Upcoming Appearances at the American Cinematheque

I’ll be introducing the Netflix documentary mini-series FIVE CAME BACK based on Mark Harris’s best selling book on Thursday evening May 25 at the Aero Theater.

Between the second and third episodes, I’ll be in conversation with the director, Laurent Bouzereau.

Please note that this screening is FREE if you use the Eventbrite RSVP link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/five-came-back-tickets-34057525977
Here’s a link with more information about the screening:
http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/five-came-back-0

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On Sunday June 4, I’ll be hosting a screening of CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962) at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

Actress Candace Hilligoss will be on hand to discuss the film and her career. Candace will be signing her memoir The Odyssey and the Idiocy before the 8:00 pm screening.

Here are a couple of links about the screening and Candace:
http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/carnival-of-souls-0
http://www.candacehilligoss.com

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ONE WAY STREET

 

One for Arthur

 

It has been awhile since I blogged (a new age verb?). The list of unapproved excuses is headed by having been so busy with a multitude of events including getting through the typically hectic day-to-day.

There was the Brothers Warner festival this month, a guest appearance at the Robert Osborne Classic Film Festival in Athens, Georgia last week - a tremendous event, btw - and the Noir City L.A. Festival premiering at the Egyptian Theatre this Thursday evening.I have also been deeply involved in planning the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs, California that is scheduled for May 28-31.I’ll end up writing or yakking about all of those events in one form or fashion, but this post is for Art.

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The Oscar Report

Now that I have staggered my way towards the end of an incredibly busy week, I can take a few deep breaths and briefly pontificate about the 2009 Academy Awards.

I thought Hugh Jackson did a superb job as the host; he was fetching, entertaining and charming.

The production numbers were well-staged and thoroughly enjoyable. Watching the boffo Beyonce-centric number (how long are her gorgeous gams, I wondered...) I thought a time warp took us back to THE HOLLYWOOD PALACE or the ED SULLIVAN SHOW.

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A Film Noir Valentine

Some idle thoughts on how some of the star-crossed couples of film noir would celebrate Valentine Day. You’ll have to fill in the blanks with the actors and the movies.

Walter and Phyllis might ignore the 45 mile an hour speed limit and decide to kick it down at the beach in Santa Monica.

Would Holiday Carleton be inspired to find a way to keep Ralph Cotter from the arms of heiress Margaret Dobson?

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