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Jun 25, 2012

THUNDERBIRDS, PINK FLOYD: THE WALL, ANIMAL HOUSE and 1776 - Screening This Week at the American Cinematheque, June 23 - July 1, 2012


How can you go wrong with movies feature a cast of puppets?  You can't!  THUNDERBIRDS are GO at the Cinematheque this week as well as a series of music based films.  And with the 4th of July coming right up, it only makes sense that 1776 is part of the program.

THE EGYPTIAN - 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA  90028





Thursday, June 28th - 7:30pm

Director Mathieu Kassovitz will be on hand to discuss the two films being screened.  The Q&A is to be moderated by Director Guillermo del Toro (schedule permitting) who if you haven't seen in person he is an absolute riot!  Get ready for plenty of entertaining F-bombs.

REBELLION (2011, Kinology; Directed by: Mathieu Kassovitz)




Police are taken hostage by separatists and a hostage negotiator (played by Kassovitz) finds himself torn between his morals and his duty to obey orders.  This movie is action packed!  

Followed by...

LA HAINE (1995, Universal; Directed by: Mathieu Kassovitz)







LA HAINE deals with poor youths in the suburbs who have turned to crime and are constantly clashing with police after a riots where one of their friends was brutally beaten by a police officer.

Controversial upon release, and still could be considered such this movie was a big hit, critically praised and won France's top film honor.

THE TRAILER for LA HAINE:




Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Friday, June 29th - 7:30pm

Before TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE there were the THUNDERBIRDS - a 1960s series that featured puppets as stars.

THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO (1966, Park Circus/ITV; Directed by: David Lane)




Shot in SuperMarionation Techniscope, the THUNDERBIRDS TV series goes to the big screen.  So great simply because it's played so seriously and the movie has Rock Snakes.  I wish I had seen these when they first came out. I am totally in love with this series, and you will be too.

Followed by...

THUNDERBIRD 6 (1968, Park Circus/ITV; Directed by: David Lane)




The second THUNDERBIRDS movie sees the team back in action vs. the Black Phantom.

The fact that these are 35mm prints makes this a double feature not to be missed.

THE TRAILER for THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO:




THE TRAILER for THUNDERBIRD 6:




Oh and if you buy an Individual membership and up ($65) when buying a ticket for any of the THUNDERBIRDS screenings, you will walk away with a box set of the entire TV series. 12 Discs, 32 episodes...plenty of puppets.

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Saturday, June 30th - 7:30pm

FOOD FIGHT!!!

NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE (1978, Universal; Directed by: John Landis)




John Landis defines the teen/college comedy in this 1978 classic.  Without this movie, who knows what the 80s would have been like.  Would there have been a REVENGE OF THE NERDS or REAL GENIUS?  Who knows.  Thankfully though the original is still just as good as it ever was complete with Food Fight and Toga Party.

THE TRAILER:




Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Saturday, June 30th - 7:30pm - Spielberg Theater

THUNDERBIRDS EPISODES - PART 1 (1965, Park Circus/ITV)




You've seen the movies, now catch a collection of the TV episodes in the Spielberg theater.  And again if you buy a membership and a ticket for this or another of the other THUNDERBIRDS screenings, you get a full box set of 32 episodes of the show!

THE INTRO:




Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Sunday, July 1st - 7:30pm - Spielberg Theater

THUNDERBIRDS EPISODES - PART 2 (1965/1966, Park Circus/ITV)




Another night of THUNDERBIRDS TV episodes.  After viewing these, you'll be wishing SuperMarionation was still a thing.

THE INTRO:




Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Sunday, July 1st - 7:30pm

The Founding Fathers sing their way to Independence!

1776 (1972, Warner Bros.; Directed by: Peter H. Hunt)




It's the weekend before the 4th of July holiday and what a better way to get into the spirit than with 1776, a movie about the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.  The movie is a long one, but if you're a History buff (like I am) it's worth sitting through.

I think the last time I watched this was right on July 4th, 2009 and near the end of the film, fireworks went off near where I was living at the time - almost like it was planned.

A discussion with Director Peter H. Hunt will follow the screening.

THE TRAILER:



Link to Information and Tickets HERE.


THE AERO - 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA  90403





Wednesday, June 27th - 7:30pm

3 WOMEN (1977, 20th Century Fox; Directed by: Robert Altman)




One of Robert Altman's most compelling movies screens at the Aero.  Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Janice Rule are three different women who are more similar than any of them realize.

