LAist Film Calendar: Feel Good, Goodfella!

herpes-boy.jpg Photo courtesy of Rude Films

Summer's almost over, but between political anxiety, family obligations & working my ass off, I feel like it never even started. The Feel Good Film Festival, running Thursday - Sunday at the Egyptian, couldn't have come at a better time. Celebrating "films with happy endings, that make audiences laugh, and that capture the beauty of our world", the line-up includes stand-up comics, unlikely cupids, claymation penguins, puppets waxing on philosophy (and candy!), the original surfer girl, and the premiere of Herpes Boy, adapted from the truly viral web comedy series.

Few things make me feel better than the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, accompanied by director Tobe Hooper and his 1981 slasher The Funhouse. It plays as part of an impromptu '70s weekend at the Aero, which also screens 1971's Duel and THX-1138, and the 71-years young epic Gone With The Wind. If you're already feeling Good, then Fella, get to the New Beverly for a double-dose of Marty Scorsese and Bobby De Niro, honoring the 20th anniversary of Goodfellas and the 37th anniversary of Mean Streets. For an extra spring in your freakin' step, the Sunday afternoon screening features Nicholas Pileggi, who penned Goodfellas and Wiseguy, the book it was based on.

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

funhouse.jpg Photo courtesy of Universal

All Week
Chen Chieh-jen: Empire's Borders II - Western Enterprises, Inc. (2010) (Free Event) (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney/Calarts Theater)
Conozca La Cabeza De Juan PÈrez (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Cyrus (2010) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
The Girl Who Played With Fire (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The International Documentary Associationís 14th Annual DocuWeeksô Theatrical Documentary Showcase (Arclight Hollywood)
Latin American Showcase (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Lebanon (2009) (Nuart Theatre)
Life During Wartime (2009) (Laemmle's Claremont 5)
Monsters (2010) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Mugabe And The White African (2009) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Mundo Alas (2009) (w/ LeÛn Gieco before each evening show) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Musica En Espera (Music on Hold) (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Peepli Live (2010) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Secrets of The Tribe (2009) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Tales From Earthsea (2006) (The Landmark)
El Vuelco Del Cangrejo (Crab Trap) (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)

Thursday 8/12
Dinner for Schmucks (2010) (Arclight Pasadena) (Arclight Sherman Oaks) (21+ screening)
Emperor of the North Pole (1973) (w/ screenwriter Christopher Knopf ) (Egyptian Theatre)
The King of Marvin Gardens (1972) / Humboldt County (2008) (w/ writer-directors Danny Jacobs and Darren Grodsky) (New Beverly Cinema)
Lee Hazlewood Rare Films Bonanza! (w/ Suzi Jane Hokum and DJ Hunter Lea) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Don't Knock the Rock 2010)
Middle Men (2010) (Arclight Hollywood) (21+ screening)
Seoul (2010) (free event) (Korean Cultural Center)
The Sound of Music (1965) (Art Theatre of Long Beach) (Sing-a-Long)
State Fair (1962) (w/ actor Pat Boone) (Aero Theatre)
Total Badass (2010) (w/ filmmaker Bob Ray) (Echo Park Film Center)

Friday 8/13
Citizen Kane (1941) (Old Town Music Hall)
Duel (1971) / THX 1138 (1971) (Aero Theatre)
The Feel Good Film Festival (Egyptian Theatre)
Forty Guns (1957) / China Gate (1957) (LACMA) (Fuller at Fox)
High School Confidential (1958) (midnight show) (New Beverly Cinema)
I Can See You (2008) (Downtown Independent)
Let the Right One In (2008) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
Micmacs (2009) / The City of Lost Children (1995) (New Beverly Cinema)
No Regrets for Our Youth (1946) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Centennial Celebration: The Films of Akira Kurosawa, Part II)
Roller Boogie (1979) (Echo Park Film Center) (Filmmobile Summer Screening Series)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) (midnight show) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
The Sound of Music (1965) (Art Theatre of Long Beach) (Sing-a-Long)
Total Badass (2010) (w/ filmmaker Bob Ray & subject Chad Holt) (Egyptian Theatre)

Saturday 8/14
Accidents Happen (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Laemmle's Town Center 5) (USA-Australia Film Showcase)
Acts of Violence (2010) (w/ writer/director/actor Il Lim) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
Better Off Dead (1985) / One Crazy Summer (1986) (w/ Savage Steve Holland and tons of special guests) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Dumber in the Summer)
The Breakfast Club (1985) (Outdoor Cinema Food Fest) (Exposition Park)
Citizen Kane (1941) (Old Town Music Hall)
Enemies of the People (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
The Feel Good Film Festival (Egyptian Theatre)
The Funhouse (1981) / The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) (w/ director Tobe Hooper) (Aero Theatre) (Zombies, Chainsaw Massacres & Other Forms of Terror)
Grease 2 (1982) (Devil's Night Drive In)
Labyrinth (1986) (Regency Westwood Village Theater) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
Life of Oharu (1952) (LACMA) (Classic Film Revival)
Mary Mary (1963) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Rarities from the Warner Archive Collection)
Micmacs (2009) / The City of Lost Children (1995) (New Beverly Cinema)
Myanmar Film Festival Los Angeles 2010 (Downtown Independent)
Reservoir Dogs (1992) (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) (South Coast Village Regency Theaters)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) (midnight show) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
The Sound of Music (1965) (Art Theatre of Long Beach) (Sing-a-Long)
South of the Border (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Star Trek: First Contact (1996) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre)
The Sting (1973) (Hollywood Forever Cemetery) (Cinespia Screenings) (Summer Series)
Under Western Stars (1938) (Autry National Center) (What is a Western?)

Sunday 8/15
9500 Liberty (w/ filmmakers Annabel Park & Eric Byler) (Downtown Independent)
Accidents Happen (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Laemmle's Town Center 5) (USA-Australia Film Showcase)
Caddyshack (1980) (The Bay Theatre)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) (free event) (Hammer Museum)
Chuck & Buck (2000) (w/ director Miguel Arteta and actors Mike White, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz & Lupe Ontiveros) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Citizen Kane (1941) (Old Town Music Hall)
Enemies of the People (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
The Feel Good Film Festival (Egyptian Theatre)
Gone With The Wind (1939) (Aero Theatre)
Mean Streets (1973) / Goodfellas (1990) (w/ author-screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi at 4:45pm show) (New Beverly Cinema)
Myanmar Film Festival Los Angeles 2010 (Downtown Independent)
The Sound of Music (1965) (Art Theatre of Long Beach) (Sing-a-Long)

That's all for this week. As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again!

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