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LAist Film Calendar: Herzog For The Holidays

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Holiday dinner before the egg nog... | Photo courtesy of Industrial Entertainment

Herr Claus may be the most sought-after German this week, but his countryman Herzog is also comin' to town. He'll see you, sleeping or awake, at the Downtown Independent, for a screening of his latest, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done. If two Herzog films in one season isn't enough of a treat, gorge yourself on the other names in this celluloid sack: Willem Dafoe, ChloÎ Sevigny, Michael Shannon, Udo Kier, Brad Dourif & Grace Zabriskie. The only thing keeping the partridge from the pear tree is that executive producer David Lynch is just an ornament on the marquee, not a key player. Maybe next time, if we're good little boys and girls.

But back to the boughs of holly. Holiday classics abound all over town - in all their eye-shooting, singing-and-dancing, universe-hopping glory. Laurel & Hardy bridge economic hardship & fairytale hilarity in March of the Wooden Soldiers, while John McClane bridges his fist to your face in a deadly double hosted by screenwriter Steven E. de Souza. For a seasonal chiller, try the original Black Christmas on for size, or knock back some cold ones & knock out some teeth with Slap Shot. Who needs myrrh?

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!