My recommendations for film watching this week in L.A. 12/4-12/11/15


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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 11/27-12/4/15

from here to eternityON NETFLIX: Adapted by Daniel Taradesh from James Jones’ novel and directed by Fred Zinneman, From Here to Eternity was one of the new adult movies (even though it was watered down from the book) that Hollywood started making in response to the new freedom in foreign films and an audience that was looking for more grit in their films after going through World War II. It follows various characters around a naval base in Hawaii in the days leading up to Pearl Harbor, especially the story of a private (Montgomery Clift) who refuses join the boxing team and is persecuted for it. And all start cast including Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Ernest Borgnine, Donna Reed (as a bar hostess because she couldn’t be a prostitute), and Frank Sinatra (in the role that supposedly a horse’s head got for him). It showed all these actors in a new light and won Oscars for Sinatra and Reed. Thirteen Oscar nominations (including five for acting) and the winner of eight.

betty blueON HULU: Betty Blue is Jean-Jacques Beineix’s follow up to his breathtaking film debut Diva, coming after the incredibly disappointing misstep of Moon in the Gutter. A study of two young people in love, often sexually frank. Zorg is a handyman who one day finds Betty, a wild and free spirit. But as their relationship goes on, Betty spirals more and more out of control as her mental state becomes more and more unstable; can Zorg’s love for her save her and their relationship. From a novel by Philippe Djian.

chi raqFIRST RUN and OPENING: Chi-Raq, Janis: Little Girl Blues, Night Owls, Theeb, Hitchcock/Truffaut, Youth, Creed, The Good Dinosaur, Brooklyn, Carol, James White, Legend, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2, Room, Spotlight, Trumbo Continue reading

My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 2/13/2015-2/20/2015


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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 2/6-13/2015

 

castleON NETFLIX: The Castle: written and conceived by Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Jane Kennedy and director Rob Sitch, the film is a gentle comedy about what happens when a man’s house is being taken over by what we would call in the U.S. imminent domain to expand an airport and how he fights back. Quite a low key winner.

 

 

 

 

 

betty blueON HULU: Betty Blue is French writer/director Jean-Jacques Beineix’s second film after he took the world by storm with the thriller Diva (and left the world less than enthralled by his second, almost impossible to sit through, film, Moon in the Gutter. Here, a handyman meets a beautiful and sexually exciting woman and their relationship seems perfect, until after a series of incidents, the woman shows herself to be somewhat unstable. Will true love prevail?

 

 

 

 

FIRST RUN and OPENING: Oscar Nominated Documentary, Animated and Live Action Shorts, Kingsman: The Secret Service, What We Do in the Shadows, Girlhood, Timbukto, Goodbye To Language, The Imitation Game, Mr. Turner, Citizenfour, Leviathan, Whiplash, Paddington, Red Army, Two Days, One Night and Gett: The Trial of Vivienne Amsalem

 

REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:

 

AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at THE EGYPTIAN: Brokeback Mountain, 2/13; Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 2/14; Gone With the Wind, 2/15

 

AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at THE AERO: The Philadelphia Story, 2/13; Casablanca, 2/14; Harold and Maude 2/15; Pina, 2/16; Hope and Glory, Where the Heart Is, 2/17

 

NEW BEVERLY: All That Jazz, Lenny, 2/13-14; The Andromeda Strain, Colossus: The Forbin Project, 2/18-19; In the Realm of the Senses, The Blood Spattered Bride, 2/20-21

 

UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: The 47 Ronin (parts 1 and 2), 2/15

 

LACMA: The Goonies, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, 2/13; Blade Runner, 2/14; Fight Club, 2/14; Back to the Future, Return to Oz, 2/20

 

CINEFAMILY at the SILENT MOVIE THEATER: Casablanca, 2/14-15; The Color of Pomegranates, 2/20; The Duke of Burgunday, 2/20