After AFI Fest wrapped late last week in Los Angeles, and with few premier festivals still upcoming elsewhere in the country, Hollywood turns its attention this week to the tow mainstays of the holiday season: blockbusters and awards fare. But if 'Gulliver's Travels' or 'Blue Valentine' (neither of which we've seen yet) aren't priority films for you as the year comes to a close, thankfully there are still many active programs at theaters across the country where alternative, independent, classic, and general repertory films are shown.
But 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 events, 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!
Patty Duke will make an in-person appearance at the Music Box Theatre on November 18 for a screening of 'The Valley of the Dolls,' the campy adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's novel of the same name, which has become a cult classic since its release in 1967. Duke will be on hand for a q&a after the screening. For directions and ticketing information, check out the Music Box Theatre website.
From November 15-18, the Alamo Village is offering digital projection of Stanley Kubrick's 'Dr. Strangelove,' which was the first ever black and white film to receive a 4K restoration, ensuring that its picture and sound quality are as good if not better than ever before. For directions and ticketing information, check out the Alamo Village website.
On November 16, see a rare 35mm screening of Dario Argento's giallo classic 'The Bird With the Crystal Plumage,' as part of the Alamo Ritz' "Terror Tuesdays" programming. Although the film is currently available on Blu-ray, cinephiles know that the best way to see almost any movie is on film and in a theater, so this event is not to be missed. For directions and ticketing information, check out the Alamo Ritz website.
And while many Mystery Science Theater-esque troupes tend to pick exclusively awful movies for their improvisational commentaries-cum-verbal eviscerations, on November 19 and 20, Master Pancake Theater at the Alamo Ritz will feature Steven Spielberg's acclaimed but hardly-unassailable 'Jurassic Park.' For directions and ticketing information, check out the Alamo Ritz website.
On November 16, the New Beverly plays host to Brian Quinn's weekly Grindhouse Film Fest when he will screen 'Critters' and 'The Children' in honor of late screenwriter Brian Muir. Dee Wallace, Mark Helfrich and (tentatively) Scott Grimes will be there at 730 to introduce the double feature and field questions from attendees. For directions and ticketing information, check out the New Beverly Cinema website.
On November 17, get an opportunity to meet and speak with cinematographer Adam Greenberg, who will appear in person at the Egyptian Theatre at a screening of James Cameron's benchmark sci-fi film 'The Terminator.' For directions and ticketing information, check out the Egyptian Theatre website.
Also on November 17 at the Egyptian's Los Angeles sibling, the Aero Theatre, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin will appear in person to conduct a q&a after a screening of his new film 'The Social Network.' For directions and ticketing information, check out the Aero Theatre website.
And on November 19 (and Nov. 20), head back over to the New Beverly of a double feature of 'Les Amiches' and 'The Passenger,' two films by director Michelangelo Antonioni. Seeing any of his films on the big screen is always a rare treat, but Sony Classics re-released 'The Passenger' a few years ago so attendees can look forward to restored, terrific presentation of this iconic film. For directions and ticketing information, check out the New Beverly Cinema website.
The good folks at Grindhouse Releasing continue their series of theatrical reissues of cult movies with 'Maniac,' director Bill Lustig's 1980 slasher movie. On Nov. 19 and 20, Lustig will appear at Sunshine Cinema in person to introduce the film and conduct a q&a with fans. As the sort of slasher opus that outclasses contemporary horror movies by a country mile, seeing the film restored on the big screen is a must. For directions and ticketing information, check out the Sunshine Cinema website.
After playing to sellout crowds in Los Angeles, Paramount's 'Grease' Sing-A-Long comes to San Francisco's Castro Theatre from November 17-21. A prime time, slightly more family-friendly version of 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' revues that take place elsewhere across the country, this is a great opportunity to see the film up on the silver screen, and to actually be encouraged when you involuntarily break into song. For directions and ticketing information, check out the Castro Theatre website.