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. 17
Clint Eastwood stars in this Western masterpiece by director Sergio Leone with an original (and memorable) score by the legendary Ennio Morricone. The story is adapted from Akira Kurosawa's "Yojimbo," and tells the story of a wandering assassin who gets in the middle of two families at war in a small Mexican border town. Stay for the sequel, For A Few Dollars More and watch one of the greatest shootout scenes in movie-making history.
One of the most beloved movies about a couple of doofuses, Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion tell the story of two grown up geeks determined to make a splash at their upcoming 10-year high school reunion. Endlessly quotable, we can imagine that the crowd who comes out to a midnight showing of Romy & Michelle on the big screen will be quite fun, indeed.
Saturday, Feb. 18
Remember the band Fishbone? Born and bred in the streets of South Central Los Angeles, they defied musical genres, mixing rock with funk, punk and ska, but never quite made it big in the mainstream. Narrated by actor Laurence Fishburne, this documentary digs deep into the personal lives and the history of this unique all-African-American rock band.
Everything Is Terrible: Doggiewoggiez Poochiwoochiez
Where: The Cinefamily
Time: 10 p.m.
The Everything Is Terrible! team is back with a dog-themed showcase of the best/worst found doggie footage one could ever happen to stumble upon in a dingy old basement. These guys put together an interactive showcase of terrible VHS footage that would otherwise never been seen again. They're doing a great service to society, really.
Sunday, Feb. 19
This is a must-see double feature for any fans of the post-apocalyptic1995 film 12 Monkeys. 12 Monkeys Director Terry Gilliam was largely inspired by and took visual cues and scenes from the 1962 experimental sci-fi short La Jetée by French filmmaker Chris Marker. This is an ultra-rare chance to see both films back to back in a theatre setting
Queen of Diamonds and The Great Sadness of Zohara double feature
Where: Hammer Museum Billy Wilder Theatre
Cost: $10 online, $9 at the door
Time: 7 p.m.
Through February and March, UCLA's Hammer Museum is featuring a series of screening of avant-garde filmmaker Nina Menkes' visually striking and visceral works titled "Nina Menkes: Cinema as Sorcery." Queen of Diamonds is Menkes' study of disaffected blackjack dealer, Firdaus, and expertly conveys the isolated and prefabricated environs of Las Vegas and the Nevada desert. The Great Sadness follows a Jewish woman who leaves Jerusalem to sojourn in Arab lands. Menkes herself will be on hand to discuss her work and answer questions from the audience.