My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 2/27/2015-3/6/2015


My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 2/27-3/6/2015

 

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nothing sacredON NETFLIX: Nothing Sacred, one of the great, but not as well known, comedies of the 1930’s, written by Ben Hecht and directed by William Wellman. Frederic March plays a disgraced reporter looking for a comeback in the dying Hazel Flagg. He brings her to New York and exploits her tragedy only to discover…she’s not really dying.

 

 

seanceON HULU: Séance on a Wet Afternoon, written and directed by Bryan Forbes, is about a medium who convinces her husband to kidnap a little girl so the medium can find her and become famous. Haunting and beautifully acted by Kim Stanley, who received an Oscar nomination for her performance.

 

 

71OF SPECIAL NOTE: ’71, written by Gregory Burke and directed by Yann Demange, and starring the dynamic Jack O’Connell, is the story of a young British soldier who gets left behind by his fellow soldiers during a riot on the Catholic side of Belfast, and he now has to find a way back. I saw this exciting and riveting movie at AFI last year.

 

 

FIRST RUN and OPENING: Wild Tales, What We Do in the Shadows, Timbukto, Gett: The Trial of Vivienne Amsalem, Goodbye to Language, Queen and Country, The Salvation, The Hunting Ground

 

REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:

 

AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: Ghost in the Shell, Redline, 2/27; Akira, Steamboy, 2/28; Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers, 3/1; The Spoilers, Pittsburgh, 3/5; Battle Royale, 3/6

AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: The Producers, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 2/28; That Obscure Object of Desire, The Young and the Damned, 3/1; Children of Paradise, 3/6

NEW BEVERLY: The Thing, Runaway Train, 2/27-28; Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, High Heels, 3/3; The Matrix, Fight Club, 3/6-7

LACMA: Meet Me in St. Louis, West Side Story, 3/28; The 400 Blows, 3/3;

CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: My Life Directed by Nicholas Winding Refn, 2/27-3/5

 

 

 

My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 2/20/2015-2/27/2015


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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 2/20-27/2015
yesterdayON NETFLIX: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, directed by Vittorio de Sica and written by several writers, these are three short films starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, gentle satires of Italian morals and mores. The two are both excellent in all three parts. A lot of fun.
state of playON HULU: Instead of a movie, this time I’m recommending binge watching with State of Play, a British thriller revolving around a newspaper reporter. A politician’s research assistant is found dead on the London Underground and, in a seemingly unrelated incident, a teenage pickpocket is shot dead.
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Of Special Note: Wild Tales, the Argentine entry for the Oscar foreign language category has reopened and it is a must see. You must see this film. 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