Pages

Sep 4, 2012

FRENCH CINEMA, STAR TREK II and NORTH BY NORTHWEST – Screening at the American Cinematheque September 4 – 9, 2012






You saw Clint Eastwood talk to an empty chair "telling off" the President at the RNC, now see him in a more natural state on the big screen as the Eastwood western series continues this week at the Cinematheque with THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES.

September is off to a good start with Hitchcock, a fantastic selection of French films, and an extra special treat – a screening of STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN accompanied by an episode from the 3rd season of the classic series. I'm nerding out just thinking about it.


THE EGYPTIAN - 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028





Thursday, September 6th - 7:30pm

10th Anniversary Cast and Crew Book signing – Lupe Ontiveros tribute (1942-2012)

REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES (2002, Exclusive Media; Directed by: Patricia Cardoso)





I had the pleasure of first seeing REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival (my first and – so far – only time attending) and was instantly taken with it. I had heard some good buzz before going in, and it was one of the highlights out of the selection of movies that I saw at the Festival that year.

The movie is about a young Mexican-American woman torn between helping out with the family business in East Los Angeles, or going to Columbia University on a scholarship. While working over the summer she forms a bond with the other women there, and begins to find her place in the world – even if it means going against her Mother's wishes.

A very moving movie with outstanding performances, it was a hit with the Sundance crowd and will be with you as well.

A cast and crew discussion will follow the film.

THE TRAILER:




 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Friday, September 7th – 7:30pm

NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock)





Catch one of Hitchcock's best and most famous movies on the big screen. Cary Grant is on the run with Eva Marie Saint trying to stay away from James Mason and Martin Landau who think he is someone else (games Mr. Kaplan?) on a path that takes them from New York, an empty wheat field with a famous crop dusting sequence and finally to Mount Rushmore.

THE TRAILER:




 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Saturday, September 8th – 3:00pm

On September 8th Walter Koenig (a.k.a. STAR TREK'S original Mr. Chekov) gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame so to honor the event the Cinematheque boldly goes back to where no man has gone before.

Walter will be on hand for a Q&A between "Spectre of the Gun" and THE WRATH OF KHAN.

RODDENBERRY ON PATROL (2003; Directed by: Tim Russ)





This short film that parodies Gene Roddenberry's quest to find inspiration for the iconic science fiction show STAR TREK (of which I am one of its many cult-like followers) features Walter Koenig as well as many other STAR TREK stars (Nichelle Nichols, Robert Picardo, Ethan Phillips and narrated by George Takei) and was directed by Tim Russ who served on board the USS Voyager as Vulcan Lt. Tuvok.

Followed by…

STAR TREK: "Spectre of the Gun" (1968; Directed by: Vincent McEveety)





In the third (and final) season of the original series, Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty and Chekov find themselves on a planet that looks like the Old West and in the middle of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

The third season is the weakest of the series, and this may not be the best episode but I like it. Love those studio bound "exteriors" and I mean come on…would you want to get in a gun fight with Captain Kirk? I don't think so…

Oh and nice little tie in since DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy) played one of the Earps in the 1957 John Sturges film THE GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL with Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster.

Followed by…

STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (1982, Paramount Pictures; Directed by: Nicholas Meyer)





KHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!! I say that because somehow STAR TREK II is 30 years old. Say it ain't so! But here we are 30 years later in the future date of 2012 and this is easily the best of the STAR TREK films. Perhaps you might want to read MOBY DICK before heading into this one…oh and yeah that is Ricardo Montalban's real chest.

Don't believe in the no-win scenario!

A CLIP from "Spectre of the Gun":







THE TRAILER for STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN and note...BEST...TRAILER...EVER!





Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Sunday, September 9th – 1:00pm


6th ANNUAL PRIME CUTS EVENT





Editing…the final frontier. Ok so a little holdover from the STAR TREK listing above but whatever. In the Cinematheque's continuing series on the art of filmmaking, here we have a panel of editors discussing their craft for all to hear.

Editing fascinates me. I was required to take some classes in it during college and totally sucked at it but did acquire a great respect for those that do it. There is definitely an art form to this and without a film editor, all you have is a series of disconnected shots.

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Sunday, September 9th – 7:30pm

STARMAN (1984, Columbia Pictures; Directed by: John Carpenter)




 

STARMAN in 70mm. I'm going to say it again in case you didn't catch that – STARMAN IN 70MM! Ok so the programming at the Egyptian is a cause to geek out completely this week, and here is one of my favorite John Carpenter films to keep it going.

Jeff Bridges is an Alien that shows up on Earth and takes the form of Karen Allen's long-lost husband which doesn't go over so well with her. The two of them go on a road trip and he discovers what it's like to be human.

