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Jul 3, 2012

Screening at the American Cinematheque - July 2 - 8, 2012



It's the week of the 4th of July, and the American Cinematheque has some great screenings.  Very exciting is a double feature of THE OMEGA MAN with THE LAST MAN ON EARTH.  All that is missing is the Will Smith remake I AM LEGEND.


There is also some 80s nostalgia to be had on the weekend, some silent comedies, French New Wave and Walter Mirisch will be on hand to sign his book on a night of United Artists classics.


THE EGYPTIAN - 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA  90028








Thursday, July 5th - 7:30pm


THE OMEGA MAN (1971, Warner Bros.; Directed by: Boris Sagal)








A vampire zombie plague has made Charlton Heston seemingly the last human being on earth.  He deals with loneliness, he's looking for a cure to save the human race and he battles zombies on a nightly basis - who better than to save humanity from zombie hordes than Charlton Heston.  The man battled talking apes and parted the red sea for crying out loud!


Truly a very fun cult classic.  It was remade later with Will Smith as I AM LEGEND in 2007, however THE OMEGA MAN itself is a remake of the movie that follows it on this double feature.


Followed by...


THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (1964, MGM; Directed by: Sidney Salkow)








Vincent Price is survivor of the vampire plague that has wiped out civilization and like Heston fights loneliness and the vampire hordes who want his blood.


This is truly a great double feature as both of these movies take on the same material in completely different ways.  THE LAST MAN ON EARTH is more of a horror movie while THE OMEGA MAN is more action (with horror elements).  A fun night to be had for sure.




THE TRAILER for THE OMEGA MAN:








THE TRAILER for THE LAST MAN ON EARTH:








Link to Information and Tickets HERE.


Friday, July 6th - 7:30pm


THIS MUST BE THE PLACE: MUSIC ON THE BIG SCREEN AT THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE


The concert movie series at the Cinematheque continues, and this night has two offerings that I admittedly know nothing about.  So with apologies to the Cinematheque, I am borrowing the descriptions from their website.


THE PRETTY THINGS: MIDNIGHT TO SIX 1965 - 1970 (2010, Reelin' In the Years Productions; Directed by: David Peck)








Don't miss the rare opportunity to see this unreleased documentary! Featuring 20 full-length performances, including the Pretty Things’ historic, riot-inducing R&B period; their highly influential, rock-opera/psychedelic “SF Sorrow” period; and their proto-heavy metal “Parachute” period. Between songs are new interviews with the original band members (Phil May, Dick Taylor, John Stax, Skip Alan, Wally Waller and Jon Povey) who tell stories and recount the fascinating, tumultuous and controversial history of the band. The only documentary ever to focus on the Pretty Things, one of the most significant yet unsung rock groups in history.


Followed by...


THE SMALL FACES: ALL OR NOTHING 1965 - 1968 (2009, Reelin' In the Years Productions; Directed by: David Peck)








The Small Faces were one of the most influential rock groups of the 1960s. This first official documentary film features 27 complete performances filmed between 1965 and 1968, including nine songs from their legendary masterpiece “Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake.” Archival interviews with Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane, along with new interviews with Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones, tell the fascinating story of this underappreciated yet groundbreaking group, who were finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Panel discussion between films with producers David Peck, Tom Gulotta, Phil Galloway and Rob Bowman and music historian Bart Mendoza.




THE TRAILER for THE PRETTY THINGS:










THE TRAILER for SMALL FACES:








Link to Information and Tickets HERE.


Saturday, July 7th - 3:30pm


The Cinematheque hosts a festival of films by Women.  Sounds like a great night.


From the Cinematheque website:


2012 VISCERA FILM FESTIVAL








Join us for an evening of the best new horror films created by women at the 2012 Viscera Film Festival. The program will include a sneak peek of legendary horror actress Danielle Harris' feature film directorial debut AMONG FRIENDS, and a lineup of thirteen brand new short horror films, including some from our newest category (Fresh Blood) for filmmakers under 18. Click here for a complete list of special guests in attendance!
3:30PM - Sneak Peek Screening of AMONG FRIENDS
See info on the feature film below.
5:00PM - Red Carpet Ceremony
The Red Carpet Ceremony will showcase the attending filmmakers, celebrity judges, and special local celebrity friends of Viscera and horror industry professionals before an array of entertainment news press. Come watch the black-tie, star-studded event!
7:30PM - Shorts Program
(114 min.) 13 of the best new short horror films directed by women from around the world will screen, including:
Kate Shenton’s “Baby Face” (6 min.)
Vinciane Millereau’s “Barbie Girls” (15 min.)
Jen Thym’s “Bloodtraffick” (11 min.)
Hadas Brandi’s “Escape from Hellview” (7 min.)
Nadia Litz’ “How to Rid Your Lover of a Negative Emotion Caused by You” (15 min.)
Louisa Feldman’s “Jump” (4 min.)
Kimberly McCollough’s “Nice Guys Finish Last” (11 min.)
Tara-Nycole Azarian’s “Sybling Rivalry” (7 min.)
Rebekah McKendry’s “The Dump” (11 min.)
Axelle Carolyn’s “The Halloween Kid” (7 min.)
Jen Moss’ “The Morning After” (8 min.)
Donna Thorland and Peter Podgursky’s “The Night Caller” (7 min.)
Caroline du Potet’s “The Third Eye” (6 min.)
9:00PM - Intermission
During intermission, grab a drink or snack from our catered refreshments.
10:00PM- Q&A and Awards Ceremony
Legendary director Mary Lambert receives the first-ever Inspiration Award for her work directing horror films such as PET SEMATARY, followed by the announcement of Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Film of the festival. Filmmakers in attendance will participate in a Q&A onstage.
11:00PM - After Party at the Roosevelt Hotel
After the screening and awards ceremony, join us for the After Party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel's Tropicana Bar (7000 Hollywood Blvd). You will be treated to food, drinks, and entertainment all included in your ridiculously low ticket price. You won’t find a better bargain anywhere for a great night out. You can’t even see one movie with snacks for this price anywhere else! This event will be catered by the fine folks at Anarkitchen, “Solidarity to the Culinary Arts.” Please RSVP for the after party here!
Your ticket is all inclusive - one low price for the red carpet and awards ceremonies, feature film, shorts lineup, food, drinks, and after party!


