HOW HOT IS YOUR ROD?
Get your motor running and head out on that highway to the Los Angeles Film Festival's "Hell on Wheels: Hot Rods and Fast Times," a weekend of reckless roadstering by bratty adolescents with a crankshaft complex. The race commences with 1978's Hi-Riders, about a gang of gambling dragsters (preceded by cautionary tale Joy Ride: An Auto Theft), kicks into high gear with 1967's Hot Rods to Hell, about teenage hoodlums terrorizing a strait-laced family (preceded by driver's-ed nightmare Last Date), and spins out with 1956's Hot Rod Girl, about rebellious street-racers versus a city-sponsored racetrack (preceded by toddlers-behind-the-wheel curiosity Tomorrow's Drivers). The plot lines of these B-movies may be running on empty, but the classic cars and vintage L.A. street views captured on film should be a gas. Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Wstwd.; Fri., June 26, 10 p.m. (Hi-Riders), & Sat., June 27, 4:30 p.m. (Hot Rods to Hell); $12. Hot Rod Girl screens free at the festival promenade on Broxton Ave., Sat., June 27, 8:30 p.m. Tickets at www.lafilmfest.com.
Sat., June 27, 4:30 p.m., 2009
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