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.
February 2, 2004 |
For his first feature, "The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra," writer-director-actor Larry Blamire didn't draw inspiration from the likes of Howard Hawks or John Ford or even Steven Spielberg. His role model was Ed Wood, the endearingly inept cross-dressing director of such dreadfully wonderful films as "Plan 9 from Outer Space" and "Bride of the Monster."
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.
September 20, 2007 |
YOU'D have to clone yourself to catch all the movies screening tonight: two classics, a cult comedy in the making and a glimpse at the underbelly of life in Lisbon from one of Portugal's leading filmmakers. Richard Gladstein, producer of the Oscar-nominated best films "The Cider House Rules" and "Finding Neverland," presents David Lean's multi-Academy Award-winning 1957 epic "The Bridge on the River Kwai" as part of the Skirball's Cinema Legacy series.
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.