The Wright Stuff III / Movies Edgar Has Never Seen

As I’ve said many times on this blog, it’s never too late to see a movie.

The Wright Stuff III / Movies Edgar Has Never Seen

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I hope in my time I have never chastised anyone for not seeing a movie. Neither am I a big fan of the phrase “I can’t believe you haven’t seen…” accompanied by an exaggerated expression of surprise. (Case in point: When I bought the first season boxset of ‘Breaking Bad’ at Amoeba, the cashier said with a smirk “You haven’t seen this yet?”)

I basically believe that you can’t be late to a party if the party never stops.

Back in January, I did my second New Beverly season showing some of my favourite films and indeed saw some of them on the big screen for the first time. Which gave me an idea…

For my next programming stint, why not screen classic or cult movies that I have yet to see and always wanted to see on a big screen.

Everyone has gaps in their film knowledge and I am no exception. I have seen god knows how many movies, but sometimes your programming is done for you, based on your location, your income, your age, your proximity to decent cinemas, access to technology etc. I can thank the BBC in Merry Old England for giving me the gift of seeing every single Hammer Horror growing up, but conversely still need to brush up on my Ozu.

When I make up OCD lists of movies I must see, I find that many of my missing classics are ones that I want to see on the big screen. No matter the size of your TV or how cool your home theatre set up is, there’s magic to had at the movies with a decent crowd.

I’ve been so spoilt with some amazing cinematic experiences over the years, that I am happy to wait for the perfect time to see a movie. Back in the mid 90’s Time Out did an amazing festival for the centenary of cinema and I got to see ‘The Seven Samurai’, ‘L’Atlante’, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, ‘The Wild Bunch’ and many more on the big screen. Sometimes I want to be patient for that perfect time.

So when you see the below list of movies, you might boggle at some of the films that I’ve yet to see. And to be honest, most of them are ones I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to see on a silver screen. I even own about a third of them on DVD.

So thanks to Michael & Julia at the New Beverly for allowing me to make my own opportunities to see these movies and in carefully chosen double bills made up from suggestions from Quentin Tarantino, Joe Dante, John Landis, Guillermo Del Toro, Judd Apatow, Joss Whedon, Bill Hader, Rian Johnson, Greg Mottola, Larry Karaszewski, Daniel Waters, Josh Olson, Doug Benson, Harry Knowles and all you good, good people. The movies were whittled down from my long Bucket List of Movies I must see. What’s missing from the original long list? ‘Deep End’, ‘Gaslight’, ‘Nightmare Alley’, ‘Zabriskie Point’, ‘Irma Vep’, ‘It’s A Gift’ and ‘Kicking And Screaming’ (’95), ‘The Big Clock’. ‘One, Two, Three’, ‘Kiss Me Stupid’, ‘Twentieth Century’, ‘Miracle Of Morgan’s Creek’, ‘Kiss Of Death’ and ‘Gimme Shelter’. Why? Because I’ve seen them…

See the following movies as eighteen Christmas presents that I have given to myself and that you are most welcome to join in enjoying. This is a Moviegoers Anonymous session where you can fill in your cultural gaps in the dark anonymity of the revival house. After all LA is a town where executives might have a vintage poster on their office wall for a classic film that they’ve never seen or where directors have clips of a movie on their mood reel which they haven’t watched in its entirety.

All of these people are forgiven and more than welcome to join.

So come if you love the movie. Come if you love the movie and want to see it on a big screen for the first time. Come if you haven’t seen the movie and want to pop your cherry with me. And most crucially, come and watch these movies on 35mm while you still can. It could be the last time.

I’ll be in the front row every night.

Edgar

The Listings! 


