|Special Events in May:Some events will repeat at
the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
John Cassavetes Films
Sunday, May 7 6:30 PM
FACES, 1968, Castle Hill, 130 min. This, the
first of director John Cassavetes " Marriage Trilogy," is considered by
many to be his finest film. Cassavetes worked feverishly as a movie actor all through the
sixties, saving money to finance his second, acclaimed, groundbreaking feature. John
Marley, Gena Rowlands, Lynn Carlin, Seymour Cassel and Val Avery all hypnotize
the viewer as they verbally and sometimes physically spar with each other in
a middle class, suburban inferno fueled by alcoholic insecurity and egocentric brio. An
astonishing, partly-improvised example of "verite"-style cinema at its most
intense. Cassel and Carlin were nominated for Best Supporting Oscars as was Cassavetes for
Best Screenplay. John Marley won Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival.
HUSBANDS, 1970, Sony Repertory, 133
min. Dir. John Cassavetes. A common friend's death brings three married friends (Peter
Falk, Ben Gazzara, John Cassavetes) to reconsider their lives and leave home together.
Through girls, wine, gambling and lovemaking they seek truth. "The characters in
HUSBANDS are quite different from those in FACES. I mean FACES was about people who were
just getting by. These guys don't want to just get by in life. They want to live
could say it's about three married guys who want something for themselves. They don't know
what they want, but they get scared when their best friend dies." John
Wednesday, May 17 - 7:30 PM
Kevin Thomas Favorite Films:
SUNSET BOULEVARD, 1950, Paramount, 110 min. "Im
ready for my close-up, Mr. De Mille!" Director Billy Wilder created one of
his most enduring masterpieces in this dark, glittering poison pen letter to all things
Hollywood, told in flashback by murdered screenwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden),
whose final job is playing paid-companion to egocentric, aging silent film goddess Norma
Desmond (Gloria Swanson). With Erich von Stroheim. Academy Award Winner for Best
Screenplay (Wilder, Charles Brackett and D.M. Marshman, Jr.) and Score (Franz Waxman). The
original Schwabs drugstore figures prominently in the film, as does Paramount
Studios and the still-standing Alto Nido apartments. Kevin
Thomas will introduce screening.
Friday, May 19 - 7:30 PM
Jon Favreau In-Person!
LASTING IMPRESSIONS. The third installment in a monthly
series featuring screenings and conversations with moviemakers. This time
out, actor/writer Jon Favreau joins host Ed Crasnic for the.
10 year Anniversary Reunion of SWINGERS.
SWINGERS, 1996, Miramax, 96 min. Dir. Doug
Liman. A sweet comedy set in the back streets and clubs of Hollywood about male
twentiesomethings looking for romanve and parties. Trent (the hilarious Vince Vaughn)
tries to cheer up Mike (writer Jon Favreau) who moved to LA to try his luck as an
actor, leaving his east coast girlfriend behind. A fun low budget film about nightlife,
friendship and the retro-swing dance movement in Hollywood. Discussion
following with writer/ actor Jon Favreau, moderated by Ed Crasnick.
Sunday, May 28 - 6:30 PM
John K in Person!
JOHN KRICFALUSI TRIBUTE. With his landmark
1991 TV series "Ren & Stimpy," featuring the demented, wildly anti-social
and hilariously inappropriate antics of the two title characters, Canadian-born animator
John Kricfalusi (b. 1955) kicked modern cartooning in its underpants, starting a myriad of
trends: the gross-out subversive cartoon ("Beavis and Butthead," "South
Park"), the thick-lined flat retro cartoon ("Dexters Lab,"
"Fairly Odd Parents," etc.), the caricatured revival of classic characters
cartoon ("Boo Boo Runs Wild," "The Flintstones On The Rocks"). After
revolutionizing TV cartoons, Kricfalusi followed up by inventing internet cartoons in 1996
with "The Goddamn George Liquor Program" and developed the techniques for Flash
animation that are used at practically every studio today. A selection of "Ren &
Stimpy" by the animated cartoons modern pioneer. [Approx. 2 hrs. total.] John Kricfalusi will introduce the screening. At Every
Picture Tells A Story at 4:00 PM, John K. introduces his new exclusive exhibit "The
Art of John Kricfalusi," May 27 - June 24, original art and prints from the hilarious
and controversial animated programs of the creator of the landmark TV series "Ren
& Stimpy." Following the Aero film program, Every Picture Tells A Story will be
open for a special "nite-owl" look at the exhibit!