If "Pacific Rim" is not your cup of tea, there are several alternatives this weekend for the serious cineaste.
UCLA Film & Television Archive kicks off its "The Films of Paul Schrader" retrospective Friday at the Billy Wilder Theater with the writer-director's 1980 drama "American Gigolo," starring Richard Gere and featuring Blondie's "Call Me" theme song, and his 1992 drama "Light Sleeper," with
Other films in the festival include 1979's "Hardcore," 1988's "Patty Hearst," 1997's "Affliction," for which James Coburn won the supporting actor Oscar, 1978's "Blue Collar," with Richard Pryor, and 1990's "The Comfort of Strangers," penned by Harold Pinter.
Schrader will appear twice at the festival: on Aug. 4 for his 1985 biopic "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters," and on Aug. 5 for "The Canyons," his new noir thriller penned by Bret
Also beginning Friday at the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre is a six-day engagement of a new 35-millimeter print -- struck from a restoration negative in Rome -- of Michelangelo Antonioni's landmark 1960 drama "L'Avventura."
The complex, existential film has polarized audiences over the decades. In fact, the film was jeered at the