Tuesday, April 26, 2016

LAUREL AND HARDY RESTORED, by Susan King

The beloved comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were in another fine mess. But this time, it was no laughing matter. The prints of the classic shorts and feature films they made for producer Hal Roach, including the 1932 Oscar-winning short “The Music Box” and the 1937 feature Way Out West, were worn and torn and had been cut to shreds for commercials. Mere shadows of their former selves.

Until now.
All images courtesy Randy Skretvedt

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

DIRECTOR RICHARD LINKLATER DISCUSSES EVERYBODY WANTS SOME, by Claudia Oberst

Richard Linklater was on hand on Sunday, April 3, to discuss his latest movie Everybody Wants Some after a member screening at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. The Cinematheque's Linklater series continues through this weekend, including this film's companion, Dazed and Confused (screening before School of Rock), followed by the director's "Before" trilogy.  

Watching Everybody Wants Some is like time-traveling back to the 1980s. Long hair, groomed mustaches, patterned shirts, and disco music - it’s all there. The movie is a celebration of friendship, baseball, music, and a reminder of what it feels like to be young and reckless.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

TERENCE MALICK'S CITY OF ANGELS, by Scott Nye

Terrence Malick sees the world a little differently than most, a notion that has only been heightened since - with 2012’s To the Wonder - he started making films set in the present. Even there, it’s one thing for him to portray France's Mont Saint-Michel as an almost otherworldly plane; quite another to evoke the same of a Sonic Drive-In. In Knight of Cups, playing Thursday, March 24 at the Aero Theatre, Malick and his frequent cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki turn their gaze on the shifting, amorphous fantasy land that is our own Los Angeles.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

THE ART OF PRODUCTION DESIGN PANEL, by Doug Sumner

On February 27, 2016, A full house attended 11th annual Art of Production Design panel discussion with the Oscar nominees at the Egyptian, moderated by Tom Walsh, ADG and set decorator Jane Pascal, co-founder of the Set Decorators Society of America (SDSA). The films and panelists were:
  • Bridge of Spies – production designer Adam Stackhausen, set decorators Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich
  • The Danish Girl – production designer Eve Stewart, set decorator Michael Standish
  • Mad Max – production designer Colin Gibson, set decorator Lisa Thompson
  • The Martian – production designer Arthur Max, set decorator Celia Borak
  • The Revenant – production designer Jack Fisk, set decorator Hamish Purdy
The production designers. Photo courtesy ADG
The event was sponsored by the Art Directors Guild (ADG), Set Decorators Society of America, the American Cinematheque, and Kohler. A short clip was shown for each film, each followed by a one on one discussion with each film's production designer and set decorator.

Friday, February 19, 2016

DIRECTOR MATTHEW HEINEMAN DISCUSSES CARTEL LAND, by Gretchen Hustig

 Tuesday, February 9, 2016, the Aero screened Matthew Heineman's documentary Cartel Land.  Heineman was on hand to discuss the documentary, which is nominated for an upcoming Oscar.  Latino Media Visions organized the event, as part of their effort to expose audiences to the perspective of the Spanish-speaking world.



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

MARSHA HUNT AT THE EGYPTIAN, by Kim Luperi

Actress Marsha Hunt, director Roger C. Memos, and historian Foster Hirsch took the stage at the Egyptian Theater on January 31, 2016 to discuss Hunt's life, career and her new documentary, Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity, which screened that evening with one of her films, None Shall Escape.


One of the first things Hunt said during the Q&A was: “I think I am, without question, the luckiest person I have ever known.” As the audience just watched during her documentary, she certainly was the recipient of a range of luck throughout her life and career, some good and some bad.