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This will not stand, ya know, this aggression will not stand, man.
-The Big Lebowski (1998)
WE ARE THE GIANT transports viewers to the front lines of the Arab Spring through the courageous stories of six extraordinary people grappling with the dilemma at the heart of all struggles for justice and freedom: whether to take up arms and fight, or to advocate change through peace and non-violence.
WE ARE THE GIANT director Greg Barker will participate in a Q&A moderated by Los Angeles World Affairs Council president and former foreign correspondent Terry McCarthy after the 7:20 PM screening tonight at the Music Hall.
From the director of The Black Power Mixtape, CONCERNING VIOLENCE is a bold and fresh visual narrative on Africa, based on newly discovered archive material covering the struggle for liberation from colonial rule in the late ’60s and ’70s, accompanied by text from Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth.
CONCERNING VIOLENCE co-producer Danny Glover will participate in a Q&A after the 7:20 PM screening at the Music Hall on Friday, December 12. Robin Kelly, the Gary B. Nash Professor of American History of UCLA, will moderate. Professor Kelley’s most recent book, Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times, explores the relationship between jazz and Africa in the era of decolonization and Civil Rights.
The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced January 15th but Oscar completionists can get a head start on the Documentary Features category thanks to the Academy’s 15-film shortlist and Laemmle Theaters.
The Academy’s Documentary Branch narrowed the field to 15 from 134 submissions. While we’ve already screened many films, some are still in theaters, and five will play as morning shows over the next few weeks. By the time nominations are announced, every film on the shortlist will have played at one or more of our theaters… for those keeping track!
Weekend morning shows in Claremont, North Hollywood, Pasadena, and West LA:
Still in theaters:
CITIZENFOUR in Pasadena. Coming 12/19 to North Hollywood.
JODOROWSKY’S DUNE returns on 12/12 to Beverly Hills.
THE SALT OF THE EARTH at the Royal. This week only!
TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER in Pasadena. This week only!
Where to see the rest:
Watch all 15 trailers:
When a cold fish telecommunications executive returns to his small island town for his estranged mother’s burial, he learns about the Taiwanese tradition that mandates him to marry within 100 DAYS so that the parent’s spirit can transition peacefully. When a typhoon leaves him stranded for three days, he rekindles a romance with his free spirited childhood sweetheart, who is engaged to marry a local villager.
100 DAYS director Henry Chan, and Emmy winner for A to Z, Scrubs and Moesha, along with the 100 DAYS producers, will participate in Q&A’s after the 7:30 and 9:55 PM screenings on Friday, December 12 and after all screenings on Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14.
A animated classic, Paul Grimault’s THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD, written by Grimault and legendary poet and screenwriter Jacques Prévert, has been restored and after many decades finally getting a theatrical release in the United States. Based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, this wildly satirical film follows a chimney sweep and shepherdess on the run from a tyrannical king. A masterpiece of traditional hand-drawn cell animation, THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD is credited by celebrated Japanese animators Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata as inspiring the creation of their own studio, the now world-famous Studio Ghibli. Its influence can also be felt in such films as Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant.
Read Ben Kenigsberg’s recent New York Times review of the restoration:
The French animated film “The King and the Mockingbird” has been more influential than known or seeable, at least in the United States. The movie is belatedly opening here in a subtitled restoration, with special dubbed showings for children.
Released in France in the 1950s in a version that the animator Paul Grimault called “an impostor” and completed, after an overhaul, in 1979, “The King and the Mockingbird” is commonly cited as an influence on Studio Ghibli, from Japan. Yet in its humor, its fairy tale origins and the characters’ rounded features, it plays more like a vintage Disney work, only nimbler and freer.
Adapting a Hans Christian Andersen story, Mr. Grimault wrote the screenplay with Jacques Prévert (“Children of Paradise”). The film takes place in Tachycardia, where King Charles XVI — the numbers are tallied aloud whenever his name is spoken — is an avid if inept hunter. That hunting makes him a nemesis of the hero, a showman of a mockingbird.
With its muted rose and yellows, the angular animation is classical but inventive, even surreal. Tachycardia collapses periods, combining an ostensibly medieval setting with a futurist streak. When the king rides a rocket-shaped elevator to his secret apartment on the 296th floor, you could easily see it as a gag on “The Jetsons.” A giant automaton with spotlight eyes seems the source of the key design in “The Iron Giant.”
Still, a catalog of the movie’s pleasures barely does justice to this lost-and-found delight.
There are just a few more weeks to catch an impossibly cool exhibition at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage. Route 66: The Road and the Romance ends January 4.
“Discover the facts and the fiction surrounding the Mother Road through more than 250 extraordinary artifacts that trace the history of the route and its impact on American popular culture.
“Connecting Chicago to Los Angeles, the 2,400-mile-long highway was a witness to history and a symbol for America on the move. Route 66: The Road and the Romance travels the iconic road from its inception in 1926 through the drama of the Great Depression to its heyday as a travel destination and the route’s eventual displacement by the Interstate Highway System. The exhibition concludes with a contemporary look at the road and the movement for its preservation.
“Route 66 presents historical artifacts from institutions and private collections across the United States, many never before displayed together. See the oldest existing Route 66 shield, an early Jackson Pollock landscape painting, a ten-foot twin visible gas pump, the handwritten page from The Grapes of Wrath manuscript that introduces the “Mother Road,” renowned Dust Bowl–era photographs, Woody Guthrie’s guitar, the original typewritten scroll of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, a classic 1960 Corvette, and countless objects adorned with the Route 66 moniker or acquired along the route.”