Don't Knock the Rock 2013 is coming

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 18, 2013 09:00pm | Post a Comment
Don't Knock the Rock is a film festival that's taken place now for ten years. Each year filmmaker Allison Anders (Gas, Food Lodging, Grace of My Heart, and Mi Vida Loca) and her daughter, Tiffany, curate probably the best film festival of its sort in Los Angeles, focusing on rare or new music documentaries about personality-driven cult bands and under-exposed music movements and scenes.

Last year I attended the screening of Jobriath A.D. (2012). The year before I was at The Beat Is The Law: Fanfare For The Common (2010), the sequel to 2001's Made In Sheffield -- about the independent music scenes of Sheffield, UK. All screenings take place at The Silent Movie Theatre in Fairfax Village (on the border between the Fairfax District and Beverly Grove) and are hosted by Michael Des Barres of the TV series MacGyver.

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Heavy Hitter Midnites // Cinefamily, Los Angeles

Posted by phil blankenship, June 5, 2012 03:16pm | Post a Comment
Predator movie poster  Detention movie poster  Never Too Young To Die poster Rolling Thunder poster

I started a new programming residency/biweekly Friday film explosion at the Cinefamily in Los Angeles to bring you a carefully curated collection of pizza party classics, fist explosions, international adrenaline-pumpers, ‘80s funbombs, white-hot laugh factories, total freakazoids and more. This is a dedicated study of all that is, and can be, AWESOME.

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The series kicked off last month with a sold out screening of the Canadian sci-fi mindmelter BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW and now hits back in June with PREDATOR and DETENTION, and in July with NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE and ROLLING THUNDER.

A full-on macho heavyweight rager of intergalactic proportions! In a recent poll to determine the most (probably) scientifically accurate action blast, Scientific American unanimously announced the solid answer: John McTiernan’s amazing Predator. An all-star team of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers (Rocky, Action Jackson), Jesse “The Body” Ventura (plus Commando veteran Bill Duke and Lethal Weapon scribe Shane Black) venture to the jungles of South America to prove once and for all that “if it bleeds, we can kill it.” Big men, big guns, camouflage facepaint, torn limbs and Oscar-nominated (!) effects work by Stan Winston highlight this mandatory big-screen brawler, which still kicks your puny ass twenty-five years later.
Dir. John McTiernan, 1987, 35mm, 107 min.

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