As I’ve mentioned here in the past, it’s a fine tradition of my people to celebrate the 25th of December with Chinese food and a movie. This year, I’ll be in Tucson, but were I in LA, I’d be at Cinefamily washing down the General Tsao’s chicken with a big heaping glass of Japanese teenager bloodlust. Yes, that’s right, Battle Royale is screening at the Cinefamily December 24 through January 2, in what is, apparently, its first ever North American theatrical run.
invites artists, filmmakers, musicians and other cultural heroes to divulge their deepest, darkest media obsessions by opening their closets, digging through their attic and plundering their garages to curate an evening of…whatever they want to share! From thrift store finds to late-night Tivo, from foreign film bootlegs to home movies, from the popular to the perverse –- all media will be presented live by the honored guests, as they take us on a personal tour of the material that has inspired them, delighted them, or just plain freaked them out.
This weekend is one of those times in Los Angeles when movie buffs wish they could clone themselves several times over. Seriously it almost hurts to be a cinefile when the options are so rich and you can only sit in one theater at a time. First of all, beginning tonight, the Aero has a Tod Browning retrospective, which runs through Saturday. Saturday night–be still my heart–is a double feature of Freaks and Devil Doll. (That offering, in and of itself, would be enough to merit a blog post.) I admit I’ve never even seen Devil Doll (though any movie with an X song named after it has, frankly, got to be good), but before the days of Netflix, I used to have a roommate who owned only two movies–Freaks and Sid and Nancy, so I’ve seen Freaks a ridiculous number of times, and I’ll probably head to the Aero Saturday to see it again. It’s that good. But that’s only a small part of the big screen amazingness this weekend. Continue reading Cinefile Extravaganza Weekend→
Starting tomorrow and running every Friday in July (as well as one Sunday and one Saturday), MOCA and Cinespia are copresenting a Dennis Hopper tribute at the Silent Movie Theater. The series opens with a double feature of Easy Rider (in case you missed it at Hollywood Forever last week) and a free screening of The American Dreamer, the 1971 documentary about Hopper (because admit it, you’ve always wanted to see footage of Dennis Hopper walking naked through downtown Taos). L.M. Kit Carson, the co-director, will be present to tell first-hand tales of the madness. One fears to think.
The series ranges from the classic Blue Velvet (Heineken? Fuck that shit!) to the obscure White Star, about which Cinefamily explains:
Made in 1981, whilst the synth-pop takeover in Germany was in full effect, White Star has Hopper playing a jive-talking has-been tour manager who vies to take his latest Tangerine Dream-like discovery straight to the top of the pops. For hardcore Hopperheads, this is the major discovery of our retrospective: Roland Klick’s White Star is balls-out, mood-swingin’, pure, unadulterated Hoppermania, and his performance is ultimately so awesomely unfiltered it seems it almost shouldn’t exist.
What could be wrong with that, I ask you.
For a complete list of the films in the Dennis Hopper: Wasn’t Born to Follow series, check out the Cinefamily site, or watch the trailer below:
Still sounding around for something fun to do with mom this Sunday? You might check out the “First Annual [sic] Cinefamily Rummage and Bake Sale” Sunday from noon to five. They are promising “various relics and oddities… from the typical (audio and film equipment) to the quaint (vintage books and posters) to the NSFW (seriously, I can’t even print it here).” I can only begin to imagine what the Silent Movie Theater’s “magical stockpile of weirdness” might contain. And if you don’t find your heart’s desire there, practically across the street is the weekly Melrose Trading Post, which always offers a cornucopia of hipster treats.