LAist Film Calendar: Independence Day Extravaganza!

natureofexistence.jpg What Harry Knowles has to do with all this, I'll never know... | Photo courtesy of Walking Shadows

I'm a sucker for holiday-themed slashers, and none come as blood-red, white & blue as Uncle Sam! In today's hyper-partisan climate, Uncle Sam appeals to Americans of all stars, bars & stripes. A Gulf War vet (pro-troops!) is killed by friendly fire (anti-war!), only to be resurrected by flag-burning teens (pro-free-speech!), whom he proceeds to murder (anti-free-speech-I-don't-like!), along with every draft dodger (pro-war!), corrupt official (anti-corporate-interest!), and electorate (anti-incumbent!) he can get his jingoistic mitts on! If that isn't enough, there's also Isaac Hayes (pro-soul!) and an aesthetic that looks like it came out to 17 dollars and 76 cents. If THAT isn't enough, it's part of a full-on 4th of July line-up that also includes fireworks, Willie Nelson, fireworks, illicit substances & fireworks! I want YOU to go to the Cinefamily, enjoy a fabulous barbeque, have one drink shy of too many, and celebrate cinema Americana!

Unless you're some kind of pinko commie. In which case you'll want to head to the Downtown Independent for the world premiere of Our Footloose Remake, or more accurately, The People's Socialist Republic of Bacon! Over fifty filmmakers join together, each with their own bits and pieces to bail out Hollywood's All-American remake after "too big to fail" Paramount couldn't make the July 2010 release date. If you're merely a godless commie, head over to Laemmle's Sunset. Then you'll be at The Nature of Existence, in which the director of Trekkies dares question the Judeo-Christian-Hindi-Taoist-Druid-scientist underpinnings of our great nation! And if just don't love any of it, you may as well leave it - with a triple feature of National Lampoon's Vacation, European Vacation & Christmas Vacation at the New Beverly! (Apparently what happens in Vegas really does stay there...)

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

uncle-sam.jpg Photo courtesy of Blue Underground

All Week
Agora (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Climate of Change (2010) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky (2009) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Cyrus (2010) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
The Killer Inside Me (2010) (Nuart Theatre)
My Last Five Girlfriends (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Nature of Existence (2010) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Please Give (2010) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Road, Movie (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Secret in Their Eyes (2009) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Solitary Man (2009) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
South of the Border (2009) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Swimsuit Issue (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Trotsky (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2009) (Downtown Independent)
Wild Grass (2009) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre)
Winter's Bone (2010) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)

Thursday 7/1
Billy Jack (1971) / Born Losers (1968) (w/ Tom Laughlin) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Tom Laughlin Tribute)
Jaws (1975) / Rocky (1976) (Egyptian Theatre) (Stars, Stripes and Celluloid: Films for the 4th of July Weekend)
Our Footloose Remake (Downtown Independent)
See No Evil (1971) / The Don is Dead (1973) (New Beverly Cinema)
Who Done It? (1942) / Pardon My Sarong (1942) (Aero Theatre) (Stars, Stripes and Celluloid: Films for the 4th of July Weekend)

Friday 7/2
Blazing Saddles (1974) (The Bay Theatre)
Blue Velvet (1986) (midnight show) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Easy Rider (1969) (Hollywood Forever Cemetery) (Cinespia Screenings) (Summer Series)
Liverpool (2008) (w/ Lisandro Alonso) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Lisandro Alonso)
Fight Club (1999) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
The Maltese Falcon (1941) (matinee) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
The Nature of Existence (2010) (w/ director Roger Nygard) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Pink Panther (1964) / A Shot in the Dark (1964) (Aero Theatre) (Stars, Stripes and Celluloid: Films for the 4th of July Weekend)
The Savage Eye (1959) (Echo Park Film Center) (Filmmobile Summer Screening Series)
The Secret in Their Eyes (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
The Shining (1980) (Egyptian Theatre) (Stars, Stripes and Celluloid: Films for the 4th of July Weekend)
South of the Border (2009) (w/ filmmaker Oliver Stone at prime evening screening) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Vacation (1983) / European Vacation (1985) / Christmas Vacation (1989) (New Beverly Cinema)

Saturday 7/3
1776 (1972) (Aero Theatre) (Stars, Stripes and Celluloid: Films for the 4th of July Weekend)
The Big Lebowski (1998) (Regency Academy) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
Blue Velvet (1986) (midnight show) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
The Maltese Falcon (1941) (matinee) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
The Matrix (1999) / The Matrix Reloaded (2003) / The Matrix Revolutions (2003) (Egyptian Theatre) (Stars, Stripes and Celluloid: Films for the 4th of July Weekend)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show) (Nuart Theatre)
The Trial of Billy Jack (1974) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Vacation (1983) / European Vacation (1985) / Christmas Vacation (1989) (New Beverly Cinema)

Sunday 7/4
3rd Annual Cinefamily 4th of July BBQ Blowout (feat. The Fantastic Sights And Sounds of Virtual Fireworks and Other Movie Mayhem!!!!) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Giant (1956) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Maltese Falcon (1941) (matinee) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)

Monday 7/5
Blazing Saddles (1974) (The Bay Theatre)
Dirty Dancing (1987) (w/ MuVChat) (Downtown Independent) (Mondo Mondays)
Giant (1956) (New Beverly Cinema)
Some Like It Hot (1959) (matinee) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)

That's all for this week. What a piece of work!

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