THURSDAY,JULY 31st @ 6:30 pm @ the AERO THEATER in Santa Monica-Member Sneak Screening & film critic Peter Rainer !
Join us next Thursday at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica as we take off for “The Trip To Italy” , the new film by Michael Winterbottom & an introduction & book signing with film critic Peter Rainer,
who will sign his book Rainer on Film: Thirty Years of Film Writing in a Turbulent and Transformative Era in the lobby at 6:30 PM.
Are you a member of the American Cinematheque? If you are , you have an opportunity to get tickets for this members only screening. If not, what are you waiting for? Become a member !
As David Denby of The New Yorker notes, “No one is better than Peter Rainer at establishing the intersection of politics and popular culture,” and the Pulitzer finalist’s latest, Rainer on Film: Thirty Years of Film Writing in a Turbulent and Transformative Era, is a collection of essays spanning three decades of his illustrious career. Richard Schickel is among the many film writers hailing the new book: “Rainer on Film is the finest collection of film criticism in recent years, a work to be treasured for years to come. He is one of the very few critics to be conjured with.
From American Beauty (overrated) to The Night of the Hunter (masterpiece), this collection of Peter Rainer’s film criticism spans the course of his illustrious thirty-year career, which dates back to the early 1980s. It is drawn from a wide range of publications, including the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Los Angeles magazine, the Los Angeles Times, New Times, and New York magazine, and is arranged thematically with chapters such as “Overrated, Underseen,” “Some Masterpieces,” “Documentaries,” “Issues (Mostly Hot Button),” “Comedies (Intentional and Unintentional),” and “Literary and Theatrical Adaptations.”
Rainer covers films both well-known and obscure and writes in depth about many film auteurs—Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, the Coen brothers, Mike Leigh—and New Generation icons, such as Sofia Coppola and Paul Thomas Anderson. The careers of actors ranging from Marlon Brando to Jessica Lange to Robert De Niro are also given an extensive examination. No film buff’s collection is complete without this comprehensive compilation that showcases the best work from a master contemporary film critic.
THE TRIP TO ITALY
2014, IFC Films, 108 min, UK, Dir: Michael Winterbottom
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reprise their roles – as themselves – from the delightful THE TRIP, once again hitting the road together. This time they’re on a tour of Italian restaurants, allowing director Michael Winterbottom to add visual splendor to comic absurdity as the two brainy cut-ups navigate their way through dreamy landscapes and luxe foods while serving up their own assortment of fresh celebrity impersonations.
See you at the Aero as we head off fo