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

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This Week At The New Beverly

Our full upcoming schedule is available online:

Friday & Saturday, August 20 & 21

Two by Nagisa Oshima

In the Realm of the Senses
1976, Japan / France, 102 minutes
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
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,

Friday, August 20

Pulp Fiction
1994, USA, 154 minutes
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!
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. -

Sunday & Monday, August 22 & 23

Michael Caine double bill

Harry Brown
2009, UK, 103 minutes
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
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
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
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

1988, USA, 93 minutes
dir. Bill Fishman, starring John Cusack, Tim Robbins, Mary Crosby, Clu Gulager, Katy Boyer

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
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

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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