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.
March 20, 2011 |
WHERE TO STAY Lodging options are slim around Griffith Park, perhaps because there are so many rooms in nearby Hollywood. But there are a few spots, including these. Hotel250, also known as the Hollywood Silver Lake Hotel & Suites, 250 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles 90004; (213) 639-1920, http://www.hotel250.com . This former Holiday Inn, set on a hillside south of the 101 Freeway, has 65 rooms, free Wi-Fi, parking and continental breakfast and an unheated outdoor pool.
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.
May 27, 2009 |
While L.A. native Ann Kaneko was shooting her latest documentary in 2001, she was witnessing a country gripped by terror, where those who raised awkward questions were often treated as troublemakers, traitors or worse. But Kaneko wasn't training her lens on the post-Sept. 11 United States. She was holed up in Lima, Peru, taking the pulse of the South American country that had been torn apart by a brutal Maoist guerrilla uprising and an equally ruthless government reprisal.
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.
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."
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.
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.
October 8, 2009 |
It's a tough call for classic film lovers on Friday -- Kurosawa or Welles? The beautifully restored print of Akira Kurosawa's landmark 1950 drama "Rashomon" visits the Nuart Theatre for a one-week engagement beginning Friday. Toshiro Mifune, Masayuki Mori and Machiko Kyo star in this groundbreaking examination of human nature that revolves around four people's differing accounts of a man's murder and the rape of his wife. www.landmarktheatres.com Effects pioneer Meanwhile, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is featuring a newly struck print of Orson Welles' 1941 masterwork "Citizen Kane" on Friday at the Linwood Dunn Theater.