"I’m not afraid of death, but I am afraid of murder."
THE CONVERSATION (1974)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Tonight - 7:30PM at the Egyptian Theater on a double bill with ENEMY OF THE STATE (1998)
All audience members will have a chance to win ENEMY OF THE STATE on Blu-ray Disc.
From Mobster to the Witness Relocation Program
GOODFELLAS (1990) / MY BLUE HEAVEN (1990)
Saturday, April 26 - 7:30PM Egyptian Theatre
Martin Scorsese’s GOODFELLAS was based upon the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi; the screenplay for MY BLUE HEAVEN was written by Pileggi’s wife, Nora Ephron. Much of the research for both works was done in the same sessions with New York mobster Henry Hill, whose life both movies are based upon. As a result, MY BLUE HEAVEN plays out as a kind of comedic sequel to GOODFELLAS - though GOODFELLAS was released one month later!
NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (1983) / THE ROCK (1996)
Sean Connery’s character in THE ROCK is named John Patrick Mason, but his grey-haired heroics could just as easily be those of James Bond in NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN. Observe the connections between the characters when you see both films back to back!
Friday, April 25 - 7:30PM Egyptian Theatre
Sean Connery learned not to say “never” when he returned to the screen as James Bond after swearing off the role following DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. In this second adaptation of Ian Fleming’s THUNDERBALL, the British Secret Service agent must recover a pair of nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE operative Maximillian Largo (Klaus Maria Brandauer). Made outside of the franchise’s usual Eon Productions, NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN features some new faces playing familiar characters (Max von Sydow as Blofeld, Edward Fox as M) as well as Kim Basinger and Barbara Carrera as the requisite “Bond girls.”
FBI chemical weapons specialist Nicolas Cage and ex-convict Sean Connery (the only man to successfully escape from Alcatraz, aka “The Rock”), are enlisted to break into the former prison when a disgruntled U.S. general (Ed Harris) goes over the edge, seizing the island with his elite commandos and threatening to attack San Francisco if his demands aren’t met. Bruckheimer’s first film after splitting with partner Don Simpson, THE ROCK is a mega-octane action machine, delivered with characteristic skill and humor by director Michael Bay and acted by a superb cast including Cage, Connery, David Morse, Michael Biehn and William Forsythe.
THE M WORD (2014)
Director Henry Jaglom and Actress Tanna Frederick in person
Thursday, April 24 - 7:30PM Aero Theatre
Discussion after the film with director Henry Jaglom and actress Tanna Frederick, followed by a dessert reception.
“The change of life” takes the spotlight in this funny and fearless comedy from writer-director Henry Jaglom. At a struggling Los Angeles television station, a children’s show actress (Tanna Frederick) rallies her female co-workers to stand up to the station’s new boss (Michael Imperioli), sent from New York on a ruthless cost-cutting mission. Corey Feldman, Frances Farmer, Gregory Harrison and Mary Crosby are among the outstanding ensemble cast in this film about something every woman knows … and every man should.
"I blew up the building."
"Because you made a phone call."
Gene Hackman plays a surveillance expert in both Francis Ford Coppola’s THE CONVERSATION, celebrating its 40th anniversary, and Tony Scott’s 1998 ENEMY OF THE STATE - could it be the same character? See the films together and decide for yourself.
THE CONVERSATION (1974) / ENEMY OF THE STATE (1998)
Wednesday, April 23 - 7:30PM Egyptian Theatre
Sandwiched between THE GODFATHER and GODFATHER II, THE CONVERSATION is Coppola at his very best - a sinister, unstoppable portrait of moral (and physical) violence and the sheer paranoia of living in the modern world. Gene Hackman is tremendous as fly-on-the-wall surveillance expert Harry Caul, drawn into a murderous whirlpool when he’s hired to bug lovers Frederic Forrest and Cindy Williams. Co-starring John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Teri Garr and Harrison Ford.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott ratchet up conspiracy paranoia to the nth degree in ENEMY OF THE STATE as labor lawyer Will Smith unknowingly comes into possession of a video showing a crime being committed by National Security Agency chief Jon Voight. When Smith has his assets frozen and his family put in jeopardy and must go on the run, he receives help from an unlikely source: renegade surveillance expert Gene Hackman.
What’s up Doc?
The Easter Bunny is coming to the Aero…and his name is Bugs!
BUGS BUNNY CARTOON CLASSICS
Sunday, April 20 - 4:00PM Aero Theatre
Join us at 3:30 PM for a faux Easter “egg hunt” (and real Easter candy)!
It’s rabbit season! Celebrate spring with a thoroughly jolly, rabbit-filled family matinee of classic Warner Bros. cartoon shorts starring the one, the only Bugs Bunny and friends!
It’s a holiday where Rabbits take center stage. Is there a holiday where Mice are featured? Nope…not at all (sorry Mickey, you do know we love you either way).
