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. 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. 1/23-1/30/2015:


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venusON NETFLIX: Venus in Fur, Roman Polanski and David Ives adaptation of Ives’ play about a theater director trying to find a female lead for his adaptation of a Sacher-Masoch book and what happens when a mysterious woman arrives at the last minute who starts playing mind games with him. A one location, two character movie that is fun and marvelously acted.

ON HULU: Drugstore Cowboy, Gus Van Sant and Daniel Yost’s dark comedy about a group of drug addicts who spend most of their time just trying to feed their habit, is one of Van Sant’s best films.

FIRST RUN and OPENING: The Imitation Game, Mr. Turner, Nightcrawler, Force Majeure, Citizenfour, Leviathan, Whiplash, Predestination, Paddington, Song of the Sea, Little Accidents, Ida and Two Days, One Night

REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:

AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at THE EGYPTIAN: Duel, The Car, 1/23; Vanishing Point, Fear is the Key, 1/29; The French Connection, The Driver, 1/30

AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at THE AERO: Godard’s Goodbye to Language, 1/23-29; Fantasia, 1/30

NEW BEVERLY: A Star is Born, New York, New York, 1/24-25

UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Sansho the Bailiff, 1/23; The King of Kings (1927), 1/24; Madame Satan, Dynamite, 1/25; Life of Oharu, 1/30

LACMA: All that Jazz, Phantom of the Paradise, 1/23; Bonnie and Clyde, The Godfather, Part II, 1/24; The Wizard of Oz, 1/27; The Seven Samurai, 1/29; Taxi Driver, Uptight, 1/30

CINEFAMILY at the SILENT MOVIE THEATER: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, 1/28; Wild Tales, 1/29