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Barack Obama bested the Presidential campaign by reaching across all places and people. It seems only fitting that his inauguration week bears a similarly dynamic platform: from the earliest cinematic pioneers to the latest digital technologies, from campy cult comedies to maverick macho westerns, from classic actors to Jean Claude Van Damme, from sea to shining sea. This is why I love L.A. Nay, this is why I love America!

Now that I've got that out of my system, let's unpack this eclectic platform. San Francisco's midnight movie queen Peaches Christ is out and about, as is Los Angeles' own fetish photographer Rick "NSFW" Castro. Conan The Governor and a slew of cronies storm the New Beverly with magic and muscles en masse; a Hamilton covers the whole day, but if $2 per film seems a bit pricey (and to be fair, that's probably the effects budget), you can win tickets from Ain't It Cool News. If that niche isn't small enough, there's also blaxploitation horror and nomadic throat-singing later in the week. Chase that crass with pure class at the Hammer Museum; UCLA's Film & Television Archive presents a series of early American films featuring Ziegfield follies, Paul Robeson, piercing crime drama, and further pleasantries. Or combine the two - that's what French New Wavers Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut did, with Quentin Tarantino sure to follow.

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All Week
Made In U.S.A. (1966) (Nuart Theatre)
Owl And The Sparrow (2009) (Exclusive Engagement) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)

Thursday 1/15
Badlands (1973) / The Sugarland Express (1974) (New Beverly Cinema)
Crossing (2008) (Free Event) (Korean Cultural Center)
Kaho'olawe Aloha 'Aina (1992) (Free Event) (National Center For The Preservation Of Democracy) (Bringing The Circle Together: A Native American Film Series)
Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback (2006) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Garage D'or Series)
My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009) (w/ Director Patrick Lussier) (Arclight Hollywood)
Yonkers Joe (2009) (Limited Engagement) (LAST DAY) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)

Friday 1/16
Applause (1929) / Glorifying The American Girl (1929) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Hollywood On The Hudson: Filmmaking In New York 1920-1939 Series)
Badlands (1973) / The Sugarland Express (1974) (New Beverly Cinema)
Belladonna Of Sadness (1973) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Beyond Anime Midnight Series)
Carrie (1976) (The Bay Theatre)
Dick Tracy (1990) (Regency Fairfax) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
The Emigrants (1971) (LACMA) (Spotlight On Jan Troell)
Genghis Blues (1999) (Downtown Independent)
Inserts (1974) (w/ Rick Castro & Actress Veronica Cartwright) (Egyptian Theatre) (Fetish Film Night)
Jawbreaker (1999) (w/ Director Darren Stein) (Nuart Theatre) (Peaches Christ Midnight Mass)
Jules And Jim (1962) / Two English Girls (1971) (Aero Theatre) (Confidentially Yours: A Weekend With François Truffaut)
One Week (1920) / The Kid Brother (1927) (The Orpheum Theatre) (The Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society)
Laurel And Hardy Festival: Sound And Silent Comedies (Old Town Music Hall) (through Sunday 1/18)
The Magnificent Seven (1960) (Egyptian Theatre) (The Magnificent John Sturges Series)
Reservoir Dogs (1992) (New Beverly Cinema) (Midnight Movie)
Vengeance Is Mine (1979) / The Todd Killings (1971) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (True Crime Series)

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Saturday 1/17
Festival Of Swords & Sorcery (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
* Barbarian Queen (1985) (4PM) / Sword And The Sorcerer (1982) (5:30PM) / Conan The Barbarian (1982) (7:30PM) / Deathstalker II: Duel Of The Titans (1987) (10PM) / Yor, The Hunter From The Future (1983) (Midnight)
The 400 Blows (1959) / Antoine & Collette (1962) / Stolen Kisses (1968) (Aero Theatre) (Confidentially Yours: A Weekend With François Truffaut)
Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark (1988) (w/ Elvira ) (Vista Theatre) (Peaches Christ Midnight Mass)
Gone With The Film Festival (Barnsdall Art Park)
Gunfight At The O.K. Corral (1957) / Hour Of The Gun (1967) (Egyptian Theatre) (The Magnificent John Sturges Series)
His Nibs (1921) / While New York Sleeps (1920) / The Four Orphans (1920) (w/ Score By Michael Mortilla) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Hollywood On The Hudson: Filmmaking In New York 1920-1939 Series)
Laurel And Hardy Festival: Sound And Silent Comedies (Old Town Music Hall)
My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009) (w/ Director Patrick Lussier) (Arclight Sherman Oaks)
The New Land (1972) (LACMA) (Spotlight On Jan Troell)
The Peanut Butter Solution (1985) (10PM) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Fucked-Up Kids Movies Series)
Phantom Of The Operator (2004) (7:30PM) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Artist & The Archives Series)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Nuart Theatre) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show)
Viva Zapata! (1954) (Autry National Center)

Sunday 1/18
Bad Day At Black Rock (1955) / The Law And Jack Wade (1958) (Egyptian Theatre) (The Magnificent John Sturges Series)
Carrie (1976) (The Bay Theatre)
Crawford (2008) (Egyptian Theatre) (Los Angeles Filmforum)
Creating Buddhas: The Making And Meaning Of Fabric Thangkas (2008) (Pacific Asia Museum)
The Emperor Jones (1933) / Paradise In Harlem (1939) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Hollywood On The Hudson: Filmmaking In New York 1920-1939 Series)
The Five Minutes Game: R.I.P. VHS Edition & MLK Weekend BBQ (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Gone With The Film Festival (Barnsdall Art Park)
Laurel And Hardy Festival: Sound And Silent Comedies (Old Town Music Hall) (LAST DAY)
Shoot The Piano Player (1960) / The Last Metro (1980) (Aero Theatre) (Confidentially Yours: A Weekend With François Truffaut)
"Van Dammage" Trailer Show / JCVD (2008) / Double Impact (1991) (New Beverly Cinema)

Monday 1/19
Carrie (1976) (The Bay Theatre)
Guys And Dolls (1955) (Arclight Sherman Oaks)
"Van Dammage" Trailer Show / JCVD (2008) / Double Impact (1991) (New Beverly Cinema)

Tuesday 1/20
Bachelor In Paradise (1961) (Matinee) (LACMA)
Dr. Black & Mr. Hyde (1976) / Co-Feature TBA (New Beverly Cinema) (Grindhouse Film Festival)

Wednesday 1/21
Carrie (1976) (The Bay Theatre)
Confidentially Yours (1983) (Aero Theatre) (w/ Film Critic Kevin Thomas)
Essential Visual Music: Rare Classics (1926-1978) (Free Event) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum)
The Last Picture Show (Director's Cut) (1971) / What's Up, Doc? (1972) (w/ Peter Bogdanovich) (New Beverly Cinema) (Peter Bogdanovich Film Festival)
The Man With The Movie Camera (1929) (w/ Live Score By Thavius Beck) (Avant-Garde Silent Films Series)
Wall-E (2008) (w/ Writer-Director Andrew Stanton ) (Arclight Hollywood)

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That's all for this week. Love it or Netflix it.

Written and compiled by the amazing and diligent Edward Yerke-Robins