June 2, 2011
The Vampire-Con Film Festival returns to the New Beverly for the third year, offering up four ways to appreciate the undead on the big screen. Friday's double feature, "Revenge of the 80s," presents "Fright Night" (1985) plus "Vampire's Kiss" (1988), while Saturday trots out the Blacula franchise — "Blacula" (1972) and "Scream, Blacula, Scream!" (1973) — for "Saturday Night Vampire Fever. " Don't forget to dress in your vampire finest for the festival's costume contest. New Beverly Cinema, 7165 W. Beverly Blvd., L.A. Fri. 8 and 10:20 p.m.; Sat. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $7 each day. (323)
April 2, 2009 |
In addition to "Nocturne," critic Betsy Sharkey's pick for the American Cinematheque's "Deadline: Noir City -- the 11th Annual Film Noir Festival," there are plenty of other fedora-wearing tough guys and even tougher dames to see at the Egyptian Theatre over the next two weeks.
August 13, 2009
The American Cinematheque and UCLA Film & Television Archive are celebrating the cinematic dregs -- films so bad they're great. The Cinematheque's So Bad They're Brilliant fest commences tonight at the Egyptian with a juicy double feature: 1964's "Kitten With a Whip" -- meow -- starring Ann-Margret and John Forsythe, and 1983's "The Lonely Lady," with Pia Zadora. Friday brings the cult 1980 musical "Xanadu" with Olivia Newton-John as a muse and Gene Kelly in a pinball machine -- don't ask -- and " Staying Alive," the 1983 sequel to "Saturday Night Fever" directed by Sylvester Stallone and starring John Travolta.
March 9, 1985 |
One of the five Academy Award nominations for best foreign-language film this year is the Spanish entry, "Double Feature" ("Sesion Continua") by Jose Luis Garci. Garci thus joins a very select company--Bunuel, Fellini and Bergman are among his fellow members--with multiple nominations in the category.
September 9, 2010
Anyone in the mood for a bit of Stanley Kubrick's brilliance can find an eclectic range of the iconic director's meticulously crafted work at the Egyptian Theatre this weekend. Thursday's double feature opens with his classic comic riff on war, "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb," followed by his cut at sexual obsession in "Lolita. " Friday lifts off with "2001: A Space Odyssey," with its meditation on humanity featuring the hypnotic voice of Hal. But Saturday brings my favorite, "Full Metal Jacket," his unsparingly gritty vision of Vietnam and the cost of any war for the men on the ground — it never fails to shake me to the core.
August 2, 2010
POP MUSIC Ferraby Lionheart The folksy singer-songwriter, who has sown his musical oats in both L.A. and Nashville, celebrates the release of his sophomore long player, "The Jack of Hearts," which hits stores Tuesday. Expect an ambient evening of longing-filled story songs and deft country-infused instrumentation, including soon-to-be hits "Harry & Bess" and "Arkansas." Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., Echo Park. 8:30 p.m. Free. (213) 389-3856. http://www.bootlegtheater.
May 25, 2006 |
THE best time I ever had at a drive-in movie was with my dog. I'm a little sorry to be putting this down on paper, because my mother believes the best time I ever had at a drive-in was with her. We went to see "Gone With the Wind" when I was maybe 13, just before I hit the age at which I was mortified to be seen in the same hemisphere with my parents. That was fun, sure. But nothing like a double feature with a cocker spaniel. Of course it was summer.
March 20, 1998 |
You know the line about an infinite number of monkeys with typewriters eventually writing "Hamlet." Well that may be, but a handful of chimps can give Hollywood's best and brightest a run for their money. "Dinner & a Monkey," a half-hour TBS special spun off from its weekly "Dinner & a Movie" food 'n' flick series, features parodies--and often improvements--of the year's top films in the form of an Academy Awards preview.
August 30, 2010
POP MUSIC An Evening With Mavis Staples The gospel legend will take the stage at the intimate Clive Davis Theater to discuss her history-making five-decade career and newest work, including her hotly anticipated new album, "You Are Not Alone. " Following the interview, Staples will take questions from the audience and perform a few songs from her expansive catalogue. The Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $20. (213) 765-6800. http://www.grammymuseum.org. American Carnage Tour Three old-guard titans of thrash metal unite for an evening that may have, pound-for-pound, more drum fills and tapping solos than any concert in decades.