27th Annual American Cinematheque Award Honoree - Producer Jerry Bruckheimer
This year, the American Cinematheque is honoring Producer Jerry Bruckheimer with their annual award on December 12th at the Beverly Hills Hilton.
Mr. Bruckheimer’s resume is filled with a steady stream of high octane blockbusters such as TOP GUN, BAD BOYS and the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise not to mention several small-screen achievements like CSI, WITHOUT A TRACE and THE AMAZING RACE.
Not only are the titles he was produced impressive, but the names of directors and actors he has collaborated with are a “who’s who” of Hollywood power players and artists including Tom Cruise, Tony Scott, Will Smith, Ridley Scott, Michael Bay, Johnny Depp, Gore Verbinski and Paul Schrader.
In addition to the awards ceremony, the Cinematheque will be screening several of Mr. Bruckheimer’s films including a 70mm double feature (TOP GUN / DAYS OF THUNDER) and Mr. Bruckheimer will appear live at one of the events (THE ROCK / BAD BOYS) for a Q&A and to sign copies of his newest book.
Friday, December 13th - 7:30PM Egyptian Theater
70mm / Jerry Bruckheimer / Tom Cruise / Tony Scott Double Feature
1986 / Paramount Pictures / 110 minutes / Directed by: Tony Scott
You will feel the need. The need….for speed in 70mm!
In one of THE iconic movies from the 1980s, Tom Cruise is cemented as a mega-movie-superstar as Maverick, a hotshot fighter pilot in training with plenty of issues. He manages to annoy the other pilots (especially Val Kilmer) and flies some pretty fancy maneuvers around civilian instructor Kelly McGillis utilizing techniques that aren’t covered in the training manuals.
TOP GUN was made to be experienced on a big screen!
In the VHS and Laserdisc days, this was THE test title that stores used to show off their home theater systems and I was very happy to see the other day that the Blu-ray 3D is still being used for the same purpose. Proof that this is a movie and a visceral experience that has stood the test of time.
Cruise makes his way from one high speed, metal encased potential-death-trap to another….
DAYS OF THUNDER
1990 / Paramount Pictures / 107 minutes / Directed by: Tony Scott
From high in the air to the race tracks of NASCAR, Tom Cruise is hotshot driver Cole Trickle (best..movie character name…EVER!!!) tearing up the track - with attitude - and racing his way into the heart of (then future wife) Nicole Kidman.
Michael Rooker, Randy Quaid and Robert Duvall (who likes to talk to his cars while he builds them).
Saturday, December 14th - 7:30PM Aero Theater
Jerry Bruckheimer in person!
Jerry Bruckheimer / Michael Bay Double Feature!
Mr. Bruckheimer will be at the Aero in person to take part in a Q&A between films, as well as to sign copies of his new book Jerry Bruckheimer: When Lightning Strikes - Four Decades of Filmmaking in the lobby at 6:30 PM.
1996 / Touchstone Pictures / 136 minutes / Directed by: Michael Bay
Nicolas Cage is an FBI specialist who teams up with Sean Connery, the only prisoner who successfully escaped from “The Rock” (that would of course be the penitentiary on Alcatraz Island) to sneak back in and stop an angry Ed Harris from wiping out San Francisco with a chemical weapon.
High octane action ensues.
1995 / Columbia Pictures / 118 minutes / Directed by: Michael Bay
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have badges and guns, and they aren’t afraid to use them!
Smith and Lawrence play Miami police detectives on the trail of a large amount of heroin that has been stolen while they try and keep witness Tea Leoni alive so she can testify in a high profile murder trial. Through all this, any sort of insurance policies covering destructive damage to the city of Miami is put to the extreme test.
Sunday, December 15th - 7:30PM Aero Theater
1981 / MGM Repertory / 122 minutes / Directed by: Michael Mann
In Director Michael Mann’s feature film debut, James Caan plays an exceptional thief who tries to get out of the game and lead a normal life. He would be successful except for the fact that the mafia pulls him back in for “one last job”. That seems to happen a lot in the movies!
Jim Belushi, Tuesday Weld, Dennis Farina, Willie Nelson and Robert Prosky co-star.
1980 / Paramount Pictures / 117 minutes / Directed by: Paul Schrader
Impeccably well-dressed male prostitute Richard Gere (“Pretty Man”?) becomes the suspect in the murder case of one of his clients. However, the seedy nature of his profession results in him being alienated by his high-profile clientele when it comes to providing the alibi that would prove him to be innocent. Of course, being wanted for murder doesn’t stop him from engaging in a steamy, sexual affair with the wife of a senator played by Lauren Hutton.
