Weekly Movie Picks: Thrift Store Movies, Gilles Deleuze, 1970s Films

The Last of SheilaDiary Of A Mad Housewife & The Last Of Sheila
It's another crazy 1970s double feature. Directed by Frank Perry Diary Of A Mad Housewife stars Carrie Snodgress (rocker Neil Young's girlfriend for a time in the 70s) and Richard Benjamin as a young, well-to-do Manhattan couple whose marriage hits the skids thanks to obnoxious, self-absorbed hubby. The film feels dated, but Snodgress' Oscar-nominated performance still rings true.

The gem on tonight's double bill is The Last Of Sheila, a little-known 1973 whodunit caper set on a boat. James Coburn plays a producer who throws a party on his yacht on the one-year anniversary his wife, gossip columnist Sheila Green, was killed in a hit-and-run accident. The entertainment consists of a parlor game where each guest receives a card with a piece of fake gossip written on it. the object is to hide what's on your own card while discovering what's on everybody else's. the only problem is that these tidbits of gossip are true, and everybody has a secret to hide. Written by the unlikely team of Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim, the ensemble cast includes Richard Benjamin, James Mason, Raquel Welch and Dyan Cannon.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 23 at 7:30 PM
WHERE: American Cinematheque at The Aero Theater: 1328 Montana Ave. (at 14th St. in Santa Monica)


Animal CharmThrift Store Movies III
Found movies get their due at the Hammer's third annual selection of films, videos, and slides rescued from the obscurity of thrift stores, swap meets and dumpsters. Hosted by LA Weekly art critic Doug Harvey and with a slew of guest curators that includes Animal Charm (their compilations of re-edited, remixed videos are the shit!) the evening will include excerpts from recent and upcoming programs by the Coalition for Cinematic Conservation and Preservation at The Echo Park Film Center, vintage Asian and Indian music videos, and the classic ABC of Sex Education for Trainables.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: The Hammer: 10899 Wilshire Blvd. (at Westwood Blvd.)

The Wicker ManThe Other & The Wicker Man
The week's other awesome 1970s double bill begins with The Other a horror film set in the 1930s in rural New England. Niles and Holland are identical twins, but looks can be deceiving. One of the boys is good while the other is evil, and only their grandmother Ada (Uta Hagen) can stop the deadly "accidents" that have been occurring.

The Wicker Man -- the original movie made in 1973, not the so-crappy-it's-funny Nic Cage remake from last year -- is a classic among occult thrillers. While investigating the disappearance of a young girl on a Scottish island, a puritanical police sergeant uncovers a pagan society led by enigmatic Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee), who may be engaging in human sacrifice.

WHEN: Friday, May 25 at 7:30 PM
WHERE: American Cinematheque at The Aero Theater: 1328 Montana Ave. (at 14th St. in Santa Monica)


G is for Gauche"G" as in Gauche
Organized by semiotext(e), Deleuze From A to Z is a series of 24 screenings based on a filmed interview between French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and scholar/interviewer Claire Parnet. At each screening one letter from the eight-hour long interview is shown along with other short films grouped around the theme presented in Deleuze's alphabet, from "A as in Animal" to "Z as in Zigzag."

In addition to the 25-minute segment of "G as in Gauche [Left]", the screening will include Alain Resnais' Guernica, Harry Smith's Early Abstractions, Stan Brakhage's Black Ice, Pierre Clementi's Visa de Censure X and Poème électronique by Le Corbusier, Iannis Xenakis and Edgard Varèse.


WHEN: Sunday, May 27 at 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Mandrake Bar: 2692 S. La Cienega Blvd. (betw. Venice & Washington)