Friday, Dec. 9: ROCK & ROLL ALL NITE

 

7:30 pm / The Girl Can’t Help It

1956, USA, 99 minutes, 35mm, Criterion Pictures USA/20th Century Fox
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Starring Tom Ewell, Jayne Mansfield, Edmond O’Brien,
Julie London, Ray Anthony, Barry Gordon, Juanita Moore,
Little Richard, Gene Vincent, Fats Domino, The Platters,
The Chuckles, Eddie Cochran, Abbey Lincoln, The Treniers

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PLUS, on the same double feature:

9:40 pm / Get Crazy

1983, USA, 92 minutes, 35mm, MGM Repertory
Directed by Allan Arkush
Starring Malcolm McDowell, Allen Garfield, Daniel Stern, Ed Begley Jr., Lou Reed,
Lee Ving, John Densmore, Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel, Dick Miller, Clint Howard

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PLUS, Midnight Screening (Separate Ticket)

Midnight / Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

2010, USA/UK/Canada, 112 minutes, 35mm, Universal Pictures
Directed by Edgar Wright
Written by Edgar Wright & Michael Bacall
Based on the graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Starring Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans,
Anna Kendrick, Alison Pill, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman, Mark Webber,
Ellen Wong, Johnny Simmons, Brie Larson, Aubrey Plaza

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Edgar says: (‘The Girl Can’t Help It’ suggested by Joe Dante / John Landis | ‘Get Crazy’ suggested by Quentin Tarantino)

A night of rock & roll comedy to kick things off. I have long wanted to immerse myself in Frank Tashlin’s movies and what better way than to see this 50’s Scope cult classic on the big screen. Coupled with ‘Get Crazy’, a film by Allan Arkush who himself is a huge Tashlin devotee and indeed ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’ is one of his favorite films of all time (he may join on the night, schedule permitting). Arkush’s film is not available on DVD, so I am thrilled to be seeing this for the first time at the New Bev.

If you’re geeky enough to go for the full triple the rock and roll comedy theme extends to my own ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs The World’ in its monthly midnight slot. Arkush himself says, “All three of those movies together could do some serious damage to impressionable minds.”.

Screening hosted by Edgar Wright, Joe Dante & Allan Arkush (Schedule permitting)

Double Bill / Buy Tickets (When Available)
 

Midnight Screening / Buy Tickets (When Available)

Saturday, Dec. 10:
STONE FACE VS LITTLE TRAMP VS UNCLE CLAUDE

 

7:00 pm / Steamboat Bill, Jr.

1928, USA, 70 minutes, 35mm, Kino International
Directed by Charles Reisner and Buster Keaton (uncredited)
Starring Buster Keaton, Tom McGuire, Ernest Torrence, Tom Lewis, Marion Byron

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PLUS, on the same triple feature:

8:40 pm / Modern Times

1936, USA, 87 minutes, 35mm, Janus Films
Written and directed by Charles Chaplin
Starring Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman,
Tiny Sandford, Chester Conklin, Al Earnest Garcia

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PLUS, on the same triple feature:

10:40 pm / The Bank Dick

1940, USA, 72 minutes, 35mm, Universal Pictures
Directed by Edward F. Cline
Starring W.C. Fields, Cora Witherspoon, Una Merkel, Shemp Howard

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Edgar says: (‘Steamboat Bill Jr’ & ‘The Bank Dick’ suggested by Judd Apatow | ‘Modern Times’ suggested by Bill Hader)

Growing up in the UK, my knowledge of the golden age of comedy extends to endless clip shows and re-edits of the work of Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton & WC Fields. I have warm, but fuzzy memories of them all and have definitely seen many excerpts of the above. But to conclusively see these classic movies on the big screen in one triple is an absolute monochromatic treat. Buster Vs Charlie Vs William: Three men enter, will only one man leave?

Evening screening hosted by Edgar Wright with Greg Mottola & Bob Weide.

Triple Bill / Buy Tickets (When Available)

Sunday, Dec. 11: FAR OUT & FAR EAST

 

7:00 pm / The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

1953, USA, 92 minutes, 35mm, Sony Pictures Repertory
Directed by Roy Rowland
Produced by Stanley Kramer
Written by Dr. Seuss and Allan Scott
Starring Tommy Rettig, Mary Healy, Hans Conried, Peter Lind Hayes

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PLUS, on the same double feature:

9:00 pm / Kwaidan

1964, Japan, 161 minutes, 35mm, Janus Films
Directed by Masaki Koybayashi
Starring Rentaro Mikuni, Keiko Kishi, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Tatsuya Nakadai
In Japanese with English subtitles

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Edgar says: (‘The 5000 Fingers Of Dr T’ suggested by Harry Knowles | ‘Kwaidan’ suggested by Guillermo Del Toro & John Landis)

It’s a double bill of Technicolor and Eastman color glories as we journey into the dreams of Dr. Seuss and emerge into some fevered Japanese nightmares. In my near four decades as a film fan, I’ve seen ‘The 7 Faces Of Dr Lao’ and ‘The Five Fingers Of Death’ but never the many digits of Dr T. On the second half of the bill is the phantasmagoric ‘Kwaidan’, an expressionistic and hugely influential ghost anthology that was nominated for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ in 1965. Can’t wait.

