‘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 [...]

Should you make time for ‘The Clock’ at LACMA?

Playing for 24 hours at LACMA this weekend, beginning at 10 a.m. Sat., 8/8: Christian Marclay's 24-hour compendium of film clips The Clock is Pop Art at its best, a crowd-pleaser that makes for attractive entertainment. But the film falls short of a masterpiece. Marclay's collage is too smooth, too easy, leaving only a blur of undifferentiated images in the viewer's mind. Read more [...]

A roundup of ‘Alphaville’ posters from around the world — the odd, mod and beautiful

In honor of the restored Alphaville playing in L.A. this week, here's a collection of movie posters for Godard's sci-fi noir classic from all over the world. The posters make a strong case that the more original the film, the more inspired the posters. Read more [...]

Godard’s sci-fi noir ‘Alphaville’ is the best movie playing in L.A. this week

There are many reasons to see Alphaville, Jean-Luc Godard's 1965 marvel, on the big screen, chief among them: the retro-futuristic B&W cinematography is beautiful to look at; the movie is the proverbial ripping yarn, one that's also funny and romantic; and at 49 years old, the film is more uncannily prescient than ever. Read more [...]

L.A. Rep Cinema pick: ‘Jean-Luc Godard, French Revolutionary’ at the Aero Theatre

For any cineastes in L.A. suffering awards-season fatigue, relief is at hand: starting tonight and playing over the next two weeks, Santa Monica's Aero Theatre is running six double-features by Godard. You can't go wrong with any of these double bills — and to its credit, the series includes a couple of the master's later works from the '80s. Read more [...]