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L.A. Readers! The Wright Stuff Returns To The New Beverly!

Beaks here...

For three years, Los Angeles cinephiles have been clamoring for Edgar Wright to bring his periodic Wright Stuff screening series back to The New Beverly Cinema. This January, it returns. And it's pissed off.

From January 14th to the 31st, Wright will personally present some of his favorite movies, and it's likely that he'll once again have some special guests joining him. Not that you'll require any extra incentive to shell out a paltry $7.00 for a double bill of Don Siegel's classic DIRTY HARRY and Gordon Parks's underrated THE SUPER COPS. These movies are well worth watching on the big screen regardless of who's showing them. But Wright's enthusiastic intros, possible post-film Q&As, and well-selected trailers make the screenings feel like you're hanging out in a fellow film geek's living room. Trust me, you'll want to be there each evening Wright is in attendance.

Wright has posted the entire schedule on his website (with rationale on the pairings), but here's a quick list of what he'll be showing...

January 14th and 15th: SHAUN OF THE DEAD, HOT FUZZ and SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
January 16th and 17th: BRAZIL and DELICATESSEN
January 18th and 19th: DIRTY HARRY and THE SUPER COPS
January 20th and 21st: AMERICAN GRAFFITI and ANIMAL HOUSE
January 22nd at Midnight: RUN LOLA RUN
January 22nd and 23rd: FRENZY and DRESSED TO KILL
January 24th and 25th: THE DRIVER and DUEL
January 26th and 27th: WILD AT HEART and TRUE ROMANCE
January 28th and 29th: THE WANDERERS and THE WARRIORS
January 30th and 31st: THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT and MIAMI BLUES

First off, I cannot possibly convey in words how freaking ecstatic I am that he'll be showing George Armitage's brilliant adaptation of Charles Willeford's MIAMI BLUES. It's a colorful, kinda nasty noir with top-notch performances from Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Fred Ward. If you've never seen it, go. If you have seen it, you are going. I'm also giddy about the late Hitchcock/prime De Palma double, the rare showing of Walter Hill's THE DRIVER, and the street gang duo of Philip Kaufman's THE WANDERER'S and Hill's THE WARRIORS.

According to The New Beverly Twitter, advance tickets for The Wright Stuff II will go on sale later this week.  My advice: get on it - especially for the Wright triple feature (every time he's shown SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD in L.A., sellouts have been swift). All double features begin at 7:30 PM. As for special guests, none have been announced yet, but Wright will be providing updates via his Twitter and website. I'll be shocked if he doesn't get John Landis out for ANIMAL HOUSE; I'll be a most happy fella if he persuades Hill to come out for either THE DRIVER or THE WARRIORS.

Unrelated to The Wright Stuff, you best believe I'll be at The New Beverly on either the 9th or the 10th for the Charles Bronson double of THE MECHANIC and HARD TIMES (great month for Hill fans at the Bev).

Readers Talkback
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  • Jan. 2, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    First????

    by Gunslinger1919

    I wanna know when the U.S. gets Burke & Hare!

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Love that he loves Dressed to Kill...

    by DanielKurland

    He showed Phantom of the Paradise at one of the Wright Stuff's in Toronto. Love that he's an old school De Palma fan. Wild at Heart and True Romance is also a great pair-up.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    good list, not a loser in the bunch.

    by mrsheldrake

    And yup, Miami Blues is a nasty little movie with a great sociopathic performance by Baldwin. Haven't seen it since it was in the theaters, but took my head off when it came out. I might have put it on a double bill with the Hitcher--JJL was on a real roll. Gordon Parks never made a bad movie. Super-Cops is badass. Just pure badass.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Sincerely, there is nothing I would rather do than go to these.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    MIAMI BLUES is a great little movie

    by palimpsest

    Ahh Jennifer Jason Leigh... Meanwhile, I eventually watched SCOTT PILGRIM, and it was kinda OK. Hmm. Not much of an anecdote, I'll admit. Now, if Wright puts on a triple-bill of the two FRENCH CONNECTION movies and THE SEVEN-UPS, or pairs up BRANNIGAN and McQ, or finds an excuse to show DIRTY MARY, CRAZY LARRY, I might even make the flight over myself...