Evening screening hosted by Edgar Wright, John Landis & Patton Oswalt.

Double Bill / Buy Tickets (When Available)

Monday, Dec. 12: The New Romantics

 

7:30 pm / The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

1964, France/West Germany, 91 minutes, 35mm, Zeitgeist Films
Written and directed by Jacques Demy
Music by Michel Legrand
Starring Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo
In French with English subtitles

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PLUS, on the same double feature:

9:30 pm / Chungking Express

1996, Hong Kong, 102 minutes, 35mm, Swank/Miramax Films
Written and directed by Wong Kar-Wai
Starring Brigitte Lin, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Faye Wong
In Cantonese with English subtitles

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Edgar says: (‘The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg’ suggested by myself | ‘Chungking Express’ suggested by Quentin Tarantino, Bill Hader, Greg Mottola & Daniel Waters)

Here’s one to bring a date to. I am a big fan of musicals and chances to see them in their big screen glory are all too rare, so this is a treat for me. I’ve heard about Jacque Demy’s film since I was in school, missed the reissue and didn’t want to see it on a small screen. So this is a thrill. And its perfect partner is Wong Kar-Wai’s 1994 film ‘Chungking Express’. Ironically I saw both ‘Ashes Of Time’ and ‘Fallen Angels’ on their original release, but missed this one. I even own two copies of it on DVD, but again, a big screen outing was always calling me. Am preparing to swoon.

Screening hosted by Edgar Wright & TBA.

Double Bill / Buy Tickets (When Available)

Tuesday, Dec. 13: RISE AND FALL AND RISE AND…

 

7:30 pm / White Heat

1949, USA, 114 minutes, 35mm, Warner Bros.
Directed by Raoul Walsh
Starring James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O’Brien

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PLUS, on the same double feature:

9:55 pm / Throne of Blood

1957, Japan, 110 minutes, 35mm, Janus Films
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Starring Toshiro Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Isuzu Yamada
In Japanese with English subtitles

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Edgar says: (‘White Heat’ suggested by me / ‘Throne Of Blood’ suggested by John Landis)

I have seen many classic WB gangster movies; ‘The Public Enemy’, ‘Little Caesar’, ‘Angels With Dirty Faces’, ‘The Roaring Twenties’ and ‘The Petrified Forest’. I had Raoul Walsh’s film all ready to go on DVD, but I want to see it on the big screen. Ditto for Akira Kurosawa, a director I love, but whose films want to fully immerse myself in. I own them both on disc, but they will sit in their boxes until I have seen them on 35mm. Hit me.

Evening screening hosted by Edgar Wright & Rian Johnson.

Double Bill / Buy Tickets (When Available)

Wednesday, Dec. 14: FAREWELL JOHN, HELLO SAM

 

7:30 pm / The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

1962, USA, 123 minutes, 35mm, Paramount Pictures
Directed by John Ford
Starring John Wayne, James Stewart, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin, Edmond O’Brien,
Woody Strode, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Lee Van Cleef

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PLUS, on the same double feature:

10:00 pm / Ride the High Country

1962, USA, 94 minutes, 35mm, Warner Bros. (of an MGM release)
Directed by Sam Peckinpah
Starring Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott, Mariette Hartley, Ron Starr, Edgar Buchanan

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Edgar says: (‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ suggested by John Landis’ | ‘Ride The High Country’ suggested by Joe Dante)

John Ford is another director whose big canvases I try to see on the big screen. I have vivid memories of watching ‘My Darling Clementine’ on a 18 inch TV at art college in a stuffy portacabin and the entire class being asleep by the end. Not the way to see it. I have better memories of watching ‘The Searchers’ projected big and bold at the cinema, so again this is my dream idea of watching of this for the first time. ‘Liberty Valance’ was released in 1962 at the tail end of John Ford’s six-decade career. The same year, Sam Peckinpah made his breakthrough with his second feature. I am a huge fan of this director and have seen ‘Wild Bunch’, ‘Straw Dogs’, Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia’ and ‘The Getaway’ all on the big screen. But I have never seen this and am excited to change that.

