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Oct 21, 2012

WHO YA GONNA CALL? – SCREENING AT THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE OCTOBER 22 – 28, 2012




It’s the week before Halloween so there are plenty of scary events going on leading up to the big night – and this coming weekend the Cinematheque has an all-nighter of horror movies to get you in the mood, not to mention 2 nights of one of my personal favorite movies GHOSTBUSTERS in a rare 70mm screening.

If horror isn’t your thing, there is also a 3 night tribute of double features dedicated to recently deceased director Tony Scott as well as a night with actor John Saxon in person to discuss a pair of his film appearances.

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




Monday, October 22nd, 8:00pm

Halloween at the Cinematheque 2012

THE SELLING (2011; Directed by: Emily Lou)




The week kicks off with this 2011 horror/comedy about a friendly real-estate agent who is trying to unload a haunted house before it ruins him.  If you think the real estate market is tough, try selling a house that comes with ghosts. 

In addition to the screening there will be a Q&A with the director and several members of the cast.

THE TRAILER:




Link to Tickets and Information HERE.


Thursday, October 25th, 7:30pm

A double feature of movies starring John Saxon with the actor on hand for a Q&A between the films.

This Q&A should be a good one as John Saxon will have first-hand stories about working with legends such as Bruce Lee and Marlon Brando.

ENTER THE DRAGON (1973, Warner Bros.; Directed by: Robert Clouse)




The movie that Bruce Lee is most known for has Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Bolo Yeung and Robert Wall competing in a to-the-death martial arts competition on an island fortress run by a very nasty Opium dealer.  Every fighter is there for a different reason in this standout movie from the 70s. 

Followed by…

THE APPALOOSA (1966, Universal; Directed by: Sidney J. Furie)




Marlon Brando is a buffalo hunter who has his horse stolen by John Saxon, and isn’t very happy about it.  Brando is out for revenge and takes on the whole gang by himself in the process.  He loves that horse!

Don’t hold the fact that the director of this also directed the disastrous SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE against it.

THE TRAILER for ENTER THE DRAGON:




THE TRAILER for THE APPALOOSA:




Link to Tickets and Information HERE.


Friday October 26th & Saturday, October 27th, 7:30pm

Halloween at the Cinematheque 2012

One of the best movies from the 1980s gets the REALLY big screen treatment.

GHOSTBUSTERS (1984, Columbia; Directed by Ivan Reitman)




1984 was one of the best movie summers in my memory with INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, BEVERLY HILLS COP, STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK and this movie which I was pretty much obsessed with as a youth. 

I read the novelization, I bought the soundtrack (mind you who didn’t with that hit song and catchy song.  Yeah I know, it’s stuck in your head now), I bought the storybook of the film and I even started the GHOSTBUSTERS fan club in my school – of which I was the only member creating the GHOSTBUSTERS fan club magazine for myself.  Yes I had a sad childhood, but this movie is so great and I never tire of it. 

With a blend of comedy and horror and one of the best casts imaginable (Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts and Rick Moranis) GHOSTBUSTERS was one of the biggest hits of the decade and spawned a sequel in 1989, an animated series and a video game featuring the original cast.  It is also insanely quotable (“Cats and Dogs living together, mass hysteria!”, “Ok, who brought the dog?”, “He Slimed he me”, etc.) A third movie is rumored to be in development.

Not only do you get to see one of the best movies of the 80s, but here it is presented in a rare 70mm screening.

I am planning on expanding further on this event with a SPOTLIGHT post later in the week.

THE TRAILER:




Link to Tickets and Information HERE.


Sunday, October 28th, 7:30pm

Halloween at the Cinematheque 2012

NOSFERATU (1922, Directed by: F.W. Murnau)




This is one of the earliest and best horror movies ever made, a silent vampire tale directed by F.W. Murnau.  This vampire is truly one of the creepiest versions of the monster to ever be filmed, and the expressionistic style of the movie only adds to the dread and suspense.

NOSFERATU inspired the 2000 film SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE which played off the premise that vampire actor Max Schreck was a real vampire.

There will be live piano accompaniment by Cliff Retallick.

A CLIP:




Link to Tickets and Information HERE.


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




Wednesday, October 24th, 7:30pm

Short Film Programs 2012

STARS IN SHORTS (2012, Shorts International; Various Directors)




With this you don’t just get 1 big movie; you get 7 short movies with some movie stars thrown in for good measure - not to mention that one of the shorts is directed by Neil LaBute.

