If you live in Los Angeles, you’ve probably heard of the New Beverly. Co-owned by Quentin Tarantino, it’s one of the city of Angels finest repertory houses. Many celebrities, including Tarantino, Eli Roth, Diablo Cody, Seth Green, and Patton Oswalt have held festivals there, but Edgar Wright has now done three, and for the third one it’s got a twist: instead of showing his favorite movies, he’s showing films that he’s never seen before.
From Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times to The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the Eighth Dimension, these are all films that fell threw Wright’s cracks of cinema knowledge. Here’s the line-up with special guests:
Friday, Dec. 9: 7:30 pm – The Girl Can’t Help It 9:40 pm – Get Crazy – hosted by Edgar Wright & Allan Arkush (Schedule permitting)
Saturday, Dec. 10: 7:00 pm – Steamboat Bill, Jr. 8:40 pm – Modern Times 10:40 pm – The Bank Dick – hosted by Edgar Wright with Greg Mottola & Bob Wiede
Sunday, Dec. 11: 7:00 pm – The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T 9:00 pm – Kwaidan – hosted by Edgar Wright, Patton Oswalt & John Landis.
Monday, Dec. 12: 7:30 pm – The Umbrellas of Cherbourg 9:30 pm – Chungking Express – hosted by Edgar Wright & TBA.
Tuesday, Dec. 13: 7:30 pm – White Heat – 9:55 pm Throne of Blood -hosted by Edgar Wright & Rian Johnson.
Wednesday, Dec. 14: 7:30 pm – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – 10:00 pm Ride the High Country – hosted by Edgar Wright, Peter Bogdanovich & Joe Carnahan.
Thursday, Dec. 15: 7:30 pm – To Be or Not to Be 9:40 pm – The Bad News Bears – hosted by Edgar Wright, Leonard Maltin, Larry Karaszewski & Doug Benson.
Friday, Dec. 16: 7:30 pm – Hickey & Boggs 9:50 pm – Cutter’s Way – hosted by Edgar Wright, Elvis Mitchell & Josh Olson.
Friday, Dec. 16: Midnite – The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension – hosted by Edgar Wright & Kevin Smith.
And here’s the full poster for the event:
The festival is exciting for a number of different reasons, but – most inportantly – the films, the guests, and the chance to see them all on 35 mm, as was originally intended. Wright asked for help assemblign the double features out of a list of over a hundred films he hadn’t seen, and the list was weeded down by good double feature suggestions and (sadly) print availability.
How many of these films have you seen?