LAist Film Calendar: Apocalypse & You, Harmony & Me!

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If you're already having SXSW withdrawal, get a fix from Harmony and Me, a prime cut of Austin lo-fi. Crafted under the auspices of the Sundance Institute's Annenberg Film Fellowship Program, the break-up film is visually sparse (although props to the location scout for the room with the cereal-box collection), but full of life where it matters. To wit: the comedy is dry, the performers are stone-faced and the increasingly awkward relationships are hilarious. It's also honest about surviving a breakup in a way few films are: everyone's full of it (especially yourself), so all you can do is hear them out, distract yourself with something else, and move on. That is, if you can survive your non-support team (especially yourself). Harmony and Me plays at Laemmle's Sunset this Friday and Saturday, and if you're hard up for cash, at USC on Sunday for free. All screenings feature writer/director/actor Bob Byington, but on Saturday he's paired with Second City comedienne Suzy Nakamura.

Should you prefer disharmony, this Friday offers a nuclear holocaust of thrills! The Cinefamily closes out its Post-Apocalypse Now series with a terrifying triple of Vincent Price in The Last Man on Earth, Charlton Heston in The Omega Man and Kelli Maroney in Night of the Comet. Bring your own scenery; theirs will be chewed to bits. The Egyptian hits the road with the Mad Max trilogy, and follows up on Sunday with Logan's Run, the latter featuring the novel's co-writers William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnston, and a chance to win the Logan's Run sequel comic. For a more light-hearted take on the end of the world, the New Bev has a pairing of Repo Man (not Men - sorry Jude) and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai. Finally, where would Armageddon be without Jesus H. Christ? In advance of Easter, the Old Town Music Hall has Cecil B. DeMille's silent epic The King of Kings. Just as well they play it now - popcorn makes for a terrible Last Supper. I don't even know if it's kosher.

Full list appears below - see you at the movies!

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All Week
Chloe (2009) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Crazy Heart (2009) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
The Eclipse (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
The Ghost Writer (2010) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Greenberg (2010) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
The Harimaya Bridge (2009) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Harmony and Me (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Kevorkian (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Shutter Island (2010) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Smash His Camera (2010) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Sweetgrass (2009) (Nuart Theatre)
The Two Escobars (2010) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Vincere (2009) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
West of Pluto (2008) (Downtown Independent)

Thursday 3/25
Big River Man (2009) / Running Stumbled (2006) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (What's Up, Docs?)
The Bounty Hunter (2010) (Arclight Hollywood) (21+ screening)
Chihwaseon (Fly Back to History) (2002) (free event) (Korean Cultural Center)
Green Zone (2010) (Arclight Sherman Oaks) (21+ screening)
Kansas City Confidential (1952) / 99 River Street (1953) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Maltese Falcon (1941) (w/ Hugh Hefner) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Here's Looking at You, Humphrey Bogart)
The Pirate (1948) / Brigadoon (1954) (w/ Gene Kelly's widow, Patricia Kelly) (Aero Theatre) (Singin' in the Frame: A Gene Kelly Retrospective)
The Resurrected (1992) / Dark Star (1974) (Egyptian Theatre) (Dan O'Bannon Tribute)

Friday 3/26
An American in Paris (1951) / The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) (Aero Theatre) (Singin' in the Frame: A Gene Kelly Retrospective)
Grand Illusion (1937) / The Elusive Corporal (1962) (LACMA) (The Films of Jean Renoir)
Harmony and Me (2009) (w/ filmmaker Bob Byington at 7:45pm show) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
King of Kings (1927) (Old Town Music Hall)
The Last Man on Earth (1964) / Night of the Comet (1984) / The Omega Man (1971) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Post-Apocalypse Now!)
Mad Max (1979) / Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) / Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome (1985) (Egyptian Theatre)
Pulp Fiction (1994) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
Reservoir Dogs (1992) (midnight show) (New Beverly Cinema)
Sweetgrass (2009) (w/ filmmaker Lucien Castaing-Taylor at 5:30pm and 7:30 pm shows) (Nuart Theatre)
West of Pluto (2008) (w/ directors at 8:20pm show) (Downtown Independent)
Z (1969) / The Battle of Algiers (1966) (New Beverly Cinema)

Saturday 3/27
9 Icons in 90 Minutes (Egyptian Theatre)
168 Film Festival (Alex Theatre)
Ajami (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Casablanca (1942) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Casablanca (1942) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Here's Looking at You, Humphrey Bogart)
Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of the Twilight Zone's Magic Man (2009) (w/ authors Ray Bradbury, George Clayton Johnson, William F. Nolan, John Tomerlin, Richard Matheson, editor and producer Sunni Brock and director Jason Brock) (Egyptian Theatre)
La Chienne (1931) / La Marseillaise (1938) (LACMA) (The Films of Jean Renoir)
Harmony and Me (2009) (w/ filmmaker Bob Byington at 7:45pm show) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
HollyShorts Film Festival Showcase (Echo Park Film Center)
The Intruder (1962) / Burn, Witch, Burn (1962) (Egyptian Theatre)
King of Kings (1927) (Old Town Music Hall)
The Lost Boys (1987) (Regency Academy) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
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)
Rockula (1990) (w/ Dean Cameron) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
The Room (2003) (midnight show) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Round-Up (1965) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Masters of the Long Take)
Sexy Sci-Fi feat. Galaxina (1980) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (HFS: Stoopid Futures)
The Shining (1980) (Art Theatre of Long Beach) (Mondo Fridays)
Singin' in the Rain (1952) / Summer Stock (1950) (w/ Gene Kelly's widow, Patricia Kelly) (Aero Theatre) (Singin' in the Frame: A Gene Kelly Retrospective)
West of Pluto (2008) (w/ directors at 8:20pm show) (Downtown Independent)
The White Ribbon (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Z (1969) / The Battle of Algiers (1966) (New Beverly Cinema)

Sunday 3/28
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) / Repo Man (1984) (New Beverly Cinema)
Ajami (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Casablanca (1942) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
To Have and Have Not (1945) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Here's Looking at You, Humphrey Bogart)
King of Kings (1927) (Old Town Music Hall)
Logan's Run (1976) (w/ writers William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson) (Egyptian Theatre)
Marty (1955) (The Bay Theatre)
On the Town (1949) / Anchors Aweigh (1945) (w/ Gene Kelly's widow, Patricia Kelly) (Aero Theatre) (Singin' in the Frame: A Gene Kelly Retrospective)
The White Ribbon (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Yvonne Rainer Retrospective (Part 7 of 8) (w/ Yvonne Rainer) (Los Angeles Filmforum) (Egyptian Theatre)

That's all for this week. I'll be up in San Francisco for a couple weeks, so be sure and let me know all I missed!

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