LAist Film Calendar: Trick 'r Treat, John Hughes & Living People Too!

trick-r-treat.jpg He sticks pumpkin; I'll stick Paquin | Photo courtesy of Warner Home Videot

A wise man was once misquoted: "Beer is proof that God loves us". May I further bastardize: "And so are horror movies!" It's no coincidence both are celebrated in October, the most wonderful month of the year. Par ejemplo: long-awaited horror anthology Trick 'r Treat. Scheduled for release years ago, the film was instead shelved in a nasty trick, despite a bankable cast (headlined by the fang-banging, award-winning Anna Paquin & all-around-awesome character actors Dylan Baker & Brian Cox) and unanimous acclaim from the few who have seen it. Which is why it's such a treat that there are two screenings this week before its descent into direct-to-DVD hell. The Cinefamily has Trick 'r Treat's writer-director Michael Dougherty as special guest on Friday, while the New Bev unearths Stephen King's Creepshow on Sunday. Be scared or be square!

Not that there's anything wrong with that. Embrace the dead without fear at the Egyptian's John Hughes tribute weekend, or all week at the Nuart with Akira Kurosawa. The word "classic" gets bandied about too often, but truth is, Rashomon single-handedly taught Americans to watch dem furreign pictures. And thank goodness for that, because there's a German film program, an Alan Resnais program AND a Woody Allen double feature this week! If only Polanski had followed Allen's lead and made an honest 13-year old girl of...that 13-year old girl — he could have directed more horror movies! Like Killer Klowns! Nosferatu! House on Haunted Hill! The Boxer's Omen! I could go all month!

Full list appears below. See you at the (horror) movies!

ferris.jpg It's funny because it's not their car. | Photo courtesy of Banalities via Flickr

All Week
A Beautiful Life (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) (Arclight Sherman Oaks) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Coco Before Chanel (2009) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
In Search of Beethoven (2009) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
The Invention of Lying (2009) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Irene in Time (2009) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
More Than A Game (2009) (Arclight Hollywood) (The Landmark)
The Providence Effect (2009) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Rashomon (1950) (Nuart Theatre)
A Serious Man (2009) (The Landmark)

Thursday 10/1
The Informant! (2009) (Arclight Sherman Oaks) (21 plus screening)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) (The Bay Theatre)
More Than A Game (2009) (w/ filmmaker Kristopher Belman and producer Harvey Mason, Jr at 7:30pm screening) (Arclight Hollywood)
Paris (2008) (The Landmark)
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008) (w/ special guests) (Melnitz Movies)
Still Bill (2009) (Downtown Independent)
Storm (2009) / Nobody's Perfect (2008) (w/ director Hans-Christian Schmid, producer Britta Knˆller, and director Niko von Glasow) (Aero Theatre) (Goethe-Institut) (German Currents: New Films From Germany)
We Live in Public (2009) (Nuart Theatre)
Whatever Works (2009) / Annie Hall (1977) (New Beverly Cinema)

Friday 10/2
Crocodiles (2009) (Family matinee w/ director Christian Ditter) (Aero Theatre) (Goethe-Institut) (German Currents: New Films From Germany)
Jurassic Park (1993) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) (Regency Fairfax) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
Last Year at Marienbad (1961) / Toute la mÈmoire du monde (1956) / Le Chant du styrËne (1958) (LACMA) (The Classic Films of Alain Resnais)
Like It Or Not (2008) / Krabat (2008) (Aero Theatre) (Goethe-Institut) (German Currents: New Films From Germany)
Nosferatu (1979) (Midnight show w/ live score) (Art Theatre of Long Beach) (Mondo Fridays)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Midnight show) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Sixteen Candles (1984) / The Breakfast Club (1985) (Egyptian Theatre) (John Hughes Tribute)
Top Hat (1935) (Old Town Music Hall)
Trick 'r Trick (2008) (w/ director Mike Dougherty, vegan hot dog stand The Franken Stand, plus costume contest) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Whatever Works (2009) / Annie Hall (1977) (New Beverly Cinema)

Saturday 10/3
Art & Copy (2009) (Weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Berlin Calling (2008) / Short Cut to Hollywood (2009) (w/ director Jan Henrik Stahlberg and Hannes Stˆhr) (Aero Theatre) (Goethe-Institut) (German Currents: New Films From Germany)
Beyond Biba (2009) (w/ Barbara Hulanicki) (Downtown Independent)
The Cove (2009) (Weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Fallen Idol: The Yuri Gagarin Conspiracy (2009) (Weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) / Weird Science (1985) (w/ Edie McClurg, Alan Ruck and Jeffrey Jones) (Egyptian Theatre) (John Hughes Tribute)
House on Haunted Hill (1959) (The Bay Theatre)
Irene in Time (2009) (Weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Muriel ou Les temps d'un retour (1963) / Night and Fog (1955) (LACMA) (The Classic Films of Alain Resnais)
The Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) / The Phantom of the Opera (1943) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Technicolor Terror)
No Impact Man (2009) (Weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show) (Nuart Theatre)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Midnight Insanity Midnight Show) (Warner Grand Theatre)
Shocker (1989) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
Still Walking (2008) (Weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Top Hat (1935) (Old Town Music Hall)
Whatever Works (2009) / Annie Hall (1977) (New Beverly Cinema)
Wizard Battle Night! featuring The Boxer's Omen (1983) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (HFS: Kung Fu Halloween)

Sunday 10/4
Art & Copy (2009) (Weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
AutoconstrucciÛn: The Film (free event w/ live score by David J and Marcelo Radulovich) (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney/Calarts Theater)
Beyond Biba (2009) (w/ Barbara Hulanicki) (Downtown Independent)
Buddenbrooks-The Decline of a Family (2008) (7:30pm w/ producer Matthias Esche, director Heinrich Breloer and actor Armin Mueller-Stahl) (Aero Theatre) (Goethe-Institut) (German Currents: New Films From Germany)
Clara (2008) (3pm w/ director Helma Sanders-Brahms) (Aero Theatre) (German Currents: New Films From Germany)
The Cove (2009) (Weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Dead-End Drive In (1986) / Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988) (Free Event) (GuerilLA Drive In)
Fallen Idol: The Yuri Gagarin Conspiracy (2009) (Weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
House on Haunted Hill (1959) (The Bay Theatre)
Irene in Time (2009) (Weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
No Impact Man (2009) (Weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) / Pretty in Pink (1986) (w/ Howard Deutch and Lea Thompson) (Egyptian Theatre) (John Hughes Tribute)
Still Walking (2008) (Weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Top Hat (1935) (Old Town Music Hall)
Trick 'r Treat (2008) / Creepshow (1982) (New Beverly Cinema)

That's all for this week. Luckily, there are four more to go.

Compiled, as always, by the amazing and diligent Edward Yerke-Robins (and family!)