Big breasts. Big screen. What’s better than that? Quality writing! Russ Meyer was one of few filmmakers to ever successfully combine pornography with plot. While his films are tame by today’s standards, they warranted X ratings back in the day. Now, find out why Psychotronic fanzines have obsessed over these movies for decades. (hint: they’re insane). And feminists, let it be known: the women in Meyer’s films were never treated like sex objects. They were treated like sex vacuums, wielding their power in ways Mother Nature would only smile upon. Psychosis commences every Friday in February.
- “Lorna” February 8th.
- “Vixen” February 15th.
- “Supervixens” February 22nd
- “Faster, Pussycat Kill! Kill!” and “Motor Psycho” February 29th.
All shows begin at 10:30 PM. Silent Movie Theater. Tickets here.
Hollywood has pushed the envelope since its inception. In the 20’s, after Fatty Arbuckle and Jack Pickford introduced America to our industry’s darkside, a Republican named Hayes stepped in and tried to censor Hollywood. For a while, he failed, thank god. The period between 1929 and 1934 is known as the “pre-code” era. Some of the motion pictures produced during this frame pushed the envelope further than it would go until the 60’s (when age-based ratings took effect). Every weekend this month, the UCLA Film & Television Archive presents a series of pre-code cinema, none of which are available on DVD. Tickets and schedule here.
And 80’s hop-heads unite. Joy Division and The Clash are on their way to theaters. Check out “Control,” a biopic on suicide rocker Ian Curtis. It plays back to back with documentary “Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten.” Wednesday and Thursday, February 6th and 7th at 7:30 PM at the New Beverly. Tickets at door.
How many gender-bending musical titles can you come up with in less than a second? How ’bout “Hedwig,” “Rocky Horror,” “Tootsie,” “Some Like it Hot,” and “Victor Victoria.” I can’t imagine too many people in their 20’s would be stoked to see “Victor Victoria” in a theater this week, but actress Leslie Van Warren (”Clue”) will be there, so it’s worth a mention. Wednesday, February 6th at 7:30 PM at the Egyptian Theatre. Tickets Here.
Also in February, Eli Roth will present two weeks of exploitation classics at the New Beverly, including “Zapped!” (fucking sweet), “Torso,” “Pieces,” “Mother’s Day,” “Cannibal Holocaust” and “Caddyshack.” The fest begins February 17th. More info in coming weeks…
Need a different fix? Scan the Film Radar.
And once again…
- “Lorna” at The Silent Movie Theater, 611 N Fairfax Avenue. Friday, February 8th at 10:30 PM. Tickets here.
- Hollywood Pre-Code Cinema at The Billy Wilder Theater (located in the Hammer Museum), 10899 Wilshire Blvd in Westwood. Tickets and schedule here.
- “Control” back to back with “Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten” at the New Beverly, 7165 Beverly Blvd. Wednesday and Thursday, February 6th and 7th at 7:30 PM. Tickets at the door.
- “Jaws 2” at New Beverly. 7165 Beverly Blvd. Saturday, February 2nd at midnite. Tickets at the door.
- “Victor Victoria” at The Egyptian Theatre. Leslie Van Warren in person. 6712 Hollywood Blvd. Wednesday, February 6th at 7:30 PM. Tickets Here.
- The Greats of Roth film festival at New Beverly. Coming soon…
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