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Arts and Entertainment

LAist Film Calendar 03/22-03/25: Cinematic Spring Break on the Road

Neo-noir MULHOLLAND DRIVE screens Saturday at the Aero, paired with origi-noir SUNSET BOULEVARD. Image courtesy Universal Pictures.
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It always brings a smile to my face to think of all the movies named after city streets, whether it's any of the hundreds with some version of Hollywood or the obscure drag racer Van Nuys Boulevard. Saturday, the Aero's got two of the best, Sunset Boulevard & Mulholland Drive. Set amid a decrepit mansion, Sunset Boulevard is director Billy Wilder's acid-tinged love letter to Hollywood history - or more accurately, Hollywood's ignorance of its own history. Though leading lady Norma Desmond is a pitiful fading star, Gloria Swanson's fiery performance shines bright to this day. Then, get ready for a close-up on Mulholland Drive, because you'll need to pore over every frame of David Lynch's infamously confusing drama. The Aero chases this "Streets of LA" double-feature with a "Streets of New York" program pairing Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets and blaxploitation heist film Across 110th Street Sunday night.

For a modern namesake, the second annual LA Film+Music Weekend runs Friday-Sunday at the Downtown Independent. The festival opens, appropriately, with Take Me Home, a rom-com on the road starring real-life husband & wife Sam & Amber Jaeger on a tumultuous taxi trip from New York to LA. A familiar face to viewers of NBC's Parenthood, the Jaeger with a Y also wrote, directed & appears for a Q&A following the 6PM screening. The rest of Fridays screenings include a series of shorts, premieres and musical micro-docs One Big Holiday (about the relationship of My Morning Jacket & their hometown of Louisville) and Randy Parsons: American Luthier (whose titular subject crafts guitars for the likes of Jack White & Jimmy Page).

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Saturday, hit the road again as the festival continues from Hollywood to Dollywood. The documentary follows two brothers as they start on our shores & head East to hand-deliver a script & pitch to Dolly Parton. Don't Follow Me (I'm Lost), screening as a work-in-progress, tells the story of a lesser-known Nashville name, working singer Bobby Bare Jr. Uprising: Hip Hop and the LA Riots brings it back to our streets, uniting participants, police, victims and artists to revisit the events of 20 years ago. Sunday, LA Film+Music Weekend closes out with narrative shorts of all genres and the DVD release party of zombie-slacker comedy Deadheads at 5:40.

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

All Week
4:44 Last Day on Earth (2011) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Agent Vinod (2012) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Brake (2012) (Laemmle's Noho 7)
Chico & Rita (2011) (Art Theatre of Long Beach) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
The Deep Blue Sea (2011) (The Landmark) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Detachment (2011) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Footnote (2011) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Free Men (2011) (Nuart Theatre)
The Iron Lady (2011) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) (Laemmle's Noho 7) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Last Days Here (2011) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
The Raid: Redemption (Reviews) (Arclight Hollywood)
Rampart (2011) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Reuniting the Rubins (2010) (Laemmle's Noho 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)

Thursday 3/22
Artists and Models (1956) / Easy Living (1937) (LACMA) (100 Years of Paramount Pictures)
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) (Egyptian Theatre)
Eternity and a Day (1998) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Hunger Games (2012) (Arclight Pasadena) (21+ show)
New Works Salon (Echo Park Film Center)
The Raid: Redemption (2011) (free event w/ reception & Q&A) (Melnitz Movies)
A Separation (2011) (w/ founder of Humanity Unites) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976) / Hamlet (1969) (w/ screenwriter Nicholas Meyer) (Aero Theatre)
The Unstable Object (2011) (w/ Daniel Eisenberg) (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney/Calarts Theater)
We the Party (2012) (free event w/ filmmaker Mario Van Peebles) (USC School of Cinematic Arts)
Zéro de Conduite (1933) / The Girl Most Likely To... (1973) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Queer/Art/Film)

Friday 3/23
The Big Lebowski (1998) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
Brake (2012) (w/ producer/director Gabe Torres & other special guests at the 7:45pm show) (Laemmle's Noho 7)
Breathless (1960) (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences)
Creepers (1985) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Friday Night Frights)
L.A. Film + Music Weekend (Downtown Independent)
Last Days Here (2011) (w/ Bobby Liebling of Pentagram & filmmakers) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Maya Deren on Film / In the Mirror of Maya Deren (LACMA) (Dancer in the Dark)
Moonstruck (1987) / 9 to 5 (1980) (Aero Theatre)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940) / Design for Living (1933) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Virtual Zone (Echo Park Film Center)
Walter Grauman in Person (w/ Walter Grauman) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum)

Saturday 3/24
The Abduction of Zach Butterfield (2011) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (HFS: 2011)
Child's Play (1988) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
Christian Marclay's The Clock: 24 Hour Screening (free event) (LACMA)
Connective Tissue Expanded Cinema Performance (w/ filmmakers) (Echo Park Film Center)
L.A. Film + Music Weekend (Downtown Independent)
My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days (1989) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Unbelievable Genius of Andrzej Zulawski)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Live Shadowcast Midnight Show) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
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 Shop Around the Corner (1940) / Design for Living (1933) (New Beverly Cinema)
Sunset Boulevard (1950) / Mulholland Dr. (2001) (Aero Theatre)
Three Heroines (1937) / For You, Front! (1943) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Kino-Eye: The Revolutionary Cinema of Dziga Vertov)

Sunday 3/25
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972) (free event) (Hammer Museum) (Family Flicks)
La Dolce Vita (1960) (New Beverly Cinema)
La Fidélité (2000) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Unbelievable Genius of Andrzej Zulawski)
The Italian Connection (1972) / Il Boss (1973) (Egyptian Theatre)
L.A. Film + Music Weekend (Downtown Independent)
The Living End: Remixed and Remastered (1992) (w/ filmmaker Gregg Araki & other special guests) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (NQC @ 20: Revisiting New Queer Cinema)
Mean Streets (1973) / Across 110th Street (1972) (Aero Theatre)

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