Gere really sells the idea of sophistication and style, and early 80s L.A. looks fabulous!
35mm prints of both films will be screened.
Monday, December 16th - 7:30PM Aero Theater
A Scott Brothers double feature
ENEMY OF THE STATE
1998 / Touchstone Pictures / 131 minutes / Directed by: Tony Scott
Will Smith gets caught up in a web of paranoia with Gene Hackman (who plays an updated round-about version of his THE CONVERSATION character) when he accidentally comes to possess a tape that high-ranking politician Jon Voight doesn’t want out in public.
It’s a movie that seems even more relevant than when it was first released thanks to the recent revelations that the NSA has been spying on American citizens through various technological communication outlets.
BLACK HAWK DOWN
2001 / Sony Repertory / 143 minutes / Directed by: Ridley Scott
Director Ridley Scott’s harrowing film covers the very real “Battle of Mogadishu” which involved American Troops battling for survival for 15 hours against Somali’s when 2 Black Hawk helicopters are shot down in the center of the very hostile city.
The cast includes Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana, Kim Coates and William Fichtner.
"It’ll be a sensation! “Lamont and Lockwood: they talk!”
“Well of *course* we talk. Don’t everybody?”
Thanksgiving Weekend 2013
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
1952 / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (via Warner Bros.) / 103 minutes / Directed by: Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
Friday, November 29th - 7:30PM Aero Theater
Say good mornin’ (well ok, at 7:30 in the evenin’) and bring your umbrellas for one of the greatest and most loved movies ever made - SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN. You can’t go wrong with a movie that touts “Make ‘em Laugh” as its mantra.
This Thanksgiving weekend, check into the Overlook hotel.
THE SHINING / ROOM 237
Friday, November 29th - 7:30PM Egyptian Theater
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
"THOSE AREN’T PILLOWS!"
Celebrate Thanksgiving Week 2013 with a John Hughes/John Candy double feature.
Wednesday, November 27th - 7:30PM Aero Theater
PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES
1987 / Paramount Pictures / 93 minutes / Directed by: John Hughes
Is there anything more stressful than traveling during the holidays? Steve Martin experiences every problem imaginable - and then some - first hand with the companion from hell - John Candy. All he wants to do is get home to his family.
Great for a memorable scene that features Steve Martin dropping the F-Bomb 18 times in under a minute, followed by a classic response from Hughes regular Edie McClurg. Harvey Weinstein just got the MPAA to reverse an R rating to a PG-13 on PHILOMENA for it being uttered twice but I doubt he would have had the same luck here.
1989 / Universal / 100 minutes / Directed by: John Hughes
From traveling companion from hell to Uncle from hell - or so his sister-in-law (played by Elaine Bromka) believes. While the younger kids Maizy and Miles (Gaby Hoffman and a pre-HOME ALONE Macaulay Culkin respectively) are won over, it will take a lot more to get rebellious teen Tia (Jean Louise Kelly) on his side.
Surprisingly heartwarming in that way that only John Hughes could pull off.
“And Nietzsche, with his theory of eternal recurrence. He said that the life we lived we’re gonna live over again the exact same way for eternity. Great. That means I’ll have to sit through the Ice Capades again.”
HANNAH AND HER SISTERS
1986 / Orion / PG-13 / 103 minutes / Directed by: Woody Allen
Tuesday, November 26th - 7:30PM Aero Theater
Woody Allen’s brilliant romantic comedy set in New York City over a Thanksgiving holiday follows well-adjusted Hannah (Mia Farrow) and her slightly lost siblings Lee (Barbara Hershey) and Holly (Dianne Wiest), all playing virtual musical chairs with a gang of lovers (including Allen, Michael Caine, Max Von Sydow and Sam Waterston). With Lloyd Nolan and Margaret Sullivan (Mia’s real-life mom) as the women’s nostalgically careening parents, and Carrie Fisher as Holly’s poisonous best friend April. Winner of three Academy Awards, two for Best Supporting performances (Caine and Weist) and Best Screenplay for Allen.
Cinema Italian Style 2013
Through November 23rd at both the Aero and the Egyptian.
