Movies to See in L.A. This Week: The Wild Life, Written by Cameron Crowe, Turns 30
The Wild Life
Friday, July 25
If you don’t have a VHS or LaserDisc player and were born after 1984, you probably haven’t seen The Wild Life, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Written by Cameron Crowe, Art Linson’s film follows characters played by ’80s teen-flick staple Eric Stoltz, Reservoir Dogs’ Chris Penn and Weird Science alum Ilan Mitchell-Smith as they fall in and out of love, party hard and get a taste of adulthood. The Wild Life will screen at the Nuart at 11:55 p.m. as part of the monthly Cine-Insomnia series.
Saturday, July 26
At the Alex Theater at 7:30 p.m., it’s a film noir double feature with Gun Crazy and The Lineup, in honor of Glendale’s Cruise Night, July’s monthlong celebration of California car culture. In Gun Crazy, a former Army man is persuaded into a life of crime by his sharpshooting new bride when their money runs out. In The Lineup, gangsters Eli Wallach and Robert Keith pursue the heroin they planted on some unsuspecting tourists. Alan K. Rode, director of the Film Noir Foundation, will introduce the program.
At midnight, the Vintage Vista Theatre screens The Night of the Iguana, starring Richard Burton as Reverend Shannon, a defrocked minister turned tour guide on the Mexican coast, who finds himself entangled in a love triangle between hotel owner Maxine (Ava Gardner) and spinster painter Hannah (Deborah Kerr).
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Thursday, July 31
NewFilmmakers L.A.’s summer Short Shorts series continues at the Standard Hollywood, starting at 7:30 p.m. The program includes Sam Zvibleman’s The Rwanda Blend, about a lonely woman whose life is changed and overtaken by Rwandan coffee, and Miranda Bailey’s Another Happy Anniversary, about a couple who decide to celebrate their 10th anniversary with a threesome. Entrance to the screening at 8 p.m. is free (plus only $10 for valet parking), but for dinner and seats, RSVP to HollywoodRSVP@standardhotel.com; that also gets you a discussion with the filmmakers and a mixer after the screening.
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