9/23

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with Wu-Tang Clan founding member RZA, who will discuss how the film influenced the production of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and his career as a whole

 

Sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office

The first in a series of Hong Kong films running one night each month in September, October and November, we start with The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, one of the best-known Kung Fu films of all time. This 1978 classic stars Hong Kong veteran Gordon Liu (best known to American audiences as the Bride’s hard-hearted mentor in Kill Bill, Vol. 2 and featured in over a hundred other films) and was directed by veteran filmmaker and action choreographer Lau Kar-leung. 36th Chamber is a fanciful dramatization of real-life eighteenth century martial arts figure San Te (whose life has been the subject of several movies). Liu stars as Liu Yude, a student whose savage beating at the hands of government after siding with rebels during a rebellion leads him to a Shaolin temple. Initially rejected by the monks, he finds his way and his hunger for instruction makes him the best acolyte ever; he makes his way through the brutal and rigorous thirty-five chambers and back into the arms of the rebellion. In battle, his inventive methods become a rallying force for the movement. The success of 36th Chamber made Liu an international sensation, and was followed by a number of sequels.  After the screening, RZA of Wu-Tang Clan will appear for a Q&A.

A reception will follow the Q&A.

1978, 115 min, color | Written by Ni Kuang; directed by Lau Kar-leung; starring Gordon Liu and Lo Lieh

 

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 5 pm on Thursday, August 21. 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 5 pm on Thursday, August 28. 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 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.

9/25

Free Members-Only Screening: The Judge

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with director David Dobkin, actor Robert Downey Jr. and actor Robert Duvall

 

Co-presented by the New York Times Film Club

Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall—two of the finest actors of their generations—team up for the first time in this can-you-go-home-again comedy melodrama from director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) and screenwriters Nick Schenk (Gran Torino) and Bill Dubuque, from a story by Dobkin and Schenk. Downey stars as glib, bullying powerhouse defense attorney Hank, who is pulled back into family dysfunction and small town Indiana after the death of his mother. He returns to the collateral damage orbit of his brothers (Vincent D’Onofrio and Jeremy Strong), and his strong-willed dad (Robert Duvall), a judge who rules the burg with a fierce sense of justice and fair play that often leaves no room for feeling. Hank is trapped in his former home when a family tragedy forces him to defend his unforgiving father in court. Vera Farmiga is the girl he left behind, and Billy Bob Thornton and Dax Shepard are lawyers who get in Hank’s way.

2014, 141 min, color, DCP | Screenplay by Nick Schenk and Bill Dubuque, story by David Dobkin & Nick Schenk; directed by David Dobkin; Starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thorton and Dax Shepard

 

Ticketing Information

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and the New York Times Film Club members can reserve tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, August 21. | Free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

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 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.

9/30

Free Screening: Gracepoint

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with actors Nick Nolte, Anna Gunn, Jacki Weaver, Michael Peña, Virginia Kull, Kevin Rankin, Jessica Lucas, executive producer Anya Epstein and Gracepoint and Broadchurch executive producer Chris Chibnail*

 

Season 1, Episodes 1 and 2

* Talent subject to change

 

Co-presented by the New York Times Film Club

The murder of young Danny Solano sets all kinds of personal and political conflicts into motion in a small seaside town suffering an economic crisis. His father Mark (Michael Peña) feels enormous shame and anger, and is determined to seek out the facts; his mother, Beth (Virginia Kull) is devastated and his sister, Chloe (Madalyn Horcher) is left hurt, abandoned and disconnected. Close family friend Ellie (Anna Gunn), whose son was a friend of Danny, is also a detective investigating the crime; her relationship is conflicted when an outsider, brusque Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant), is brought in over Ellie to lead the investigation. Series creator Chris Chibnall adapts his British show Broadchurch for the Fox network—and brought his Broadchurch star Tennant over to reprise his role as the tense cop with secret of his own. The cast and Executive Producers will arrive after the screening of the ensemble drama’s first two episodes for a Q&A.

2014, 90 min, color, DCP | Created by Chris Chibnall; starring David Tennant, Anna Gunn, Michael Peña, Virgina Kull, Nick Nolte, Kevin Rankin, Jacki Weaver and Jessica Lucas

 

Ticketing Information

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and the New York Times Film Club members can reserve tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, August 21. | Free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

LACMA member and general-admission tickets can be reserved starting at 12 pm on Thursday, August 28. | 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 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.

10/02

Free Screening: Aberdeen

7:30 pm

 

Sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office

The newest film from the genre hopping Hong Kong director Pang Ho-cheung — his shape-shifting filmography runs from comedy (Vulgaria, Men Suddenly In Black) to horror film (Dream Home) to unusual coming-of-age work (A.V., Love In A Puff). Aberdeen, while a departure from the gleefully crass tone of his recent movies, is in keeping with the tone of many of his films: an ensemble cast — de facto families –wrestling with pecking order within the unit, and the repercussions from those battles within the group. And Pang is reunited with actor he’s used in the past, including Chapman To and Derek Tsang. But Aberdeen deals with the push-and-pull of actual family currents, a melodrama focusing on the trials that take place among the Cheng family, who live in Aberdeen. Aberdeen is the second of three films presented in partnership with the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office.

