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Arts and Entertainment

LAist Film Calendar: Conspiracies Real & Imagined (Plus Spies! In Technicolor!)

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I can't tell you where or how I first learned of Damon Packard, but his experimental-nostalgic-acid-horror-collage Reflections of Evil melted my brain forever. Packard excels at melding "borrowed" footage from '70s TV, science fiction & God knows what else with his own paranoid fantasies for pure cinematic psychosis. I mean this as the highest compliment, and I'm excited to report REDCAT is showcasing this brave filmmaker and his latest work, Space Disco One, an unofficial sequel to Logan's Run & 1984, which Packard claims cost a whopping $100. Equally outrageous is co-feature Mock Up On Mu, directed by Craig Baldwin and starring Packard as L. Ron Hubbard in a delirious blend of real-world history, reel-space fantasy & spy capers.

To put it lightly, these works aren't for everyone. Luckily, the Egyptian's "Technicolor Dreams" line-up is! There's everyone's favorite spy (James Bond), everyone's favorite character actors (Peter Sellers & Boris Karloff) & everyone's favorite overshadowed animation pioneer (Dave Fleischer). In an unrelated event, they're featuring the original Star Trek Motion Picture - with 3 hours of guests & presentations beforehand! But fear not, pessimists, there's plenty for you too - be it scary aliens (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Thing), the ignorance of possible friendly aliens (What On Earth?), the willful obliteration of private lives (We Live In Public), or just a good old-fashioned financial meltdown (Capitalism: A Love Story).

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Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

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All Week
Amreeka (2009) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
The Blue Tooth Virgin (2008) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
The Boys Are Back (2009) (The Landmark)
Bright Star (2009) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) (Arclight Hollywood) (The Landmark)
Coco Before Chanel (2009) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre)
Crude (2009) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Disgrace (2008) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Mary and Max (2009) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
The Vanished Empire (2008) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
We Live In Public (2009) (Nuart Theatre)

Thursday 9/24
British Invasion Mix Night: Featuring Catch Us If You Can (1965) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (British Invasion)
Criss Cross (1949) / Phantom Lady (1944) (New Beverly Cinema)
Crude (2009) (Nuart Theatre)
Gabriel Byrne: Stories From Home (2008) / Peacefire (2008) (Aero Theatre) (Irish Film Festival)
Extract (2009) (Arclight Hollywood) (21 plus screening)
Glorious Caravan (2009) (Echo Park Film Center)
The Informant! (2009) (Arclight Sherman Oaks) (21 plus screening)
The Party (1968) / The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) (Egyptian Theatre) (Technicolor Dreams)
A Short Film About Letting Go (2009) (Downtown Independent)
We Live In Public (2009) (w/ Ondi Timoner and Josh Harris at 7:30pm screening) (Nuart Theatre)

Friday 9/25
An Autumn Afternoon (1962) (LACMA)
Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987) / Lacombe Lucien (1974) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Blue Tooth Virgin (2008) (w/ director Russell Brown at 7:40 show) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Cherrybomb (2009) / Identities (2008) (Aero Theatre) (Irish Film Festival)
Evil Dead II (1987) (Midnight Show) (Art Theatre of Long Beach) (Mondo Fridays)
Heavenly Bodies (1984) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
Lady on a Train (1945) (Old Town Music Hall)
The Long Good Friday (1980) / The Krays (1990) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (British Gangsters)
Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941) / Gulliver's Travels (1939) (Egyptian Theatre) (Technicolor Dreams)
The Neverending Story (1984) (Regency Fairfax) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
The Rose (1979) (30th Anniversary Screening w/ Betsy Sharkey, director Mark Rydell, actors Frederick Forrest, Barry Primus, and Doris Roberts) (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences)
Someday We Will Get Married (2009) (Premiere) (Downtown Independent)
SpaceDisco One (2007) / Mock Up on Mu (2008) (w/ Craig Baldwin and Damon Packard) (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney/Calarts Theater)
The Wild Party (1929) / Horse Feathers (1932) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (School Days)

Saturday 9/26
Art & Copy (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
The Blue Tooth Virgin (2008) (w/ actor Bryce Johnson at 7:40 show) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
The Boys of St. Columb's (2009) / Raise the Last Glass (2009) / Guests of Another Nation (2009) (1pm) (Aero Theatre) (Irish Film Festival)
Bringing Up Baby (1938) (Devil's Night Drive-In)
A City of Sadness (1989) (LACMA)
The Cove (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Devil's Express (1981) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Mondo Macabro)
The Gay Deceivers (1969) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (The Legacy Project Screening Series)
Herb and Dorothy (2008) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) (The Bay Theatre)
Kisses (2008) / Waveriders (2009) (7:30pm) (Aero Theatre) (Irish Film Festival)
Lady on a Train (1945) (Old Town Music Hall)
The Magic Flute (1975) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Lighter Side of Ingmar Bergman)
No Impact Man (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) / From Russia With Love (1963) (Egyptian Theatre) (Technicolor Dreams)
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)
The Secret of Kells (2009) (4pm) (Aero Theatre) (Irish Film Festival)
Still Walking (2008) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Up the Creek (1984) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)

Sunday 9/27
Art & Copy (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
The Blue Tooth Virgin (2008) (w/ director Russell Brown at 7:40 show) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
The Cove (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Harlem Rides the Range (1939) / The Bronze Buckaroo (1939) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (African American Film Pioneers)
Herb and Dorothy (2008) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) (The Bay Theatre)
Irish Short Films (Aero Theatre) (Irish Film Festival)
JosÈ Antonio Sistiaga: Ere Erera Baleibu Icik Subua Aruaren (1970) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Lady on a Train (1945) (Old Town Music Hall)
No Impact Man (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) (w/ special guests) (Egyptian Theatre)
Still Walking (2008) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
The Thing (1982) / Prince of Darkness (1987) (New Beverly Cinema)
What on Earth? (2009) (Downtown Independent)

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