Okay... This Is Awesome...
One thing that's been very gratifying to see happen over the last year and a half or so has been the gradual resurgence of the revival scene in Los Angeles. I think there's a long way to go before we've got the movie culture we should have here, but venues like the New Beverly and the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater have definitely been making major inroads.
Of course, there's always been the Egyptian and the Aero, with the programming for the American Cinematheque, and I admire everything they've done. But it's nice to see other theaters also getting into the game.
Check out this event description:
"Laemmle Theatres is pleased to present 70/70: A Series of 70mm Films Celebrating Laemmle's 70th Anniversary. All screenings will take place at the Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles and benefit various local charities. On Friday, December 19th, three films will screen: THE REMAINS OF THE DAY at 5:15 pm, follwed by TOMMY at 8:00 pm and PINK FLOYD: THE WALL at 11:00 pm. On Saturday, December 20th, there will be three films from James Cameron: THE ABYSS will be at 4:00 pm, TITANIC at 7:00 pm, and ALIENS at 11:00 pm. On Sunday, December 21st, four films from the 1980s: TOP GUN at 1:00 pm, GREMLINS at 4:00 pm, INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE at 7:00 pm (preceded by a selection of 70 mm trailers), and THE UNTOUCHABLES at 10:00 pm. On Monday, December 22nd, two outer space classics: STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN at 5:15 pm and the original ALIEN at 8:00 pm. Concluding the series on Tuesday, December 23rd are THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER at 5:15 pm and 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 8:00 pm. All films will screen from 70 mm prints."
I believe the correct response to an announcement like that is "Oh, hellyesI'mgoingtobethere!" When I was a kid, I'd take any opportunity to see a 70mm print of anything, and some of these movies do not screen often in any format theatrically, much less like this.
You can follow this link to buy tickets or learn more about the event. I'm not sure how many of the films I'll make it to, but I guarantee I'll try to hit at least a few of them.
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
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