Screening hosted by Edgar Wright, Peter Bogdanovich & Joe Carnahan.

Double Bill / Buy Tickets (When Available)

Thursday, Dec. 15: HANGDOG & UNDERDOG

 

7:30 pm / To Be or Not to Be

1942, USA, 99 minutes, 35mm
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Starring Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack

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PLUS, on the same double feature:

9:40 pm / The Bad News Bears

1976, USA, 102 minutes, 35mm, Paramount Pictures
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Starring Walter Matthau, Tatum O’Neal, Chris Barnes, Vic Morrow,
Jackie Earle Haley, Joyce Van Patten, Quinn Smith

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Edgar says: (‘To Be Or Not To Be’ (Suggested by John Landis & Joe Dante) | ‘The Bad New Bears’ suggested by Bill Hader & Doug Benson)

So what do these movies have in common? Aside from the fact I haven’t seen them. Well, both are classic comedies. Both were remade later, one in the 80’s, one in the 00’s. Both feature untalented misfits rising to the occasion. Both star famous comic actors of Jewish immigrant descent. And both deserve to be seen on a big screen with a packed house. See you there.

Screening hosted by Edgar Wright, Leonard Maltin, Larry Karaszewski & Doug Benson.

Double Bill / Buy Tickets (When Available)

Friday, Dec. 16: NOIR IS THE NEW BLACK

 

7:30 pm / Hickey & Boggs

1972, USA, 111 minutes, 35mm, MGM Repertory
Directed by Robert Culp
Written by Walter Hill
Starring Bill Cosby, Robert Culp, Ta-Ronce Allen, Rosalind Cash, Isabel Sanford, Lou Frizzell

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PLUS, on the same double feature:

9:50 pm / Cutter’s Way

1981, USA, 105 minutes, 35mm, MGM Repertory
Directed by Ivan Passer
Starring Jeff Bridges, John Heard, Lisa Eichhorn, Ann Dusenberry

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Edgar says: (‘Hickey And Boggs’ suggested by Quentin Tarantino , Elvis Mitchell & Daniel Waters | ‘Cutter’s Way’ suggested by Daniel Waters)

How about some hardboiled gems to finish off my season? ‘Hickey & Boggs’ & ‘Cutter’s Way’ is some real LA noir. The former reunites Robert Culp & Bill Cosby, the stars of ‘I Spy’, in a gritty detective movie written by first time screenwriter Walter Hill. Culp also directed what has become a highly regarded nugget of noir over the years. ‘Cutter’s Way’ AKA ‘Cutter & Bone’, starring John Heard and Jeff Bridges, was more of a cult darling on its initial release and was featured only two years after it opened in the 2nd volume of Danny Peary’s Cult Movies. I say you come down to see Cliff Huxtable and The Dude get rough.

Screening hosted by Edgar Wright, Elvis Mitchell & Josh Olson.

PLUS, Midnight Screening (Separate Ticket)

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

1984, USA, 103 minutes, 35mm, MGM Repertory
Directed by W. D. Richter
Starring Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum,
Christopher Lloyd, Lewis Smith, Rosalind Cash

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Edgar says: (‘Buckaroo Banzai’ suggested by Kevin Smith)

I end my special season with a film that inspired the whole endeavor. A few months ago, a Twitter follower was aghast – aghast – that I had never seen ‘Buckaroo Banzai’. He asked ‘How is that even possible?’. Well the answer is thus; it was barely released in the UK. It certainly played nowhere near me. I was also in a VHS less household for the whole of the eighties (cue violins). And finally I did not have cable either. So my exposed contact to ‘Buckaroo’ was nil. That is finally about to change. And super fan Kevin Smith has decided to come and hold my hand for my first watch. The perfect midnight movie to end on? I can’t wait to find out.

Screening hosted by Edgar Wright & Kevin Smith.

Double Bill / Buy Tickets (When Available)
 

Midnight Screening / Buy Tickets (When Available)
Thanks to Michael Torgan, Julia Marchese, Greg Longstreet, Jules McLean, Marc Edward Heuck and Quentin Tarantino for their help in this dream come true. And thanks to all of you who submitted lists on the site, especially those of you like Jeremy Smith, Devin Faraci & Damon Houx who helped narrow down the double bills.

  • Lucifer_o_lucy

    that’s photoshop right? the door is way bigger than edgar….
    “modern times” is the one when he’s works in the factory and trough the whole industrial revolution theme? if it is i saw it!! yay,in school in 2001 on vcr …….

    yep, vcr(facepalm)

    • peculiargirlinblack

      I still watch movies on a VCR at home, even silent comedies a la Keaton, and I’m proud of it. Sounded like you had a bad experience watching Modern Times on VHS though…that’s unfortunate.

  • http://www.youtube.com/osharemind peculiargirlinblack

    Nice seeing you at the Egyptian tonight for “The Bride Wore Black”. I volunteer there regularly (it’s my home away from home), and recognized you when I tore your tickets. I hope you enjoyed the new 35mm print! I’m actually looking forward to the Wright Stuff III now. I’ve never been to it in the past, but a lot of the titles you’re showing are great. Are you planning on seeing anything at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Fest btw?

    Leila.

    • http://www.edgarwrighthere.com Edgar Wright

      I did enjoy. I stayed for Jules Et Jim too.

      And please come.

      • peculiargirlinblack

        Okay. May I say that tonight was mind-blowing? Loved your guests, they both had such admirable knowledge of classic cinema. I am glad I got to see Steamboat in its entirety, thanks to you and the New Bev.
        Do you recall that kid that randomly went to the stage after Steamboat finished to thank everyone? I sat next to him during the film. Apparently he has TS–he got violent tics during the film. :/
        Anyways, good job on that pristine Modern Times print.
        Too bad I couldn’t stay for “The Bank Dick”…but I didn’t want to miss the bus ride home. How was it though? Did Uncle Claude win the wager?

  • AmberGrindstaff

    Love the Wright Stuff III poster

  • http://tdylf.com/ John

    Events like these make me want to move to LA. This is a fantastic list. December 10th especially looks like a blast.

  • Hollandscottthomas

    Damned Australia what with it’s massive oceans preventing escape to such events….

  • Hoorayforcindy

    its sooo going to be worth it to get fired after ditching work to see Kwaidan in a theater.  …(after a two minute daydream entailing me getting fired and being homeless for Christmas)… uh, i better get my shift covered, actually. agh! so excited!!! this is the best news so far today-and its already 2.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508267144 Lisa Schaefer

    I’m thinking an 8 hour road trip might be in order for one of these fine, film filled evenings….

  • Anonymous

    Clearly the only way to really experience this — movies in glorious 35mm, with special guests and Edgar Wright in person — is at the New Beverly. If you live in L.A. or can make it there, you should. But if, like me, you can’t, here’s how you can at least try to follow along at home: http://zmcghee.github.com/wrightstuff.html

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  • Shizukodc

    Do you do events like these in England? Such a shame that us British folk miss out on so many nights of movie magic (sigh)

    • http://www.edgarwrighthere.com Edgar Wright

      Look out for the BFI schedule for January. Am showing ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ with ‘Life Is Sweet’.

  • j.davidsondesign

    I envy your ability to see “Get Crazy” on the big screen.  That is the best film that will never be released on DVD, evar!  I somehow managed to rent it on VHS in the late 80s even though I have overprotective religious parents.  Instant classic!  I’ve recently been tempted to buy a used copy (still on VHS) because the original print was lost or damaged and therefore they are not likely to ever release it to DVD or BlueRay.  “It’s a death-bed request…”

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  • Adam Mahler

    Looks like great programming, Edgar — I can see the Chungking/Cherbourg and Ride the Hide Country/Liberty Valence nights making amazing nights for people who haven’t seen half of the pair yet. Do you have a person to talk about Ride the High Country on stage w/ you?  Paul Schrader knows a lot about it, but I’m not sure how easy he is to get on a Q&A. Walter Hill, maybe, who worked with Peckinpah?

