Ah, the dog days of summer: you’ve already binged on The X-Files twice and can’t go back to the multiplex because A: you cried too hard during INSIDE OUT; B: you got a little rowdy during MAGIC MIKE XXL; C: are too busy being worried about STAR WARS to care about any new releases; or D: all of the above. What’s a sweaty media-lover to do??? Hopefully, you’ll go to a repertory theater to check out some classic films! We are incredibly lucky to have so many outstanding repertory theaters in LA — it’s almost criminal for film fans not to take advantage of the films screening in the city each week.This will be a new blog feature, debuting every Friday. If you think we’ve forgotten a theater, please let us know!
Cinefamily: Free screening alert! Marielle Heller’s Sundance smash, the 1970s-set warts-and-all coming of age tale THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL screens on 8/1, seats are first come, first serve. Calling all Camp Firewood campers! Cinefamily brings WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER to its Heavy Midnites series on Saturday in anticipation of the series debut on Netflix this weekend, as well as Saturday morning cartoons with BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES and Ralph Bashki rarities. Throughout the week, Cinefamily continues its series on acclaimed Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson with SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR and YOU, A LOVE STORY screening.
The New Beverly: Can you hear the Morricone? Leone’s seminal Dollars Trilogy continues its residence at the New Bev this week. THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY plays through Saturday, and then on Sunday, FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE begins its run, which continues through 8/8 with western classics like DEATH RIDES A HORSE and DAY OF ANGER on the double bill.
The Egyptian: The Egyptian gets spooky with their celebration of 1980s VHS horror and they’ve got some — cue Crypt Keeper voice — killer double features. Two of horror’s finest splatstick comedies, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD and NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, screen 8/1 with cast (Clu Gulager!) and crew attending. HELLRAISER and PUMPKINHEAD screen on 8/2 with a bonus horror burlesque show (let’s just hope no one is doing Pumpkinhead cosplay.) On 8/5, director William Lustig presents new restorations of MANIAC COP and MANIAC COP 2, and shlock auteur extraordinaire Larry Cohen brings SPECIAL EFFECTS and THE AMBULANCE to the Egyptian on Thursday.
The Aero: Comedian-turned filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait’s latest doc, a profile of legendary Boston comedy club owner Barry Crimmins, CALL ME LUCKY, screens with Goldthwait in person on 8/2. The Aero then begins its retrospective on Peter Bogdanovich with the Oscar-winning PAPER MOON and WHAT’S UP DOC? on 8/6. The Bogdanovich series continues throughout the weekend with the filmmaker appearing in person for the 8/7 screening of THE LAST PICTURE SHOW and NICKELODEON in anticipation of his latest film, this year’s SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY.
LACMA: Cheap matinee alert! One of the best children’s films of the 90s, Alfonso Cuaron’s goregeous, evocative A LITTLE PRINCESS screens on 8/4 for only $4!
Cinespia: Oh, Suzy-Q! There’s not a lot left to be said about Francis-Ford Coppola’s Vietnam masterpiece APOCALYPSE NOW, but, if you’ve never seen the film on a big screen, why not experience it at Hollywood Forever Cemetery among some of the city’s other biggest film fans? Tickets are still available for this Saturday’s screening.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Filmmaker Rob Garver brings WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL to Cinefamily on 8/4. As Garver works to finish funding on this doc via Kickstarter, he brings Kael rarities (a 1982 interview on her writing process, 1970s interviews with Hitchcock, Scorsese, and others, clips from the doc including Tarantino and Paul Schrader) to Cinefamily for this one-night-only event. Considering that film critics and critical discourse feel more threatened than ever, exploring the work of one of film’s finest critics seems especially vital. Celebrate Pauline Kael by spreading her gospels!