L.A. Repertory Cinema Picks, Feb. 2016: Never mind awards season…

There's an embarrassment of riches at L.A.'s rep cinemas this month; an avid cinephile wishing to shut out the noise of Oscar campaigns can celebrate movies the best way possible, by seeing classics and cult favorites alike on the big screen... many of them in 35mm, no less. Read more [...]

‘Christiane F.’: How the story of teenage junkies in West Berlin became a phenomenon

Screening at the L.A. Goethe-Institut on Wed., Sept. 16, 2015: At one point Christiane F. was the highest-grossing native film in West Germany, which is astonishing when you consider how dark it is. The movie features a soundtrack of Berlin-era David Bowie songs, and Bowie himself in concert. Read more [...]

Jacques Rivette’s ‘Duelle’: The dangerous goddesses of Paris

Someone needs to release Jacques Rivette’s Duelle (1976) on Blu-Ray or streaming in the U.S. A single viewing is a fine way to be introduced to this entrancing fantasy, but I want to be able to sink into its mysteries and contemplate its puzzles again and again. Read more [...]

‘Valerie and Her Week of Wonders’: what a phantasmagoria looks like

Finally out on a worthy Region 1 release: The 1970 Czech film Valerie and Her Week of Wonders offers an overload of stimuli. It's a surrealist take on a Gothic novel, filmed in a quasi-psychedelic style, with a "freak folk" score. Horror-fantasy has never looked or sounded so enchanting. Read more [...]

L.A. Repertory Cinema Pick: Fassbinder returns to Hollywood, May 28-30

L.A.'s Egyptian Theater devotes three nights to a kind of Fassbinder greatest-hits: The big attraction here is the local premiere of Fassbinder: To Love without Demands, a new doc by critic Christian Braad Thomsen, who filmed interviews with Fassbinder throughout the 1970s, right up to the director's final weeks. Read more [...]