First, a word from our sponsors: I am now offering a new service: so much emphasis has been given lately to the importance of the opening of your screenplay, I now offer coverage for the first twenty pages at the cost of $20.00. For those who don’t want to have full coverage on their screenplay at this time, but want to know how well their script is working with the opening pages, this is perfect for you. I’ll help you not lose the reader on page one.
Ever wonder what a reader for a contest or agency thinks when he reads your screenplay? Check out my e-book published on Amazon: Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader, including my series of essays, What I Learned Reading for Contests This Year. Only $2.99. http://ow.ly/xN31r,
And check out my script consultation services http://ow.ly/HPxKE
My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 1/15-22/2016
ON NETFLIX: In Out in the Dark, an espionage thriller written by Yael Shafrir and Michael Mayer, who also directed, a gay Palestinian man is having an affair with an Israeli lawyer. When the Israeli secret police discover this, they take the Palestinian man in and threaten to reveal his sexual identify to his family if he doesn’t help them trap his brother who is working for the PLO. An exciting and taut drama.
ON HULU: Ballad of a Soldier, made in 1959 after the thaw of Stalin, is the heartfelt story about a private who, after an act of bravery on the battlefield, gets leave to go home and see his mother, but hardly has time to get there and back. Written by Grigoriy Chukhray (who also directed) and Valentin Ezhov, it’s a get out your handkerchiefs story, but it earns its sentimentally validly as it traces the soldiers attempts to reach home and the people he runs into on the way.
FIRST RUN and OPENING: The Lady in the Van, Son of Saul, Band of Robbers, The Revenant, The Hateful Eight, Star Wars: the Force Awakens
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: Yojimbo, Sanjuro, 1/15; The Seven Samurai, 1/16; The Hidden Fortress, Throne of Blood, 1/17; High and Low, The Bad Sleep Well, 1/22
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: American Psycho, Memento, 1/15; Pinocchio, 1/16; Vatel, 1/17
LACMA: Notorious, 1/19
NEW BEVERLY: The Hateful Eight plays all week in special road show engagement
CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: The Big Sleep, 1/15; Heaven Can Wait, 1/16; Chimes at Midnight, 1/17, 18; Pierrot le Foe, 1/22
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Hell Drivers, Sea Fury, 1/16; Zulu, 1/17; The Trial of Vivienne Ware, 1/22