Around Town: 'Star Trek,' 'Kill Bill,' John Cassavetes and John Barry tributes and more
Attention Trekkers -- this weekend is all about you. The American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood presents "To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before: Celebrating Star Trek," Thursday through Sunday with an opening-night screening of 1979's "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," directed by Robert Wise. A discussion with art director Richard Taylor and others will follow.
Friday's offering is a double bill: 1982's "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" and 1984's "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock." The Times' Geoff Boucher will talk with George Takei between films, while on Saturday Boucher will chat with Walter Koenig between screenings of 1986's "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" and 1989's "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier." On Sunday, Boucher will sit down with writer/director Nicholas Meyer after the screening of 1991's "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country."
The work of British director Peter Yates, who died in January at the age of 81, is being celebrated Thursday evening at the Cinematheque's Aero Theater in Santa Monica with a program of two of his best thrillers: his first American film, 1968's "Bullitt," with Steve McQueen, and 1973's "The Friends of Eddie Coyle," starring Robert Mitchum.
The salute concludes Wednesday at the Egyptian with Nicolas Roeg's acclaimed 1971 drama "Walkabout," starring David Gulpilil and Jenny Agutter.
Donzietti's masterwork, "Lucia Di Lammermoor," screens Sunday afternoon at the Egyptian. Recorded in the summer of 2008 in San Francisco, the opera stars Natalie Dessay.
On Wednesday at the Aero, Fred Zinnemann's powerful 1957 study of drug addiction, "A Hatful of Rain," starring Oscar nominee Anthony Franciosa, Don Murray and Eva Marie Saint, will be shown. Murray and Saint will discuss the making of the film after the screening. http://www.americancinematheque.com
The Cinefamily's monthlong tribute to John Cassavetes at the Silent Movie Theatre winds up this weekend. Screening Thursday is his final feature, 1984's "Love Streams," starring the director, his wife Gena Rowlands and frequent collaborator Seymour Cassel, and his 1977 drama "Opening Night," with Cassavetes, Rowlands, Ben Gazzara and veterans Joan Blondell and Paul Stewart. On Friday, there will be a closing-night party complete with an encore screening of 1974's "A Woman Under the Influence," as well as film and video rarities, a panel discussion and live musical performances.
The Cinefamily also feature its "Phenome-Com 2011" Saturday and Sunday featuring such bizarro films as "The Amazing World of Ghosts" and "The Legend of Boggy Creek." http://www.cinefamily.org
The UCLA Film & Television Archive's festival of preservation also concludes this weekend. Scheduled for Saturday are two TV specials starring the great song-and-dance man Gene Kelly: 1958's "Omnibus: Dancing: A Man's Game" and 1966's "Gene Kelly in New York, New York." The Sunday matinee is a celebration of Laurel and Hardy featuring two films they made in Spanish: 1930's "La Vida Nocturna" and "Politiquerias," as well as a trailer for the 1930 film, "The Rogue Song." Sunday evening's offering is the 1935 Cecil B. DeMille epic "The Crusades," with Loretta Young and Henry Wilcoxon, and two shorts: 1935's "Hollywood Extra Girl" and "In A Mountain Pass." http://www.cinema.ucla.edu
Quentin Tarantino continues programming the New Beverly Cinema this month. On tap for Thursday is the 1958 camp classic "Thunder Road," with Robert Mitchum, and 1961's "Five Minutes to Live," with Johnny Cash. Friday and Saturday's offerings are two kung fu flicks: 1978's "The Avenging Eagle" and 1971's "Duel of the Iron Fist." Friday's midnight show is the 1995 comedy "Friday"; Saturday's is 1974's "The Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe." Sunday through April 2, the cinema will show "Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair," the unrated combination of Tarantino's two-part film, which has never been seen theatrically in the U.S. Tickets are sold out but there will be a standby line at each screening. http://newbevcinema.com
The Echo Park Film Center presents the first film in its new screening series "Cinema Indigene," Thursday evening. The inaugural presentation is "Waterbuster," directed by J. Carlos Peinado. Friday's program is "We Hate Everything Including This Film Series." http://www.echoparkfilmcenter.org
The Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival runs Friday through March 31 at Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood and will showcase feature narratives, documentaries, animation and student short films. The opening-night presentation, "Pink Skies," benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure Los Angeles County. http://www.LAWomensFest.com
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art's "Classics from La Semaine de la critique," continues Friday evening with Barbet Schroeder's 1969 film, "More" and Paul Morrissey's 1970 flick, "Trash," with Joe Dallesandro. On Saturday evening, LACMA presents "Jordan Belson: Films Sacred and Profane." Films to be screened include 1952's "Caravan" and 1972's "Chakra." http://www.lacma.org
"Lt. Watada: A Matter of Conscience" tells the story of the first commissioned military officer to refuse to go to Iraq. The film will be presented free Saturday afternoon at the Japanese American National Museum. There will be a Q&A with filmmaker, Freida Lee Mock. http://www.janm.org
Redcat presents "Victory Over the Sun: Films and Videos by Michael Robinson," Monday evening. Robinson, who was named one of the top 10 avant-garde filmmakers of the last decade by Film Comment, will appear at the screening. http://www.redcat.org
The 15th annual Film Courage Interactive presents the 2009 indie "World Full of Nothing" at the Downtown Independent Monday evening. There will also be a Q&A with writer/director Jesse Pomeroy. http://www.downtownindependent.com
The Skirball presents Amos Gitai's 2003 film, "Alila," Wednesday evening. The movie was created in 40 single-shot scenes and follows the lives of several residents of a shabby apartment building in Tel Aviv. http://www.skirball.org
Photo: Ricardo Montalban, left, and Walter Koenig in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." Credit: Paramount