3 WOMEN is a movie I can watch over and over again and be affected in so many different ways even after seeing it so many times.  In fact, just writing this up makes me look forward to revisiting it.  It leaves such an impression - especially given that it is from a Director who left a distinct impression with every movie he made.

THE TRAILER:




Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Thursday, June 28th - 7:30pm

This Must Be The Place: Music on the Big Screen at the American Cinematheque


DON'T LOOK BACK (1967, Pennebaker Hegedus Films; Directed by: D.A. Pennebaker)




I have not seen this film, so from the American Cinematheque website:


The young Bob Dylan - scathingly brilliant, arrogant, rude, witty - is followed by doc filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker on his triumphant concert tour of England in 1965, accompanied by legendary manager Albert Grossman, folk singer Joan Baez, various groupies, journalists and hangers-on in a no-holds-barred, thrilling landmark of a documentary. With Donovan, John Mayall, Alan Price, Allen Ginsburg, Marianne Faithfull, Bobby Neuwirth.


A CLIP:




Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Thursday, June 28th - 9:15pm

This Must Be The Place: Music on the Big Screen at the American Cinematheque


THE CARTER (2009; Directed by: Adam Bhala Lough)




The Cinematheque presents a free screening of this documentary about rapper 'Lil Wayne during the time when he released his hit album THA CARTER III.

THE TRAILER:




Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Friday, June 29th - 7:30pm

This Must Be The Place: Music on the Big Screen at the American Cinematheque

PINK FLOYD - THE WALL (1982, MGM; Directed by: Alan Parker)




PINK FLOYD: THE WALL is a music based films that transcends the genre.  When I worked at the video store in my youth, this title was almost always rented out.  It's a visually stunning and haunting movie that plays with your mind and senses all the way through.

Directed by Alan Parker (MISSISSIPPI BURNING, BIRDY) this could be also one of the most disturbing films ever made - especially given that it is comprised almost entirely of music.  The imagery will stick with you long after you leave the theater.

Followed by...

WHEN THE WIND BLOWS (1986, MGM; Directed by: Jimmy Murakami)




This movie played about a month or so ago at the Egyptian as part of the Cinematheque's MAYAN CALENDAR series, but here it is again as it is worth re-showing.

An aging couple build a bomb shelter reminiscing about the old days of war with no clue that times have changed and they are pretty much doomed.  Features music by Roger Waters and David Bowie which is why it is a part of this series.

LINK TO THE TRAILER for PINK FLOYD: THE WALL: HERE.

A CLIP from WHEN THE WIND BLOWS:




Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Saturday, June 30th - 7:30pm

This Must Be The Place: Music on the Big Screen at the American Cinematheque


STOP MAKING SENSE (1984, Palm Pictures; Directed by: Jonathan Demme)




Director Jonathan Demme (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) completely revolutionizes the art of the concert film with this title featuring the Talking Heads.  According to the Cinematheque website, one of the best concert movies ever made and I heartily agree.

Followed by...

STAX REVUE 1967 (2007, Reelin' In The Years Productions)




Another title that I am not as familiar with, so again borrowing from the American Cinematheque website:

A platinum gem recently unearthed in the vaults of Norwegian TV and the only surviving full-length film of the legendary 1967 Stax Revue - the European tour that sparked the soul revolution. Beautifully shot with multiple cameras in a controlled studio environment with quality sound, we get to experience the excitement that Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Arthur Conley, Booker T. & The MGs brought to Europe in that halcyon tour. Features Otis Redding’s full five-song set.




THE TRAILER for STOP MAKING SENSE:




NO TRAILER AVAILABLE for STAX REVUE 1967.

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Sunday, July 1st - 7:30pm

This Must Be The Place: Music on the Big Screen at the American Cinematheque


MONTEREY POP / "Jimi at Monterey" / "Otis Plays Monterey" (1968, Pennebaker Films; Directed by: D.A. Pennebaker)






From the Cinematheque website:

This salute to the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival revives the world-changing excitement created by the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, The Who and others.

The following shorts will screen after MONTEREY POP:
Jimi Plays Monterey,” (1986, 50 min.) D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus’ camera follows Jimi Hendrix’s triumphant performance at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival.
"Shake! Otis At Monterey," (1967, 20 min.) D.A. Pennebaker captured Otis Redding's legendary Monterey appearance, revealing the breathtaking showmanship that thrilled the festival audience as much as the pyrotechnics-fueled Hendrix and the Who. Not to be missed!


Link to Information and Tickets HERE.