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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 5/6-13/2016
ON NETFLIX: I’m not saying that Robinson Crusoe on Mars, written by John C. Higgins and Ib Melchior and directed by Byron Haskin (loosely adapted from the novel by Daniel Defoe) is a good movie, but it’s a fun one, with all the cheesiness included. Paul Mantee plays an astronaut stranded on Mars (long before Matt Damon) and Victor Lundin is a slave that escapes from a group of aliens who mine on Mars. Adam (Batman) West is also around, at least for awhile.
ON HULU: Stakeout, written by Shinobu Hashimoto (he worked on a number of Kurosawa films) and directed by Yoshitaro Nomura (Zero Focus, Castle of Sand), is a film noir as if Ozu had directed it. Two police detectives go to a town in the South of Japan because they believe a man who killed a pawnbroker may visit his old girlfriend. Methodical with its own pacing, it’s rich in character study with a story that slowly, but certainly, draws you in. A Japanese filmmaker who isn’t as well known in the U.S. as he should be.
OF SPECIAL NOTE: Jean Luc Godard’s great film Band of Outsiders plays at Cinefamily at The Silent Movie Theater 5/6-8, 10-12 (It’s the one where our heroes run across the Louvre)
FIRST RUN and OPENING: Captain America: Civil War, A Bigger Splash, The Family Fang, Dheepan, The Dark Horse, Being Charlie, Elstree 1976, The Invitation, Viva, Sing Street, The Meddler, Hockney, The Wait
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at the Egyptian: Restored Laurel and Hardy/The Flying Deuces, 5/6; The Music Lovers, Freud, 5/7; Rosemary’s Baby, The Brood, 5/8; Blade Runner, 5/13
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Chimes at Midnight, F is for Fake, 5/6; Restored Laurel and Hardy, 5/7-8
LACMA: The Heiress, 5/10
NEW BEVERLY: To Live and Die in L.A., Rampage, 5/6-7; Grand Prix, 5/8-9; Night of the Juggler, 5/10; All night Elm Street marathon, 5/13