Countdown to ‘Twin Peaks’: David Lynch on the big screen

One way to pass the time until Twin Peaks returns in May: Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre is pairing seven David Lynch features with classics by other directors, in double bills that feel just right. If you don't know these movies already, don't read a thing about them beforehand; just come and let them blow your mind. Read more [...]

“How hard it is to live”: Kieslowski‘s ‘Dekalog’ returns

A subtitled 10-hour series inspired by the Ten Commandments might sound like bitter medicine indeed to some cineastes. But whether you watch it in a theater or at home, Kieslowski's Dekalog is more like a tonic — this is visual storytelling of an almost mind-boggling richness. Read more [...]

L.A. repertory cinemas pick: ‘The Dream Cycle of Jacques Rivette’

There will be no midsummer doldrums this year for adventurous L.A. cinephiles: The Cinefamily presents four films by the late Jacques Rivette, perhaps the most enigmatic and radical director of the French New Wave. These movies hail from an era of filmmaking touched by mad genius. Read more [...]

‘I Don’t Belong Anywhere’: The films of Chantal Akerman belong everywhere

Now playing in L.A.: Chantal Akerman's films are often described as feminist, queer, minimalist, and avant-garde — all terms that are accurate, but Akerman herself disdained any labels. She wanted to be called just “filmmaker,” so perhaps critic J. Hoberman had it right when he dubbed her “one of the greatest filmmakers of her generation.” 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 [...]