November 14, 2008 |
The American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre celebrates "New Italian Cinema" this weekend. Antonello Grimaldi's 2008 drama "Quiet Chaos," starring Roman Polanski, and Ferzan Ozpetek's 2008 tragedy "A Perfect Day" will screen tonight. On tap for Saturday are the 2008 comedy "Her Whole Life Ahead" and the deliciously titled 2007 offering, "Lessons in Chocolate." Rounding out the programming Sunday are 2008's "Talk to Me About Love" and 2007's "Blood of the Losers." www.americancinematheque.com.
December 7, 2008
While we are very grateful to see REDCAT's curatorial achievements highlighted by the L.A. Times ["Time for an Aesthetic Report Card for REDCAT," Nov. 30], we are puzzled to discover that only the theater and music programs are mentioned, as well as the exhibition space, but not the film/video program. When The Times used to run a weekly column called "Screening Room" devoted to "alternative" screenings, the critics in charge were interested enough in REDCAT's Film and Video Program to discuss and review it on more than one occasion.
December 13, 2007 |
The famously mustachioed director isn't letting the holiday season slow him down. He's touring snowy cities with his spoken-word show "A John Waters Christmas," writing a book and preparing to shoot "Fruitcake," a children's Christmas adventure. Plus, he lent his witty drawl to "Plagues and Pleasures of the Salton Sea," which screens tonight at the Echo Park Film Center (see previous page). No need for New Year's resolutions when you get so much done. -- WHY DID YOU WANT TO NARRATE "PLAGUES AND PLEASURES OF THE SALTON SEA"?
March 11, 2010 |
Claire Trevor could play tough. She sometimes even got to play tender. And on Thursday, the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre is celebrating her centenary with a classy, brassy double bill: 1948's "Key Largo," for which she won the supporting actress Oscar as gangster Edward G. Robinson's booze-hound moll, and 1944's terrific " Murder, My Sweet," starring Dick Powell as gumshoe Philip Marlowe, and Trevor as the quintessential femme fatale...
March 20, 2011 |
It's no easy job, being the lungs of Los Angeles. But Griffith Park, the foremost green space in a city notorious for meager parkland and abundant smog, endures bravely, maybe even heroically. Venture into the park, or nearby Elysian Park, or one of the creative neighborhoods in between, and you'll find not only beloved landmarks such as Griffith Observatory and Dodger Stadium, but also happy surprises, such as the time-travel supply shop, or the cafe where cops dine daily to the sound of echoing gunfire, or the Korean greetings that echo at dawn every day atop Mt. Hollywood.
August 16, 2007 |
THE American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre salutes Alfred Hitchcock starting tonight, and it's no surprise that there will be plenty of classics -- but there's even one misstep from the Master of Suspense as well. The thrills commence with Hitchcock's only R-rated film, 1972's "Frenzy," a nail-biter about a man unjustly accused of committing a series of vicious murders of women. The killer's modus operandi? He strangles his victims with his necktie.
August 30, 2007 |
FOLLOWING its successful Mods & Rockers Film Festival in July, the American Cinematheque is back this weekend with "Rock Doc: A Celebration of Rock Documentaries" at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. It kicks off tonight with the Los Angeles premiere of actress-filmmaker Rosanna Arquette's 2005 movie "All We Are Saying."
September 14, 2006
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN A NEIGHBORHOOD makes the turn from "up and coming" to "old news"? Not 10 years ago, Echo Park was a hotbed of gang violence and street crime. Today, depending on who you ask, the hilly neighborhood northwest of downtown has either already gentrified itself into over-mortgaged oblivion or is one Starbucks away from tipping over into a full-blown bourgeoispolis.
April 23, 2009 |
Patrick Swayze stars as a lawyer in "Jump," which premieres tonight at the Writers Guild Theater as part of the fourth annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival. Swayze, who has been battling pancreatic cancer for more than a year, is not expected to attend his tribute at the fest, due to health issues. The festival continues through April 30 at various venues in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. www.lajfilmfest.
December 13, 2007 |
ECOLOGICAL disaster and comedy are unlikely bedfellows, but that's the oddball spirit of the documentary "Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea." Directors Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer, USC film school graduates, balance shots of beaches covered in rotting fish with characters such as Naked Don, a leather-skinned nudevangelist who stood starkers on the roadside to promote peace.