Friday, July 14, 2017

LA Screenings of Note This Week

Here are MY picks for the top screenings this week in LA if you are ready to get off your ass and watch some awesome 35mm film..! (in sweet air-conditioning) instead of browsing through your Instagram feed just because it's conveniently in your hand... say no!

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

The first two double features are TONIGHT, just FYI:

Egyptian Theatre 
Subway (1985, Luc Besson)
Le Dernier Combat (1983, Luc Besson)
Tonight at the Egyptian is Subway and Le Dernier Combat, two 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. (Note: Subway is DCP, the other is 35mm.)

New Beverly Cinema
Westworld 7:00pm
Runaway 9:15pm
Also TONIGHT, the New Beverly has an intriguing double feature, also playing Saturday July 15 (So if you see the Luc Besson you can STILL see this too) of Westworld (1973, Michael Crichton) and staggeringly awful but maybe in a good way Tom Selleck "classic" Runaway (1984, Michael Crichton) in beautiful 35mm, always with shorts, goodies, and vintage trailers beforehand.

NuArt Theatre 
Endless Poetry (2016, Alejandro Jodorowosky)
Playing all week
The NuArt Theatre (an LA institution) has the latest film by cult auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, The Holy Mountain) playing all week, including a bonus midnight screening of his El Topo (1970) TONIGHT only. Just look at that poster to get intrigued. I haven't seen the recent Jodorowsky movies since his reappearance on the scene, but he's a towering figure of late '60s and '70s cult art cinema, so if you're going to jaunt to the big screen, this is the type of film to do it on.

The Sound of Music
Sunday July 16th 2:00pm
It's The Sound of Music (1965, Robert Wise). It's in 35mm. If you're a couple, this might be a seriously fun outing. PLUS, they are having a live puppet show performance before it. Great if you have kids.

Side note, later this theater is also showing the Happiness of the Katakuris (2001, Takashi Miike) Monday July 17th in 35mm (with Tetsuo: the Iron Man). This film has a mind-blowing premise, although the film is less good (to me at least) than the trailer, but hey if this trailer compels you, go!
Everyone who comes to this family's B&B in a bucolic countryside keeps dying, but it's a musical so they SING about it, and there are also little monsters killing everyone.

Thursday July 20th 7:00 pm
The new restoration of Tarkovsky's Stalker (1979) showing just Thursday this week, and there are only 2 more screenings after this, so seeing a great master's film on the big screen, the proper way, it's definitely going on my list. (This screening DCP)

New Beverly
Roboforce (aka I Love Maria)
Tuesday July 18 7:30 PM
I seriously loved this movie Roboforce (aka I Love Maria) (1988, David Chung). It's a Hong Kong Robocop rip-off with a lady as the Robocop (Sally Yeh from John Woo's Hard-Boiled). It has an AWESOME theme song that I once copied to cassette tape so I could drive around listening to it..

It's a double feature with Robotrix (1991, Jamie Luk) which I don't know anything about, but you know if New Beverly is putting it on it's going to be interesting.
Both in 35mm OF COURSE.

Here is the I Love Maria trailer with a bit of that AWESOME theme song (at 3:40 of trailer), and yes you are seeing John Woo and Tsui Hark cameos in the trailer (no subs though) and Tony Leung of Wong Kar-Wai fame being a total goofball.

Eye on the future
Alert: Next Week, the Greatest Double Feature of All time:
At the Egyptian Friday July 21 is If... (1968, Lindsay Anderson) and Performance (1970, Donald Cammell, Nicholas Roeg), two landmark films of British "new wave" this is basically the greatest double feature I could ever imagine being concocted.  

If... is Malcolm McDowell gone mad in a British boarding school. And Performance is James Fox as a despicable London gangster who hides out from his bosses with a bunch of hippie musicians led by Mick Jagger who "open his eyes." They're both mind benders of the trippy '60s/'70s variety (not like a Matrix plot-twist). The only drawback is that you should really only see one at a time. This is the double feature of the year in my book.

Also next weekend July 21-23, the Old Town Music Hall has its best program of the year (esp. for you people who live near the beach) with its "All-Star Comedy Festival" of silent and sound comedy shorts, always exquisitely selected, on 35mm film. Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along, and a comedy short.

Old Town Music Hall

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