LAist Film Calendar: Handsome Harry & Sexy Stephen

handsomeharry.jpg 'Handsome Harry'...Because 'Cutesy Kelly' Was Already Taken | Photo courtesy of Worldview Entertainment

There may no longer be a country for old men, but Handsome Harry proves there's still kino for them. Harry plants itself proudly in the old boys' club, where women are no good, sons are all-too-wayward and there's nothing a bottle of scotch won't fix. When retired sailor Harry Sweeney (Jamey Sheridan) receives once-crewmate Tom Kelly (Steve Buscemi)'s dying wish for redemption, he becomes like a ghost, slipping in and out of old friends' lives and haunting them with memories of hidden violence. The disquieting man-to-man vignettes draw handsomely from the old school of independent film. Director Bette Gordon emphasizes a story rarely told, rather than than hip aesthetics or snarky dialogue. It's even got the once-obligatory open ending. Preserve the endangered species of mid-budget adult drama - head over to Laemmle's Sunset any time this weekend and check it out.

Friday, the Academy welcomes the inimitable Stephen Fry to celebrate fellow Brit with wit, Noel Coward. Fry introduces the Oscar-winning adaptation of Coward's Cavalcade, accompanied by an L.A. Theatre Works performance of two other Coward works. Saturday features Brief Encounter and In Which We Serve (Noel Coward's smashing co-productions with David Lean), while Sunday closes out the Cowardly weekend with Blithe Spirit (another Lean co-production) and bloody rare footage of the master at work in 1929. Speaking of masters, take back your dinner table with Melnitz Movies' free screening of Food Fight tomorrow night. The anti-agribusiness program includes the doc's director Chris Taylor, and a panel of local, organic foodies. Delicious!

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

foodfight.jpg It Came From Beneath The Peach! | Photo courtesy of November Films

All Week
The Cartel (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Dancing Across Borders (2010) (Nuart Theatre)
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) (The Landmark)
Handsome Harry (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Joneses (2009) (The Landmark) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Mid-August Lunch (2008) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
The Secret in Their Eyes (2009) (The Landmark)
Who Do You Love (2008) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)

Thursday 4/15
Among the Living (1941) / Dark Waters (1944) (Egyptian Theatre) (Lust and Larceny: Film Noir 12th Annual Festival)
Date Night (2010) (Arclight Hollywood) (Arclight Sherman Oaks) (21+ screening)
Driven to Race (2010) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Food Fight (2008) (free event w/ director Chris Taylor, chef Ben Ford (Ford's Filling Station), Lisa Talbot (director of Slow Food LA), and Thetis Sammons (organic producer)) (Melnitz Movies)
The Great Merchant (Episode 1) (Korean Cultural Center)
The L.A. Comedy Shorts Festival (Downtown Independent)
The Sacrifice (1986) / Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (1988) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Makings Of...)
Southern Exposure #2 (w/ curator Will O'Laughlen) (Echo Park Film Center)
The Untouchables (1987) (in 70MM w/ David Mamet) (Aero Theatre)
The Wind and the Lion (1975) / The Devil's 8 (1969) (New Beverly Cinema)

Friday 4/16
Birdemic (2009) (midnight screening w/ director James Nguyen) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) / The Miracle Woman (1931) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Rise of Frank Capra)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) / Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969) (w/ Katharine Ross) (Aero Theatre)
Cavalcade (1933) (w/ Stephen Fry and two NoÎl Coward theatrical shorts performed by radio theater group L.A. Theatre Works) (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences) (An Academy Salute to NoÎl Coward)
Crashout (1955) / Cry Vengeance (1954) (Egyptian Theatre) (Lust and Larceny: Film Noir 12th Annual Festival)
Dancing Across Borders (2010) (w/ filmmaker Anne Bass at 7:30pm and 9:50pm screenings) (Nuart Theatre)
Eggshells (1968) (midnight drive-in screening) (Steve Allen Theater)
Elevator to the Gallows (1958) / Le Cercle Rouge (1970) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Flower Bridge (2008) / Constantin and Elena (2008) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Contemporary Romanian Cinema)
The Gay Divorcee (1934) (Old Town Music Hall)
Inglourious Basterds (2009) (midnight show) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Lost Boys (1987) (Art Theatre of Long Beach) (Mondo Fridays)
Me and My Gal (1932) / Band of Outsiders (1964) (LACMA) (A Tribute to Manny Farber)
Secretary (2002) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)

Saturday 4/17
10 to Midnight (1983) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
Ants (free event) (Ramo Auditorium @ Caltech)
The Beaver Trilogy (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Saturday Night Showcase)
Brief Encounter (1945) / In Which We Serve (1942) (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences) (An Academy Salute to NoÎl Coward)
Cheech & Chong's Hey Watch This (2010) (Arclight Hollywood)
Dancing Across Borders (2010) (w/ filmmaker Anne Bass at 7:30pm and 9:50pm screenings) (Nuart Theatre)
The Emerald Forest (1985) / Tombstone (1993) (w/ Powers Boothe) (Aero Theatre)
Elevator to the Gallows (1958) / Le Cercle Rouge (1970) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Gay Divorcee (1934) (Old Town Music Hall)
Grateful Dead: Crimson, White & Indigo (2010) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Leotarded! '80s Dance Movie Madness feat. Perfect (1985) / Fast Forward (1985) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (HFS: Can't Stop the Musicals)
The Power of the Whistler (1945) / Voice of the Whistler (1945) (w/ Robert Dix) (Egyptian Theatre) (Lust and Larceny: Film Noir 12th Annual Festival)
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)
Routine Pleasures (1986) (LACMA) (A Tribute to Manny Farber)
Rushmore (1999) (Regency Academy) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle (1999) (free event) (Hammer Museum)
Wavelength (1966-67) (free event) (LACMA) (A Tribute to Manny Farber)

Sunday 4/18
Alice in Wonderland (1933) / Alice (1988) (Aero Theatre)
Bitter Sweet (1929) / Blithe Spirit (1945) (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences) (An Academy Salute to NoÎl Coward)
California Dreamin' (2007) (w/ Jamie Elman) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Contemporary Romanian Cinema)
Death for Five Voices (1995) (w/ Christopher Brakel) (Goethe-Institut)
Death Rides a Horse (1967) / Sabata (1969) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Gay Divorcee (1934) (Old Town Music Hall)
Grateful Dead: Crimson, White & Indigo (2010) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) / Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Rise of Frank Capra)
Once Upon a Time in America (1984) (The Bay Theatre)
Stephanie Barber: Little Presents (Los Angeles Filmforum) (Egyptian Theatre)
Strange Fascination (1952) / The Come On (1956) (w/ Karen Sharpe Kramer) (Egyptian Theatre) (Lust and Larceny: Film Noir 12th Annual Festival)
Time Bandits (1981) (free event) (Hammer Museum)

That's all for this week. I really wanted to transition from "bloody" instead of "master" back in that second paragraph, but there are no slashers in town this week. Get on it, guys!

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