THE TRAILER for AMONG FRIENDS:








Link to Information and Tickets HERE.


Sunday, July 8th - 7:30pm


Director Howard Deutch and actress Lea Thompson will be on hand for a Q&A between movies.


SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL (1987, Paramount; Directed by: Howard Deutch)








There is nothing like teen romance in the 80s.  The guy from the "other side of the tracks" is in love with the most popular (and rich) girl in school.  He asks her out and gets dating advice from his closest friend who is a female and well while I don't want to spoil it, you can probably put 2 and 2 together - but who cares!  It's a formula that works, and the cast is exceptional in this (Eric Stoltz finally gets on screen with Lea Thompson after being replaced in BACK TO THE FUTURE and Mary Stuart Masterson rounds it out) and it's written by the king of 80s teens, John Hughes.


I absolutely love the opening credits of this.  So much energy.


Followed by...


ALL THE RIGHT MOVES (1983, 20th Century Fox; Directed by: Michael Chapman)








Tom Cruise is in a dead end blue-collar town and football is his way out.  Lea Thompson is on hand to help him out.




THE TRAILER for SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL:








THE TRAILER for ALL THE RIGHT MOVES:








Link to Information and Tickets HERE.




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








Thursday, July 5th - 7:30pm


JULES ET JIM (1962, Janus Films; Directed by: Francois Truffaut)








One of the greatest movies to ever come out of the French New Wave cinema is Francois Truffaut's classic that has two war enemies falling for the same woman in peacetime, and both carry on a relationship with her.


I once saw THE 400 BLOWS at the Nuart, and have to say that the black-and-white cinematography literally blew me away.  I mention that because I feel it will be the same case here.


Followed by...


VIVRE SA VIE (1962, Janus Films; Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard)








Another New Wave classic this time from Godard.  A woman who aspires to be an actress becomes a prostitute instead.  A somewhat bleak movie with outstanding visuals.




THE TRAILER for JULES ET JIM:








A CLIP from VIVRA SA VIE:








Link to Information and Tickets HERE.


Friday, July 6th - 7:30pm


SHERLOCK, JR. (1924; Directed by: Buster Keaton)








Buster Keaton does what we all have done at some point in time, imagined ourselves in the movies.  Here he's a projectionist that climbs into (literally) a detective movie.


The usual spectacular stunts and gags are on display here, and it is reported that Keaton broke his neck while pulling off one of them.


Followed by...


THE CAMERAMAN (1928; Directed by: Buster Keaton)








What better way to get a woman's attention than working in the movies.  Buster Keaton believes this to be the case and gets himself a camera to do just that.




A CLIP from SHERLOCK, JR:








A CLIP from THE CAMERAMAN (umm, kind of):








Link to Information and Tickets HERE.


Saturday, July 7th - 7:30pm


Cast and Crew 25th Anniversary reunion screening.


NORTH SHORE (1987, Universal; Directed by: William Phelps)








The battle between the soul and greed hits the waves in this surfing great.  Has it really been 25 years?  Yikes.




THE TRAILER:








Link to Information and Tickets HERE.


Sunday, July 8th - 8:30pm


Walter Mirisch will be on hand signing his book I THOUGHT WE WERE MAKING MOVIES, NOT HISTORY.


IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967, United Artists; Directed by: Norman Jewison)








They call him MISTER TIBBS!


1967 was a good year.  It was the year of BONNIE AND CLYDE, THE GRADUATE and this film, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT which won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Actor (Rod Steiger), Screenwriting and Editing.


Sidney Poitier is spot on as an African American detective from Philadelphia in a very racist Southern town.  I can't imagine anyone else but Poitier as Tibbs, especially when he slaps back a plantation owner.


I saw this movie once before projected at the Academy with Mr. Poitier in attendance.  It was such a moving moment.


Followed by...


INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956, Paramount; Directed by: Don Siegel)








The original sci-fi classic is a story of paranoia and terror when a small California town is taken over by aliens who inhabit the citizens via pods after they dose off.  Remade several times (some of them decent like the 1978 version) but this is one movie that truly stands the test of time.


Soon to be released on Blu-ray Disc (August 7 I believe) but definitely one to check out on the big screen.




THE TRAILER for IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT:








THE TRAILER for INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS:








Link to Information and Tickets HERE.