Not feeling particularly excited about any of the movies currently out in theatres? Have no fear! Living in Southern California means we have access to more than just the latest blockbuster or romantic comedy. Here is our curated list of cinematic adventures you can get into this weekend.
Friday, Feb. 10
100 Years of Paramount Pictures: Lady Sings the Blues
Where: LACMA's Bing Theatre
Time: 7:30 p.m.
To celebrate Paramount Pictures' 100th year, LACMA is screening a number of the studio's classic films. This weekend, come see Diana Ross's film debut as Billie Holiday in this movie musical Lady Sings The Blues (and boy does she!). Actor Billy Dee Williams and screenwriter Suzanne de Passe will appear and take questions from the audience.
Stony Island (presented by The Numero Group)
Where: The Cinefamily
Time: 10:30 p.m.
Record Label Numero Group together with Cinespia have teamed up for this special screening of a rare, archival 35mm of Stony Island, which Cinefamily calls "an ultra-rare classic slice of '70s Chicago funky soul." Stony Island director Andrew Davis (The Fugitive) and Susanna Hoffs (of the Bangles) will both be in attendance for a Q&A after the film. Numero DJs will be on hand spinning rare soul on the Cinefamily back patio after the show. Should be a funky good night!
Saturday, Feb. 11
Imagine how jealous all your East Coast friends will be when you tell them you watched Brokeback Mountain under the stars in February! The Devil's Night Drive-In is back with this ultra-romantic (and incredibly sad) tale of unrequited love between two cowboys. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger and directed by Ang Lee (who snagged a Best Director Oscar).
We may be thousands of miles away from the Metropolitan Opera, but that doesn't mean we have to miss out on the show! See Wagner's masterpiece Gotterdämmerung live in HD from the comfort of the Art Theatre of Long Beach. There will be free mimosas starting at 9 a.m., plus free parking.
Saturday, Feb. 12
Grab the kiddos and head to the Hammer Museum for the classic 1963 filmic retelling of the ancient myth. In Jason and the Argonauts, Greek hero Jason heads out on an epic adventure and battles monstrous creatures in search of the magical Golden Fleece. Sounds like a great way to spend Sunday morning with the fam to us!
Howl's Moving Castle
Where: The Egyptian Theatre
Time: 4 p.m.
The American Cinematheque continues its tribute to Hayao Miyazaki films this weekend with Howl's Moving Castle, the second Studio Ghibli film to be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards. Howl tells the story of Sophie, an average teenage girl working in a hat shop, who finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl.