February 28, 2013
"Heart of Darkness" creator Greg Barris is well-known on the New York City stand-up circuit. His show features crazed comedy, live music and bizarro antics — a mixture that landed it its 20th sold-out show in a row in Brooklyn. Catch a rare L.A. performance featuring interactive comedy and music from Reggie Watts, Everything Is Terrible!, Rory Scovel, Kate Berlant and Barris himself. The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 10 p.m. Sun. $12. (323) 655-2510; http://www.cinefamily.org .
January 24, 2013
Catch a rare 35mm screening of director Roman Polanski's first English-language film, "Repulsion. " This creepy 1965 horror flick chronicles the meltdown of a young Catherine Deneuve as she deals with intimacy issues in a very strange way. The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N Fairfax Ave., L.A. Fri. to Thu. Times vary. $12. (323) 655-2510; http://www.cinefamily.org.
December 15, 2012 |
Now 5 years old, the Cinefamily has become a pillar of the alternative film exhibition scene in Los Angeles alongside venues such as the New Beverly Cinema, American Cinematheque and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. From its location on Fairfax Avenue, Cinefamily has become a hub of activity with its heady mix of new and retrospective movies, a particular blend of the highbrow, offbeat and way-out with an only-in-L.A. flavor. Recent programming has included a series of films by and about the Beat Generation that included a sneak preview of the upcoming Kristen Stewart-starring "On the Road"; a number of little-known documentaries by the Japanese filmmaker Shohei Imamura; and screenings of the new cult fave "Miami Connection.
October 18, 2012 |
Carla Laemmle lived a fairy tale existence after she and her parents moved to the Universal Studios lot in 1921 when she was 11. Her father, Joseph, was the brother of Universal Studios chief Carl Laemmle and when Joseph's health began to fail, Carl invited the family to leave Chicago and live on the lot because the climate would be better in California. "There were two houses with a long front lawn and a little hospital," recalled Carla Laemmle, who is celebrating her 103rd birthday Saturday with a party at the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre.
September 20, 2012 |
Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos' "Dogtooth" is probably the flat-out weirdest film ever nominated for an Academy Award. In Lanthimos' follow-up film, "Alps," he seems to have pulled back from the political allegory of "Dogtooth" to push further into territory that is more emotional though no less abstracted. In it, a small squad of people hire themselves out as substitutes for the recently deceased so that loved ones may more slowly engage with their grief or attempt to recreate favorite moments.
August 2, 2012
MOVIES The ongoing "Don't Knock the Rock" smorgasbord of music documentaries continues with the premiere screening of "Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film. " An impressionistic collection of performance footage and found moments on the road, the film offers a glimpse into the world of one of indie music's most celebrated songwriters in Callahan, who used to perform under the moniker Smog. Callahan will also be on hand after the screening for a live performance. The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Thu. $20. http://www.cinefamily.org .