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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 9/18-9/25/2015
ON NETFLIX: Let’s go retro this Friday by recommending Rafael Moreu and Iain Softley’s 1995 Hackers, a thriller that pits a group of overaged teens who are experts at computers against a super villain. The film introduced many of us to Johnny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie and also includes a very, very funny Matthew Lillard. A neat little film that was underrated at the time and deserves a second look.
ON HULU: Kogo Noda and Yasujio Ozu’s 1957 Tokyo Twilight is perhaps Ozu’s most melodramatic and tragic film and was, as I understand it, a critical and box office failure. Well, mistakes happen. A little long, but still a deeply moving film about two sisters who are having relationship problems; one has left her husband because he drinks too much and can’t get his life together and the other is pregnant by her boyfriend who she has a hard time finding. Beautiful and touching, it stars two of Ozu’s stalwarts, Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara.
A Reunion, Hernando Bansuelo, Michael Lovan and Josh Watson’s story of two estranged friends traveling to their college reunion, opens for a one week run at the Laemmle Music Box. I did an interview with Bansuelo and Watson for my Hey! We All Had To Start Somewhere series and can be found at http://ow.ly/SoCyd.
FIRST RUN and OPENING: Black Mass, Sicario, Sleeping With Other People, Pawn Sacrifice, The New Girlfriend, A Brilliant Young Mind, Breathe, Goodnight Mommy, Coming Home, The Visit, Grandma, Straight Outta Compton, Diary of a Teenage Girl, The Second Mother
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: The Outlaw Josey Wales, Dirty Harry, 9/20; The Last Valley, The Night of the Generals, 9/25
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Nashville, 9/18; Miller’s Crossing, 9/19; Grand Central, Domestic Life, 9/23; Gods, Flowers, 9/25
LACMA: The Incredible Shrinking Man, 9/22
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Dance, Girl, Dance, The Bride Wore Red, 9/18; Strange Cargo, Disputed Passage, 9/19; Journey to the Center of the Earth, 9/20; I’ve Always Love You, Moonrise, 9/20
NEW BEVERLY: Duck, You Sucker, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, 9/20-21; Hud, The Hustler, 9/25-26