Weekly Movie Picks: Mama Drama, Cemetery Screenings

Big Bad MamaBig Bad Mama & Black Mama, White Mama
Big Bad Mama, a 1974, Roger Corman-produced breasts-and-bullets flick, features the brilliant tagline, "The family that slays together, stays together." This B-movie version of Bonnie & Clyde is set in 1932 Texas and stars Angie Dickinson as a bootlegging, bank-robbing mom who joins up with Tom Skerritt and William Shatner to bilk society for all they can get. In between the robbing and killing are numerous sexy romps.

In Black Mama, White Mama two troublesome prisoners, a black revolutionary (Pam Grier in her breakout role) and a former call girl, are chained together but manage to escape. Still chained together, they must fight their way across the wilderness as they flee from a bounty hunter and incite a bloody shootout between gangsters and revolutionaries. Produced Roger Corman and co-written by Jonathan Demme, the film features a leering lesbian prison warden (is there any other kind?) and an exteeeeeeended shower scene.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 16 at 7:30 PM
WHERE: American Cinematheque at The Aero Theater: 1328 Montana Ave. (at 14th St. in Santa Monica)

Barbara Stanwyck in The Lady EveBarbara Stanwyck Tribute
Barbara Stanwyck or "Stany" as she was sometimes known was one of the most memorable leading ladies of Hollywood's Golden Era, starring in more than 80 movies, ranging from romantic comedies and serious dramas to film noirs and Westerns.

She began her career in show business in 1922 as a chorus girl for $35 a week. She went on to star in great films like the Billy Wilder film noir Double Indemnity, the thriller Sorry, Wrong Number and the Preston Sturges comedy The Lady Eve, where she plays con-artist/golddigger Jean Harrington.

Wednesday night there's some sort of tribute thingy at AMPAS, but the real fun kicks off on Friday, when the UCLA Film & Television Archive begins a screening series of nine classic Stanwyck films that runs through June 10.

WHEN: Wed., May 16
WHERE: Samuel Goldwyn Theater at AMPAS: 8949 Wilshire Blvd. (three blocks West of Robertson Blvd. in Beverly Hills)

WHEN: Fri., May 18
WHERE: The Billy Wilder Theater at The Hammer: 10899 Wilshire Blvd. (at Westwood Blvd.)

The PlayerThe Player
The 2007 season of cemetery screenings beings on Saturday night with Robert Altman's biting black comedy about life in Hollywood, The Player. DJ John Trip will be spinning before and after the show.

WHEN: Saturday, May 19. Gates at 7 pm. Film at 8:30pm.
WHERE: Cemetery Screenings: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. (entrance 2 blocks East of Gower in Hollywood)
COST: $10 donation tickets available at gate.

Together Brothers & Cry For Me, Billy
The Aero hosts a double bill of two early 70s rarities directed by William Graham. Together Brothers is a documentary-style drama about a young inner-city kid who witnesses the murder of a popular police officer then bands together with the other kids in his neighborhood gang to find the killer. Shot on location in the slums of Galveston, Texas with a soundtrack composed by Barry White.

Cry For Me, Billy is a weird-ass Western from 1972 about a gunslinger who wants out of the killing business. He rescues and falls in love with Xochitl, but after she is attacked he is hellbent on revenge.

WHEN: Sunday, May 20 at 7:30 PM
WHERE: American Cinematheque at The Aero Theater: 1328 Montana Ave. (at 14th St. in Santa Monica)