Our Easter Egg Hunt is geared for small children since finding “eggs” inside the Aero Theatre is not tremendously challenging. Please bring your own Easter basket or bag. The “eggs” the children will seek are paper and empty plastic eggs. At the end of the program, the children will turn in the paper and plastic eggs for Easter candy. All children will get candy while supplies last. Remember, not everyone arrives at the same time, so if you arrive early, be sure to leave some eggs for others to discover.
“The Abominable Snow Rabbit" (1961, 6 min. Dirs. Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble) While tunneling through the Himalayas, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck encounter the Abominable Snowman.
“Canned Feud" (1951, 7 min. Dir. Friz Freleng) Sylvester the cat struggles with a can of tuna.
“Curtain Razor" (1949, 7 min. Dir. Friz Freleng) Talent agent Porky Pig endures animal auditions.
“Cheese Chasers" (1951, 7 min. Dir. Chuck Jones) Mice Hubie and Bertie get into a cheese factory.
“A Bear For Punishment" (1951, 7 min. Dir. Chuck Jones) A bear family celebrates Father’s Day.
“Stop! Look! And Hasten!” (1954, 7 min. Dir. Chuck Jones) Wile E. Coyote chases the Road Runner.
“Cat’s Paw" (1959, 6 min. Dir. Robert McKimson) Sylvester takes his son bird hunting.
“A Witch’s Tangled Hare" (1959, 6 min. Dir. Abe Levitow) Bugs battles a witch in Macbeth’s castle.
“The Pied Piper Of Guadalupe" (1961, 6 min. Dirs. Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt) Speedy Gonzales outwits Sylvester.
“Wet Hare" (1962, 7 min. Dir. Robert McKimson) Bugs defeats a dam builder.
“Often An Orphan" (1949, 7 min. Dir. Chuck Jones) A dog wants Porky to adopt him.
“Homeless Hare" (1950, 7 min. Dir. Chuck Jones) A construction worker bulldozes Bugs’ home.
Plus more great Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies!
Hitchcock remakes himself…
THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1956) / UNDER CAPRICORN (1949)
Tonight - 7:30PM Aero Theatre
Beyond the Hitchcock 9
Presented by the American Cinematheque and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles
Introduction by Sandro Monetti, director of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles. Film will be preceded by a clip (8 min.) of Alfred Hitchcock receiving the BAFTA Fellowship, the highest honor bestowed by the organization.
Alfred Hitchcock remakes his own entertaining but lightweight 1934 thriller THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH as a melancholy examination of the pleasures and nightmares of family life. When the son of James Stewart and Doris Day is kidnapped while on vacation, the couple’s long-simmering resentments threaten to get in the way of their attempts to rescue him. Although the film is rightly celebrated for setpieces like the famous Albert Hall assassination sequence, the depth of Hitchcock’s vision is more effectively felt in the film’s quieter moments: The scene in which Stewart tells Day their son has been kidnapped is one of the most powerful in all of Hitchcock’s cinema.
Director Alfred Hitchcock shot UNDER CAPRICORN about a love triangle in 1830s Australia in long takes, à la ROPE, to explore the motivations of some very complex characters. Joseph Cotten is an Irish ex-convict turned successful landowner; Ingrid Bergman is his wife, being pushed toward alcohol-induced delirium until childhood acquaintance Michael Wilding appears. Jack Cardiff provides the striking Technicolor cinematography.
35mm prints of both films will be screened.
A Triple Feature 65 Million years in the making
JURASSIC PARK 3-D (1993) / THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK (1997) / JURASSIC PARK III (2001)
Saturday, April 26 - 7:30PM Aero Theatre
You’re sitting in the dark waiting for the feature to start and suddenly there are rumblings creating ripples in your soda. This is Southern California so instantly you think Earthquake, but no. These are more rhythmic and they are getting louder…and closer.
Welcome to Jurassic Park - also known as the Aero - where a triple feature of T-Rexs, Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus, Pterodactyls and Velociraptors will unfold before your very eyes.
Two of the films are directed by Steven Spielberg, the third by Joe Johnston and the original Jurassic Park will be screened in 3-D!
Special Ticket Pricing: $15 General, $13 Students/Seniors, $10 Cinematheque Members. No vouchers accepted for this program.
Director Richard Kelly in Person
DONNIE DARKO (2001) / THE EVIL DEAD (1981)
Friday, April 18 - 7:30PM Aero Theatre
In Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko, the characters see Sam Raimi’s original 1981 The Evil Dead - at the Aero! With this double feature, get the ultimate Meta movie-going experience. Watch the characters see The Evil Dead at the Aero, then step into their shoes and do it yourself!
Donnie Darko Director Richard Kelly will participate in a Q&A between films, moderated by Geoff Boucher.
35mm prints of both films will be screened.
“And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the fourth beast said: “Come and see.” And I looked, and behold a pale horse. And his name that sat on him was Death.”
"And Hell followed with him."
HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER (1973) / PALE RIDER (1985)
Tonight - 7:30PM Egyptian Theatre
As the nameless stranger who comes to the defense of townsfolk in both HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER and PALE RIDER, Clint Eastwood might just as well be on the same horse. Study the comparisons between the two Westerns, both directed by Eastwood, in this double feature.