Judi Dench gives Internet Dating a try, Colin Firth is Keira Knightley’s needy neighbor, Lily Tomlin gets lost on the way to a funeral, Jason Alexander is a screenwriter in a musical, Kenneth Branagh deals with a child with paranormal abilities, Julia Stiles decides to meet with the wife of the man she is having an affair with over coffee and Sarah Paulson and Wes Bentley have a bizarre encounter at an indoor playground. 

Two of the directors – Jay Kamen and Benjamin Grayson – will be on hand for a Q&A following the film(s).

THE TRAILER:




Link to Tickets and Information HERE.


Thursday, October 25th, 7:30pm

The Director says “Action”.  Remembering Tony Scott.




Very recently, we lost one of the biggest names in action film directing with Tony Scott (brother to that another famous director, Ridley Scott) and the Cinematheque is putting on a program with double features of some of his biggest movies.

Saying that these are some of his “biggest” movies is difficult since Tony Scott was a director whose entire output was big and splashy, and the series starts out big with a pair of larger-than-life 70mm screenings.

TOP GUN (1986, Paramount; Directed by: Tony Scott)




If there was a movie that can define the 1980s, I’d say this is it.  TOP GUN was huge when it came out and firmly cemented Tom Cruise as one of the (if not THE) biggest movie stars in the world. 

With lines like “I feel the need.  The need for speed” and hit songs like DANGER ZONE, this is big screen movie all the way with fantastic fighter jet sequences against an unnamed enemy.  I would say that this movie became the standard film which most electronic enthusiasts use to show off their home theater systems – especially in the days of VHS and Laserdisc. 

Thanks to a 70mm print, a big film just gets bigger.

Followed by…

DAYS OF THUNDER (1990, Paramount; Directed by: Tony Scott)




You saw TOP GUN in the air; now see it hit the ground in the form of NASCAR as Tom Cruise plays a character with the best on screen name imaginable – Cole Trickle.  With Robert Duvall as his Yoda, he battles his demons on the track as he competes against Michael Rooker, and races his way into the heart of future ex-wife Nicole Kidman (oh yeah, I went there with the pun).

Another big movie here presented – like TOP GUN before it - in 70mm. 

When I first saw this on opening night in 1990, it was the first movie I went to where people were up out of their seats cheering during the race sequences.  As cheesy as it is, you can’t help but get caught up in the theatricality of it which is something that Tony Scott exceled in – even in his worst movies (which this is not one of).

Oh and dare I say it, I prefer DAYS OF THUNDER over TOP GUN.

THE TRAILER for TOP GUN:




THE TRAILER for DAYS OF THUNDER:




Link to Tickets and Information HERE.


Friday, October 26th, 7:30pm

The Director says “Action”.  Remembering Tony Scott.

THE HUNGER (1983, MGM; Directed by: Tony Scott)




Here is Tony Scott’s take on vampires with Catherine Deneuve as an Egyptian vampire that feasts on her lovers which keeps them young, that is until she gets fed up (yeah the puns keep coming) and does away with them. 

David Bowie is the next to find himself on the endangered list and sucks Susan Sarandon into his world in more ways than one. 

Thankfully the vampires here aren’t horny teens that glitter in the sunlight.

Followed by…

TRUE ROMANCE (1993, Warner Bros.; Directed by: Tony Scott)




One of my favorite movies from the early 1990s didn’t start out being that.  I remember seeing the trailer for this and thinking wow this movie looks like crap.  Not sure why, but I did.  Then I saw it and it blew me away.  It’s one of those movies I can watch time and time again and love it in a new way with each viewing and of course once Tarantino fever took hold, this movie got even cooler.

From a script from Quentin Tarantino, Christian Slater is a shy comic book store employee who falls for hooker Patricia Arquette on his birthday.  Neither of them is all that smart, especially when Slater steals cocaine from Arquette’s pimp Drexel played to the hilt by Gary Oldman, then goes to L.A. to try and sell it.  It doesn’t help of course that he left his driver’s license at the scene of the crime so not only are the original owners of the drugs on his tail, but so are the feds.

What makes this movie so great is the ensemble cast who each turn in a memorable performance.  Starting with Oldman as Drexel (who I mention above) through to Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper who play out a scene that is so very Tarantino.  Then there is Bronson Pinchot (Balki of PERFECT STRANGERS fame) who almost steals the entire movie with a very small role – that is of course until Brad Pitt (playing a stoner) almost steals it away from him. 

You get that great Tarantino dialogue, a shoot out to end all shoot outs and on top of it, Tony Scott pays homage to the great 1973 Terence Malick movie BADLANDS – right down to Hans Zimmer’s score with a main theme that is almost identical.

THE TRAILER for THE HUNGER:





THE TRAILER for TRUE ROMANCE:




Link to Tickets and Information HERE.


