LAist Film Calendar: Handsome Harry & Sexy Stephen
'Handsome Harry'...Because 'Cutesy Kelly' Was Already Taken | Photo courtesy of Worldview Entertainment
There may no longer be a country for old men, but Handsome Harry proves there's still kino for them. Harry plants itself proudly in the old boys' club, where women are no good, sons are all-too-wayward and there's nothing a bottle of scotch won't fix. When retired sailor Harry Sweeney (Jamey Sheridan) receives once-crewmate Tom Kelly (Steve Buscemi)'s dying wish for redemption, he becomes like a ghost, slipping in and out of old friends' lives and haunting them with memories of hidden violence. The disquieting man-to-man vignettes draw handsomely from the old school of independent film. Director Bette Gordon emphasizes a story rarely told, rather than than hip aesthetics or snarky dialogue. It's even got the once-obligatory open ending. Preserve the endangered species of mid-budget adult drama - head over to Laemmle's Sunset any time this weekend and check it out.
Friday, the Academy welcomes the inimitable Stephen Fry to celebrate fellow Brit with wit, Noel Coward. Fry introduces the Oscar-winning adaptation of Coward's Cavalcade, accompanied by an L.A. Theatre Works performance of two other Coward works. Saturday features Brief Encounter and In Which We Serve (Noel Coward's smashing co-productions with David Lean), while Sunday closes out the Cowardly weekend with Blithe Spirit (another Lean co-production) and bloody rare footage of the master at work in 1929. Speaking of masters, take back your dinner table with Melnitz Movies' free screening of Food Fight tomorrow night. The anti-agribusiness program includes the doc's director Chris Taylor, and a panel of local, organic foodies. Delicious!
Full list appears below. See you at the movies!