Sunday, March 27, marked the stateside premiere of Quentin Tarantino's 'Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair,' an extended cut of the film which the writer-director premiered at the Cannes Film Festival a few years ago. The film continues its Los Angeles run until April 7, so make sure you high tail it over to the New Beverly Cinema to check out one of the most amazing and highly-anticipated theatrical events of the year. Other than that, however, this week is surprisingly light on high-profile movie-related events, at least in cities like Chicago and New York, although Austin and Los Angeles make a typically fine showing.
But before we get to our list of picks for the week ending April 3, 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 March 31, head over to the Alamo Ritz for a double-feature screening of the 1982 film 'Vice Squad' and the 2011 film 'Rubber' (yeah, the killer tire movie), connected by a personal appearance by the star of both films, Wings Hauser. The screening begins at 9:45, but check out the Alamo Ritz website for ticket information and additional screening details.
Although I'm still not entirely sure where the name "Master Pancake" came from, the good folks at MP are hosting multiple screenings of Jan De Bont's glorious tornado epic 'Twister' on April 1 and 2, both of which will be thoroughly made fun of and ripped apart by their team of expert comedy critics. Screenings begin at 7:00 and 10:00 on both nights, but make sure you check out the Alamo Ritz website for ticket information and additional screening details.
Meanwhile, on April 2 and 3 over at the Ritz' sister theatre, the Alamo South Lamar, check out the 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' Brunch, where the Alamo's gifted chefs will provide a special menu while you watch Blake Edwards' terrific story about how gorgeous Audrey Hepburn is. The screenings begin at 11:00 AM; check out the Alamo South Lamar website for ticket information and additional screening details.
On March 29, The Texas Theatre is showing Jacques Demy's absolutely, unbelievably brilliant musical, 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,' starring Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo. Not to be missed on the big screen, the film starts promptly at 8:00 PM, but make sure you check out the Texas Theatre website for ticket information and additional screening details.
Over at the Inwood Theatre, pick up a bud on April 1 and 2 and check out Richard Linklater's stunningly brilliant 'Dazed and Confused.' Screenings begin on both nights at midnight, but make sure you check out the Inwood Theatre website for ticket information and additional screening details.
On March 29 at the Silent Movie Theatre, do not miss a live performance by horror movie music cover band Nilbog, whose interpretations of material by Goblin, John Carpenter and Giorgio Moroder will precede a screening of a batsh*t horror movie I admit I've never seen (but won't miss) called 'The Visitor' (not to be confused with Tom McCarthy's movie of the same name). The performance begins at 8:00 PM with the film starting around 9:30, but check out the Cinefamily website for ticket information and additional screening details.
On April 1 and 2, make sure you go over to the LA County Museum of Art for a screening of 'Every Man For Himself,' Jean-Luc Godard's 1980 return to form which was released to great acclaim by Francis Ford Coppola. There are multiple screenings during its two day run, so make sure you check out LACMA website for ticket information and additional screening details.
If for some reason my many other reminders and invitations haven't yet convinced you of this film's brilliance, make sure you head over to the AFI Silver Theatre to see 'The Conformist' April 1-3. One of Bernardo Bertolucci's best, and indeed, one of the great political thrillers of all time, the film is not to be missed, so make sure you check out the AFI Silver website for ticket information and additional screening details.
If a little camp is what you prefer, head to the IFC Center on April 1 and 2 for screenings of James Nguyen's gloriously awful 'Birdemic: Shock and Terror,' which was released just last month on DVD and Blu-ray by the great people at Severin Films. Both screenings are at midnight, but make sure you check out the IFC Center website for ticket information and additional screening details.
For probably my favorite double feature or at least non-'Conformist' screening of the week, visit the Castro Theatre on April 1 for screenings of two of Tim Burton's best movies, 'Pee-wee's Big Adventure' and 'Edward Scissorhands.' The movies start (respectively) at 7:30 and 9:20, but make sure you check out the Castro Theatre website for ticket information and additional screening details.