For sheer cinematic punch, its hard to match the films of director William Friedkin. The Exorcist, The French Connection, Sorcerer and To Live and Die in L.A. are such great yet hard-hitting pleasures to watch, so downright addictive, that its easy to forget what a meticulous craftsman Friedkin is. A veteran of live television in the 1950s, Friedkin trained in documentary filmmaking in the mid-1960sand this training led to the unnerving realism of The French Connection and the terrible beauty of The Exorcist and Sorcerer. In 1971, The French Connection was released to wide critical acclaim. Shot in a gritty style more suited for documentaries than Hollywood features, the film won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Friedkin followed up with 1973s The Exorcist, based on William Peter Blattys best-selling novel; the film revolutionized the horror genre and is considered by some critics to be the greatest horror movie of all time. In 1977, Friedkin transformed Henri-Georges Clouzots 1950s classic The Wages of Fear into Sorcerer, an unforgettable and explosive jungle nightmarea blinding, sweat-drenched journey through Hell. Roy Scheider is perfect as one of a quartet of disgraced criminals who, while hiding out in South America, take on the dangerous gig of trucking a load of nitroglycerine so volatile it could combust at the slightest jarring. A screening of the digitally remastered Sorcerer will be followed by a discussion with the extraord
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1972, Paramount, 175 min, USA, Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and Robert Duvall join Marlon Brando, who gives an unforgettable, career-reviving performance as Don Vito Corleone. When a mob war breaks out and Don Vito is seriously wounded, returning veteran Michael (Pacino), previously uninvolved in the family "business," is the only one cool and collected enough to pull the irons out of the fire.
THE GODFATHER PART II
1974, Paramount, 200 min, USA, Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola expands upon and deepens the themes of THE GODFATHER with this ambitious sequel. The film follows Mob chieftain Al Pacino as he ruthlessly consolidates power in the Las Vegas gambling world of the late 1950s, while simultaneously flashing back to father Robert De Niro’s brutal induction into the Mafia in 1900s Sicily and New York. Most of the cast returned from the first film, with superb help from Gaston Moschin, Leopoldo Trieste and Lee Strasberg as Jewish crime boss Hyman Roth. Coppola’s parallel structure allows him to compare and contrast two American eras and consider the political and cultural changes of the 20th century, an approach that makes THE GODFATHER PART II an epic work of art as well as one of the most entertaining crime movies ever made.
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1977, 93 minutes, color, 35mm | Directed by Woody Allen; written by Allen, Marshall Brickman; with Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon, Shelley Duvall, Janet Margolin, Christopher Walken, Colleen Dewhurst.
Woody Allen’s charming comedy about a neurotic comedian’s courtship of an eccentric would-be singer was a commercial and critical breakthrough for the filmmaker, earning Allen Oscars for Directing and Original Screenplay, as well as awards for Best Picture and for Diane Keaton’s effortlessly charming performance in the title role. Ruth Morley’s hilariously eclectic costumes for Keaton helped make the actress not only one of cinema’s great romantic comedy heroines but also a modern icon of style. Gordon Willis’s beautifully naturalistic cinematography was a tremendous asset in the first of eight consecutive films he would shoot for Allen. With memorable supporting appearances from Carol Kane, Paul Simon, Shelley Duvall, Christopher Walken, and Jeff Goldblum, Annie Hall has lost none of its charm nearly four decades after first wooing audiences.
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9:00am to 6:00pm
TheFitExpo celebrates our 12th year in the Southern California marketplace February of 2015 with over 600 of the industry's top companies showcasing the latest in health & fitness services and products. Expected attendance for another continued growth year should exceed 50,000+.
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1:00pm to 4:00pm
Los Feliz is set to welcome a sweet new addition with the arrival of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, opening its first West Coast location in late Winter. In anticipation of the store’s opening, Jeni’s will be hitting the streets of Los Angeles with its Street Treats truck doling out scoops starting late January. Confirmed locations Poketo (820 E 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013) on Saturday, February 7 from 1:00pm-4:00pm and Silver Lake Flea Market on Saturday, February 14 from 12:00pm-5:00pm. Ice cream lovers can also track down the truck across all social channels with the #jenisLA hashtag or on Twitter (@jenis_LA) and Facebook (facebook.com/jenislosangeles) where additional pop ups and giveaways will be announced.