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As I said in my rant about Halloween earlier, there is one thing I do look forward to doing every year at this time: taking my godson to the Dusk-to-Dawn Halloween Horrorthon at the American Cinematheque. An entire night of movies, food, drinks, candy, pillows, blankets, contests and just random craziness...you should see us the next day, haha. Walking zombies.

I took him to his first one 5 years ago and he's been hooked ever since...we've never missed one yet. In fact, one year he won a Free Lifetime Pass to every Horrorthon. Here's the line-up of films that we saw this year.

6th Annual Dusk-To-Dawn Horrorthon

Saturday, October 29, 2011 7:30pm - 6:30am

Spend all night at the Aero Theatre’s sixth annual Horrorthon! Complete with between-film free food, giveaways, trailers, crazy shorts and surprises!

PET SEMATARY, 1989, Paramount Pictures, 103 min. Dir. Mary Lambert. Devoted family man Louis Creed is devastated when his son is killed in a horrible accident - but he soon learns that bringing his son back to life has some terrifying side effects in this Stephen King classic.

TOURIST TRAP, 1979, Compass International Pictures, 90 min. Dir. David Schmoeller. A group of friends enters a mysterious remote museum, only to discover that it’s owned by a murderous stalker. With Chuck Connors.

THE PIT, 1981, New World Pictures, 97 min. Dir. Lew Lehman. Lonely Jamie Benjamin is the butt of jokes and harassment - until he makes a discovery deep in the forest that enables him to exact violent revenge against those who have wronged him. One of the strangest horror films of the '80s.

VIDEODROME, 1983, Universal, 87 min. One of director David Cronenberg’s most disturbing, subversive thrillers. While searching for programs to boost ratings on his small cable station, jaded Max Renn (James Woods) becomes hooked on an underground TV show, “Videodrome,” that may be a genuine snuff video. But tracking down its source proves dangerous as lifelike hallucinations kick in - skewing Max’s very concept of reality, and his new girlfriend, talk-show host,Nikki Brand (Blondie's Deborah Harry), goes missing. "Long live the new flesh!"

ALICE SWEET ALICE (aka COMMUNION), 1976, Warner Bros., 98 min. Dir. Alfred Sole. Karen (a very young Brooke Shields) is strangled on the day of her first communion, and her older sister Alice becomes the prime suspect.

Beautiful U.K. Print! 8 Extra Minutes! JUST BEFORE DAWN, 1981, Picturmedia, 90 min. Dir. Jeff Lieberman. The director of SQUIRM brings us this entry in the Woodsploitation subgenre made famous by DELIVERANCE, SOUTHERN COMFORT, and HUNTER'S BLOOD. This time, a group of young campers find themselves face to face with a murderous mountain man and angry hillbillies.

The California Edison people tried to shut us down around midnight...apparently there was a mix-up with the city and the Edison people about dates and shit...but after a half-hour of arguing, they agreed to keep the theatre's power on while blacking out the rest of the block. So, with that delay, it actually didn't end until around 8:00am Sunday morning.

A few hours sleep and a little football later(watched the replay of the previous night's USC-Stanford triple-OT thriller), I was at LACMA's "Price-a-thon", a Vincent Price movie marathon in honour of his centennial at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Tim Burton's exhibit is also closing at midnight tonight. I missed the first two movies in the marathon, but they were ones I have seen endless times before, so no big deal.

Here was the line-up of the Vincent Price marathon last night:

Series: Price-a-thon 100!

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Just in time for Halloween, LACMA will screen six ghoulish classics back-to-back, all starring Burton idol Vincent Price in honor of his centenary. Heir to a candy fortune, educated at Yale on art history and trained on the London stage, Price found his métier in fright features playing tormented masterminds and menacing lords. Starting with Andre de Doth’s House of Wax, in which Price plays an anguished sculptor with a ghastly secret, Price cemented his stature as a fixture of the macabre with Kurt Neumann’s still chilling The Fly. But, as David Thomson writes, Price “surveyed the horror genre as if it were a tray of eclairs.” Among Price’s gothic delicacies are several iconic Edgar Alan Poe adaptations directed by Roger Corman in lollipop colors and eye-filing CinemaScope and William Castle’s campy entertainment The Tingler. But there’s nothing funny about Price’s cold-blooded ruthlessness in cult film Witchfinder General, in which he stars as a small-town tyrant in 17th-century rural England. In addition to his nearly 200 film and television credits, Price was an avid art collector and connoisseur who launched The Vincent Price Art Collection with Sears Roebuck and in 1951 began donating items from his personal collection to the East Los Angeles Community College, where much of it hangs in the newly-redesigned Vincent Price Art Museum.

All Screenings | Free, no reservations

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The Pit and the Pendulum

October 30, 2011 | 1:00pm

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The Masque of Red Death

October 30, 2011 | 2:30pm

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House of Wax

October 30, 2011 | 4:10pm

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The Tingler

October 30, 2011 | 6:00pm

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The Fly

October 30, 2011 | 7:30pm

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Witchfinder General (aka Conqueror Worm)

October 30, 2011 | 9:15pm

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I haven't been in a big hurry to see this movie because, even though I didn't know for sure, I had an inkling as to how it ends. Well, that inkling turned out to be true and makes for some very difficult viewing but it turned out to be very well worth it.

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Not exactly sure what I was thinking when I rented this or if I was even thinking at all. It has a few laughs but nothing worthy of redeeming the entire movie.

