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We featured The Day The Earth Stood Still when it ran back in May, but this week the Aero cements director Robert Wise's genius by replaying that sci-fi classic, alongside timeless musicals West Side Story & The Sound of Music. West Side Story and Star! (his post-Music reunion with Julie Andrews) are even presented in earth-standing 70mm! Another genre-defying artist receives his due every weekend this month at the Not-So-Silent Theatre. Jim Henson effortlessly melded puppets & live actors, reality & fantasy, commercialism & chaos. His work is that rare breed which can be called "magic" with a straight face. And it's hilarious for viewers of all ages. The Old Pasadena Film Festival also kicks off a three-weekend extravaganza of films on Friday with free screenings of Notting Hill and The King and I. Check their linked website for the full schedule.

And then there are fantasies that are decidedly adult-only. Italian genre films abound at the Egyptian, from horror films and gialli (Cinephile-to-English translation: a film movement chopping & screwing murder-thrillers with psychedelia) to pepla (Cinephile-to-English translation: mythological/historical action films nicknamed "sword and sandal films" for their abundance of Roman beefcake-cum-heroes). Fans of this latter genre in particular should also stay up for peplum descendent He-Man at Insomniac Cinema. This would be the weirdest program of the weekend, were it not for Ilsa, She Wolf of the S.S. at the New Beverly's Grindhouse Film Festival. The most highly regarded "Naziploitation" film (if such films could be highly regarded), it appears along with its star Dyanne Thorne, its sequel Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Shieks, and Stalag-less action flick Bare Knuckles in a tribute to late actor-turned-producer Don Edmonds.

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Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

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All Weekend
Cheri (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Girl from Monaco (2008) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Herb and Dorothy (2008) (Nuart Theatre)
The Hurt Locker (2008) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Soul Power (2008) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
An Unlikely Weapon (2008) (w/ filmmaker Susan Morgan Cooper at each 7:20 show) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Weather Girl (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)

Thursday 7/9
200 Motels (1971) / Fritz the Cat (1972) (New Beverly Cinema)
B-Music and DJ Andy Votel Present: Hungarian Rock Night (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Don't Knock the Rock 2009)
The Beaches of Agnes (2008) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Betty Blue (1986) (Nuart Theatre)
Captured (2009) (Free event) (Space15 Twenty)
Dead Snow (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Departures (2008) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Food, Inc. (2008) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
The Girl from Monaco (2008) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
The Haunting (1963) / The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) (Aero Theatre) (A Tribute to Director Robert Wise)
I Hate Valentine's Day (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Objectified (2009) (w/ director Gary Hustwit, advance tickets only) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre)
Opera (1987) / Cemetery Man (1996) (Egyptian Theatre) (So Sweet, So Perverse: Italian Grindhouse Treasures!)
The Perfect Couple (2007) (Free event) (Korean Cultural Center)
Public Enemies (2009) (21+ Screening) (Arclight Sherman Oaks)
Summer Hours (2008) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Tetro (2009) (The Landmark)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) (21+ Screening) (Arclight Hollywood)

Friday 7/10
The Dark Crystal (1982) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Midnight Show) (Muppets, Music, and Magic: Jim Henson's Legacy)
The Disco Dolls in Hot Skin 3-D (1978) (w/ Bill Margold) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
Herb and Dorothy (2008) (w/ director Megumi Sasaki at 7:30 show) (Nuart Theatre)
Ilsa, She Wolf of the S.S. (1975) / Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks (1976) / Bare Knuckles (1977) (New Beverly Cinema) (Grindhouse Film Festival)
Ivan the Terrible, Parts I and II (1944 and 1958) (LACMA)
Jim Henson Commercials and Experiments (8PM & 10PM) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Muppets, Music, and Magic: Jim Henson's Legacy)
Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm (1951) (Old Town Music Hall)
Masters of the Universe (1987) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie) (Regency Fairfax)
Paranoia (1968) / A Quiet Place to Kill (1970) (Egyptian Theatre) (So Sweet, So Perverse: Italian Grindhouse Treasures!)
Star! (1968) (70mm) (Aero Theatre) (A Tribute to Director Robert Wise)

Saturday 7/11
Che: Part One (2008) / Che: Part Two (2008) (Downtown Independent)
Herb and Dorothy (2008) (w/ director Megumi Sasaki at 7:30 show) (Nuart Theatre)
Hercules in the Haunted World (1961) / Duel of the Titans (1961) (Egyptian Theatre) (So Sweet, So Perverse: Italian Grindhouse Treasures!)
Ilsa, She Wolf of the S.S. (1975) / Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks (1976) / Bare Knuckles (1977) (New Beverly Cinema) (Grindhouse Film Festival)
Ivan the Terrible, Parts I and II (1944 and 1958) (LACMA)
Jules and Jim (1962) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
The Lonely Lady (1983) / Butterfly (1982) (w/ Pia Zadora & director Matt Cimber) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Summer "Camp" Series)
Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm (1951) (Old Town Music Hall)
Muppet Music Moments (2PM Matinee) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Muppets, Music, and Magic: Jim Henson's Legacy)
Night of the Iguana (1964) (w/ DJ Chris Curtis) (Hollywood Forever Cemetery) (Cinespia Screenings)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Midnight Insanity Midnight Show) (Warner Grand Theatre)
Velvet Goldmine (1998) (Art Theatre of Long Beach) (Saturdays Rock at The Art)
West Side Story (1961) (70mm) (Aero Theatre) (A Tribute to Director Robert Wise)

Sunday 7/12
Herb and Dorothy (2008) (w/ director Megumi Sasaki at 2:50 show) (Nuart Theatre)
Jules and Jim (1962) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
La Dolce Vita (1960) (New Beverly Cinema)
Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm (1951) (Old Town Music Hall)
Sartana (1968) / Minnesota Clay (1965) (Egyptian Theatre) (So Sweet, So Perverse: Italian Grindhouse Treasures!)
The Sound of Music (1965) (Aero Theatre) (A Tribute to Director Robert Wise)
Three Films About Sister Corita: Become a Microscope (2009) / Mary's Day (1964) / Survival with Style (1966) (co-presented by Family Bookstore and The Corita Art Center) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Where's Poppa? (1970) (The Bay Theatre)
The Wicker Man (1973) (w/ DJ set by Andy Votel) (Hollywood Forever Cemetery) (Cinespia Screenings)

That's all for this week. If you're expecting Nic Cage as your cemetery man, shame on you.

(ed. note - be glad that you aren't getting the Nic Cage version of The Wicker Man)

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