April 2015 Highlights at the New Beverly Cinema
With Quentin Tarantino re-opening the New Beverly Cinema as a celluloid-only picture house, we are taking a closer look at some of the great movies he is programming each month. Every town on the planet should have a New Bev, but since it’s really a one of a kind type of place, here’s another way for you to discover the movies and hunt them down so you can program your own movie nights with friends. NOTE: We are not affiliated with the New Beverly Cinema.
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Red Rock West (1994, Dir: John Dahl)
Former Marine Michael Williams (Nicolas Cage) is mistaken for a hitman that has been hired to kill the wife (Lara Flynn Boyle) of a bar owner (JT Walsh) in Red Rock, Wyoming. After taking money to do the hit, Williams gets pulled into a high stakes situation that he must try to escape alive. Dennis Hopper co-stars in this neo-noir cult classic.
Run Lola Run (1998, Dir: Tom Twyker)
Franka Potente is Lola a woman who is forced to get 100,000 Deutsche Mark in 20 minutes in order to save the life of her boyfriend Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu). The film is split into three alternate runs that show the aftermath of Lola’s interactions with different people. An inventive fast paced thriller.
Boogie Nights (1997, Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson)
A stylish, visceral look at the Golden Age of Porn in the San Fernando Valley during the 1970s. Mark Wahlberg stars as Eddie Adams who becomes an adult film star known as Dirk Diggler. Co-starring Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Heather Graham.
Trainspotting (1996, Dir: Danny Boyle)
In this cult crime comedy a group of young Scottish heroin addicts get into trouble as they live fast and wreckless on the streets of Edinburgh. Starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle and Kelly Macdonald. Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh.
The Insider (1999, Dir: Michael Mann)
When big tobacco corporation employee Dr. Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe) decides to go public with information that cigarettes are in fact a health hazard he creates a firestorm that puts his life in danger. Television producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) joins his side to help tell the controversial story. Co-starring Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Philip Baker Hall, Lindsay Crouse. Based on a true story.
Audition (1999, Dir: Takashi Miike)
An aging widowed man who is looking to begin dating again finds a young woman that he is enchanted by. Little does he know she has a very dark secret that will turn his wishes for love into something deadly.
El Mariachi (1992, Dir: Robert Rodriguez)
A young guitarista (Carlos Gallardo) seeking work in local Mexican bars is mistaken for a criminal who is sought after by a ruthless gang that want him dead. An explosive, inventive low budget directorial debut.
Desperado (1995, Dir: Robert Rodriguez)
In this second part of the Mariachi Trilogy, a musician turned feared underworld myth (Antonio Banderas) goes after the men who killed his lady love. The action, humor and style are cranked up even higher in this immensely entertaining action classic inspired in part by the films of John Woo. Co-starring Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo.
Shadows & Fog (1991, Dir: Woody Allen)
Woody Allen stars as Kleinman a man who enters a nightmarish existential odyssey while a serial killer is on the loose. Inspired by the works of F.W. Murnau and Franz Kafka. Co-starring Kathy Bates, Philip Bosco, John Cusack, Mia Farrow, Jodie Foster, William H. Macy, Madonna.
Fargo (1996, Dir: The Coen Bros)
A Minnesota based car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) wants to get ahead so he comes up with a plan to have his wife kidnapped in hopes her wealthy father will pay a ransom. This sets off a series of events that unravel his life. One of the Coens’ best movies. Co-starring Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare.
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994, Dir; The Coen Bros)
Set in 1958, this is the amazing tale of one Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins) an energetic, goofy mailroom worker at the prestigious Hudsucker Industries in NYC. Norville’s entire life suddenly changes when he becomes an overnight sensation after inventing the Hula-Hoop (you know, for kids). An often overlooked screwball comedy gem inspired by the classic films of Howard Hawks and Frank Capra. Co-starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Newman, Charles Durning.
Army of Darkness (1993, Dir: Sam Raimi)
In this third installment of the Evil Dead trilogy, the ancient Necronomicon transports audacious S-Mart worker Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) back to medieval times where he must face an army of the undead. A screwball splatstick cult classic that is a load of fun.
Darkman (1990, Dir: Sam Raimi)
Scientist Peyton Westlake (Liam Neeson) is developing a special chemical compound that replicates flesh. When he is tragically disfigured by a group of underworld thugs, he uses the chemical mixture to take on a variety of identities to get his revenge. A comical, action packed comic book-esque cult classic. Co-starring Frances McDormand, Larry Drake.
Living in Oblivion (1995, Dir: Tom DiCillo)
A humorous indie cult gem that examines a director and his cast of actors who are trying to make a low budget movie over the course of three vignettes. Starring Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney, James LeGros and Peter Dinklage.
Sleep With Me (1994, Dir: Rory Kelly)
Meg Tilly, Eric Stoltz and Craig Sheffer star in this quirky romantic comedy about friends that get caught in a love triangle. Like Reality Bites, it’s an especially good time capsule from the mid 90s. Featuring a memorable cameo from Writer-Director Quentin Tarantino as a partygoer that has a theory of what the film Top Gun is really about. Co-starring Joey Lauren Adams and Parker Posey.
Scream (1996, Dir: Wes Craven)
A clever post modern reinvention of the classic 80s slasher film that focuses on a group of partying teenagers targeted by a ghost masked psycho. Starring Neve Campbell, Rose McGowan, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich, Jamie Kennedy.
Reality Bites (1994, Dir: Ben Stiller)
Winona Ryder plays Leilana, a Texas based videographer who is shooting a documentary called “Reality Bites” with her recent college grad roommates Vicki (Janeane Garofalo), Sammy (Steve Zahn) and Troy (Ethan Hawke) who she has an on/off relationship with. When she meets Michael Grates (Ben Stiller) a classy, smart TV executive, the two begin dating and Leilana gets a chance to get her work seen by the public but her personal conflicts complicate things. If you want to see what Generation X was like, this is a great little romantic-dramedy that works as a time capsule of the period.
Le Femme Nikita (1990, Dir: Luc Besson)
An exciting French crime actioner about a young street punk (Anne Parillaud) who is arrested after a robbery and transformed into a deadly assassin by her captors. Co-starring Jean-Hugues Anglade, Jean Reno, Tchéky Karyo. Remade as Point of No Return in 1993 starring Bridget Fonda.
The Professional (1994, Dir: Luc Besson)
A French hitman (Jean Reno) living in NYC rescues a young girl Mathilda (Natalie Portman) after her family are killed by a corrupt cop Stansfield (Gary Oldman) and his thugs. Leon has always been a loner with no family yet through Mathilda he finds a friendship and love he never had. This is one of Gary Oldman’s most furious roles that people always remember. An excellent crime-thriller from Luc Besson. Co-starring Danny Aiello.