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Weekly Movie Picks: Thrift Store Movies, Gilles Deleuze, 1970s Films

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Diary Of A Mad Housewife & The Last Of Sheila
It's another crazy 1970s double feature. Directed by Frank Perry Diary Of A Mad Housewife stars Carrie Snodgress (rocker Neil Young's girlfriend for a time in the 70s) and Richard Benjamin as a young, well-to-do Manhattan couple whose marriage hits the skids thanks to obnoxious, self-absorbed hubby. The film feels dated, but Snodgress' Oscar-nominated performance still rings true.

The gem on tonight's double bill is The Last Of Sheila, a little-known 1973 whodunit caper set on a boat. James Coburn plays a producer who throws a party on his yacht on the one-year anniversary his wife, gossip columnist Sheila Green, was killed in a hit-and-run accident. The entertainment consists of a parlor game where each guest receives a card with a piece of fake gossip written on it. the object is to hide what's on your own card while discovering what's on everybody else's. the only problem is that these tidbits of gossip are true, and everybody has a secret to hide. Written by the unlikely team of Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim, the ensemble cast includes Richard Benjamin, James Mason, Raquel Welch and Dyan Cannon.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 23 at 7:30 PM
WHERE: American Cinematheque at The Aero Theater: 1328 Montana Ave. (at 14th St. in Santa Monica)

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Thrift Store Movies III
Found movies get their due at the Hammer's third annual selection of films, videos, and slides rescued from the obscurity of thrift stores, swap meets and dumpsters. Hosted by LA Weekly art critic Doug Harvey and with a slew of guest curators that includes Animal Charm (their compilations of re-edited, remixed videos are the shit!) the evening will include excerpts from recent and upcoming programs by the Coalition for Cinematic Conservation and Preservation at The Echo Park Film Center, vintage Asian and Indian music videos, and the classic ABC of Sex Education for Trainables.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: The Hammer: 10899 Wilshire Blvd. (at Westwood Blvd.)