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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 6/5-12/2015
ON 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.
ON 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.
OF SPECIAL NOTE: Satyajit Ray’s Aparajito, The World of Apu and Pather Panchali have moved to the Pasadena Playhouse
FIRST 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