2014, 97 min, color, DCP | Written and directed by Ho-Cheung Pang; starring Louis Koo, Gigi Leung, Eric Tsang, Miriam Yeung, Man-Tat Ng, Carrie Ng

 

Ticketing Information

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

LACMA member and general-admission tickets can be reserved starting at 12 pm on Thursday, September 25. | Free; limit two tickets. | Reserve online.

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.

10/06

Free Members-Only Screening: Whiplash

STANDBY ONLY

 

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with director Damien Chazelle and actors Miles Teller, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist and J.K. Simmons

 

Whiplash, writer/director Damien Chazelle’s short film about the relationship between an eager, obsessed jazz drumming student and his punishing and exacting instructor won the attention of audiences at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  A year later, Chazelle brought a full-length version of Whiplash to Park City starring Miles Teller as the absorbed protégé and JK Simmons as his mercurial and intense teacher who assaults his student’s devotion as if it were a crash cymbal. And for his feature debut, which seduces and stuns with the alacrity of a hard bop classic, Chazelle’s film won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Awards at Sundance. It has since played Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. The filmmaker will be on hand to describe the experience of making a short, then embarking on a feature version of it, eventually finding a way to breathe new life into the project. The Q&A with Chazelle, Teller, Reiser, Benoist and Simmons immediately follows the screening. 

2014, 106 min, color, DCP | Written by Damien Chazelle ; directed by Damien Chazelle; with Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, Austin Stowell, Nate Lang, Max Kasch, Damon Gupton

 

Ticketing Information

STANDBY ONLY: Tickets for this event are no longer available for reservation in advance. A standby line will form at 6:30 pm at the Hammer Building Ticket Office on the night of this event. Guests in the standby line will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis, though unfortunately there is no guarantee of tickets being made available to guests in this line.

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.

10/09

Free Screening: The Case Against 8

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White, editor Kate Amend and subjects Rob Reiner, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo

 

Co-presented by the New York Times Film Club

The legal and public conflagration over California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state, is following in a particularly stimulating and close manner in the documentary, The Case Against 8, which played in competition in this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White, who also produced the film, use canny tactics to give viewers a fascinating and distinctive stake in the conflict – an effort to overturn the conventional attitudes towards marriage by examining its very cultural definition – by showing the work put in by a controversial supporter of same-sex unions: attorney Theodore Olson, best known for his controversial, and successful, defense of George W. Bush in the Supreme Court over the 2000 Presidential election. The Case Against 8 won Sundance’s Directing Documentary Prize and also captured the Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival this year. Producers/directors Cotner and White will participate in a Q&A after the screening.

2014, 112 min, color, DCP | Directed by Ben Cotner & Ryan White; with Kris Perry, Sandy Stier, Jeff Zarrillo, Paul Katami, Ted Olson, David Boies, Chad Griffin

 

Ticketing Information

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

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 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.

10/16

Live Read of American Beauty

STANDBY ONLY

 

7:30 pm | Live Read with director Jason Reitman

 

Director Jason Reitman is back for the fourth season of his internationally acclaimed and popular Live Read series. For Live Read, Reitman chooses a classic film script and directs a group of actors in a live reading of the material. The debut production of the fourth season will be Alan Ball’s Academy Award-winning script, the scabrous comedy-drama American Beauty, which celebrates the fifteenth anniversary of its release this year.

 

Ticketing Information

STANDBY ONLY: Tickets for this event are no longer available for reservation in advance. A standby line will form at 6:30 pm at the Hammer Building Ticket Office on the night of this event. Guests in the standby line will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis, though unfortunately there is no guarantee of tickets being made available to guests in this line.

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.

10/20

Free Members-Only Screening: Birdman

STANDBY ONLY

 

7:30 pm

 

Co-presented by the New York Times Film Club

Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s newest film is an energetic, propulsive comic melodrama that follows the days and nights of a fading superstar actor Riggan (Michael Keaton) laboring to make an impact by starring in and producing a major Broadway show; Riggan’s biggest success, increasingly receding into the distant past, was his portrayal of the superhero Birdman decades earlier. Birdman looms larger as the play rocks through speed bumps, potholes and other catastrophes on its way to opening night. The full title is Birdman, or the Unexpected Virtues of Ignorance. The scenario, co-written by Iñárritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel and Biutiful) draws full-contact performances from the cast, who rise to the challenge. The ensemble includes Edward Norton as Riggan’s troublesome but talented co-star, Emma Stone as his depressed and depressive daughter and Zach Galifianakis as his hand-wringing producer. Birdman is a tour de force piece of filmmaking from Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity, for which he won the Oscar).

2014, 119 min, color, DCP | Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo; directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu; starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts

 

Ticketing Information

STANDBY ONLY: Tickets for this event are no longer available for reservation in advance. A standby line will form at 6:30 pm at the Hammer Building Ticket Office on the night of this event. Guests in the standby line will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis, though unfortunately there is no guarantee of tickets being made available to guests in this line.

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.

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