1/06

Free Members-Only Screening: Mommy

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with writer/director Xavier Dolan

 

The gifted and prolific young filmmaker Xavier Dolan has made as many films in the past five years as it seems many studio executives have seen. Since 2009, the twenty five year old actor-turned writer/director has created a new feature every year—and the movies are constructed around the confusions wrought by family bonds and sexual attraction. His new work, Mommy—which won the Prix du Jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival—appears to seize on the emotionally charged narratives of Douglas Sirk and the punch-drunk melodrama of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, while also blending in the gamy intimacy of reality television. Dolan takes his camera inside the world of the voluble live-wire single mom Diane, who charges through her life with vitality and generosity. That life is complicated by the burden she shoulders raising her teenaged son Steve, whose psychological instability has him careening from sweetness to wildly inappropriate boundary testing. Dolan deftly focuses Mommy on a small, devoted family whose members haven’t broken through to the maturity that each needs, and who makes the lives of both easier—but far less compelling, as especially as seen here in the funny, gripping and street-operatic Mommy. Dolan will speak about his work in a Q&A following the screening.

2014, 139 min, color, DCP | Written by Xavier Dolan; directed by Xavier Dolan; with Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément

 

Ticketing Information

 

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and The New York Times Film Club members can reserve tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, December 18. | Free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for this event can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved seating. Ticketed guests must be in their seat 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Reservations do not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand. Entry is first come, first served, so please arrive early. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

1/07

Celebrating the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards: Crazy Heart

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with writer/director Scott Cooper

 

Co-presented by the New York Times Film Club

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Film Independent Spirit Awards, Film Independent at LACMA takes a look back at a past winning film that captures the essence of the awards. In 2009, actor-turned writer/director Scott Cooper adapted Thomas Cobb’s novel, a mordantly funny take on the world of country music into a stark, yet languorous drama on the life of ebbing country music legend Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges), whose rumpled charm and besotted affability doesn’t lessen the ache and damage that he ever-so-casually leaves in his wake. The cast also included Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall (who co-produced the film) and Colin Farrell both Duvall and Farrell sing in Heart, and T-Bone Burnett provided musical guidance, too. For his performance, Bridges won the Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead (as well as the Academy Award for Best Actor) and Cooper picked up the Film Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Cooper will be in attendance for a conversation after the film.

Followed by a reception in The Los Angeles Times Central Court.

2009, 122 min, color, 35 mm | Novel by Thomas Cobb, written by Scott Cooper; directed by Scott Cooper; with Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell

 

Ticketing Information

 

$5 for Film Independent and LACMA Film Club members. Members of these two groups can purchase tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, December 18. Limit two tickets per membership. Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

$7 for LACMA members, students with valid ID and seniors (62+); $10 for the general public. Members of these four groups can purchase tickets starting at 12 pm on Tuesday, December 23. Two ticket limit.

New York Times Film Club members must RSVP to www.nytfilmclub.com for this screening.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for this event can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved seating. Ticketed guests must be in their seat at the advertised start time of the event or seat(s) may be released. All ticket sales are final; no refunds or exchanges. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

1/08

An Evening With… Richard Linklater

7:30 pm | Includes an evening of clips and conversation with Richard Linklater about his lengthy career and groundbreaking film Boyhood

 

Co-presented by the New York Times Film Club

Writer/director Richard Linklater has had one of the most unusual careers of any working filmmaker. We’ve seen his unforgettable characters in a body of work that ranges from big studio films (School of Rock) to groundbreaking independent work (Slacker and Dazed and Confused) to his crowning works which explore the nature of time: the Before series, which takes a couple and tracks them in three films over the course of their relationship, and his epic masterpiece, Boyhood. Boyhood was filmed over the course of twelve years with child newcomers Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater (the director’s daughter), who grow as their parents, played by Patricia Arquette and longtime Linklater collaborator Ethan Hawke, age. In addition to his impressive body of work, Linklater founded the Austin Film Society. In this An Evening With… program, Linklater will discuss his work in-depth, accompanied by clips from his films.

Featuring clips from Linklater’s career.

 

Ticketing Information

 

$15 for Film Independent and LACMA Film Club members. Members of these two groups can purchase tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, December 18. Limit two tickets per membership. Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

$20 for LACMA members, students with valid ID and seniors (62+); $25 for the general public. Members of these four groups can purchase tickets starting at 12 pm on Tuesday, December 23. Two ticket limit.