One of the bonuses of living in Los Angeles is that there is a never-ending buffet of a wide variety of movies to be seen. While Los Angeles isn’t the only city where cinema passion runs rampant, this season in particular is when the city shines as there are numerous festivals, screenings, Award consideration runs to choose from. It can be so overwhelming that sometimes the rare gems get lost in the mix
The American Cinematheque while screening the best of present, past and even future Hollywood has a strong track record of featuring cinematic pleasures from around the world. For instance there is the Belgium series that has been running all year long as well as the mini Russian festival that took place a couple of weeks ago.
This week sees the Italians invading both the Egyptian and the Aero for a series of films that you otherwise might not have the chance to see on the big screen.
The series began on the 14th at the Egyptian with a screening of Italy’s official entry in the Foreign Film category of the Academy Awards - THE GREAT BEAUTY. One of the great Italian directors, Bernardo Bertolucci a two-time Oscar winner for directing and writing THE LAST EMPEROR (which also won Best Picture that year) was in attendance.
The series continues tonight (Nov. 16th) and runs through the 23rd with the remaining films screening at the Aero.
Saturday, November 16th - 7:30PM
Double Feature! Actress Jasmine Trinca & Director Maria Sole Tognazzi In Person! Los Angeles Premieres!
2013 / Cite Films / 100 minutes / Directed by: Valeria Golino
Irene (Jasmine Trinca, the 2013 Nastro d’Argento winner for Best Italian Actress) helps the terminally ill die with dignity. One would-be patient (Carlo Cecchi) has decided he is finished with life but appears to be in good health - so Irene tries to heal him through means other than death. In Italian with English subtitles.
A FIVE STAR LIFE
2013 / Music Box Films / 85 minutes / Directed by: Maria Sole Tognazzi
Irene (Margherita Buy, winner of the David di Donatello Award for Best Actress) has a dream job: traveling through Europe to test the service at The Leading Hotels of the World’s 5-star establishments. Yet in the lap of that luxury, she is alone. The film was awarded the Nastro d’Argento as Best Comedy by the Italian film critics union (S.N.G.C.I.). In Italian with English subtitles.
Sunday, November 17th - 7:30PM
Double Feature! Director Roberto Andò In Person! Los Angeles Premieres!
LONG LIVE FREEDOM
2013 / Rai International Sales / 92 minutes / Directed by: Roberto Ando
In this comedy, Enrico Olivieri (Toni Servillo) is a politician under fire who flees to Paris. Confusion reigns in Italy when Enrico cannot be found, so his party’s leaders replace him with his twin brother - an eccentric writer-philosopher. The 2013 winner of the Nastro d’Argento and David di Donatello awards for Best Screenplay. In Italian with English subtitles.
THOSE HAPPY YEARS
2013 / Celluloid Dreams / 101 minutes / Directed by: Daniela Luchetti
Guido (Kim Rossi Stuart) is too self-centered to see that his wife (Micaela Ramazzotti) is upset about all the time he spends with beautiful women in his studio. So it’s a rude awakening when she leaves the narcissistic artist for a “feminist retreat” - right after his big Milan gallery show has gone horribly wrong. In Italian with English subtitles.
Monday, November 18th - 7:30PM
Double Feature! Los Angeles Premieres!
THE BEST OFFER
2012 / IFC Films / 124 minutes / Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore
The latest from acclaimed director Giuseppe Tornatore (CINEMA PARADISO) stars Geoffrey Rush as the manager of an auction house who is employed by an heiress to sell an art collection - but the mysterious young woman drives their professional relationship to the edge of obsession. Winner of the Nastro d’Argento and David di Donatello awards for the Best Film of 2013. In English.
2012 / Rai International Sales / 90 minutes / Directed by: Leonardo Di Costanzo
In an abandoned building in the suburbs of Napoli, teen boy Salvatore (Alessio Gallo) is told by the local crime boss to guard wild child Veronica (Francesca Riso); as the day progresses, they explore the giant building and develop an unusual rapport. The debut feature from documentarian Leonardo Di Costanzo earned the David di Donatello for Best New Director. In Italian with English subtitles.
Saturday, November 23rd - 5:30PM
Purchase a ticket to this film and receive free entry to the 7:30 PM screening of LA DOLCE VITA!
HOW STRANGE TO BE NAMED FEDERICO
2013 / Bim Distribuzione / 90 minutes / Directed by: Ettore Scola
This documentary by director Ettore Scola focuses on his longtime friend Federico Fellini, using personal memories, archival footage and recreations to paint a loving portrait of the legendary Italian filmmaker. In Italian with English subtitles.
