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LAist Film Calendar 01/13-01/16: Edgar Wright Returns to the New Beverly!

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Told you so! Edgar Wright returns to the New Beverly for a triple feature of his films Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz & Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and both Friday and Saturday night shows sold out in 4 minutes. But don't despair! This is but the opening night of an entire month of The Wright Stuff, a series programmed by the eclectic English entertainer.

January 16th & 17th, open your heart, mind and stomach for dark fantasies Brazil & Delicatessan. Edgar Wright and Richard Kelly will co-host Sunday's show, which has also sold out (noticing a trend here?). Feel lucky January 18th & 19th, when Wright partners Dirty Harry with The Super Cops, the latter unavailable on DVD. Wright will host next Tuesday's screening.

January 20th & 21st, kick it old school with American Graffiti (George Lucas' last film before Star Wars) & Animal House. Director John Landis and editor George Folsey join in the food fight next Thursday. January 22nd & 23rd, Edgar Wright proffers a deadly double of Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy & Brian de Palma's Dressed to Kill. Wright slays on the Saturday screening, and stays through the break of dawn for a midnight show of Run Lola Run.

January 24th & 25th, L.A. traffic is murder with '70s car thrillers The Driver & Duel. Edgar Wright & mystery guests drive the Monday screening. January 26th & 27th, modern-day fairy tales Wild At Heart & True Romance grace the screen. Wednesday's screening with Wright & mystery guests (perhaps one is True Romance scribe and New Bev angel Quentin Tarantino?) is already sold out, but one more night in line won't hurt.

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January 28th & 29th, the gang's all here, with the greasers of The Wanderers & all the leather you can handle from The Warriors. Edgar Wright will host the Friday show. January 30th & 31st, The Wright Stuff closes out with Thunderbolt and Lightfoot & Miami Blues, with Wright locking down the Sunday show.

Back to this weekend, instead of standing in line, head down to the Egyptian for Crazy Good. The weekend-long program honors the original midnight maven, Alejandro Jodorowsky. The series opens with a rare 35mm screening of Santa Sangre, in celebration of Severin Films' restored DVD/Blu-Ray, hitting shelves in two weeks. A killer kaleidoscope of the carnivalesque, the surrealist circus features knife throwers, painted bodies, sinners, saints, armless women & little people. Santa Sangre composer, Simon Boswell (whose other cinematic collaborators include Danny Boyle, Dario Argento & Clive Barker) will appear for a post-film Q&A.

In case any mental faculties remain intact after Santa Sangre, Alejandro Jodorowsky's first feature, Fando y Lis, will finish blowing your mind to bits. Legend has it the film's premiere in its native Mexico broke into a riot. After a brief recovery period, Sunday hosts a second dose of Jodorowsky with El Topo & The Holy Mountain. Nearly incomprehensible (in a good way), the acid epics star Jodorowsky as a mysterious gunslinger and messianic figure, respectively. Producer Robert Taicher brings some method to the madness between films.

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

All Week

Thursday 1/13

Friday 1/14

Saturday 1/15

Sunday 1/16

That's all for this week. Next time I want to write about something you've heard of. So you'd better crack open those psychotronic film guides!