The Decline of Western Civilization

Friday, April 18 | 7:30 pm @ The Bing Theatre
*Special guests: Penelope Spheeris, Lee Ving (Fear), Kirsten Patches (Naked Aggression), and Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks, Bad Religion).
Moderator: Mark Toscano (Academy Film Archive)
 
Standby Only

Director Penelope Spheeris’s blistering depiction of the early 1980s Los Angeles punk scene remains a classic in the cult film canon, despite never being available on DVD. Spheeris’s groundbreaking documentary captures some of the scene’s most seminal bands at their sweaty, ferocious peak, onstage and off. From OC hardcore progenitors Black Flag and Circle Jerks to Hollywood heavyweights Germs, X and the seminally provocative Fear, Spheeris offers a mosher’s-eye view of the era’s greats. Spheeris also grants ample screen time to the fans and fellow travelers of this “high speed, high volume” scene, interviewing them with unflinching directness. 

1981, 100 minutes, color and black and white, 35mm | Directed by Penelope Spheeris; with Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, Fear, Germs and X.

*Q&A between both screenings.

The Decline of Western Civilization: Part III

Friday, April 18 | 9:40 pm  @ The Bing Theatre
Standby Only

New 35mm print

Penelope Spheeris returns to the punk scene she first documented in 1981 and finds new bands equally as inflammatory as their predecessors. The powerful final chapter in Spheeris’s Decline of Western Civilization trilogy again not only focuses on these newer underground bands – such as the politically-charged Naked Aggression – but also the concertgoers and club owners that sustain them. Spheeris pays special attention to their fans, particularly the young and homeless “gutterpunks.” Raised in broken homes, they live drink to drink, squatting in derelict Hollywood buildings and panhandling, or “spanging,” on Hollywood Boulevard to get by.  

1998, 86 minutes, color, 35mm | Directed by Penelope Spheeris; with Final Conflict, Litmus Green, Naked Aggression and The Resistance.

 

In three months “Forrest Gump” will celebrate its 20th anniversary.

xpayne:

No matter what, always do the right thing.

xpayne:

No matter what, always do the right thing.

classicactresses:

Olivia de Havilland & Errol Flynn + Kisses

MOVIES

-Captain Blood (1935)

-The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

-The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

-Four’s a Crowd (1938)

-Dodge City (1939)

-The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

-Santa Fe Trail (1940)

-They Died with Their Boots On (1941)

wednesdaydreams:

At every step, every gust of wind, I’d like to be able to say ‘Now..’, no longer ‘forever’ and ‘for eternity’. To take the empty seat at a card game and be greeted by others, even if just with a nod. It would be nice to come home after a long day and feed the cat like Philip Marlowe, or to have a fever, or get your fingers black by the newspaper. To be excited not just by the mind, but by a meal, the curve of a neck. To lie! Through one’s teeth! To feel your bones as you walk along. For once just to guess instead of always knowing…

Wings of Desire (1987), Wim Winders

George Takei being shown the iconic fin from “Jaws”. When revealed Takei let out a mighty “oh my!”

George Takei being shown the iconic fin from “Jaws”. When revealed Takei let out a mighty “oh my!”

George Takei donating his costume from Star Trek III and IV to the Academy Museum. He is being shown a costume from the original Tron and items from some Tim Burton films.

George Takei donating his costume from Star Trek III and IV to the Academy Museum. 

George Takei donating his costume from Star Trek III and IV to the Academy Museum. 

Alfred Hitchcock was a complicated and brilliant director with a unique sense of humor. Something that he loved doing was making cameos in his films. Here is a small collection of just a few of his uncredited appearances.