This Week At The New Beverly: THE WRIGHT STUFF II

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This Week At The New Beverly

Our full upcoming schedule is available online:

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 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

1990, USA, 125 minutes
directed by David Lynch; screenplay by David Lynch based on the novel by Barry Gifford; starring Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, J.E. Freeman, Crispin Glover, Diane Ladd, Isabella Rossellini, Harry Dean Stanton
Thurs: 7:30, Trailer

Edgar says: Two lovers on the lam movies, two stone cold cult classics. Both equally beloved, both wildly entertaining, both frequently brutal and brutally funny.

David Lynch's amazing Wild At Heart was released at the height of his network TV success with Twin Peaks, but does not pull any punches whatsoever. I vividly remember watching this on first release and being blown back into my seat by the outrageous opening; the combination of Im Abendrot, Powermad and a man's head being bashed into a pulp was like nothing I'd ever seen. It remains a singular experience over twenty years later.

- plus on the same bill -

True Romance

1993, USA, 120 minutes
directed by Tony Scott; written by Quentin Tarantino; starring Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken
Thurs: 10:00, Trailer

Edgar says: Tony Scott's True Romance also felt somewhat ahead of its time and though not a huge box office bonanza, has become one of the most influential Quentin Tarantino scripts. The film foretells the age of the geek hero by at least ten years and sparked a fire for an entire genre of meta madness, my films included. Given that he didn't direct it, it's ironic that it feels like Tarantino's most personal film. Its still a joy to watch, still apparently Tony Scott's favorite film of his own and my god, what a cast.

Friday & Saturday, January 28 & 29


FRIDAY SCHEDULE UPDATE - The Warriors director Walter Hill, star James Remar & producer Frank Marshall will now appear IN PERSON, schedules permitting, to discuss! Please note that the previously announced  film order has switched to accommodate the addition of these very special guests. The Warriors will now screen first at 7:30 followed by The Wanderers at 9:50. The Saturday showtimes remain the same.

The Friday show is 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.

The Warriors

1979, USA, 92 minutes
directed by Walter Hill; starring Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright, Brian Tyler, David Harris, Tom McKitterick, Deborah Van Valkenburgh
Fri: 7:30; Sat: 9:50, Trailer

Edgar says: Walter Hill's The Warriors is rightly celebrated as a cult phenomenon beyond even its origins as a movie; dialogue, sounds and images have entered into the consciousness in music, fashion and videogames. At the heart is still a barnstorming late night rumble of a film, another classic all-in-one-night tale as our heroes perform a lethal A to B in the dark terrain of a New York long forgotten.

- plus on the same bill -

The Wanderers

1979, USA, 117 minutes
directed by Philip Kaufman; screenplay by Rose Kaufman & Philip Kaufman based on the novel by Richard Price; starring Ken Wahl, John Friedrich, Karen Allen, Toni Kalem, Alan Rosenberg
Fri: 9:50; Sat: 7:30, Trailer

Edgar says: 1979 was a clearly a banner year for gang culture, as these two movies are the best of the genre. I showed these movies as a double bill in Toronto and they complemented each other beautifully. One is hugely underrated, the other is a cult phenomenon, both are amazing movies.

Phil Kaufman's The Wanderers is a bruising, funny knuckleduster of a movie, a rites of passage set among the warfare and initiations of 60's New York's neighbourhood gangs. There's so much from this film that has stayed with me, Perry's haymaker punches, the fog bound streets where the Ducky Boys lurk, Ken Wahl belting out Dion, the apocalyptic football game. I love this movie.

Saturday, January 29

Amoeba Music & Phil Blankenship
present New Beverly Midnight

Zack Carlson, co-author of the essential new book Destroy All Movies!!! The Complete Guide To Punks On Film will appear IN PERSON to discuss with special guests TBA!


1983, USA, 94 minutes
written & directed by Penelope Spheeris; starring Chris Pedersen, Bill Coyne, Jennifer Clay, Timothy O'Brien, Wade Walston, Flea
11:59pm (Midnight), All Tickets $7, Trailer

It still shows enormous empathy and sensitivity in capturing the angst and alienation of American youth, making it seem both rooted in a specific time and place and strangely timeless.
- Nathan Rabin, A.V. Club

Sunday & Monday, January 30 & 31


Edgar Wright will appear IN PERSON, schedule permitting, on Sunday the 30th to introduce the films. The Sunday 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.

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

1974, USA, 115 minutes
written & directed by Michael Cimino; starring Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, Geoffrey Lewis, Catherine Bach, Gary Busey
Sun & Mon: 7:30, Trailer

Edgar says: Two fantastic crime films, both with legendary, beloved actors, neither of which as are well known as they should be. I aim to change this with this double bill.

Michael Cimino's Thunderbolt & Lightfoot is a buddy movie classic, with the amazing combination of Clint Eastwood in his prime and Jeff Bridges in one his earliest starring roles. This handsome duo head up a tough, funny and frequently insane heist movie. I dearly love this movie. With Bridges now attaining the same legend status as Clint himself, it will be great to watch this again with a crowd.

- plus on the same bill -

Miami Blues

1990, USA, 97 minutes
directed by George Armitage; screenplay by George Armitage based on the novel by Charles Willeford; starring Alec Baldwin, Fred Ward, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Charles Napier
Sun & Mon: 9:45, Trailer

Edgar says: George Armitage's Miami Blues is another film slightly ahead of its time. In 1990 its combination of tough, funny noir and flashes of shocking violence seemed to bemuse audiences. Only five years later would Tarantino turn what was once for cult appreciation only into a global smasheroo. This very entertaining Miami lowlife romp has at its heart two great badass performances, the grizzled Fred Ward as Hoke Mosely and the frequently shirtless and impressively hairy Alec Baldwin as the charming psychopath Junior. This film is a little gem of broken fingers, lost digits and missing teeth. Anyone who has seen my amateur film Dead Right will know that I stole a joke from Miami Blues. I am willing to be shamed by screening it now.


Advance tickets may be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets by clicking HERE. Advance tickets are not sold at the box office.

Currently, only general admission tickets may be purchased via this link. Discounted student, senior, etc. tickets may not be purchased in advance at this time. As always, any available tickets will also be sold at the theater box office the day of the event. Purchasing advance tickets is generally unnecessary for most shows, as the only programs that ever come close to selling out are special event shows with special guests, etc. Plenty of tickets are available at the door for nearly all of our programs.

Coming Soon:

4 & 5: Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno & Diabolique
5: Phantasm II
11: Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction
12: Let The Right One In
19: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
25 & 26: The African Queen & The Desperate Hours
26: Demolition Man

Schedule subject to change

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