, 9/11; The Lord of the Rings trilogy, 9/12; Top Secret, 9/13; Power (Jew Suss), 9/17; Nashville, 9/18
LACMA: Forbidden Planet, 9/15
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Honor Among Lovers, Merrily We Go To Hell, 9/11; Three Comrades, The Mortal Storm, 9/12; Humoresque, The Ninth Commandment, 9/13; Dance, Girl, Dance, The Bride Wore Red, 9/18
CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: Blind, 9/11, 13, 14