Friday, March 29
Not to be confused with the contemporary jazz quartet or the 2001 romantic comedy of the same name, Fourplay is a quartet of sex tales from Kyle Henry. Each short is named after the city in which it takes place: "Skokie" (an obese woman with a crush on her minister's wife); "Austin" (a young heterosexual couple's venture into a porn arcade); "Tampa" (a small-penised man and his public-restroom conquests); and "San Francisco" (a transvestite prostitute with a quadriplegic client). Fourplay screens at the Egyptian Theatre at 7:30 p.m., with a post-screening Q&A with the director, and also at the Art Theatre in Long Beach on Sunday, March 31, starting at 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 30
24 Hour Party People, at midnight at the New Beverly Cinema, spans the Manchester music scene from 1976 to 1992 as it follows Tony Wilson (played by Steven Coogan), head of Factory Records, a British independent record label. Largely a fictional dramatization of events (and openly so), the film features numerous cameos by the real-life counterparts, including the actual Tony Wilson as the Wheel of Fortune director, and a soundtrack composed mostly of songs by artists closely associated with him, such as Joy Division, Happy Mondays, New Order and Buzzcocks.
Sunday, March 31
Sunday is a day of oldies but goodies, starting with a celebration of entertainment legend Jerry Lewis at 4 p.m. Since the beginning of March, Cinefamily has been showing episodes of the 1982 French documentary about the star, Bonjour Mr. Lewis, paired with some of Lewis' works highlighting various aspects of his filmmaking prowess. Sunday is the showcase of his dancing talents in the fifth episode of the documentary, followed by Cinderfella at around 5:15 p.m. Don't miss this role-reversed Cinderella story, including Fella and Princess Charming's first dance at the ball.
Then, at the Egyptian Theatre at 7:30 p.m., it's the 80th anniversary of King Kong (from 1933, if math isn't your forte). Back before there were fancy computer-generated effects, the iconic scene of Fay Wray being carried to the top of the Empire State Building by the gigantic ape (the "Eighth Wonder of the World") thrilled audience members, and it continues to do so today.
Tuesday, April 2
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License to Kill screens at the Alex Theatre at 7:30 p.m., celebrating the 50th anniversary of James Bond. The first Bond film not to use the title of an Ian Fleming story, it also marked the first time a Bond film wasn't shot in the United Kingdom -- and Timothy Dalton's last performance as 007. Also, who can forget Benicio Del Toro's infamous line "Don't worry. We gave her a honeymoon," right before Felix is fed to the sharks? Both Del Toro (Dario) and David Hedison (Felix) are scheduled to appear at the event.