Sunday, November 23rd - 7:30PM
If you purchase a ticket to the 5:30PM Fellini documentary HOW STRANGE TO BE NAMED FEDERICO, you receive free entry to LA DOLCE VITA!
LA DOLCE VITA
1960 / Paramount / 185 minutes / Directed by: Federico Fellini
Director Federico Fellini feels his way from the neo-realist past to the illusory future in this incredible emotional travelogue of the soul of modern Rome. How better to open the free-wheeling 1960s than with this alternately funny, feral, sweet and seductive meditation on what is truly meaningful (if anything) for the dusk-to-dawn Italian jet set? Marcello Mastroianni was catapulted into superstar status as the sensitive tabloid reporter juggling the affections of several women (voluptuous movie star Anita Ekberg, icy mistress Anouk Aimee and neurotic girlfriend Magali Noel) while making the rounds of the spirit-destroying nightlife of the Via Veneto. Mastroianni’s scene with Ekberg in the Trevi Fountain at dawn remains one of the most timeless, memorable images ever to emerge from world cinema. "I feel that decadence is indispensable to rebirth." - Fellini. In Italian with English subtitles.
Retro Format 2013
TRUE HEART SUSIE (1919)
With Live Musical Accompaniment by Cliff Retallick
Saturday, November 16th - 7:30PM Spielberg Theater - Egyptian Theater
Couldn’t get tickets for the sold out Cornetto Flavours Trilogy with Edgar Wright on Saturday? No problem because right next door in the Egyptian’s Spielberg theater is a chance to see a rare program of 8mm prints of Lillian Gish silents.
TRUE HEART SUSIE is the main feature, but it will be accompanied by a series of rare silent shorts all directed by D.W. Griffith and starring Ms. Gish.
An Unseen Enemy (1912, 17 min.), which introduced Gish and her sister Dorothy.
The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912, 17 min.)
The Mothering Heart (1913, 29 min.)
TRUE HEART SUSIE
1919 / 87 minutes / Directed by: D.W. Griffith
In “the story of a plain girl,” Lillian Gish stars in the title role as a young woman secretly smitten with a neighbor (Robert Harron). Though Susie must sacrifice greatly for the man, her love for him never wavers.
1933 / Warner Bros. / 89 minutes / Lloyd Bacon
Thursday, November 14th - 7:30pm Aero Theater
Program begins with an illustrated presentation from poster collector Mike Kaplan on the art of vintage movie posters.
An aging Broadway director puts on one last show and ably handles constant complications - including a last-minute replacement when the star of his production breaks her ankle. The most famous of the Warner Bros. musicals is also one of the fastest and funniest, thanks to expert work by Ginger Rogers and a plethora of Warner’s contract players. Optimistic and sexy yet sharply aware of the Depression’s ravages, this beautifully choreographed - by Busby Berkeley - classic influenced later films from ALL THAT JAZZ to BOOGIE NIGHTS. With Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler.
A 35mm print of the film will be screened.
You can see Mike Kaplan’s exhibit “Gotta Dance: The Art of the Dance Film Poster” at the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, November 16, 2013, through February, 2014.
A double dose of Emma Thompson
SENSE & SENSIBILITY / HOWARD’S END
Monday, November 11th - 7:30PM Aero Theater
On November 10th, Emma Thompson will be at the Aero for a Q&A along with an advanced screening of the new Disney film SAVING MR. BANKS. The trick though is you have to be a member to be able to attend that screening, so as you can see it pays to be a part of the club.
The following night is a double feature of Emma in two of her most memorable roles - one for which she won an Academy Award for best Actress (HOWARD’S END) and the other she also wrote and won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
SENSE & SENSIBILITY (1995), directed by Academy Award winner Ang Lee (for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN and LIFE OF PI) was Ms. Thompson’s first screenplay effort, and she got a nice golden statue named Oscar for her efforts.
Based on the novel by Jane Austin, the movie concerns the romantic lives of the Dashwood sisters (played by Ms. Thompson and Kate Winslet) who are left to fend for themselves without economic means when their father dies. Complete opposites in personality, they look out for each other and eventually find romantic attractions in the form of Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman.
Based on the novel by E.M. Forster, HOWARD’S END stars Anthony Hopkins as a wealthy businessman who intends to thwart his wife’s wishes (Vanessa Redgrave) of passing on an estate to her friend played by Ms. Thompson.
Perhaps this year will see Ms. Thompson on the Academy pedestal again for SAVING MR. BANKS?