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My first month in Los Angeles, I worked a short stint at Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre, and one of the Mouse's lesser-known secrets is the large number of foreign exchange workers employed at the snack bar. I remember the Thai teens best; they were all sweet kids, and it's in their honor that I recommend the Thai Film Miracles Festival at the Arclight. Well, them and Tony Jaa, who steps behind the camera between bouts for the sequel to his muay-thai masterpiece Ong-Bak. For those with tastes running more regal, Princess Ubolratana makes her dramatic debut in Where The Miracle Happens, and the oldest surviving Thai film, The King Of The White Elephant, makes a rare theatrical appearance. And to seal the deal, each of these screenings are free with RSVP!

The Egyptian Theatre's "New Hollywood Strikes Back" series reads like an awesome almanac of American auteurs; many films in the fest are unavailable on DVD. Everyone name-drops Scorsese, Spielberg & Lucas, but discussing the directorial merits of Sam Peckinpah (Straw Dogs), Peter Yates (Bullitt) and Richard Brooks (The Blackboard Jungle) will net you a thousand points from the true cineaste (or at the very least, a PBR from the hipster who regards himself as one). L'assault d'auteur continues at the New Beverly, whose Peter Bogdanovich Film Festival boasts newly minted prints, hand-picked films & Bogey himself (Humphrey who?) at select screenings. Looks like Bogey's a fan of the Master of Suspense; luckily for him, the Aero's got a jaw-dropping Hitchcock program from the Master of Suspense. Unluckily for him, the Nuart's got Donkey Punch.

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All Week
Donkey Punch (2008) (Nuart Theatre)
Porno (2004) / I'll Be There With You (2006) / "Air Sex Contest" (w/ Writer-Director-Actor Akihiro Kitamura) (Downtown Independent)

Thursday 01/22
1960's Garage Mix Night (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Garage D'or Series)
In Cold Blood (1967) (Egyptian Theatre) (New Hollywood Strikes Back Series)
The Last Picture Show (Director's Cut) (1971) / What's Up, Doc? (1972) (New Beverly Cinema) (Peter Bogdanovich Film Festival)
North By Northwest (1959) (Aero Theatre) (Hitchcock's Confessions Series)
The Rising Tide: A Documentary On Chinese Contemporary Art (2008) (w/ Filmmaker Roberto Adanto) (Echo Park Film Center)
"They Always Say That Time Changes Things..." Program (Hammer Museum)
* Andy Warhol's Kiss (1963) / Broken Fall (Organic) (1971) / The Perfect Human (1967) / Telephones (1995) / Scherzo (2008) / Hockey (2004) / Secret Life (2006) / My Temporary Visiting Position From The Sunset Terrace Bar (2007)
Welcome To Dangmakol (2005) (Korean Cultural Center)

Friday 01/23
British Television Advertising Awards (2008 Nominees & Selections) (LACMA)
The Friends Of Eddie Coyle (1973) / Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia (1974) (Egyptian Theatre) (New Hollywood Strikes Back Series)
Hands Across The Table (1935) (Old Town Music Hall)
The Iron Horse (1924) (Getty Center) (How The West Was Shot: Six Westerns, Six Decades)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) / To Catch A Thief (1955) (Aero Theatre) (Hitchcock's Confessions Series)
Mind Game (2004) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Midnight) (Beyond Anime Series)
Paper Moon (1973) / Mask (Director's Cut) (1985) (w/ Writer-Director Peter Bogdanovich) (New Beverly Cinema) (Peter Bogdanovich Film Festival)
RoboCop (1987) (Regency Fairfax) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
Serbis (2008) / Slingshot (2007) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum)
Star 80 (1983) / Patty Hearst (1988) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (7:30PM) (True Crime Series)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)

