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
Tonight kicks off the Cinespia’s “Vive L’amour” series, co-sponsored by the Film and TV Office of the French Embassy in Los Angeles, and presented at the Cinefamily (Silent Movie Theater). In tonight’s cinematic bon-bon, Catherine Deneuve stars in Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, the musical story of a sweet, young shop girl and her starcrossed love for a mechanic.
After the movie, a curated selection of vintage scopitones will be screened, and the Frenchie food truck will be on hand serving up appropriate fare, throughout the night . Later in the series Cinespia will screen Beauty and the Beast, Jules and Jim, and Amelie among others. (Some films screen on Saturdays.)
As if that’s not enough, tonight at the Egyptian is a double feature of Goddard’s Contempt and Truffaut’s Shoot the Piano Player. Formidable!
Finally, on a non-French note, while I’m posting about fantastique cinema, I feel the need to give a shout out to the Aero for their Valentine’s Day weekend schedule: Gone With the Wind Saturday the 12th, Casablanca and Double Indemnity the 13th, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Valentine’s Day itself. That is one inspired line-up, Aero.
Thank you, L.A., for being so cinematically awesome. J’taime.
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.
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:
I posted last week about the Reel Recovery film series hosted by Writers in Treatment (WIT), Tuesday nights at the Silent Movie Theater. Because I only write about the stuff I find interesting (hello, difference between blogging and other writing) I went to the opening screening of Permanent Midnight the night before last and I had such a good time I thought it only right to let you all know what you missed.
Red velvet cupcakes. More on this and other lures after the break. Continue reading More on the Reel Recovery Film Fest