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 [...]

‘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 [...]

L.A. Rep Cinema Pick: the classics that made Agnès Varda’s reputation, at LACMA

Last month she was Guest Director of the AFI Film Fest; this month 85-year-old "godmother of the French New Wave" Agnès Varda continues her local victory lap with an exhibit of her visual art and this series of her best-known films on the big screen at LACMA. Respect! Read more [...]

Lincoln Center’s massive Godard retrospective: impressive even if you know your Godard

I imagine there are plenty of cineastes outside New York City who find themselves scrolling through the listings for Lincoln Center's Godard series longingly, wishing they could be there. This is a singular opportunity to immerse oneself in Godard's oeuvre — even, for those who dare, his late-'60s, make-your-head-hurt agitprop. Read more [...]

The twisted brilliance of the Cinefamily’s ‘United States of Horror’ series

Every night this month, leading up to Halloween (natch), L.A. repertory cinema the Cinefamily is screening a different horror movie at midnight, in a series dubbed “The United States of Horror.” Not to get too hifalutin,' but the series could make a case for low-budget horror movies as outsider art. Read more [...]