My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 2/6/2015-2/13/2015

My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 2/6-13/2015


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doubleON NETFLIX: The Double is a quite intriguing neo-noir adaptation of a Fyodor Dostoevsky novella. It stars Jesse Eisenberg as a frustrated bureaucrat who no one takes seriously who is one day confronted by his alpha male twin, but only he and the twin notice the resemblance. Set in one of the Brazil type futures, it has great set design and a nice mood. Written by Avi Korine and Richard Ayoade, and directed by Ayoade, one of the stars of The IT Group and a solid filmmaker of such films as Submarine.




kid for twoON HULU: A Kid for Two Farthings, a sweet film written by Wolf Mankowitz and directed by the great Carol Reed, is about a young boy living in a poor, working class neighborhood who, when he hears that a unicorn can grant anybody’s wishes, buys a goat with one horn thinking it’s the fabled creature and tries to help his neighbors. Starring Celia Johnson, Diana Dors and Lou Jacobi.




FIRST RUN and OPENING: Oscar Nominated Documentary, Animated and Live Action Shorts, Amira & Sam, Timbukto, Goodbye To Language, Mommy, The Imitation Game, Mr. Turner, Nightcrawler, Citizenfour, Leviathan, Whiplash, Paddington, Red Army, Song of the Sea, Winter Sleep and Two Days, One Night




AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at THE EGYPTIAN: The Godfather, The Godfather, Part II, 2/6; Bladerunner, 2/7; Malcom X, 2/8; The Grand Budapest Hotel, To Be Or Not To Be, 2/9; Brokeback Mountain, 2/13


AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at THE AERO: Boyhood, Dazed and Confused, 2/5; Shadow of a Doubt, Laura, 2/6; Gett: the Trial of Viviane Anselm, 2/7; The Palm Beach Story, The Lady Eve, 2/11; The Judge, To Kill a Mockingbird, 2/12; The Philadelphia Story, 2/13


NEW BEVERLY: It Happened One Night, The Apartment, 2/8-9; Black & White in Color, Zulu Dawn, 2/11-12; All That Jazz, Lenny, 2/13-14


UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum, 2/6


LACMA: Annie Hall, Fingers, 2/6; Boogie Nights, 2/7; How to Marry a Millionaire, 2/10; The Goonies, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, 2/13


CINEFAMILY at the SILENT MOVIE THEATER: Cemetary Man, 2/6; A Girl Walks Home Along at Night, 2/9



Palo-AltoPalo Alto is about teenage angst and existential ennui, just like the Twilight series, but without the werewolves and vampires, though almost as painful to get through (sorry, but it’s true).
The story revolves around three teens: April (Emma Roberts), Teddy (Jack Kilmer) and Fred (Nat Wolf) who are going through the throes of finding themselves. Unfortunately, the throes they are going through are pretty much the same throes that millions of other movie teens have pretty much gone through in millions of other movies before this and dramatized in pretty much the same way as those millions of others that came before as well. Continue reading