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David Carradine Tribute Weekend

This weekend (starting yesterday, sorry!) Quentin Tarantino, the New Beverly Cinema, and Cinefamily are putting on a David Carradine movie marathon as a tribute to the late actor. This Carradine fest starts with three days (now two) at the at the New Beverly Cinema and ends with a quadruple-feature-BBQ-extravaganza at Cinefamily’s Silent Movie Theatre. They will also be screening some David Carradine rarities from TV and elsewhere on 16mm and video on Sunday along with the four movies they’re showing.

Here’s the schedule, including what I didn’t tell you about in time. Continue reading

Quentin Tarantino Saves The New Beverly

Just one more reason why Quentin Tarantino is awesome. He has saved one of my favorite things ever, the New Beverly Cinema.

The theater was facing its end, but Tarantino, who had apparently been paying $5,000 a month to keep the place afloat for some time now, couldn’t let that happen, as he’s been going to the New Beverly “ever since (he) was old enough to drive there from the South Bay.” “As long as I’m alive,” Tarantino said, “and as long as I’m rich, the New Beverly will be there, showing double features in 35mm.”

Sherman Torgan, who once commented on my Meshuggah shirt as he sold me tickets to his theater, took over The Beverly Cinema in 1978. He then changed the name to The New Beverly Cinema and changed the programming from live nude dancing to classic, independent, and foreign films. The Torgan family has been playing killer double features every night since and will continue to do so as Tarantino is letting the Torgans continue to run the theater. Continue reading

82nd Academy Awards Predictions

Nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards officially came out today, with few surprises (except, perhaps, for The Blind Side‘s Best Picture nomination–what’s with that?). Come Oscar night, these are the films to bet on.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Will win: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air
Should win: Wes Anderson, Fantastic Mr. Fox

I realize it wasn’t nominated, but damnit, it should have been. The best of George Clooney’s three movies this year, Fantastic Mr. Fox impressed me far more than I expected it to. Wes Anderson adapted the Roald Dahl book into a funny, intelligent film with exceptionally smart dialogue and strange, memorable characters. Even so, the Oscar will go to Up in the Air, Jason Reitman’s good-but-not-great film that owes its success  more to its performances than its screenplay. The real-life testimonies from men and women who have actually lost their jobs go on for too long, and they make Air‘s message obvious. That won’t stop it from winning, though. Fox also has zero chance at Best Animated Feature, which will go to Up. Better luck next year, Wes. Continue reading

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