    • Adam

      Just saw Bogdanovich and Carnahan… Sounds great. It will be interesting to hear Bogdanovich talk about a Peckinpah Western, especially this one, which is at the end of a certain era in the genre.

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  • Kkitt

    Just purchased tickets for every night! Merry Christmas to me. I have not seen any of these films either and I’m really looking forward to watching for the first time on the big screen. Especially looking forward to ‘Buckaroo Banzai’ with special guest Kevin Smith.

    Just curious, what is your favorite Kevin Smith film?

    • http://www.edgarwrighthere.com Edgar Wright

      I like Clerks, Chasing Amy, Zack & Miri & Red State the best.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Eaton/100000272674690 Chris Eaton

    Good line up.. just a (tiny) bit bummed you didn’t choose Harvey (or was able to secure it) Or the Myiazaki films.. but I”ll be here none the less.. See you for Banzai!!!

    • http://www.edgarwrighthere.com Edgar Wright

      Those will be up next time I do a season! Tricky copyright on some and other films on the list are not in the condition to be shown, which is very sad.

      Support film restoration!

  • Meisje

    I wish the New Beverly was in NYC, or that I was in LA.

    Instead of exaggerated surprise or snarkiness, I prefer to follow up “OMG I can’t believe you haven’t seen [insert title]!!” with joy and excitement about how much you are going to love seeing [insert title] for the first time.

    • http://www.edgarwrighthere.com Edgar Wright

      Please never say this again x

  • Bobby Deerfield

    How sad is it that I just placed an order for every film I haven’t seen yet and is available on dvd and plan on watching double features at home the same days.  Maybe I need a life.

    • http://www.edgarwrighthere.com Edgar Wright

      Come out.

  • Tom Goodfellow

    If you enjoy Umbrellas of Cherbourg, I would strongly recommend the other 2 films of the loose trilogy, Lola and Young Women of Rochefort. I actually think Umbrellas is the least perfect of the three. Jacques Demy, swoon!

  • Joe

    It is precisely things like this that make me wish MN was closer to CA.

    • Hoorayforcindy

      do u live in MN or do u just wish MN was closer to CA?

  • anthon

    the “you haven’t seen (insert movie)” is just as bad as the people who claim their is a difference between films and movies.  plus the people who say “I can’t believe you’ve never seen…” probably haven’t seen The Super Cops, so fuck ‘em.

    this new series has kick started my new years resolution of watching a new to me movie on DVD/blu-ray every night, thanks.

  • AmberGrindstaff

    Wow Look at that list,great picks indeed !

  • Gorem2k

    So much contrast between Dec. 9 and Dec. 12!!! love it, I really do! Devils for R’N’R nite, Angels for CE and “Les parapluies de Cherbourg”. Now I have to find a way to be there myself. It’s a long stretch of road for a french canadian.

  • Ronald

    Purchased tickets for THE GIRL CAN’T HELP IT (1956) & GET CRAZY (1983) and TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942) & THE BAD NEWS BEARS (1976). Excited.

    May I ask if there were films you wanted to show but were unable to obtain 35 mm prints for and therefore did not select?

    • http://www.edgarwrighthere.com Edgar Wright

      An alarming number of them were not available on 35mm or not in good condition. Very sad.

      • Ronald

        lol because I forgot I made this post and asked this question and thought “great movie choices and awesome question” before realizing it was me.

  • JLK

    Glad you stayed awake.  My Darling Clementine is an amazing film.  Almost everything about it is on another level.

    • http://www.edgarwrighthere.com Edgar Wright

      I’d still love to see that on a large screen.

  • Mr. Peel

    I’m thrilled. GET CRAZY. UMBRELLAS. RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY. TO BE OR NOT TO BE. HICKEY AND BOGGS. All of these. I can’t wait.

  • anthon

    Edgar, rough estimate, how many DVDs/Blu-Rays do you own?  

