June 24, 2004 |
Bad Santa Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox Dimension, $30 Though it's crude, rude and offensive, "Bad Santa" boasts a deliciously twisted performance from Billy Bob Thornton as a boozy, womanizing safecracker who works as Santa at a different department store every year so he can case the place with his little-person partner (Tony Cox). But even this "bad" Santa learns the meaning of Christmas from a chubby, lonely little boy (Brett Kelly). Bernie Mac and the late John Ritter also star.
May 28, 2009 |
Though Hollywood cinema is best known for producing some of the greatest dark, dank and atmospheric examples of film noir, the French have never been far behind. The new Los Angeles County Museum of Art retrospective "French Crime Wave," which begins Friday and continues weekends through June 20, will highlight just that fact.
November 6, 2008 |
It's a bit of a monster bash this weekend as the American Cinematheque presents the Attack of the Giant Screen festival at the Aero Theatre. The fun starts this evening with 1954's Los Angeles-centric "Them!" and 1957's "The Giant Claw." On tap for Friday is Don Siegel's seminal 1956 thriller, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," and "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers," also from 1956, which features the cutting-edge special effects of Ray Harryhausen.
January 12, 1990 |
There's a fine winter season on the horizon, offering comedy, drama, dance, mystery, nostalgia, satire--something for everyone. What follows is a theater-by-theater guide to what's on now, and what's coming up. At Sherman Oaks' Actors Alley, two pre-holiday entries are back on the boards: George Abbott's "Broadway" (1929), a comic saga done entirely in black and white about Prohibition, gangsters and chorus girls, playing through Feb. 24.
January 24, 2002 |
The American Cinematheque's Alternative Screen showcase presents tonight at 7:30 Larry Blamire's "The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra," one of the funniest and most accurate spoofs of Z-grade sci-fi horror pictures of the '50s and early '60s. Blamire, who also stars as scientist Dr. Paul Armstrong, has the cornball dialogue down so perfectly that it's hard to resist quoting swaths of it. He and his admirably professional cast manage to keep straight faces, even in the most deliriously silly moments.
May 12, 2009 |
Swedish filmmaker Jan Troell is a remarkable visualist. His latest, "Everlasting Moments," came out this spring, and like most foreign films, was briefly in a handful of local theaters. This film was meant for the big screen with its audience immersed in darkness, where the images, so beautifully framed, come to life in the darkness. Here's how I saw it: at home watching on a 35-inch Sony at 8:30 on a foggy Saturday morning that soon turned sun-soaked, reflecting off the screen.