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Xiu Xiu presents My Own Private Idaho at Cinefamily Los Angeles

Posted by phil blankenship, July 24, 2014 08:40am | Post a Comment
My Own Private Idaho

MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO

presented by Xiu Xiu

Saturday, July 26, 2014 // Tickets

Xiu Xiu are a longtime favorite band around here, a unique blend of post-punk heartache and experimental ideals — so we’re excited that frontman Jamie Stewart is stopping by in the midst of a national tour, to present a film that’s deeply influenced his life and music. Gus Van Sant’s poetic 1991 road movie is truly affecting, traveling a sad, lonely and visually stunning path that beautifully evokes a state of drifting need and passionate longing. River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star as young hustlers: Mike, a sensitive narcoleptic dreaming of the mother that abandoned him, and Scott, the wayward son of a rich family and the object of Mike’s desire. Navigating a volatile world of junkies, thieves and johns, they take a dreamy quest from the grungy streets to the open highways in search of home. But, don’t fear, it’s not a total downer; Udo Kier even sings and dances with a lamp. A pioneering American work filled with stylized flair, surreal imagery, Shakespeare references and two seriously sexy leads exploring their abilities, My Own Private Idaho helped take New Queer Cinema mainstream, cemented Phoenix’s legacy and still leaves an impact on everyone that watches it.
Dir. Gus Van Sant, 1991, 35mm, 104 min.

$12, Free for Cinefamily Members
www.cinefamily.org
Cinefamily // 611 N Fairfax Avenue // Los Angeles // 90036

Patrick Swayze's Steel Dawn at Cinefamily Los Angeles

Posted by phil blankenship, July 2, 2014 11:00am | Post a Comment
Patrick Swayze's Steel Dawn

STEEL DAWN

Saturday, July 5, 2014 // Midnite

Come welcome author/longtime Cinefamily friend David J. Moore, as he stops by to celebrate the release of his mammoth new book “World Gone Wild: A Survivor’s Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies”. He’s bringing along a doozy of a screening: Patrick Swayze’s sand-swept actioner Steel Dawn. Released while Dirty Dancing was still in theaters and while Thunderdome was still on our minds, this sci-fi update of Shane crawls through the ruins of nuclear war to bring you a dusty landscape of unearthly beauty in a world struggling against both the forces of nature and the evil of mankind. It opens with Swayze standing on his head in the middle of a desert, and only gets weirder from there as he wanders the wasteland slashing through mutants and madmen in order to carve a future with his sword. It’s a sparse, tense affair cemented by committed performances by Swayze and his real-life wife Lisa Niemi, tightly directed by frequent Cannon Films collaborator Lance Hool (Missing in Action 2) and stacked with an army of classic “That Guys”: Anthony Zerbe, Brion James, Arnold Vosloo and American Ninja’s John Fujioka!
Dir. Lance Hool, 1987, 35mm, 100 min.

$12, Free for Cinefamily Members
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Cinefamily // 611 N Fairfax Avenue // Los Angeles // 90036


Death Race 2000 at Cinefamily Los Angeles!

Posted by phil blankenship, May 9, 2014 10:59am | Post a Comment
Death Race 2000

DEATH RACE 2000


Friday, May 9, 2014 // Midnite // Tonight!!

Roger Corman’s depraved drive-in hit is revving its engine, ready to plow through an audience of die-hard midnight maniacs! So get set for the Transcontinental Road Race, a lethal coast-to-coast, no-holds-barred orgy of fast cars and flattened bodies (points are not just scored for speed, but for the number of innocent pedestrians killed) in mankind’s greatest sporting event ever. Drivers David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone, Roberta Collins, The Karate Kid’s Martin Kove and cult movie icon Mary Woronov are putting the pedal to the metal, on the run to outmaneuver not just one another but also groups of activists willing to do whatever it takes to stop our barbaric heroes. A biting satire on America’s thirst for violence, director Paul “Eating Raoul” Bartel’s update of sci-fi legend Ib Melchior’s story is as pitch black as it is blood red, beautifully shot by Tak Fujimoto (fresh off Malick’s Badlands), fine-tuned to optimum performance by ace editor Tina Hirsch, and gloriously well-deserved of its infamous Ebert zero-star review denouncing the film for being in “poor taste, unnecessarily gratuitous in both nudity and violence.” In our words, a classic.

$12, Free for Cinefamily Members
www.cinefamily.org
Cinefamily // 611 N Fairfax Avenue // Los Angeles // 90036

Kid 'N Play's CLASS ACT at Cinefamily Los Angeles This Friday!

Posted by phil blankenship, September 11, 2013 01:30pm | Post a Comment
Kid 'N Play's CLASS ACT

CLASS ACT
Friday, September 13, 2013 // Midnite

Co-presented by WARNER ARCHIVE

House Party pals Kid ‘N Play make sure the party isn’t over in a fresh comedy that asks: “What happens when the school records of a brainiac dweeb (Kid, the guy with the high-rise ’do) and a street tough with attitude to spare (Play, the hip-hop style master) accidentally get switched?” It’s an urban retelling of Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper, you dig? These boisterous superfriends have the quick-witted dynamics, easy interplay and casual expertise of the best old-school comedy teams down pat — but with cooler clothes, and more slammin’ dance moves. Pairing the duo with a def soundtrack and hot supporting roles for Doug E. Doug and Karyn Parsons (Hilary from Fresh Prince Of Bel Air) ensures that the hip-hop flip-flop of 1992 is now the back-to-school Cinefamily jam of 2013!
Dir. Randall Miller, 1992, 35mm, 98 min.

$12, Free for Cinefamily Members
www.cinefamily.org
Cinefamily // 611 N Fairfax Avenue // Los Angeles // 90036

Heavy Midnites: COOL AS ICE at Cinefamily w/ Kristin Minter IN PERSON

Posted by phil blankenship, August 29, 2013 05:42pm | Post a Comment
Cool As Ice


COOL AS ICE
Friday, August 30, 2012 // Midnite

Co-star Kristin Minter in person!
Drop that zero and get with the hero. In the annals of star-fueled vanity projects, few have more hypercolor intensity, badass B-Boy attitude or straight-up white-boy funk than Vanilla Ice’s feature film debut. A rap-centric cinematic progeny of Marlon Brando’s The Wild One, Cool As Ice features our man as Johnny Van Owen: a freewheeling, motorcycle-riding rebel-with-a-heart-of-gold who stops in a small town, falls in love and has to battle both jealous boyfriends and brutal kidnappers, all on his way to the next gig. But first he’s gonna have to deal with one mighty pissed-off dad (Family Ties’ Michael Gross), and a crew that just don’t understand. It’s a full-on neon ‘90s invasion into backwoods Americana, disowned by the director, nearly abandoned by its studio and lensed by future cinematography Hall of Famer Janusz Kamiński (who would go on to win an Oscar for Schindler’s List just two years later.) But it’s also a raging good time, and a reminder of what it is to be young. Did we also mention the killer soundtrack, featuring “4 new songs” by the man himself?
Dir. David Kellogg, 1991, 35mm, 91 min.

$12, Free for Cinefamily Members
www.cinefamily.org
Cinefamily // 611 N Fairfax Avenue // Los Angeles // 90036
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