New York Times Film Club members must RSVP at www.nytfilmclub.com for this screening.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for this event can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved seating. Ticketed guests must be in their seat at the advertised start time of the event or seat(s) may be released. All ticket sales are final; no refunds or exchanges. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

1/15

Free Screening: Kroll Show

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with actor John Mulaney, actor/writer Jon Daly, co-creator John Levenstein, and actor/creator Nick Kroll

 

Writer and performer Nick Kroll’s all-inclusive referendum on the narcissism of contemporary popular culture, the Comedy Central series Kroll Show begins its third season on that network. And he brings two episodes from the newest season of his series. The fast-paced half-hour series takes place on a de facto Kroll network, binding together the self-absorbed characters in each of the shows—some the star’s own version of conventional scripted piece and others send-ups of the half-baked reality and competition series that now litter the TV landscape. Kroll Show star, creator and head writer Nick Kroll will be joined by members of his creative team—co-creator John Levenstein, and cast members Jon Daly and John Mulaney—for a Q&A after the screening.

2015, color, DCP | Created by Nick Kroll; co-created by John Levenstein and Jonathan Krisel; with Nick Kroll, John Daly, Andy Milokanis, Sarah Dampf, Jenny Slate, John Mulaney

 

Ticketing Information

 

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and The New York Times Film Club members can reserve screening tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, December 18. | Screening tickets are free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

LACMA member and general-admission screening tickets can be reserved starting at 12 pm on Tuesday, December 23. | Screening tickets are free; limit two tickets.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for this event can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved Bing Theater seating. Ticketed guests must be in their Bing Theater seat 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Reservations do not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand. Entry is first come, first served, so please arrive early. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

1/22

Live Read of Goodfellas

7:30 pm | Live Read with director Jason Reitman

 

The January installment of director Jason Reitman’s much imitated—but never equaled—landmark program, in which he selects a classic film script and stages a reading before a live audience, is the Live Read production of director Martin Scorsese’s gangster chronicle Goodfellas. As per usual, Bing Theater Artist-in-Residence Reitman will announce his cast shortly before the event takes place.

 

Ticketing Information

 

$25 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and The New York Times Film Clubmembers. Members of these three groups can purchase tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, December 18. | Limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

$35 for LACMA members, students with valid ID, and seniors (62+); $50 for the general public. Members of these groups can purchase tickets starting at 12 pm on Tuesday, December 23 (pending availability). | Limit two tickets.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for this event can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved seating. Ticketed guests must be in their seat at the advertised start time of the event or seat(s) may be released. All ticket sales are final; no refunds or exchanges. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

1/29

Seven Samurai

7:30 pm

 

In collaboration with Samurai: Japanese Armour from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

Presented in collaboration with Samurai: Japanese Armour from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 action-adventure epic’s sphere of influence is exhaustingly wide-ranging—its admirers go from George Lucas to Peter Jackson, from Neill Blomkamp to Takeshi “Beat” Kitano; one even wonders if Stan Lee took a little of the abrasion that abounds in this sixteenth century-set story of masterless samurai hired by a farming village to protect them from outlaws and cycled it into the Marvel Comic superteam. The samurai are led by Kikuchiyo (Toshiro Mifune), who flips his own mystique about on a regular basis throughout the story. Epic and dense, Kurosawa’s film lays out the action in clear and robust terms—we always know exactly what’s going on and what’s at stake. More importantly, Kurosawa was among the first filmmakers to understand the importance of making each samurai.

1954, 207 min, black and white, 35 mm | Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni and Shinobu Hashimoto; directed by Akira Kurosawa; with Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Daisuke Kato, Isao Kimura, Minoru Chiaki, Seiji Miyaguchi, Yoshio Inaba

 

Ticketing Information

 

$5 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club and The New York Times Film Club members. Members of these three groups can purchase tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, December 18. Limit two tickets per membership. Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

$7 for LACMA members, students with valid ID and seniors (62+); $10 for the general public. Members of these four groups can purchase tickets starting at 12 pm on Tuesday, December 23. Two ticket limit.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for this event can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved seating. Ticketed guests must be in their seat at the advertised start time of the event or seat(s) may be released. All ticket sales are final; no refunds or exchanges. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

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