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I was a bit hesitant to rent this one because of all the poor reviews I read about it last summer, not just from critics but from fans. After having watched it, I have to wonder what it was about it that they hated so much. Personally, I loved it and found it to be among the better entries in the Pirates series.

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I haven't been in a big hurry to see this movie because, even though I didn't know for sure, I had an inkling as to how it ends. Well, that inkling turned out to be true and makes for some very difficult viewing but it turned out to be very well worth it.

Pretty good soundtrack, too, by Eddie Vedder...and I say that as someone who is not a big Pearl Jam fan. I saw this on the big screen when it was released, so I was always curious as to whether it loses something seeing it on a tv screen; like watching 2001 or Lawrence of Arabia on tv.

I guess the fact that you liked it suggests it doesn't.

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Not exactly sure what I was thinking when I rented this or if I was even thinking at all. It has a few laughs but nothing worthy of redeeming the entire movie.

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I was a bit hesitant to rent this one because of all the poor reviews I read about it last summer, not just from critics but from fans. After having watched it, I have to wonder what it was about it that they hated so much. Personally, I loved it and found it to be among the better entries in the Pirates series.

Regarding Tuxedo: :blink: WTF WERE you thinking, indeed!

As for Pirates, I saw the first two, didn't bother with the third, and only saw this latest one because of my godson...thank god for Penelope Cruz, or I would have fallen asleep. And the whole 'Keef as pirate' metaphor has been beaten to death...yawn.

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I'm going to need to watch Into the Wild again. The disc was damaged (one of the downsides of renting) so I missed the entire segment with Vince Vaughan as well as another chunk of the movie when my DVD player was "skipping over damaged area". As much as I enjoyed the movie, I'm in no real hurry to watch it again because of the dire subject matter. On the upside, I did enjoy it enough that I would like to own a copy someday so when I get around to purchasing it, I'll watch it again. As for the soundtrack, I'm a pretty big Pearl Jam fan so it's a wonder I don't already own it.

In regards to the latest Pirates movie, I can't say I ever felt bored by it. I also think having Keith Richards in it is a nice touch, especially since Johnny Depp has always said he based his character on a cross between Keith and Pepé Le Pew. So far, Keith's appearances in the movies have been relegated to cameo status so it doesn't really bother me. Plus, I think he's only been in two of them so far. Nothing about that really gets under my skin at all, I think he fits in perfectly.

Yeah, didn't know what I was getting into with Tuxedo but not every movie you rent is going to be a winner.

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This movie is of the "you either love it or you hate it" variety, at least judging from the reviews for it at Amazon, most of which either give it one star or 5 stars with very few people taking the middle ground. Although I felt it had some shortcomings, I'd put myself into the love it category. If you are looking for summer blockbuster fare, you will not find it with The Tree of Life. This movie is very slow moving, it's long (139 minutes), has very little dialogue and no discernable plot. On the upside, it's those very factors that allow you to make up your own mind about what the movie is about. I found several aspects of it to be very profound and quite moving, the sort of film that will stay with me long after I've finished watching it. If any of these things pique your interest, I suggest having a look at the trailer:

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Getting ready to watch this for the 700000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000th time

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One of my absolute favorite movies.

This is what film should do.

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The Cinefamily Theatre has been running double-bills of Michelangelo Antonioni's first four colour films all weekend and this week, to celebrate a brand-new restored print of Antonioni's first colour film, 1964's "Red Desert". Sunday night I went to see "Red Desert" (w/ Monica Vitti and Richard Harris) and "The Passenger" (w/ Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider).

It's always hilarious to see how these trailers try to "sell" a movie to an American audience...like it's just your everyday Hollywood "action" movie...hahaha. I couldn't even use the official trailer for "Red Desert" because it was too hokey, too awful, too misleading.

Tuesday night, I will go see two of my favourite Antonioni films: "Blow-Up"(w/ the famous Yardbirds sequence) and "Zabriskie Point", which has one of the best soundtracks of the period: Rolling Stones, Kaleidoscope, Grateful Dead and an amazing sequence with Pink Floyd set to an exploding house in super slo-mo).

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Last night I went to see more Antonioni at the Cinefamily Theatre. This time it was his classic "Blow-Up" from 1966, with David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, and a host of Mod Birds from that time...Jane Birkin, Verushka.

And of course, this scene with the Jeff Beck-Jimmy Page era Yardbirds:

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Two idiots sitting in the couch next to me(the Cinefamily theatre has love seat couches in the first two rows) left before the end, missing the great closing scene, which I won't give away here, just in case there are some of you who still haven't seen this great and influential film.

I thought they were showing "Zabriskie Point" afterwards, but due to a snafu, I missed it as that was the Tuesday night's program; last night "The Passenger" was the second film. Even though I just saw it Sunday night, I stuck around to see it again, just for fun. Yeah, I know..."for fun" isn't exactly a phrase normally associated with this piece of existentialism. Jack Nicholson is REALLY good in this, so that makes it fun, in a way.

Anyway, all of the 4 Antonioni films I saw this past week still hold up to this day...particularly "Blow-Up" and "The Passenger". "Red Desert" and "Zabriskie Point"(of all the ones, this seemed the most dated) less so, though they are still great in their way, especially in their cinematography and in "Zabriskie Point"'s case, the music score.

Naturally, I would suggest you try to see these on the big screen, if possible...your local college perhaps or a repertory cinema in town, if you have one. But if you don't live in an area where they show old movies in a theatre, I guess renting or netflix is your best bet. Just try to get the Criterion editions if you can...as these have the correct screen ratio and restored colour prints.

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