In Los Angeles, the AFI Film Festival started last week, and it runs until November 11. Suffice it to say that by looking at just that festival's schedule, Cinematical would be able to easily put together ten film-related events that folks should attend, or at least should enjoy if they're cinephiles and they decide to attend. But due in no small part to our expansive network of contributors, who submit content from locations across the country (and sometimes from a few others), we're well aware that even Hollywood isn't always the place where everything exciting is happening in the world of film.
Before we present our picks for the film-related events of the week, we would like to remind you to please leave comments and send in emails with any suggestions you may have for evens, screenings, or other opportunities film fans may have to share with others in their celebration of the medium. Also, when and if you attend any of the events listed below, please let us know about your experiences, and let the organizers know where you found out about it!
November 8-11, the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar is offering digital projection of the new 'Bridge on the River Kwai' Blu-ray, to commemorate its release on Nov. 9. The film plays at 7:00 PM each day, and if for some reason you haven't seen it, this is not just one of the greatest war movies ever made, but the greatest in any genre, and seeing it on the big screen is the best way to go. For tickets and theater information, check out the Alamo Drafthouse website.
Meanwhile at the Alamo Ritz, actors Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie and Akihiro Kitamura will all be available in person to introduce a screening of Tom Six' transgressive 'The Human Centipede' on Saturday, November 13. The screening begins at 9:40 PM, and for ticket and theater information, check out the Alamo Drafthouse website.
Although it started on Nov. 5, The Festival of New Spanish Cinema runs until Nov. 29 at the Gene Siskel Film Center. On Monday, Nov. 8, The Island Inside ('La Isla Interior') will be playing at 6:00 PM. For ticket and theater information, check out the Siskel Film Center website.
Additionally, The 29th Chicago Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival started on Nov. 4 and runs through Nov. 13. Tickets are only $5, so for ticket and theater information, check out the Chicago Eventful website.
Also on Nov. 8, Sam Peckinpah's 'Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid' is playing at Ida Noyes Hall at the Max Palevsky Cinema. One of the filmmaker's best films, it's a rare and wonderful experience to be able to see it on the big screen. For ticket and theater information, check out the Eventful website.
The always-reliable New Beverly Cinema is showing two classic John Cassavetes films on Nov. 12 and 13, 'Shadows' and 'The Killing of a Chinese Bookie.' 'Shadows' is a personal favorite (and notably one of Cassavetes' very first films), so this double feature is not to be missed. For ticket and theater information, check out the New Beverly's website.
Over at the Los Angeles County Musuem of Art, 'The Killer' and 'As Tears Go By' are screening on Nov. 12 as part of the museum's "Hard Boiled Hong Kong" film series, which runs through Nov. 27. For ticket and theater information, check out the LACMA website.
And at the American Cinematheque's iconic Egyptian Theatre, the collaborations of director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio will be celebrated with two double features: 'The Departed' and 'Gangs of New York' on Nov. 13, and 'The Aviator' and 'Shutter Island' on Nov. 14. (The Nov. 14 double feature, at which DiCaprio and Scorsese will attend and answer questions, is already sold out.) For ticket and theater information, check out the Egyptian Theatre website.
At the IFC Center on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12 and 13, Jim Jarmusch's 'Down By Law' will be screened at 11:45 PM. As one of Jarmusch's best (and almost indisputably one of Roberto Benigni's all-time best performances, this is a great film to see in a theater. For ticket and theater information, check out the IFC Center website.
If one crowd-pleasing classic isn't enough for you, the Castro Theatre is hosting a "Midnights From Maniacs" film festival on Saturday, Nov. 13. The programming will include 'Westworld,' 'The Terminator,' 'RoboCop,' 'Transformers: The Movie,' and a secret, yet-to-be-announced late night movie. For ticket and theater information, check out the Castro Theatre website.