Friday, July 07, 2017

Hot Screenings this Week

Here are MY hot Upcoming Screenings this week in LA if you are ready to get off your ass and watch some screenings in awesome 35mm film..! (and in sweet air-conditioning) Which is much better than anything your shitty "smart" phone can do.

If you want to make your own decisions (who does that?!), browse the LA Film Calendars links on my side bar  → → →

New Beverly Cinema:
The Border (1982, Tony Richardson) w/Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel
and Electra Glide in Blue (1973, James William Guercio) w/Robert Blake
Double feature playing Wednesday July 12 and July 13
This immediately came on my radar when I browsed the calendar as I've never seen either. I sat through both trailers last week, and I'm maximum interested now. These are some great throwbacks to a gritty, dusty barren western landscape '70s style of filmmaking, best seen in 35mm at the New Beverly's gritty theater. Plus there'll be shorts and campy '70s commercials in their amazing pre-program entertainment.


Double Feature at Aero Theatre:
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
Thursday July 13 7:30 pm

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! is a classic Pedro Almodovar from 1989, probably his most well-known breakthrough film of that era at least, starring an "in-his-prime" Antonio Banderas as a totally crazy motherf'er. Learn who the captivating actress Victoria Abril is and confirm that the late '80s, early '90s were a better time for some types of weirdness.

Next, if you felt Helen Mirren was wearing too many clothes in The Long Good Friday (1980, John Mackenzie) at the New Beverly last week, the Peter Greenaway towering classic, by far his most well-known breakthrough film, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989) is for you. It's almost as pretentious as its title—almost? Yeah, it's totally bonkers, but in the best way.

Both films are from 1989, so you can literally pretend you are living back in time in 1989 for two screenings.Leave your cell phone at home for full effect.

Double Feature SATURDAY at the Billy Wilder Theatre:
The Best Man and Seven Days in May
Okay, to be fair, the only reason this is on my list? I randomly picked up the original Dr. Strangelove-era, nuke-codes-in-jeopardy book Seven Days in May (by Fletcher Knebel & Charles W. Bailey II) to read last week, and I'd seen the movie before, but maybe I ought to go see it on the big screen as I'm finding the book a real interesting fun pre-Tom Clancy throwback. The film is from 1964, directed by John Frankenheimer, who actually sometimes isn't as interesting as people say he is.

Then UCLA's site says of The Best Man (1964, Franklin J. Schaffner):
"Gore Vidal's eerily prescient drama dares to imagine what extremes two presidential candidates (Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson) might pursue in their fervent race to the highest office in the United States government."

Wow! Okay, I never heard of this before, which means it probably sucks, but as an apéritif to the Seven Days in May main feature, hmm.... probably not a bad throwback viewing to 1964.

Nasty Habits at The Cinefamily
TONIGHT at 10:15pm:
I never heard of this film and it sounds amazing.
It's nuns, played by Glenda Jackson (awesome), Geraldine Page, Sandy Dennis (plus Eli Wallach and Rip Torn fit in somewhere), in a purposely transposed version of the Nixon Watergate scandal to a convent!
1977, Michael Lindsay-Hogg
In 35mm.

Side note: They're also showing British underground classic Scum (1979, Alan Clarke) with an impossibly young Ray Winstone (!) a few times this week (DCP) and newly restored version of Tarkovsky's Stalker (also in DCP).

Silent Film Freaks Rarity Alert:
Eve's Leaves (1926, Paul Sloane) at Cinefamily
Still showing silent films at what was once the Silent Movie Theatre, they dig up this Cecil B. DeMille-produced possibly-maybe classic from 1926 starring Leatrice Joy (I can confirm she is great at least) and William Boyd. In 35mm with live musical accompaniment.

The Thin Man at the Old Town Music Hall
If you live on the beach and are too lazy to go even to Westwood, why are you not going to this theater every weekend?!

They have a glow-in-the-dark gigantic Wurlitzer organ, play pre-show shorts, AND you can practice your singing with a sing-along section! (I'm not kidding)

And this weekend they're showing The Thin Man (1934, W.S. Van Dyke) w/William Powell and Myrna Loy sourced from the greatest detective novel writer Dashiell Hammett. On 35mm. A true, fun classic perfect for lazy people who live near the beach to saunter in to.
They always schedule screenings Friday 8:15, Sat. 2:30 and 8:15, Sunday 2:30


Eye on the "future"
Next week at the Egyptian Friday July 14 is Subway and Le Dernier Combat, two trippy early Luc Besson films. Subway (1985) is a hell of a trip back in time, esp. on 35mm, when fluorescent lights were captivating and Christopher Lambert has never been sillier, plus- plus!- Isabelle Adjani. I'm curious to see Le Dernier Combat (1983) which preceded it and features Jean Reno. On the Egyptian's giant screen? No better way.
Also, the New Beverly has an intriguing double feature Friday July 14 and Saturday July 15 of Westworld (1973, Michael Crichton) and staggeringly awful but maybe in a good way Tom Selleck "classic" Runaway (1984, Michael Crichton) in beautiful 35mm with shorts and goodies beforehand.

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