My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 7/3-7/10/2015


My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 7/3-7/10/2015

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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 7/3-10/2015
bulworthON NETFLIX: Bulworth is a satire written by Jeremy Pikser and directed by Warren Beatty. It stars Beatty as a politician who has a kind of breakdown and hires someone to assassinate him. Until that happens, he takes on the persona of a rapper and finally does what the people would love politicians to do—tell the unvarnished truth. Well received at the time, though I think some critics thought it perhaps played it a little safe, it has Beatty’s last good performances and a sharp insight into modern day politics.
murderer livesON HULU: The Murderer Lives at Number 21 is a movie in the middle of writer/director Henri-Georges Clouzot’s career, but comes before his biggest international successes like The Raven, Wagers of Fear and Diabolique. It’s a very uncharacteristic film by the master of suspense. Co-written by Stanislas Andre-Steeman (from Andre-Steeman’s novel), it’s a mystery comedy more in line with The Thin Man than with Clouzot’s later films.
tribeSPECIAL RUN: CINEFAMILY at the SILENT MOVIE THEATER: The Tribe continues its run Continue reading
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THEY’RE EITHER TOO YOUNG OR TOO OLD: I’ll See You In My Dreams and Inside Out


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ill see you my dreams 1I’m not really sure what to say about the new independent movie I’ll See You In My Dreams, written by Marc Basch and Brett Haley and directed by Haley, except that it is quite a lovely, little film filled with acute observations about life as one enters one’s golden years.
Is that enough for a film these days? I don’t know. But in this particular case, I found it more than ample.
The movie is basically a character study of one Carol Peterson (Blythe Danner). In her young life she was a singer (she has one of the best explanations for why she is one no longer: “One day I was in a band and one day I wasn’t”). She got married and became a teacher, had a daughter, and then her husband died, allowing her to retire on more than comfortable means. Continue reading

My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 6/5/2015-6/12/2015


First, a word from our sponsors. Ever wonder what a reader for a contest or agency thinks when he reads your screenplay? Check out my e-book published on Amazon: Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader, including my series of essays, What I Learned Reading for Contests This Year. Only $2.99. http://ow.ly/xN31r,

 

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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 6/5-12/2015

 

something wildON NETFLIX: Something Wild, written by E. Max Frye (Foxcatcher) and directed by Jonathan Demme (Howard and Melvin, Stop Making Sense), is about a secret rebel (Jeff Daniels in one of his best performances) meets a secret conformist (an excellent Melanie Griffith) who go on a road trip that is interrupted by the woman’s ex, a sociopathic ex-con (Ray Liotta in one of his first films and one of his best performances). A funny, tense and solid bit of moviemaking that is quite entertaining.

 

all about my motherON HULU: Writer/director Pedro Almodovar’s All About My Mother was something of a comeback after a few missteps since making one of his greatest films, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. A young boy dies in a car accident and his mother searches for his transgendered father to tell him about the son he never knew. With the wonderful Cecilia Roth as the mother.

 

pather pachaliOF SPECIAL NOTE: Satyajit Ray’s Aparajito, The World of Apu and Pather Panchali have moved to the Pasadena Playhouse

 

spyFIRST RUN and OPENING: Spy, Love and Mercy, Testament of Youth, Results, The Farewell Party, Tomorrowland, Mad Max: Fury Road, Good Kill, I’ll See You In My Dreams, The Connection,

 

REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:

 

AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: Starting 6/3, the Greek Film Festival; Gremlins, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, 6/10; The ‘burbs, Matinee, 6/12

 

AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: From Mayerling to Sarejavo, Letter to an Unknown Woman, 6/5; Yojimbo, Harikari, 6/6; Curly Top, Heidi, 6/7; 3D Rarities, The Bubble, 6/11; House of Wax, The Mad Magician, 6/12

 

NEW BEVERLY: Family Plot, Torn Curtain, 6/5-6; Winter Kills, Hopscotch, 6/7-8

 

LACMA: Ladies in Retirement, 6/9

 

ACADEMY: The Vikings, 6/5; Kwaidan, 6/11; Grand Prix, 6/12

 

UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: The Story of G.I.Joe, 6/6; Flight of the Red Balloon, 6/12

 

My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 5/15/2015-5/22/2015


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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 5/15-22/2015

 

internal affairsON NETFLIX: Internal Affairs, written by Henry Bean and directed by Mike Figgis, it’s one of Richard Gere’s finest performances (and one of the first roles that suggested he was more than just a pretty face). He plays a sociopathic police officer being investigated by Andy Garcia’s IA officer. Intense and edge of your seat.

 

rules of the gameON HULU: The Rules of the Game, written by Carl Koch and director Jean Renoir, is one of the greatest films ever made and perhaps Renoir’s finest. It’s an ensemble piece, a dark comedy about a group of people, aristocrats and servants, who gather at a country estate for a weekend of amorality that leads to tragedy. Made on the eve of World War II, it was banned in France for being too critical of their citizens in such an intense political atmosphere.

 

mad max fury roadFIRST RUN and OPENING: Mad Max: Fury Road, I’ll See You In My Dreams, Good Kill, Slow West, In the Name of My Daughter, The Connection, Time Lapse, Furious Seven

 

REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:

 

AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: Stop Making Sense, Big Time, 4/15; Barry Lyndon, 4/16;

 

AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: a 3-night series of Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsaio-Hsien, 5/15-17; Rebel Without a Cause, The Ugly American, 5/22

 

The CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: Paris is Burning, 5/22-24, 27

 

NEW BEVERLY: The Great Escape, 5/13-16; The Imitation Game, Soldier of Orange, 5/20-21; Something Wild, Married to the Mob, 5/22-23

 

LACMA: Double Indemnity, 5/19

 

ACADEMY, Samuel Goldwyn Theater: To Catch a Thief, Artists and Models, 5/15; Shoot the Piano Player, Lola, 5/21; Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt