My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 4/10/2015-4/17/2015


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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 4/10-4/17/2015
boundON NETFLIX: Bound, a superb thriller neo noir, the first film (and probably the best) directed and written by the Wachowski siblings. Jennifer Tilley and Gina Gershon as Violet and Corky start a love affair and conspire to rob Violet’s boyfriend of millions of dollars of mob cash. First rate.

 

hidden fortressON HULU: The Hidden Fortress, one of Akira Kurosawa’s samurai film and one of his most fun. A general and a princess in disguise must make it through enemy lines to some allies, the two carrying gold so they can rebuild their clan. A movie that served as inspiration for Star Wars, especially with a plot revolving around the saving of a princess and two bickering peasants who are obviously models for R2D2 and C3PO. Continue reading

My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 4/3-4/10/2015


dead zoneON NETFLIX: The Dead Zone is one of the better adaptations of Stephen King. It stars Christopher Walken as a man who ends up in a coma, but when he awakens can see the future if he touches someone. It’s well acted with Walken, Brooke Adams and Martin Sheen in the leads. A clever and satisfying screenplay Jeffrey Boam and solid direction by David Cronenberg.
magicianON HULU: Ingmar Bergman’s The Magician stars Max Von Sydow as a magician who may or may not have supernatural powers. Also with Bergman regulars Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Anderson and Erland Josephson. A metaphor for how the filmmaker was being treated in Sweden at the time.
film noirSPECIAL NOTE: Starting Friday, 4/3/2015, American Cinemateque at the Egyptian begins their annual Film Noir festival. This is one of the best things that the Egyptian does (especially since the programming at this location has really been going downhill the last couple of years). This is a must check out and the full schedule can be found at http://ow.ly/L9mGU Continue reading

My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 3/20/2015-3/27/2015


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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 3/20-27/2015

 

force majeureON NETFLIX: Force Majeure, writer/director Ruben Ostlund’s comedy, was Sweden’s entry in the Oscar foreign language film category. While on a skiing vacation, a family is having lunch outside when the resort causes a forced avalanche. When it looks as if the avalanche is about to hit the terrace where everyone is having lunch, the father leaves the family behind, grabbing his phone before running to safety.

 

 

fanny and alexanderON HULU: I have started watching the full televised series Fanny and Alexander, writer/director Ingmar Bergman’s study of what happens to two children leading an idealistic life when their father dies and their mother marries an austere clergyman. I only saw the original theatrical release, but the first two episodes are pretty wonderful.

 

 

 

tales of hoffmanOF SPECIAL NOTE: The Tales of Hoffman, a new print, is still showing at Cinefamily at The Silent Movie Theater, 3/20-26

 

 

 

 

it followsFIRST RUN and OPENING: ’71, Danny Collins, Going Clear, It Follows, Run All Night, What We Do In the Shadows, Amour Fou, Dreamcatcher, Spring, Wild Tales, It Follows, Goodbye to Language, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, 3 Hearts

 

REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:

 

AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: The Flying Camera, Drone Filmmaking, 3/20; The Long Hair of Death, The Pit and the Pendulum (with Barbara Steele in person), 3/21; 1941, 3/22; TCM Classic Film Festival starts 3/26

AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: The Long Goodbye, 3/20; Nashville, 3/21; McCabe and Mrs. Miller, 3/22; The Godfather, 3/26; Heavy Traffic, American Pop, 3/27

NEW BEVERLY: Unforgiven, The Silence of the Lambs, 3/25-26; Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, 3/27-28

LACMA: Love on the Run, 3/24

CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: Island of Lost Souls (1932), 3/20; The Color of Pomegranates, 3/20-21