    • http://www.edgarwrighthere.com Edgar Wright

      14 million.

  • Matt Copson

    I wish I was in LA. Bloody London.

    The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg is one of my favourite musicals of ever. I saw it when I was at school, completely unaware of what the hell it was and for about a year after was convinced it was called ‘The Vampires Of Cherbourg’ for some reason. Enjoy. It’s bizarre and bleak. How I’d love to see it projected 35mm…and Chungking Express I’ve now had on DVD for about three years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/julius.saito Julius Saito

    You chose the Umbrellas/Chungking bill I suggested in the first post! SO AWESOME!!!!!!
    Already bought my tickets! 

    • http://www.edgarwrighthere.com Edgar Wright

      Then you will be thanked on the night! Good choice.

      • http://twitter.com/geminicollision Ian W. Hill

        Do I get thanked for the CUTTER’S WAY/HICKEY AND BOGGS suggestion?  Or did someone get there first?

        • http://www.edgarwrighthere.com Edgar Wright

          You were not the only one to suggest it, but thank you and see you there.

  • http://twitter.com/BuckyKnaebel Bucky Knaebel

    Sweet sweetness… Let me know what night you need me to co-host with you. I’m a recent film school grad who hasn’t made anything noteworthy (yet… hopefully). I will also need room and board. And travel expenses from San Francisco. And probably a daily stipend. I’d like to bring back a souvenir for my son, and I’m guessing a lock of your hair would do just fine. 

    Great call on the Bad News Bears, I’m pretty sure every American kid in the burbs was issued a copy of this and the Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill. I like that you have serious and not-so-serious flicks in your billings. Well done EW! 

  • http://twitter.com/xfsista Julie Cantrell

    I really love that you’re doing this.  I grew up in the boonies where we didn’t have cable and had to drive to the next town to go to the four screen movie theater which, as you can imagine, did not get every film released.  There are a lot of films, many of which are considered pop culture classics, that I have never seen.  Nothing annoys me more than the gasps and cries of, “Oh my God!  You’ve never seen [insert film name here]!”  Not everyone has the same experiences.

    Anyway, I think this is a really cool idea.  I’ve seen a lot of movies for the first time via The Wright Stuff (An American Werewolf in London, Phantom of the Paradise, Bugsy Malone, and a few others).  Hopefully, I’ll get a chance for a few firsts this time around, too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=606837392 Sal Soul-Pilot Gomez

    Were there any movies selected that were NOT suggested by some of your famous pals??

    • http://www.edgarwrighthere.com Edgar Wright

      Yes, the ones I picked myself – such as ‘Umbrellas Of Cherbourg’.

      • David Barras

        This is a bit of a shot in the dark but how about screening films that are on the up, that are so below the radar of the mainstream film industry that they’re finding it hard to break out but which have enthusiastic and excited audiences wherever they’ve screened. Hidden agenda/Blue Peter time. Here’s one I made earlier – Electric Man – the story of two hapless comic shop owners who get their hands on the rare and valuable Electric Man Issue 1. Sparks Will Fly. 

  • http://twitter.com/JoeLipari Joe Lipari

    Awesome…. Great line-up…
    I’ll be there for most of it… For sure!

  • http://twitter.com/geminicollision Ian W. Hill

    Yes — the HICKEY AND BOGGS/CUTTER’S WAY bill I pushed actually happened! (warning: MEAN movies; you’ll need BUCKAROO as a chaser)  And GET CRAZY made it!

    In any case, these are all wonderful and what fun you have ahead of you, man.

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  • Kelly Chisholm

    I envy you experiencing some of these for the first time, period; in such a great setting you’re going to love them all the more. Your date night and western night both are going to be especially sublime experiences- enjoy! I’m now upset by the distance between Virginia and LA, boooooo. (But if you ever want to come check out the Library of Congress motion picture facility, let me know- it’s pretty rad here.)

  • Andrew G.

    I see at least four night of awesome filminess!
    THRONE OF BLOOD is wonderful.
    Robert Culp directed?!

    Might as well just camp down on Beverly…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=202910886 Tracy Breyfogle

    My love/hate relationship with this town just got a lot better.