My recommendations for film watching this week in L.A. 10/2-10/9/2015
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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 10/2-10/9/2015
ON NETFLIX: With the opening of the movie The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit, perhaps it’s time to revisit the documentary about the original incident: Man on Wire. In 1974, a daring French tightrope walker illegally strung a wire across the Twin Tower of the New York’s World Trade Center and made it across to become a world hero. The winner of the 2009 Oscar for Best Documentary, it’s an exciting and breathtaking movie.
ON HULU: Made after silent films were a thing of the past, Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times is not a sound film, but it’s not a silent one either (he uses titles for dialog and to keep the action going, but he has recorded sound effects and there is one spoken line), this comedy about the exploitation of workers was released in 1936, five years after his previous film, City Lights. It was a huge hit and helped make a star of Paulette Goddard who plays the female lead. As usually for Chaplin, it is hysterical, sentimental and brilliant.
FIRST RUN and OPENING: The Walk, Freeheld, The Martian, Mississippi Grind, Labyrinth of Lies, Sicario, 99 Homes, Pawn Sacrifice, A Brilliant Young Mind, Coming Home
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: The Evil Dead, The Evil Dead II, 10/3; Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), 10/5; Eraserhead, 10/8; The Devils, 10/8;
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Scarface, 10/2; ET, The Extra Terrestrial, 10/3; Amadeus, 10/3; Ship of Fools, The Defiant Ones, 10/4;
LACMA: The Wolf Man, 10/6
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: The Red Shoes, 10/2; Gilda, The Bigamist 10/3; His Girl Friday, The Awful Truth, 10/4
NEW BEVERLY: The Hills Have Eyes, 10/2-3; Alien, 10/4-5
CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: Goodnight Mommy, 10/2, 10/5-6