If you live in the Los Angeles area and you've been looking forward to Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film Grindhouse, now you can have a taste of the real thing. The New Beverly Cinema will host the Los Angeles Grindhouse Festival all through March and April ... programmed by Tarantino himself. Take a look at the New Beverly calendar and you can see the lineup includes a variety of exploitation films. My favorite triple-feature listed on the calendar is for The Swinging Barmaids, The Swingin' Pussycats, and The Swinging Cheerleaders -- gotta love the Seventies.

I'm a little concerned because April is often the month for QT Fest in Austin, when Tarantino brings a lot of grindhouse films here along with other films he likes. What's he doing in LA? I suppose it's only fair that other cities get a turn, and Austin is already so excited about Grindhouse that no further promotion is necessary. I recognize a lot of QT Fest standards in the New Beverly lineup: Roger Vadim's Pretty Maids All in a Row, the Filipino exploitation film The Muthers, Rolling Thunder and The Blood-Spattered Bride. One word of advice to LA filmgoers: make sure you've had some sleep before you see The Legend of the Wolf Woman. I saw it at the end of an all-night marathon and it can really mess with your mind if you're sleep-deprived.

[via Risky Biz Blog]