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This Week At The New Beverly: Robert Altman, Andrei Tarkovsky, Musical Classics, TMNT, Grindhouse Film Fest & More!

Posted by phil blankenship, February 17, 2011 11:25am | Post a Comment
This Week At The New Beverly

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


Thursday, February 17


Ghost World editor Michael R. Miller will appear IN PERSON, schedule permitting, on Thursday to discuss!


Finally, yet another 2010 release that didn't get a fair-shake theatrical run writer-director Lena Dunham's shoestring debut feature Tiny Furniture nonetheless captivated critics to a certain degree even if audiences had no idea that it was even playing, let alone where. The central idea sounds almost forbiddingly familiar: a recent college grad, played by the auteur herself, returns to her claustrophobic home world without a clue as to where to direct her life. Ostensibly a piquant addition to the D.I.Y. Mumblecore aesthetic, Dunham's picture is more assured than what usually comes from this neck of the woods, offering a certain comic charm and naiveté to replace what some might call the calculated restlessness of the typical Mumblecore character type. Ultimately, Tiny Furniture is more satisfying than what you might expect because Dunham herself is as sharp a writer as she is a somewhat recessive camera subject, and you get the sense that she's critiquing her character's self-indulgence a touch more than she celebrates it. Tiny Furniture may be most valuable, however, for the glimpse it affords into the promise of even more lovely and detailed comedies to come from this talented navel-gazer. On the same bill, more youthful attitude, suppressed uncertainty and way-cool blues (among a multitude of off-the-chart musically hip selections) by way of Terry Zwigoff's brilliant observed, sensitive recreation of the too-cool-for-school (or anything else) outsiders at the beating heart of Daniel Clowes' Ghost World (2001). Here is the rare graphic novel adaptation not centered on superheroes or displaced noir tropes or even a particular visual signature. Clowes' panels are clean and completely unfussy, and Zwigoff has translated that sense keenly without tipping into the mundane. And his actors-Thora Birch and Scarlet Johanssen-communicate the fear barely contained beneath their snarky indifference and the sense of their insecurity at the prospect of having no idea how to adapt to a world that won't slow down. Best of all is Steve Buscemi, who becomes a cultural and emotional touchstone for Birch, a real person conjured from what would have only previously been the object of her ridicule. Ghost World plays with hilarious specificity in its design and satirically youthful bent, but there's sadness about its reconciliation with maturity that is surprisingly, though never sentimentally heartfelt.

This Week At The New Bev: Claude Chabrol & Claire Denis plus Moulin Rouge!, Tiny Furniture, Ghost World, Let The Right One In, Pulp Fiction & MORE!

Posted by phil blankenship, February 10, 2011 10:26pm | Post a Comment
This Week At The New Beverly

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



Friday & Saturday, February 11 & 12


These pre-Oscar days that start off every new year are often considered dog days when it comes to the Hollywood release schedule. Studios tend to dump their least promising product in January and into February, allowing filmgoers to catch up with the big releases left over from Christmas that are likely to garner awards attention. The New Beverly is playing catch-up too with three 2010 releases that barely made a splash theatrically in Los Angeles but are well worth seeing on the big screen before they make their way to the various home theater formats. Friday and Saturday you can see the swansong of the late, great, some might even say underappreciated nouvelle vague master Claude Chabrol along with the latest from one of modern international cinemas most vital and celebrated filmmakers, which just happens to star an actress who herself sports more than a passing familiarity with Chabrol's pensively perverse universe. First, Gerard Depardieu is Inspector Bellamy, a French detective on vacation with his wife who ends up knee-deep in a crime case involving infidelity and issues of familial loyalty. Chabrol worms his way into the suspense through character, not plot machinations, and the movie has a lovely, rambling ease that sets it apart from more typical policiers of the French and American varieties. Second on the bill is Chabrol favorite Isabelle Huppert (Violette, Story of Women) in the latest from acclaimed director Claire Denis (Beau Travail, Trouble Every Day and last year's smashing 35 Shots of Rum). White Material

reunites the director with the biographical roots of her life in Africa to tell the story of a white French family embroiled in racial and civil conflict while trying to save their coffee plantation. Denis' startling visual sensibility and Huppert's fearlessness save the film from accusations of ignorant colonialism, forcing the viewer to confront, without judgment, the conscience of a woman who attempts to live out her connection to the continent in the way that reflects her deep emotional connection to it. While everyone else is scrambling to tick the last titles off their Oscar to-do list, take this opportunity to soak in two of the year's finest, least heralded achievements.

