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The L.A. Rep-port: 1/6 to 1/12, by Scott Nye

5 Jan

The Rep-port is a weekly(ish) series highlighting the best and most compelling repertory screenings in the city.

Cinefamily is kicking off their complete Pedro Almodovar retrospective this weekend with Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988, DCP), The Skin I Live In (2011, 35mm), All About My Mother (1999, 35mm), Pepi Luci Bom and Other Girls Like Mom (1980, DCP), Broken Embraces (2009, DCP), and Live Flesh (1997, 35mm). Watch them all and real life won’t seem quite as exciting. I’ve seen five of the seven, and while I’m a bit cooler on The Skin I Live In (it obviously should have been titled The Skin In Which I Live I mean come on), I’m considerably warmer on Broken Embraces, so in my mind you really can’t go wrong here. My fiancée, who’s crazy for Pedro, has seen all seven and vouches for them. Fun fact – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown directly informs Broken Embraces, so there’s good cause to see both, besides their general greatness.

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The L.A. Rep-port: 12/9 to 12/15, by Scott Nye

9 Dec

The Rep-port is a weekly(ish) series highlighting the best and most compelling repertory screenings in the city.

One doesn’t like to go too far out on a limb, but to say the new 70mm print of 2001: A Space Odyssey playing at the Egyptian this weekend and throughout December is the repertory event of the season might not, in fact, be an understatement. Until this new print was unveiled at Beyond Fest in October, I don’t believe 2001 has played in Los Angeles on film since the Academy’s Last 70mm Film Festival in 2012. I’ve been waiting ever since.

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The L.A. Rep-port: 12/1 to 12/8, by Scott Nye

2 Dec

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The Rep-port is a weekly(ish) series highlighting the best and most compelling repertory screenings in the city.

LACMA is showing That Thing You Do! (1996, 35mm)! Extra exclamation point mine!

The Bev is kicking off a sizable Kubrick retrospective, pairing his mid-career work (sans 2001, but we’ll get to that next week) with the mammoth documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001, 35mm). Who’s going to watch a two-and-a-half-hour doc after the three-hour Barry Lyndon (1975, 35mm), I do not know, but Barry Lyndon is a must-see on 35, so it’s worth going just for that. I don’t object as strongly to the Blu-ray that WB put out a few years ago, but there’s no question that digital struggles to replicate the textures Kubrick and cinematography John Alcott crafted. It’s also just a top-to-bottom masterpiece. That plays Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30, then again the following Saturday at 5:00. Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, 35mm) kicks off the series Sunday and Monday at 6:30 and 7:30, respectively. As recently discussed on the show, you really oughta see it in the theater. It’s a blast.

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The L.A. Rep-port: 11/4 to 11/10, by Scott Nye

3 Nov

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The Rep-port is a weekly(ish) series highlighting the best and most compelling repertory screenings in the city.

The great critic and author Matt Zoller Seitz will be in town promoting his book The Oliver Stone Experience with two screenings at Cinefamily. One Friday, he’s showing the relatively unknown horror film The Hand (1981, 35mm), with Stone in person for some kind of Q&A situation one imagines. On Saturday, he and actor Jim Beaver present Platoon (1986, 35mm). Beaver wasn’t in the film, but he’s a Vietnam veteran and a funny and insightful dude in his own right.

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The L.A. Rep-port: 10/28 to 11/3, by Scott Nye

27 Oct

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The Rep-port is a weekly(ish) series highlighting the best and most compelling repertory screenings in the city.

Halloween is finally winding down, and what better way to end a month of nonstop horror than with the totally chill The Deer Hunter (1978, 35mm) at the New Beverly. Its four-night engagement gives you slightly better odds of catching it than losing Russian Roulette.

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The L.A. Rep-port: 10/14 to 10/20, by Scott Nye

13 Oct

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The Rep-port is a weekly series highlighting the best and most compelling repertory screenings in the city.

I’ll be out of the country all week next week, and am positively seething with jealousy over how Angelenos will be able to spend their time. First and foremost, there are three different theaters taking advantage of the great Apichatpong Weerasethakul being in town. Cinefamily hosts the man and a screening of Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010, 35mm) on Monday, then brings him back for Cemetery of Splendour (2015, DCP) on Wednesday. The Aero Theatre repeats Uncle Boonmee (35mm again) along with Syndromes and a Century (2006, 35mm) and a discussion with the director on Thursday. Finally, and most tantalizingly, the UCLA Film & Television Archive in collaboration with Los Angeles Filmforum and REDCAT, hosts the filmmaker for an extremely rare two-night exhibition of his short films. That’s next Friday and Saturday, so it should really be covered in next week’s column, but whatever, it’s exciting. I’m a big, big, big fan of the three features, which I recently revisited for an article on another site, and they hold up magnificently well.

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The L.A. Rep-port: 10/07 to 10/13, by Scott Nye

6 Oct

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The Rep-port is a weekly series highlighting the best and most compelling repertory screenings in the city.

So the best news this week is that the most exciting event won’t cost you a cent. At USC’s Outside the Box [Office] series, none other than film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, Iranian actor Homayoun Ershadi, and Iranian director Anahita Ghazvinizadeh take the stage to pay tribute to the late Abba Kiarostami and screen his landmark film Taste of Cherry (1997; format unlisted, but my guess is 35mm). As mentioned, the event is free, but RSVP is required.

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The L.A. Rep-port: 9/23 to 9/29, by Scott Nye

22 Sep

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The Rep-port is a weekly series highlighting the best and most compelling repertory screenings in the city.

Cinefamily’s epic series on 1980s independent cinema might have come to a formal end back in April, but they’re following up on their promise to show Wayne Wang’s era-defining Chan is Missing (1982, 35mm) Friday at 7:30 with Wang in person.

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The L.A. Rep-port: 9/16 to 9/22, by Scott Nye

15 Sep

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70mm double feature alert! Here at the Rep-port, we’re big fans of seeing films on film, and the opportunity to see big commercial releases on 70mm is a rare one indeed. Such events were not so unusual in the 1970s, 80s, and even 90s, when big event movies (ranging from expected stuff like Star Wars to The Muppet Movie and Grease 2) were blown up from their 35mm negatives. While the advantages of a 35mm-to-70mm conversion may seem minor, the prints in question tend to be treated better in storage and by time, as they are screened less frequently. Consequently, if one were to see Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), the Egyptian’s 70mm program is where it’s at. The show starts Friday at 7:30, and includes a discussion between the films with Undiscovered Country director Nicholas Meyer and other members of the cast and crew.

The 70mm fun continues Saturday at 7:30 with The Master (2012). I doubt I need to convince BP readers of the value of Paul Thomas Anderson’s masterpiece, or the pleasure of seeing it in 70.

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The L.A. Rep-port: 9/9-9/15, by Scott Nye

8 Sep

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The Rep-port is a weekly series that aims to highlight the best and most compelling repertory screenings in the city.

So the big deal in town, as far as my own attendance priorities go, is Cinefamily screening all ten parts of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Dekalog (1989, DCP), his 1989 ten-part TV miniseries, recently restored by Janus Films. Each hourlong episode in some way confronts one of the Ten Commandments, though, just as his Three Colors trilogy riffed on the political ideals of the French republic, his approach to each “theme” is not always as head-on as all that. This is only what I gather, you understand. I saw two episodes years ago and will be seizing this opportunity to do the whole shebang. Cinefamily is screening them in sequential pairs (I & II screen together, III & IV, and so on), and each pair will screen three times apiece over the next week and change.

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