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LAist Film Calendar: Explosive '80s-ploitation, Abstract Artists & Dance Camera West

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You'd think the killer robot budget would be larger in a KILLER ROBOT MOVIE! | Photo courtesy of Imaginaut Entertainment

With horror, skin-flicks, sword & sorcery, and even family fare to his (and MANY pseudonyms') credit, Jim Wynorski is a rambunctious renaissance man. Long known (and feared) amongst b-movie lovers, general interest is at a bloody, busty peak thanks to Wynorski doc Popatopolis (which premiered last week), and this Saturday's Wynorski showcase at the New Beverly. It's cleavage, carnage and tan-lines galore with The Lost Empire, a babes-in-battle-armor fantasy flick; Chopping Mall, a robo-rampage shot at the Beverly Center and Sherman Oaks Galleria; and Demoliton High, a low-rent, high-school hostage thriller starring the dead Corey and Dr. Seaver! Wynorski will be in attendance, accompanied by Chopping Mall starlet Kelli Maroney. If that isn't enough '80s exploitation, the Aero hosts creature features Alligator and Cujo, alongside their director, Lewis Teague. The Aero also projects the creepy crawlies of William S. Burroughs adaptation-biopic-degenerate-hybrid Naked Lunch, with stone-faced Burroughs stand-in Peter Weller in-person.

If even Burroughs is too structured for your taste, REDCAT sets the stage and frees all form for Dance Camera West, opening this Friday and running all month. The dance/media film festival proclaims its 9th year with line-ups of experimental shorts from all corners of the globe. Each film twists choreography, communication and the human body, purifying cinema into raw, vibrant motion. A similar break down occurs in the works of abstract auteur Stan Brakhage. His hand-painted films blur light, movement and color into exquisite chaos. The Criterion Collection recently enshrined Brakhage in blu-ray, but this Sunday, the Los Angeles Filmforum presents a rare collection of 16mm Brakhage screenings at the Egyptian Theatre. Another abstract artist, Sam Francis, gets his documentary due in The Painter Sam Francis, playing in weekend morning shows at Laemmle's Pasadena & Santa Monica.

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Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

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Fill my eyes with quintuple vision... | Photo courtesy of Dance Camera West

All Week
Agora (2009) (The Landmark)
Buffalo Bushido (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Burzynski (2010) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Dances With Films Festival (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
John Rabe (2009) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Living In Emergency: Stories Of Doctors Without Borders (2008) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Micmacs (2009) (The Landmark)
Ondine (2009) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Laemmle's Town Center 5) (The Landmark)
Perrrier's Bounty (2009) (Nuart Theatre)
Please Give (2010) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Raajneeti (2010) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Solitary Man (2009) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)

Thursday 6/03
A Thousand Clowns (1965) (Echo Park Film Center)
Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (2009) (Downtown Independent)
Bustin' Down the Door (2008) / Standing Room Only (1978) (w/ author/surf legend Shaun Tomson) (Aero Theatre)
Caravaggio (1986) / Wittgenstein (1993) (New Beverly Cinema)
North by Northwest (1959) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Rich Fulcher Live! in An Evening with Eleanore the Tour Whore (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Splice (2010) (Sneak Preview w/ director Vincenzo Natali and producer Don Murphy) (Egyptian Theatre)
Winter's Bone (2010) (Free Event w/ actresses Lauren Sweetser and Dale Dickey) (Melnitz Movies)

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Friday 6/04
Agora (2009) (w/ actor Max Minghella at 7:10pm show) (The Landmark)
Apocalypse Now Redux (1979) (w/ Mitchell Morris, Associate Professor of Musicology at UCLA) (Egyptian Theatre) (Co-presented with Ring Festival LA)
Big Wednesday (1978) (The Bay Theatre)
Clerks (1994) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Cobra (1986) / Tango & Cash (1989) / Cliffhanger (1993) (New Beverly Cinema)
Dance Camera West (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney/Calarts Theater)
Easy Living (1937) (Old Town Music Hall)
Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl (2009) (Downtown Independent)
Eggshells (1968) (midnight drive-in show) (Steve Allen Theater)
Experimental Acquisitions (w/ local animators & filmmakers) (Echo Park Film Center)
The Glendale Education Foundation 2010 Student Showcase (Alex Theatre)
Journey of the Childmen: The Mighty Boosh on Tour (2010) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Loose Cannons (2010) (w/ Ferzan Ozpetek) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Ferzan Ozpetek: A Retrospective)
Naked Lunch (1991) / The New Age (1994) (w/ actor Peter Weller) (Aero Theatre)
North by Northwest (1959) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Performance (1970) (LACMA) (The Magick Cinema of Donald Cammell)
Purple Rain (1984) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
Rich Fulcher Live! in An Evening with Eleanore the Tour Whore (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
White of the Eye (1987) (LACMA) (The Magick Cinema of Donald Cammell)

Saturday 6/05
The 3rd Annual Latino Student Film Festival (Downtown Independent) (Echo Park Film Center)
The 6th Annual EPFC Youth Film Festival (w/ community potluck, filmmakers & instructors) (Free Event) (Downtown Independent)
Casablanca (1943) (Hollywood Forever Cemetery) (Cinespia Screenings) (Summer Series)
Clerks (1994) (midnight show) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Dance Camera West (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney/Calarts Theater)
Demon Seed (1977) (LACMA) (The Magick Cinema of Donald Cammell)
Easy Living (1937) (Old Town Music Hall)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) (Regency Academy) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
Foxy Brown (1974) / Jackie Brown (1997) (w/ actress Pam Grier) (Egyptian Theatre)
His Secret Life (2001) / Last Harem (1999) (w/ Ferzan Ozpetek) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Ferzan Ozpetek: A Retrospective)
The Lost Empire (1985) / Chopping Mall (1986) / Demolition High (1996) (w/ Jim Wynorski and Kelli Maroney) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Painter Sam Francis (2008) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
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)
West Side Story (1961) (70MM) (Aero Theatre)
Wild Side (1995) (LACMA) (The Magick Cinema of Donald Cammell)
Zelary (2003) (Warner Grand Theatre) (Foreign Film Series)

Sunday 6/06
Alligator (1980) / Cujo (1983) (w/ director Lewis Teague) (Aero Theatre)
Big Wednesday (1978) (The Bay Theatre)
By Brakhage: A 16mm Film Screening (Los Angeles Filmforum) (Egyptian Theatre)
Easy Living (1937) (Old Town Music Hall)
Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl (2009) (Downtown Independent)
Der Fakir (The Fakir from Balboa) (2004) (Goethe-Institut) (Kinder Kino Morning Show)
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987) / Ghoulies II (1988) (New Beverly Cinema)
National Velvet (1945) (free event) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Family Flicks)
The Painter Sam Francis (2008) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Saturn in Opposition (2007) (w/ Ferzan Ozpetek) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Ferzan Ozpetek: A Retrospective)
Travel in the Age of Art Deco Seminar (w/ historian Walter Nelson) / Flying Down to Rio (1933) (Egyptian Theatre) (Co-presented with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles)

That's all for this week. Did I ever tell you about the man who taught his asshole to write?

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