The most explosive and zeitgeisty televised force of nature since the birth of MTV, Morton Downey Jr. forever altered the American broadcast landscape in a blast of cigarette smoke, fistfights, in-your-face populist ranting, nasty epithets and good, old-fashioned showmanship. Billed as “3-D television” and “rock and roll without the music”, The Morton Downey, Jr. Show was the most addictive talk show of its kind to ever hit the airwaves, with its maniacally whirlwind host oozing attitude while his rabid, droogish studio audience throbbed in the background. Predating today’s omnipresent tsunami of trash TV, this late-’80s phlegmatic wonder tore up the tube, fashioning the “discussion” of crazy current events (phone sex, heavy metal, the Rev. Al Sharpton) into a giddy, unforgettable gladiator pit. Tonight, we toast the host-with-the-most with a tightly-wound mix of MDJ Show high-/lowlights, and the Los Angeles premiere of Évocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie — the brand-new feature documentary dissecting the mind and motivation of television’s most notorious agitator. Évocateur co-director Jeremy Newberger in person for Q&A after the film!
611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA
The next installment of Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption, where Doug and his friends (who, in the past, have included everyone from Brian Posehn to Sarah Silverman and Zach Galifianakis) chill on the front row couches, mics in hand, and say whatever hilarious thing pops into their heads while a movie of their choosing unfolds on the screen.
Dir. Brad Anderson, 2013, 35mm, 94 min.
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Cynthia Carr and Jennifer Doyle explore the work of the artist David Wojnarowicz from historical, literary, and queer perspectives. Carr is the author of Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz; Doyle is the author of Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art. A screening of Wojnarowicz’s collaboration with Ben Neill, ITSOFOMO (In the Shadow of Forward Motion), will follow the discussion.
6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
Revisit Orson Welles' masterpiece - or see it for the first time! - as part of an ongoing series that honors the memory of one of the Cinematheque's favorite movie critics, Roger Ebert - who said of the film, "Its surface is as much fun as any movie ever made. Its depths surpass understanding."
611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA
One of our favorite Cinefamily events ever IS BACK! Summer’s around the corner, and you know how we here at the Cinefamily love two things in tandem: busting out the patio grill, and The Five Minutes Game. What’s all this about a game, you ask? We’re firm believers in “Every movie is interesting for at least its first five minutes”, those fascinating moments when you’re still entering the new world a film presents you, and trying to figure out what the hell’s going on. What we’re gonna do is choose fifteen movies you’ve likely never seen before (with most, if not all the films unavailable on DVD), line ‘em up, and only show you the first five minutes of each, not counting their opening credits. Then you, the audience, votes on which film we all then watch in its entirety. So, bring something to cook on our grill, and let’s get started!
1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403
Easily the greatest movie ever made starring a 6-foot-3-inch invisible rabbit. Jimmy Stewart gives his own favorite performance as Elwood P. Dowd, a perfectly nice guy whose best pal nobody can see, leading his sister (Oscar winner Josephine Hull) to try to get him committed. A warm, wonderful and truly ageless comedy!