Dazed and Confused and Stories from Psycho: Your Weekly Movie To-Do List
Matthew McConaughey and Rory Cochrane in Dazed and Confused
Friday, July 12
Experience summer heat in the air-conditioned Warner Grand Theatre at 8 p.m. with Under the Tuscan Sun, the romantic comedy-drama about a recently divorced writer (Diane Lane) who, while on a tour in Tuscany, spontaneously buys a villa and decides to renovate it. In the process, she meets a variety of characters and even plays a role in a Romeo and Juliet-type teen love story -- without the tragic ending.
Meanwhile, at Old Town Music Hall, it's the black-and-white classic film noir Sunset Boulevard. Down-on-his-luck screenwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden) tries to escape the men who've come to repossess his only remaining property, his car, and finds himself in the clutches of a former silent film star (Gloria Swanson). The film screens at 8:15 p.m., with encore screenings Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 13
Christmas comes early in Eat|See|Hear's presentation of Elf, following Buddy (Will Ferrell), the human raised by elves, as he finds his Scrooge of a biological father and teaches him the true meaning of Christmas. It's part of the Christmas in July celebration from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at Paul Revere Middle School, along with holiday decorations, a Christmas tree and presents. Attendees can help out by participating in the canned-food drive or donating to the Best Friends Animal Society.
The "Hitchcock 9" screening series ends today with The Farmer's Wife and Blackmail at LACMA, but if that hasn't filled your quota of the acclaimed director, then you're in luck. The Agoura Hills Cultural Arts Council presents a special outdoor screening and discussion of Psycho at 7 p.m. at the Reyes Adobe Historical Site. After hearing behind-the-scenes stories from screenwriter Joseph Stefano's widow, Marilyn, watch the film and Janet Leigh's iconic shower scene.
Also at 7 p.m. is a more joyful film: 1982's Annie. The orphan tries to make her hard-knock life happier, facing the conniving ways of Miss Hannigan (Carol Burnett), Rooster Hannigan (Tim Curry) and Lily St. Regis (Bernadette Peters). See the cutest little redhead at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills.
Tuesday, July 16
Leading up to the Aug. 2 theatrical release of The Spectacular Now is "The Spectacular Classics" screening series, featuring coming-of-age films of yore every Tuesday at the Vintage Los Feliz Theater at 7 p.m. this month. This week's classic is Richard Linklater comedy Dazed and Confused, which follows multiple groups of teens during the last day of school circa 1976. The film's cast boasts actors who have since become major stars, including Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich and Parker Posey.
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