Special Screenings

Movie of the Week: The Big Sleep

Point Break. Most surf movies are dumb in a boring way, but Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 hit is really rather inspired in its dumbness. Keanu Reeves stars as FBI agent Johnny Utah (this sentence is already off to a troubling start), who goes undercover with a group of surfing bank robbers led by a shaggy shaman named Bodhi (Patrick Swayze). Throw in Gary Busey and lines like "Little hand says its time to rock & roll!"—and you got yourself a winner, of sorts. The gang's gimmick of committing their crimes while wearing masks of former presidents has been widely imitated and parodied, and the film has even launched its own Rocky Horror-esque cult following, in which unsuspecting attendees are plucked from the audience and forced to recite Keanu's dialogue from a cue card. Hey, odds are they're no worse than Keanu. Pierside Surfcity, 300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, (714) 969-3151. Wed., 7 p.m. $5.

The Princess Bride. It was okay. What do you want me to say? I just didn't like it as much as you did, okay? What, everybody has to be crazy about this 1987 Rob Reiner fairytale comedy? Well, some of us just aren't, okay? It was okay. God damn. Edwards Rancho Santa Margarita, 30632 Santa Margarita Pkwy., Rancho Santa Margarita, (949) 888-3340. Tues., 8 p.m. $6; Edwards South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 540-1970. Wed., 9 p.m. $6.

The Scent of Green Papaya. Tran Anh Hung's 1993 drama about a young woman coming of age and finding love in the Vietnam of the late '50s and early '60s is one of those movies that some find a transporting, life-changing experience while others are bored into comas by long stretches in which nothing seems to happen and nobody talks. If you're of the latter persuasion and your date comes out of the screening raving about the film's subtlety and beauty, just nod wisely and maybe they'll think you're deep. The screening is hosted by Michael Berlin, Ph.D, assistant professor of screenwriting at California State Long Beach, as well as a director and producer in his own right. Popcorn and candy included. Bowers Museum, Conference Center, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600, Sun., 1:30 p.m. $8-$10.

Bound and determined
Bound and determined

September 11th Revisited: Keeping Up with Mr. Jones. The next 9/11 Truth Summer Night Screening—films exploring what really happened on 9/11 and suggesting our own government was possibly involved in the attacks—features video footage of a recent presentation by Brigham Young physics professor Dr. Steven Jones. Apartment complex courtyard at 1208 Huntington St., Huntington Beach, (714) 553-1030; http://hb911truth.blogspot.com. Sat., 9 p.m. Free.

The Solid Gold Cadillac. Judy Holliday and Paul Douglas star in this 1956 comedy spun from the George S. Kaufman play. Holliday is a small stockholder in a large, Halliburton-esque corporation, and her endless questions about the company's sleazy doings so annoy the company bosses that they decide the only way to shut her up is to give her an inconsequential job within the company. Short subjects, cartoons and other goodies are also on the bill. Long Beach School for Adults Auditorium, 3701 E. Willow St. Long Beach, (562) 997-8000, ext. 7198. Fri., 7 p.m. $1.

Mail your press releases (and a videotape, if available) to Special Screenings, OC Weekly, 1666 N. Main St., Ste. 500, Santa Ana, CA 92701-7417. Or send e-mail to gregstacy@earthlink.net. All materials must be received at least two weeks before the screening.  

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