My recommendations for film watching this week in L.A. 11/6-11/13/15


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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 11/6-13/16

high noonON NETFLIX: High Noon, written by Carl Foreman and directed by Fred Zinnemann, is one of the greatest westerns ever made with Gary Cooper’s performance one of the best in American film. Playing Marshall Will Kane, he is about to leave on his honeymoon, but instead remains in town to take out a group of gunmen bent on revenge, though no one in town will help him. Tensely directed (the movie takes place within the real time of the events) and just as tensely written, it’s a must see for anyone interested in movies. Often seen as a metaphor for the McCarthy era in Hollywood.

man escapedON HULU: A Man Escaped is one of writer/director Robert Bresson’s best and most accessible film. Tense and fascinating, it is made in the distinct Bresson style, non-actors in the roles and underplaying the emotional aspect of the scenes. During WWII, a French resistance fighter is arrested and put in a Nazi prison. His only hope to escape a death sentence is to escape the prison.

afiSPECIAL NOTE: The AFI Film Festival plays Oct. 5-12. This is a great festival, especially since all the tickets are free.

spotlightFIRST RUN and OPENING: Spectre, The Peanuts Movie, Brooklyn, Spotlight, Trumbo, Welcome to Leith, Miss You Already, Heart of a Dog, Love, Room, The Martian

REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:

AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: AFI Fest

AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Love, 11/6-8; Billy Liar, The Night Porter, 11/11

LACMA: This Gun for Hire, 11/10

NEW BEVERLY: Mad Max: Fury Road, 11/6-9; Mikey and Nicky, Machine Gun McCain, 11/11-12

UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Remorques, L’etrange Monsieur Victor, 11/6; Paths of Glory, 11/7

 

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BAD TIMING: an essay on the passing of time in screenplays


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What time is it? It’s time. – Action
clock 1Has this ever happened to you? You’re watching a movie, a TV show, and suddenly a character mentions that “we’ve been dating for six weeks now” or “next week is out first anniversary” or “it seemed like only yesterday that I started this job and now I’m retiring”, and your reaction is, “but I did think it was only yesterday that you started that job, when did fifty years pass?”
Or maybe you’re watching a movie about a character and the story isn’t quite making sense and suddenly you figure out indirectly that the character is supposed to be in high school and your reaction is, “My god, he looks old enough to be my grandfather?”
Yeah, join the club.
In this essay I’m going to talk about two subjects that only have something to do with each other in a somewhat vague way, though they do at times overlap and have one thing in common: they both relate to time. So, though they are not exactly similar, I think it’s easiest to talk about them as if they had a closer connection than one might think. So… Continue reading

FIVE GREATEST MALE PERFORMANCES IN FILM (LEAD): Stella! Stella!


The next in my series of five greats, this time, the five greatest male performances in American and British films (lead):

 

PattonPistoolGeorge C. Scott, Patton

 

 

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