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LAist Film Calendar: Frenzied Festivals & Hollywood Horrors

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I miss prison. | Photo courtesy of Venezzia

Festival fanatics find an old standard turning about their head this week: "Hooray for Hollywood!" The Hollywood Film Festival features dramas, docs, mocks, horrors & even music videos. Highlights include The Upright Citizens Brigade (Wild Girls Gone), one of David Carradine's final roles (The Rain), North Korean defectors (Crossing), hipster murders (The Scenesters), Ugandan children (War Dance Returns), 30-year old "boy" scouts (Scout's Honor) & the worst Christian pop group in the world (Jesus People) - all in the Arclight's reserved-seat, caramel-popcorn splendor. But if, like yours truly, you've emerged from the Red Line to find yourself too lazy to walk down to Sunset, pop into the Egyptian for the Arpa International Film Festival. Arpa kicks off with Venezuelan spy-romance Venezzia (the most expensive Venezuelan film ever made) and continues with Armenian historical dramas and a ton of bizarre shorts. If sexy dolls, entomologists, Muslim stand-up, or Spanish gynecologists appeal to you, definitely stop by.

Or perhaps you're an All-American horror nut. Enjoy a spooky smorgasboard all over town of Vincent Price, William Castle, ghost stories, slashers & Poltergeist! Or maybe you're an alcoholic, in which case beer pong doc Last Cup is the way to go. Or, like yours truly, you're an All-American horror nut alcoholic, in which case Cinefamily has a mega-rare 35mm screening of Ed Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space, paired with Tim Burton's loving biopic Ed Wood, which conveniently ends before a broken-down Wood wrote penny dreadful pornos under the name Akdov Telmig and died in a gutter. Show some respect. He's earned it.

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Full list appears below. See you at the (horror) movies!

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I guess they really do serve beer in Hell... | Photo courtesy of B-Side Entertainment, Inc.

All Week
Amelia (2009) (The Landmark) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Antichrist (2009) (Nuart Theatre)
ARPA International Film Festival (Egyptian Theatre)
As Seen Through These Eyes (2008) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
The Canyon (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Hollywood Film Festival (Arclight Hollywood)
The Maid (2009) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Motherhood (2009) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Ong Bak 2: The Beginning (2008) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
(Untitled) (2009) (The Landmark)

Thursday 10/22
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) / Theater of Blood (1973) (New Beverly Cinema)
Attack of the 50 Foot Reels (w/ filmmakers) (Egyptian Theatre)
Couples Retreat (2009) (Arclight Sherman Oaks) (21+ screening)
Hospital (1969) (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney/Calarts Theater) (Benefit screening for media artist Tucker Stilley)
The Invention of Lying (2009) (Arclight Hollywood) (21+ screening)
My Bloody Valentine (1981 uncut version) / April Fools Day (1986) / Don't Open Til Christmas (1984) (w/ director George Mihalka) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Slashers!)
Network (1976) / The Hospital (1971) (Aero Theatre)
RiP: A Remix Manifesto (2009) (free event) (Melnitz Movies)
Roman Holiday (1953) / They All Laughed (1981) (LACMA)
State vs. Reed (2006) (w/ director Ryan Polomski) (Echo Park Film Center)
Visioneers (2008) / Happy Birthday, Harris Malden (2008) (Downtown Independent) (Range of Life Touring Movies)

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Friday 10/23
Assassination of a High School President (2008) / Last Cup: The Road to the World Series of Beer Pong (2008) (Downtown Independent) (Range of Life Touring Movies)
Awakening of the Beast (1970) / Finis Hominis (End of Man) (1971) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Strange World of Coffin Joe)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) / Two for the Road (1967) (LACMA)
Hannah Free (2009) (w/ members of cast and crew at 5pm, 7:20pm, and 9:40pm screenings) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Hers to Hold (1943) (Old Town Music Hall)
Hospital (1969) (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney/Calarts Theater) (Benefit screening for media artist Tucker Stilley)
Human Rights Open Screen (Echo Park Film Center)
The Long Haul (1957) / Hell Drivers (1957) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Footsteps and Fog: British Film Noir)
The Mission (1986) / Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970) (New Beverly Cinema)
Poltergeist (1982) (Regency Fairfax) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
Pumpkinhead (1988) (The Bay Theatre)
Tom Jones (1963) / Bedazzled (1967) (Aero Theatre)
The Young Honduran Revolution (2009) (w/ filmmaker Johannes Wilm) (Echo Park Film Center)
Youth Visions of Jerusalem (w/ reception) (Echo Park Film Center)

Saturday 10/24
35 Shots of Rum (2008) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
The Clouded Yellow (1959) / The October Man (1947) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Footsteps and Fog: British Film Noir)
Conan the Destroyer (1984) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
Haunted Cop Shop (1987) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (HFS: Kung Fu Halloween)
The Haunting (1963) (w/ Michael J. Kouri) (Alex Theatre)
Hers to Hold (1943) (Old Town Music Hall)
Horror of Dracula (1958) / The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Technicolor Terror)
The Horse Boy (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
In Search of Beethoven (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Irene in Time (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky (2008) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Mission (1986) / Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970) (New Beverly Cinema)
Pumpkinhead (1988) (The Bay Theatre)
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)
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) (w/ Ray Bradbury) (Aero Theatre)
Soul Power (2008) (w/ Carlos NiÒo, Stuart Levine, and Big Black and afterparty) (Downtown Independent)
Trucker (2008) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
White on Rice (2009) / Box Elder (2008) (Downtown Independent) (Range of Life Touring Movies)

Sunday 10/25
35 Shots of Rum (2008) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
AMOR (1980) / The Stoas (1991-1997) / The Ground (1993-2001) / Pitcher of Colored Light (2007) (w/ Robert Beavers) (Los Angeles Filmforum) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum)
Hers to Hold (1943) (Old Town Music Hall)
The Horse Boy (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
In Search of Beethoven (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Irene in Time (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky (2008) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) / Ed Wood (1994) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007) / 13 Ghosts (1960) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Stunt Man (1980) / Ed Gein (2000) (w/ actor Steve Railsback and director Richard Rush) (Aero Theatre)
Trucker (2008) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)

That's all for this week. Oh, and in case you were curious, Lars Von Trier still hates women & Conan still kicks ass.

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