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 7:25 p.m. CST

    I hear that Marvel is screwing Wright over Ant-Man

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Which is too bad, Wright could make a $60m Ant-Man look like $120m. What was the rumor? Alan Tudyk as Hank Pym? Sounds good to me.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Wright Is A Powerpuff Girl

    by DangerMan

    Wright’s predilection for macho films like “Dirty Harry” is amusing given his slight, effete demeanor. One of the reasons “Hot Fuzz” missed is it melded with “The Wicker Man” and wound up uneven. Edgar Wright might as well keep screening films as opposed to making them, as he just regurgitates cinema as opposed to being original. Given the epic fail of “Scott Pilgrim” maybe he’ll have time for some actual life experience and draw from that instead of Xeroxing classic genres.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Beggars Are Losers

    by DangerMan

    Remember when Wright begged Stallone to see his film in exchange for seeing "Pilgrim." Embrassing. The film made by a man won.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Watching the Expendables was like watching middle-aged men eat Activia.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    It won because it was easier to shit out.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    The Expendables made Kingdom of the Crystal Skull look like a FUCKING MASTERPIECE.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    lol dangerman

    by Mike Herrmann

    go watch the a-team and cum again.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST

    The Expendables made Kingdom of the Crystal Skull...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...look like a very, very poor Indiana Jones adventure. As does every other film ever made. (Side note: The Expendables fucking rocked.)

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Off topic: a site issue

    by WriteForTheEdit

    This has perhaps already been pointed out, but once I'm on an internal page of the site and I try clicking a link in "Top Talkbacks" column on the right, the URL in the address bar shows an IP address (like so: http://10.203.75.157/node/47888) and never connects. I'm presently using the Safari browser.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 11:08 p.m. CST

    oh whoops

    by mrsheldrake

    I missed that Scott Pilgrim was on the list. I'll just say, as I do for many films these days, that I am not this movie's intended audience. The charms of its lead actor are lost on me. I am not introspective; ineffectual; at a loss for words; or lost in the world of adults, and never have been. The Race of Man who identifies with this deer-in-the-headlights personality-fetus is of a different kind than I am, and so it ever shall be, world without end, amen.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Mr Sheldrake

    by DangerMan

    We are part of a dying breed. Cenni and Wright have The Wrong Stuff.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 1:29 a.m. CST

    dangerman

    by mrsheldrake

    I love Edgar Wrights movies and I love his actors. Anyway, I'm done posting here. It's been kind of fun to come over here and mouth off, stick out my tongue, etc, as a bit of nostalgia, but, since I'm not being paid for it, again, it is a total waste of my time, and yours, again. Every time I waste my valuable time writing here or on Facebook, I'm not doing something else more worthwhile. And I have a real job and lots of real, mobile friends. So, finis. Shel bids you all adieu. Let's be careful out there.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim is a 21st century Buckaroo Banzai

    by HarryBlackPotter

    I saw it and liked its visuals (a bit like appreciating video game aesthetics) but the story didn't move me. It has a small, hard-core fan base who will defend its 'genius' with knives and sticks tho, and its cult appeal will endure for years to come, but is has a LOT of faults its admirers refuse to address saying your didn't get it because you don't get gamer / geek culture / you're too old / too square...shut the fuck up will ya! I DID get it and I understood what Wright was trying to do, but that's the thing...trying is NOT achieving. Do you really think Universal wanted this movie to bomb and 'only' be embraced by approximately 1000 virgins? Scott Pilgrim isn't a bad film, but its an infuriating one because it tries sooo hard to be cool and detached and different that it ends up buried its own ass.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    WHA??? L.A. RAIDERS????

    by zillabeast

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    O.T., Pete Postlethwaite RIP

    by Lang The Cat

    Damned good actor! Esp. In the Name of the Father.