I used to own the Novelization for this film, and read that thing so many times it pretty much fell apart. Rupert Pupkin over at the Rupert Pupkin Speaks blog and I have a special place in our hearts for film novelizations and this was one of my favorites. I wish I still had that…time to hit Ebay.

Robert Hayes starred in a TV Series based on this movie which just so happens to be available for purchase over at the Warner Archive via the Sony Choice Disc on Demand series.

THE TRAILER:




Link to Tickets and Information HERE.


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

 


 

Wednesday, September 5th – 7:30pm

Eastwood Westerns

THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES (1976, Warner Bros.; Directed by: Clint Eastwood)





No empty chair pretending to be President Obama here as this is one of Clint Eastwood's best movies. He's a wanted man who isn't too happy that his family was murdered. Plenty of western-style action, great characters and even some humor make this an extremely pleasurable to view film.

THE TRAILER:





Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Thursday, September 6th – 7:30pm

Max Ophuls Double Feature

THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE… (1953, Janus Films; Directed by: Max Ophuls)





I first saw this movie in College and instantly fell in love with the Cinema of Max Ophuls (LA RONDE is a particular favorite of mine).

Here a countess sells her earrings to pay off some debts, and they spark a chain of events.

This is a beautiful movie pure and simple and nothing I say can do it any justice. It must be seen.

Followed by…

LE PLAISIR (1952, Janus Films; Directed by: Max Ophuls)





This features three stories with three very different tales of people experiencing forms of pleasure in their life with very different results.

The Cinematheque website states that Stanley Kubrick declared it to be his favorite film which says a lot.

A CLIP from THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE...:





NO TRAILER AVAILABLE for LE PLAISIR.

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Friday, September 7th – 7:30pm

French Crime Double Feature

PEPE LE MOKO (1937, Rialto Pictures; Directed by: Julien Duvivier)




 

Jean Gabin is a gangster hiding out in the Casbah in Algiers. He eludes the police but after years of protective solitude he misses his freedom. Then in walks tourist Gabriel Gabrio and they fall in love changing everything.

Followed by…

TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI (1954, Rialto Pictures; Directed by: Jacques Becker)





Jean Gabin (again) has pulled off the perfect heist and has a nice stash of gold because of it. Double-crossed, his friend is kidnapped and the ransom is (of course) the gold.

An excellent crime film that is a must see.

THE TRAILER for PEPE LE MOKO:




 

THE TRAILER for TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI:





Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Saturday, September 8th – 2:00pm

A CUT ABOVE THE REST: AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE WORLD OF EDITING AND POST PRODUCTION




 

More insights into the world of editing and Post Production sponsored by IndieCon.

Having worked in Post Production for several years I would find this seminar of great benefit, especially these days with the processes changing so much thanks to digital technology. This is where the jobs seem to be these days.

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Saturday, September 8th – 7:30pm

French Horror-Suspense Double Feature

LES DIABOLIQUE (1955, Janus Films; Directed by: Georges-Henri Clouzot)





One of my all-time favorite French films (also made into one of the worst Remakes ever), DIABOLIQUE is the greatest Hitchcock film not made by Hitchcock.

Vera Clouzot is married to a real jerk of a schoolmaster and she schemes with Simone Signoret, his mistress, to kill him. Of course things don't go exactly as planned and paranoia and suspense are in abundance.

The aforementioned (and awful) remake featured Sharon Stone, Chazz Palmminteri and Isabelle Adjani and turned a truly great movie into an incredible bore. So be sure to stick with the original, and here's the best chance to see it with an audience.

Followed by…

EYES WITHOUT A FACE (1960, Rialto Pictures; Directed by: Georges Franju)





Some people steal money, this guy steals faces. When his daughter has been disfigured thanks to a horrific accident a scientist kidnaps young woman takes their faces and tries to graft them onto her. Ok so it's not an exact science, nor is the act of a sane man, but it makes for a great movie.

THE TRAILER for LES DIABOLIQUE:





THE TRAILER for EYES WITHOUT A FACE:




 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Sunday, September 9th – 7:30pm


Jean Renoir Double Feature

THE RULES OF THE GAME (1939, Janus Films; Directed by: Jean Renoir)





There is nothing like a good party to bring out jealousies, secrets and a whole other assortment of interesting revelations. Jean Renoir's masterpiece is truly a mesmerizing film that I have seen so many times I have lost count.

Followed by…

BONDU SAVED FROM DROWNING (1932, Janus Films; Directed by: Jean Renoir)





The French bourgeois get another jolt from director Renoir when a bookseller saves a hobo from drowning, takes him home – an act which definitely shakes things up in the most delightful ways.

I haven't seen this movie in a very long time, and am looking forward to revisiting it.


THE TRAILER for THE RULES OF THE GAME:




A RE-ISSUE TRAILER for BONDU SAVED FROM DROWNING:





Link to Tickets and Information HERE.