My recommendations for film watching this week in L.A. 2/5-2/12/16


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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 2/5-2/12/16

ff 1ON NETFLIX: Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is a very amusing trifle that turns all the tropes and formulaic plot twists of movies where city people are at the mercy of psychotic country ones. Written by Eli Craig (who also directed) and Morgan Jurgenson, whatever else the movie is, it’s a lot of fun.

ff 2ON HULU: In Persona, an actress suddenly discovers she’s unable to talk. She is assigned a nurse and the two go to the seashore where the nurse finds her personality being submerged into the actress. One of Ingmar Bergman’s greatest films and the movie that made Liv Ullman popular in the U.S. Also with Bergman stalwart, Bibi Andersson.

ff 4SPECIAL SHOWINGS: The Oscar nominated short subjects (live actions, documentaries and animation) will be shown in various locations and theaters up until the Academy Awards are held

ff 3FIRST RUN and OPENING: Hail, Caesar!, Southbound, 4th Man Out, Rams, Eisenstein in Guanajuato, The Pack, The Finest Hours, In the Land of Women Continue reading

MANLY MEN: The Finest Hours and Mojave


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Warning: SPOILERS
rev 1The story of The Finest Hours, based on a true one the screen tells us, takes place in 1951, which is probably apropos since whatever else the movie is, it’s certainly good old fashion entertainment.
It’s a movie in which men have to do what men have to do and their strong independent minded women also serve by sitting and waiting. It’s a movie that if it were done in odorama or smellovision, testosterone would be the fragrance of choice. It’s a movie so Howard Hawksian, you can’t help but wonder what that great director might have achieved with state of the art CGI.
But perhaps most important than all of that is that The Finest Hours is rollicking, edge of your seat fun. Yes, it’s formulaic and predictable (you can see the tropes coming a mile, or knot, off), but here it’s so well done, with such sincerity and heart, that the familiarity just makes it more enjoyable. And if that’s not enough, it has enough chills, thrills and nail biting suspense for ten movies. Continue reading

 My recommendations for film watching this week in L.A. 1/29-2/5/16


First, a word from our sponsors: I am now offering a new service: so much emphasis has been given lately to the importance of the opening of your screenplay, I now offer coverage for the first twenty pages at the cost of $20.00.  For those who don’t want to have full coverage on their screenplay at this time, but want to know how well their script is working with the opening pages, this is perfect for you.  I’ll help you not lose the reader on page one. 

 

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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 1/29-2/5/16

ff 2ON NETFLIX: Evgeny Afineevsky’s film Winter of Fire: the Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom is a breathtaking documentary about the growing unrest from 2013 to 2014 between those wanting the Ukraine to align with the EU, and the government, headed by President Yanukovich, that wanted to align with Russia. It’s a documentary that never stops and is heartbreaking and inspiring. Nominated for the 2016 Oscars.

ff 3ON HULU: The 1939 version of George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion (the basis for the musical My Fair Lady) is perhaps the best adaption of a Shaw play and is just delightful on its own terms. A professor of dialects tries to help a lower class flower girl speak like a noblewoman. As acted by Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller, as Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle; directed by Howard and Anthony Asquith; and written by Asquith and Shaw himself, this is a beautiful and very funny movie.

ff 1SPECIAL SHOWINGS: Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts Theater will be showing two of the Taviani brothers most respected films: Padre Padrone and The Night of the Shooting Stars

ff 4SPECIAL SHOWINGS: The Oscar nominated short subjects (live actions, documentaries and animation) will be shown in various locations and theaters up until the Academy Awards are held

ff 5FIRST RUN and OPENING: The Finest Hours, In the Land of Women Continue reading