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This Week At The New Bev: Nagisa Oshima, Michael Caine, Grindhouse Film Fest, Tapeheads & More!

Posted by phil blankenship, August 19, 2010 09:43pm | Post a Comment
This Week At The New Beverly

Our full upcoming schedule is available online:
www.newbevcinema.com/calendar.cfm



Friday & Saturday, August 20 & 21

Two by Nagisa Oshima

In the Realm of the Senses
1976, Japan / France, 102 minutes
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074102/
written & directed by Nagisa Ôshima
starring Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda
Fri: 7:30; Sat: 3:15 & 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

Unsanitised, worryingly convincing in its sadomasochistic detail, this is seriously provocative cinema, a telling reminder of what it really means to be dangerous. - Trevor Johnston, Time Out

One of the most extraordinary moments in screen history. Oshima's film widens and deepens the sensual realm.
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian UK

- plus on the same bill -

Empire of Passion
1978, Japan / France 105 minutes
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077132/
written & directed by Nagisa Ôshima
starring Tatsuya Fuji, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Takahiro Tamura, Takuzo Kawatani
Fri: 9:40; Sat: 5:25 & 9:40, Watch The Trailer!

An exceedingly beautiful film, exquisitely played.
- Vincent Canby, New York Times

A heady, strange, haunting story that is far from played out even today. - Robert Cargill, Film.com



Friday, August 20

Pulp Fiction
1994, USA, 154 minutes
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110912/
written & directed by Quentin Tarantino
starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Eric Stoltz, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Uma Thurman
11:59pm, All Tickets $7, Watch The Trailer!

Like "Citizen Kane," Pulp Fiction is constructed in such a nonlinear way that you could see it a dozen times and not be able to remember what comes next. - Roger Ebert

The first masterwork of the post-modern pop culture generation gets better with every viewing, and like good rock n' roll, needs to be played loud! - Brad Laidman, Film Threat



Saturday, August 21

Amoeba Music & Phil Blankenship present
New Beverly Midnights

Death Valley
1982, USA, 87 minutes - Not Available On DVD!
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083805/
dir. Dick Richards, starring Peter Billingsley, Paul Le Mat, Catherine Hicks, Stephen McHattie, Wilford Brimley
11:59pm, All Tickets $7

A unique addition to the horror road-movie sub genre with some surprisingly clever direction that routinely uses the audience's expectations against them. - Kindertrauma.com



Sunday & Monday, August 22 & 23

Michael Caine double bill

Harry Brown
2009, UK, 103 minutes
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1289406/
dir. Daniel Barber, starring Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Charlie Creed-Miles, David Bradley, Iain Glen
Sun: 3:10 & 7:30; Mon: 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

Caine makes a grave, soulful vigilante avenger, and first-time director Daniel Barber gives the film a dank, streaky, genuinely unnerving palette. - David Edelstein, New York Magazine

Essential stuff, even by the big man's considerable standards.
- Mark Dinning, Empire

- plus on the same bill -

Get Carter
1971, UK, 112 minutes
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067128/
dir. Mike Hodges, starring Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, John Osborne, Tony Beckley, George Sewell
Sun: 5:15 & 9:35; Mon: 9:35, Watch The Trailer!

A tense, hard-boiled crime movie that uses Michael Caine, for once, as the sure possessor of all his unconscious authority. - Roger Ebert

Caine's performance as Jack Carter has gone on to become the epitome of cool, with his measured and ruthless portrayal of a man consumed with revenge.- Almar Haflidason, BBC



Tuesday, August 24

Eric Caidin and Brian Quinn
with Grindhouse Releasing present

The Grindhouse Film Festival

American Grindhouse
2010, USA, 80 minutes
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1307861/
This new documentary features interviews with Larry Cohen, Joe Dante, Jack Hill, John Landis, HG Lewis and many more!
7:30, please note: digital projection, Watch The Trailer!

American Grindhouse director Elijah Drenner, the documentary's narrator Robert Forster & other special guests will appear IN PERSON, schedule permitting.


- plus on the same bill -

Dance Hall Racket
1953, USA, 60 minutes
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045668/
directed by Phil Tucker, written by Lenny Bruce, starring Timothy Farrell, Lenny Bruce, Bernie Jones, Honey Bruce Friedman
10:00, Watch The Trailer!

All Tickets $8, Bonus 40 minute History of Exploitation trailer show!



Wednesday & Thursday, August 25 & 26

Tapeheads
1988, USA, 93 minutes
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096223/
dir. Bill Fishman, starring John Cusack, Tim Robbins, Mary Crosby, Clu Gulager, Katy Boyer
7:30

Ignored both at the cinema and on tape, this is a gem that is as happy sending up the music video world as it is poking fun at politics. - Film 4

It's now spoken of with something akin to reverence, as it's funny and smart and holds up very well against contemporary competition. - Buzz McClain, All Movie Guide

- plus on the same bill -

The Big Picture
1989, USA, 100 minutes
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096926/
directed by Christopher Guest, written by Christopher Guest, Michael Varhol & Michael McKean, starring Kevin Bacon, Emily Longstreth, J.T. Walsh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael McKean
9:30

Befitting two of the co-authors of This is Spinal Tap, Guest and Michael McKean, The Big Picture displays a keen eye for the silliness of film biz customs, lingo and attitudes. - Variety

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