Saturday, October 27th, 7:30pm

Halloween at the Cinematheque 2012

7th ANNUAL DUSK-TO-DAWN HORRORTHON




With Halloween on Wednesday is there a better way to get in the spirit of Halloween than with an all-night scare fest with a dusk-to-dawn lineup of horror movies?  I think not. 

This one comes complete with free food in between movies, trailers and shorts, prizes and giveaways and plenty of other surprises.  All that is missing are your PJs, sleeping bags, crank calling that girl or guy you like by trying to scare them and toilet papering that grumpy neighbor’s house.

Better bring a friend that you can hang onto during those scary moments – or someone that can help keep you awake.

Here is the lineup that will scare your socks off:

HELLRAISER (1987, New World Pictures; Directed by: Clive Barker)




This is the introduction of Pinhead, a killer that joins the pantheon of movie monsters that includes Jason, Freddy, Chucky and others.  Watch out for those antique puzzle boxes.  Opening them can prove hazardous to all our health.

THE TRAILER:





Followed by…

MOTEL HELL (1980, MGM; Directed by: Kevin Connor)




Forget the Bates motel, this is one stopover that will leave you in pieces as the deranged owner of this establishment kidnaps tourists, buries them in his garden then harvests them for food.  Not for the squeamish.

THE TRAILER:




Followed by…

THE DEVIL’S RAIN (1975, Bryanston Distributing; Directed by: Robert Fuest)




Satanic cult leader Ernest Borgnine seeks an ancient book that is in the possession of William Shatner.  Kirk…I mean Shatner then heads to a ghost town to do battle with the devil and triumph over evil.  I’m putting my money on Captain Kirk in this one.

The cast is surprisingly deep as it also features John Travolta, Keenan Wynn, Eddie Albert, Ida Lupino and Tom Skerritt.

THE TRAILER:




Followed by…

CHRISTINE (1983, Columbia; Directed by: John Carpenter)




With horror movie maestro John Carpenter directing an adaptation of a Stephen King novel, how can you go wrong? 

You know you should always have a used car you’re about to buy inspected before you purchase, and in this case not doing so proves deadly as this car is pure evil.  I wonder if Geico or State Farm has an insurance policy that covers demon possession.

THE TRAILER:




Followed by…

THE LIVING DEAD OF MANCHESTER MORGUE (1974, Hallmark Releasing; Directed by: Jorge Grau)




You can’t have a horror movie night without at least one zombie movie, and here it is.

A couple of young people visit the English countryside and are blamed for a rash of mysterious murders.  The thing is they’re innocent because zombies created by a radiated pesticide are the true killers and they do crave that human flesh.  Mmmm, yummy!

THE TRAILER:




Concluding with…(and hopefully you’re still awake at this point)

THE MANITOU (1978, Rialto Pictures; Directed by: William Girdler)




You go to the doctor to get a lump checked out and it turns out to be the reincarnation of a 400 year-old demonic spirit growing out of your back – that’s just not cool.  It is guaranteed that Susan Strasberg’s HMO won’t be covering this ailment. 

Tony Curtis is a fortune teller who helps Strasberg out.

THE TRAILER:




Link to Tickets and Information HERE.


Sunday, October 28th, 7:30pm

The Director says “Action”.  Remembering Tony Scott.

Tony Scott made movies with a great many big-name stars, but none more than with frequent collaborator Denzel Washington.

MAN ON FIRE (2004, 20th Century Fox; Directed by: Tony Scott)




Denzel Washington isn’t too happy when the little girl he is hired to protect (Dakota Fanning) and broke through his hardened exterior is kidnapped.  He goes on a rampage through Mexico City to bring her back safely.

With a camera that rarely stops moving, this movie has a frenetic pace that just never lets up.

Followed by…

CRIMSON TIDE (1995, Hollywood Pictures; Directed by: Tony Scott)




Denzel Washington is assigned to serve on a nuclear sub under veteran commander Gene Hackman.  When Russian rebels get their hands on some missiles, the command to launch a nuclear attack is made but a follow up message is interrupted making the contents of it a mystery.  Denzel thinks it may be an order to stand down and wants Hackman to hold off starting a war which Hackman doesn’t agree with.  What follows is a tense stand-off that in the cramped setting of a submarine is brimming with tension and action. 

I first saw this movie in at the Cinerama Dome(my first viewing of anything there) – in fact I saw it twice during that opening weekend I loved it so much.  This is a movie with powerhouse acting that really has gotten better with age.

THE TRAILER for MAN ON FIRE:





THE TRAILER for CRIMSON TIDE:




Link to Tickets and Information HERE.