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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 4/15-22/16
ON NETFLIX: Upstream Color, the second film by writer/director Shane Carruth (after the time travel movie Primer), is a sci-fi film about people who are slipped a drug that make them obedient to any command. When they come out of the trance days later, they can’t remember anything that happened. They also find themselves cleaned out financially. But one victim begins to figure out what happened. One of the best films of 2013, it’s not for everyone because Carruth’s filmmaking style is certainly his own unique vision and the story isn’t always easy to understand. But I highly recommend it.
ON HULU: Zero Focus is a 1961 Japanese film in which the husband of a newlywed suddenly goes missing and the new wife sets about trying to find out what happened. Written by Shinobu Hashimoto from a book by Seicho Matsumoto and directed by Yoshitara Nomura, this is a first rate film noir by a director not often spoken about over here.
Of Special Note: COLCOA, the French film festival (that has a ton of free screenings) begins 4/18/2016 http://www.colcoa.org/
Of Special Note: The Noir City: Film Noir Festival begins 4/15/2016 at American Cinematheque at The Egyptian. Not to be missed for any hard boiled fans. http://ow.ly/10qBEm
Of Special Note: Sci-Fi Weekend at the Laemmle Ahyra Fine Arts 4/15-17, including such classics as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Thing and The Day The Earth Stood Still. http://ow.ly/10qB6E
FIRST RUN and OPENING: Jungle Book, Green Room, Sing Street, Neon Bull, 13 Cameras, My Big Night, Wedding Doll, Une Femme Mariee, Hardcore Henry, Midnight Special, The Invitation, Demolition, Everybody Wants Some
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at the Egyptian: The annual film noir festival (see above)
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: The Producers, The Mating Game, 4/15; Roman Holiday, Designing Woman, 4/16; Guys and Dolls, 4/17; Cool Hand Luke, The Human Factor, 4/22
LACMA: The African Queen, 4/19
CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: Repo Man, 4/17-18; also they are showing films by Chantal Akerman
NEW BEVERLY: The Bedroom Window, Bad Influence, 4/20-21
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Ball of Fire, True Confession, 4/16; Theodore Goes Wild, Topper, 4/17; Baby Face, Female, 4/22