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LAist Film Calendar: Destroy All Movies' Punk Rock Pandemonium at the Cinefamily

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Destroy All Movies is the punk film Bible, and a weekend-long release party at Cinefamily proves LA's still the mohawk Mecca. Raw concert clips, post-apocalyptic gang fantasies and scene survivors will blow the doors off the Not-At-All-Silent Movie Theatre with rare footage from the East Coast, West Coast and both ends of the pond.

The chaos begins Saturday afternoon with "TV Party Tonight", ripped from the small screen's attempts to make sense of a movement. The program features news clippings, public-access performances and after-school special The Day My Kid Went Punk. Of course, the Cinefamily managed to track down the director of this dated gem for a Q&A. Saturday evening boasts rough-and-rowdy 35mm screenings of Times Square and Class of 1984, the latter accompanied by its director and a Mondo Mohawk Megamix courtesy of Destroy All Movies editors Zack Carlson & Bryan Connolly and VHS anarchist-preservationists Everything Is Terrible!

But in the end, narratives are bullocks. The real thrash sets in Saturday at midnight, with D.O.A., a dirty-fly-on-a-dirtier-wall look at English pioneers Sex Pistols, Generation X and X-Ray Spex on an ill-fated American tour. The sick boys soldier on Sunday afternoon with Urgh! A Music War, the iconic concert film featuring X, Devo, The Cramps, The Police, Joan Jett, Gary Numan and enough extras to cause spontaneous human combustion. It's a rare look at real punk and new-wave legends, and an even rarer look at bands too tough to survive past filming.

Sunday evening sports a deadly double of European punk docs. La Brune Et Moi stalks the Parisian underground, while Shellshock Rock puts the feckin' a in Belfast with Stiff Little Fingers! Destroy All Movies concludes with local legends The Slog Movie (featuring Fear, TSOL, Circle Jerks & vintage Oki Dog) and cracked-out mockumentary Desperate Teenage Lovedolls, two Super-8 stunners shot in the Super-80's. Director Dave Markey will be on hand for the program, as will "Lovedoll" Jennifer Schwartz.

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Individual shows are $10 a piece, and Cinefamily's got a hundred weekend passes for $35. Should you survive the celluloid, the weekend pass also nets you an after-party at Part Time Punks at The Echo.

But a monopoly on the movement might be the least punk thing ever. The UCLA Film & Television Archives plugs into anarchist auteur Alex Cox, who hosts a new cut of his spaghetti Western pastiche Straight to Hell on Friday night and Sex Pistols biopic Sid & Nancy on Saturday. For the grand finale, the Downtown Independent hosts "anti-folk" Soviet songstress cum power pianist Regina Spektor's Live in London concert film for one night only, also Saturday. It's 2010 - why haven't they invented a way to be in three places at once yet?

See you at the movies!

All Week
Four Lions (2010) (Downtown Independent)
Kuroneko (1968) (Nuart Theatre)
Made in Dagenham (2010) (The Landmark)

Thursday 11/18
Car Wash (1976) / Used Cars (1980) (w/ director of photography Don Morgan) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Desert of Forbidden Art (2010) (w/ directors Tchavdar Georgiev and Amanda Pope) (Aero Theatre)
Dino's Drive In: Films on Film (Echo Park Film Center)
Due Date (2010) (Arclight Sherman Oaks) (21+ screening)
The Invention of Dr. Nakamats (w/ Dr. NakaMats) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (What's Up, Docs?)
Level 5 Screening (free event w/ Brody Condon) (Hammer Museum)
My Mother, The Mermaid (2004) (Korean Cultural Center)
Visualize This: Previs in the Making of “Star Trek” (2009) (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences)
Vittorio Racconta Gasman: Una Vita Da Mattatore (2010) / A Beautiful Happy Birthday Dino Rossi (2010) (Egyptian Theatre) (Cinema Italian Style)
West Side Story (1961) (Egyptian Theatre) (70MM)

Friday 11/19
52 Pick Up (1986) / Body Double (1984) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Neon Noir)
Le Amiche (1955) / The Passenger (1975) (New Beverly Cinema)
Brother and Sister (2010) (Egyptian Theatre) (Argentina New Cinema)
Evil Dead (1981) (Art Theatre of Long Beach) (Mondo Fridays)
Fallen Angels (1995) / Time and Tide (2000) (LACMA) (Hard Boiled Hong Kong)
Fight Club (1999) (Regency Academy) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
Hard Target (1993) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
Mickey One (1965) / Night Moves (1975) (Aero Theatre)
Portrait of My Father: Ugo Tognazzi (Egyptian Theatre) (Cinema Italian Style)
Straight to Hell Returns (1974/2010) (w/ Alex Cox & guests) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (No Brakes: Alex Cox in Person)

Saturday 11/20
Le Amiche (1955) / The Passenger (1975) (New Beverly Cinema)
Carancho (2010) / Puzzle (2010) (w/ actor Rodrigo Grande) (Egyptian Theatre) (Argentina New Cinema)
Destroy All Movies!: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Exiled (2006) / Once Upon a Time in China (1991) (LACMA) (Hard Boiled Hong Kong)
Eye of the Cat (1969) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
The First Beautiful Thing (2010) (Egyptian Theatre) (Cinema Italian Style)
The Ghost Writer (2010) / The Matador (2005) (w/ Pierce Brosnan) (Aero Theatre)
Mundo Alas (2010) (w/ director León Gieco) (Egyptian Theatre) (Argentina New Cinema)
Pufnstuf (1970) (w/ Sid and Marty Krofft) (Aero Theatre)
Regina Spektor: Live in London (2010) (Downtown Independent)
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)
Sid and Nancy (1986) / Highway Patrolman (1991) (w/ Alex Cox & guests) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (No Brakes: Alex Cox in Person)

Sunday 11/21
The 48th Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour: The 16mm Program (w/ filmmakers Laida Lertxundi and Alexandra Cuesta) (Los Angeles Filmforum) (Egyptian Theatre)
Body Heat (1981) (The Bay Theatre)
Destroy All Movies!: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Letters to the President (2009) (free event) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Archive Documentary Spotlight)
A Matter of Principle (2010) / The Mural (2010) (Egyptian Theatre) (Argentina New Cinema)
The Social Network (2010) (w/ Aaron Sorkin & other guests) (Aero Theatre)
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) / Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) (New Beverly Cinema)
Traces and Memory of Jorge Prelorán (2010) (w/ actor Arturo Goetz & singer María Entraigues) (Egyptian Theatre) (Argentina New Cinema)
Way Out West (1937) (Autry National Center) (The Imagined West)
Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich (1958) (Warner Grand Theatre)

That's all for this week. I hear they booked other movies this week too, but I don't buy it.