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


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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

 

CRIME DOESN’T PAY; NEITHER DOES CRIMINE: The Connection, L’affaire SK1 and Black Souls.


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Warning: SPOILERS
I saw three movies over the past week that dealt with, shall we say, guys of the not so good variety as well as those trying to stop them. Two were shown at COL-COA, the French film festival, and the other, from Italy, had a regular run in local theaters.
All came to the same conclusion, though, which is somewhat reassuring. Crime is a very dicey way to live one’s life. Of course, being the good guys doesn’t always run that smoothly either.
connectionThe Connection (aka La French), the new based on true events crime thriller from France, would be fun to see on a double feature with American’s own The French Connection since the Gallic film is about the efforts of the Marseilles police to take down the villain played by Fernando Rey in the Gene Hackman film and covers events both before and after Popeye Doyle let that wily, bumbershoot totting criminal mastermind slip through his fingers in New York. Continue reading