This Week At The New Beverly: THE WRIGHT STUFF II

Posted by phil blankenship, January 27, 2011 11:19am | Post a Comment
This Week At The New Beverly

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



January 14 - 31:
 

Edgar Wright presents THE WRIGHT STUFF II


Prepare yourself Los Angeles for the return of filmmaker Edgar Wright as he descends on The New Beverly with his epic screening series The Wright Stuff II. Mark your calendars because Mr. Wright will be delivering a double dose of features, special guests, and more surprises starting January 14th and continuing through January 31st, 2011. 


Thursday, January 27


THE WRIGHT STUFF II


The Thursday show is now SOLD OUT. Any tickets that become available will be sold on a first come first served basis to those waiting in a stand by line the night of the event.

Wild At Heart

This Week At The New Beverly: Marlene Dietrich & Joseph von Sternberg, Charles Bronson, Pulp Fiction, Paul Schrader & the Grindhouse Film Fest!

Posted by phil blankenship, January 6, 2011 11:01am | Post a Comment
This Week At The New Beverly

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


Jan. 14 - 31 Edgar Wright presents The Wright Stuff 2

Advance tickets for all films in THE WRIGHT STUFF II series will go on sale this Friday, January 7 at 12:00pm (noon) PST. Links to ticketing for each event is now accessible on the New Bev calendar page or through the Brown Paper Tickets site directly.


Thursday & Friday, January 6 & 7

A Marlene Dietrich/Joseph von Sternberg double bill

The Oscar-winning cinematography of Lee Garmes (with an uncredited assist from a young James Wong Howe) is but only one reason to touch down at the New Beverly January 6-7  for SHANGHAI EXPRESS (1932), director Josef von Sternberg's stylistically influential, visually sensual ode to international intrigue, ill-fated romance and the pleasures of the flesh. All these qualities can be located within the burnished heart and insinuating personality of Marlene Dietrich, whom von Sternberg presented to Hollywood in this popular hit, the third collaboration between director and his muse/object of obsession (after Morocco and Dishonored). Dietrich is Shanghai Lil, a "coaster" living by her wits as she shuttles up and down the China coast on the Shanghai Express.  Along for this voyage is an old flame, a military physician (Clive Brook) whose presence onboard the train makes things thick for Lil when he's taken hostage by Chinese guerillas. Von Sternberg's purple passion for his actress and his gorgeously atmospheric direction make this romantic thriller undulate with kitschy grace and purpose. The script comes courtesy of Morocco's Jules Furthman, whose pen also produced Only Angels Have Wings and Rio Bravo for Howard Hawks and, many years later, Jet Pilot, again for Von Sternberg.

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This Week At The New Beverly: The Godfather Trilogy Plus Vincent Cassel as Mesrine!

Posted by phil blankenship, December 22, 2010 06:12pm | Post a Comment
This Week At The New Beverly

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



Wednesday & Thursday, December 22 & 23

And speaking of Christmas counterprogramming, the New Beverly initiates a week of pre- and post-Christmas and New Year festivities designed to make sure your cinephile heart stays merry and bright with a two-part tale of personal ambition, and that you strut into 2011 alive with the hopes and dreams of one of America's most celebrated families coursing through your spirit. Get warmed up for Christmas on December 23 with a chance to catch one of 2010's most heralded performances-Vincent Cassel as real-life Gallic gangster Jacques Mesrine in a two-part chronicle of the criminal's nearly two-decade-long dominion over the French underworld in director Jean-Francois Richet's MESRINE: PUBLIC ENEMY #1(2010) and MESRINE: KILLER INSITINCT (2010). This is probably your last chance to see Cassel's magnetic work here, in what will surely be an important performance in terms of year-end attention, perhaps also as an interesting point of comparison to how Bronson handles similarly themed material.

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