In just a matter of a few weeks film fans will be neck-deep in Sundance coverage, and after that a variety of festivals across the country will kick off, showcasing many works that will inevitably find their way into multiplexes the world over. Until then, however, programmers at independent and chain theaters across the country are continuing to schedule screenings of great repertory titles and host showings of films that haven't been on screen in decades. And while Edgar Wright's very own forthcoming festival, The Wright Stuff II, launches this week at Los Angeles' New Beverly Cinema with a triple feature of his three films 'Shaun of the Dead,' 'Hot Fuzz' and 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,' there are thankfully a variety of terrific options left for folks who don't live in Los Angeles or weren't able to get tickets before those screenings sold out.
But before we get to the stuff we think you should see elsewhere in the country, 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!
On January 16, head to the Alamo Ritz for a screening of the film that supposedly almost made actor Josh Brolin want to give up acting: the skateboarding movie 'Thrashin'.' Presented by Zzang!!, the screening starts at 10:45 PM, but check out the Alamo Ritz website for additional screening details and ticket information.
On January 14, check out a screening of one of Hollywood's most notorious flops, 'Ishtar.' The film was set to debut on Blu-ray and DVD during the first week of January, but was delayed at the last minute, so for the time being, this may be your only opportunity to see the film, since it was never before released on DVD. 'Ishtar' is showing at Ida Noyes Hall at the Max Palevsky Cinema, so check out the Eventful website for additional screening details and ticket information.
On Wednesday, January 12, head over to Dallas' Texas Theatre for a screening of the original 1960 'Little Shop of Horrors.' The screening starts at 8:00 PM, but check out the Texas Theatre website for additional screening details and ticket information.
If you were unable to snag tickets to Edgar Wright's opening night(s) triple feature of his own films, try to make it to the first of his series of terrific double features on January 16 and 17, 'Brazil' and 'Delicatessen.' Not only will Wright be there to host the screening, but he enlisted fellow 'Brazil' fan Richard Kelly to help introduce the Terry Gilliam film. Check out the New Beverly website for a full schedule of the Wright Stuff II screenings, additional screening details and ticket information.
Meanwhile, on January 14, iconic character actor Tom Noonan will host a screening of his own directorial effort, 'What Happened Was...' at Los Angeles' Cinemfamily. The evening begins at 7:30 PM, but check out the Cinefamily website for additional screening details and ticket information.
If you haven't gotten enough of "that guys" by the 14th, head back to the Cinefamily on January 15 for a screening of two of Bruce Dern's films, 'The King of Marvin Gardens' and 'Tattoo.' The evening begins at 7:00 PM and Dern will be in attendance to host the double feature, but check out the Cinefamily website for additional screening details and ticket information.
If you're not completely wiped out from all of the adult-style action in the rest of the films on our list, visit the Aero Theatre at 4:00 PM on Sunday, January 16 for a screening of the classic children's films 'The Red Balloon' and 'The White Mane.' Check out the Aero Theatre website for additional screening details and ticket information.
On three consecutive nights, January 14, 15 and 16, visit Sunshine Cinema for midnight screenings of Steven Spielberg's classic adventure film 'Raiders of the Lost Ark.' The screenings offer a rare opportunity to see the film on the big screen, which may account for the theater's decision to show it on three nights instead of their usual two, but check out the Sunshine Cinema website for additional screening details and ticket information.
The Castro Theatre is playing host to a series of Alfred Hitchcock films over the next week, but on Thursday, January 13, check out a double feature of two of the filmmaker's last films, 'Frenzy' and 'Family Plot.' Check out the Castro Theatre website for additional screening details and ticket information.
Also on January 14 and 15, check out one of David Lynch's greatest artistic achievements, 'Wild at Heart,' at midnight at the Egyptian Theatre in Seattle. The website listing says "uncut," which I think means that audiences will get to see somebody's head blow off in graphic detail, but check out the Egyptian Theatre website for additional screening details and ticket information.
Peter Bogdanovich fans unite! At midnight on January 14 and 15, head to Washington, D.C.'s IFC Center for screenings of the director's acclaimed 'Paper Moon.' Check out the IFC Center website for additional screening details and ticket information.