Saturday 01/24
42nd Street (1933) (Echo Park Film Center) (Hard Luck Potluck Series)
And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself (2003) (Autry National Center) (Bold Caballyeros y Nobel Bandidas Film Festival)
Attack Of The Killer Tumbleweeds (2008) (Warner Grand Theatre) (8PM) (Free Event)
The Big Trail (1930) (Getty Center) (4PM) (How The West Was Shot: Six Westerns, Six Decades)
Bill Morrison Shorts (1996-2006) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (7:30PM) (The Artist And The Archives Series)
Freebie And The Bean (1974) / Hickey & Boggs (1972) (Egyptian Theatre) (New Hollywood Strikes Back Series)
Hands Across The Table (1935) (Old Town Music Hall)
Les Lutins du Court-MÈtrage: The Best French Shorts Of 2008 (Theatre Raymond Kabbaz)
The Masseur (2005) / Foster Child (2007) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum)
Paper Moon (1973) / Mask (Director's Cut) (1985) (New Beverly Cinema) (Peter Bogdanovich Film Festival)
The Peanut Butter Solution (1985) / The Great Land Of Small (1987) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Midnight) (Fucked-Up Kids' Movies Series)
Rebecca (1940) / Notorious (1946) (Aero Theatre) (Hitchcock's Confessions Series)
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre)
Red River (1948) (Getty Center) (7:30PM) (How The West Was Shot: Six Westerns, Six Decades)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Nuart Theatre) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Warner Grand Theatre) (Midnight)
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) / The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998) (2PM) (Warner Grand Theatre)
Targets (1968) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights) (Peter Bogdanovich Film Festival)

Sunday 01/25
Thai Film Festival 2009: Thai Film Miracles (Arclight Hollywood)
* The King Of The White Elephant (1940) (10PM)
Hands Across The Table (1935) (Old Town Music Hall)
Hen In A Boat (1984) (Goethe-Institut)
It's Best to Stay Alive! / Aleida Guevera Remembers Her Father, Che (The Workmen's Circle) (Cuban Film Series)
North By Northwest (1959) / To Have And Have Not (1944) (New Beverly Cinema) (Peter Bogdanovich Film Festival)
Play It As It Lays (1972) / Puzzle Of A Downfall Child (1970) (Egyptian Theatre) (New Hollywood Strikes Back Series)
Rear Window (1954) / Dial M For Murder (1954) (Aero Theatre) (Hitchcock's Confessions Series)
The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) / Moonlight And Pretzels (1933) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Hollywood On The Hudson: Filmmaking In New York 1920-1939)

Monday 01/26
Thai Film Festival 2009: Thai Film Miracles (Arclight Hollywood)
* Ahimsa Stops To Run (2005) (1PM)
* Boon Choo 9 (2008) (3PM)
* Coming Soon (2008) (5:20PM)
* Ong Bak 2 (2008) (7:15PM)
* Where The Miracle Happens (2008) (9:25PM)
North By Northwest (1959) / To Have And Have Not (1944) (New Beverly Cinema) (Peter Bogdanovich Film Festival)
Singin' In The Rain (1952) (Arclight Sherman Oaks)
The Squeaker (1963) (Goethe-Institut)

Tuesday 01/27
The Crimson Kimono (1959) (Ramo Auditorium @ Caltech)
Gunga Din (1939) (Matinee) (LACMA)
North By Northwest (1959) / To Have And Have Not (1944) (New Beverly Cinema) (Peter Bogdanovich Film Festival)
TV Tuesday: True Crime Edition (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)

Wednesday 01/28
Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival (Mann's Chinese 6)
* Schedule TBA
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008) (w/ Writer Eric Roth) (Arclight Hollywood)
A Page Of Madness (1926) (w/ Live Score By The Gaslamp Killer) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Avant-Garde Silent Films Series)
Psycho (1960) / The Birds (1963) (Aero Theatre) (Hitchcock's Confessions Series)
Touch Of Evil (1958) / Rio Bravo (1959) (New Beverly Cinema) (Peter Bogdanovich Film Festival)
Trinidad (2008) (Egyptian Theatre) (Outfest Wednesdays)

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Compiled as always by the amazing and diligent Edward Yerke-Robins