The Cool School: Story of the Ferus Art Gallery

By Morgan Neville

The Cool School is an object lesson in how to build an art scene from scratch and what to avoid in the process. The film focuses on the seminal Ferus Gallery, which groomed the LA art scene from a loose band of idealistic beatniks into a coterie of competitive, often brilliant artists, including Ed Kienholz, Ed Ruscha, Craig Kauffman, Wallace Berman, Ed Moses and Robert Irwin. The Ferus also served as launching point for New York imports, Andy Warhol (hosting his first Soup Can show), Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein as well as leading to the first Pop Art show and Marcel Duchamp’s first retrospective. What was lost and gained is tied up in a complex web of egos, passions, money, and art. This is how L.A. came of age.

All Screwed Up

By Lina Wertmüller

An anarchically outrageous comedy from Lina Wertmüller, ALL SCREWED UP is ripe for rediscovery, an accomplishment as impressive as the classics she made before and after: Love and Anarchy (1973) and Swept Away (1974).It tells the story of Gigi (Luigi Diberti) and Carletto (Nino Bignamini), two Southern country boys who travel north to get work in Milan. Arriving with nothing but the clothes on their backs, they join the labor movement and live in a communal home with other migrant workers, including some combative love interests. Their dreams of wealth devolve into a series of slapstick adventures, from an uproarious attempt at petty crime to the daily indignities of life in a restaurant kitchen.A pointed satire that skewers the illusion of upward mobility, ALL SCREWED UP is essential viewing for fans of Lina Wertmüller. With exuberant and biting performances from Diberti and Bignamini, it’s a comedy whose laughs stick in your throat.

Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival

By Darren Lynn Bousman

Sequel to the hit genre-bending cult musical The Devil’s Carnival. Lucifer (Terrance Zdunich) incites Heaven’s wrath by dispatching train cars full of condemned souls a-crashin’ through the Pearly Gates. God (Paul Sorvino), in response, readies his top negotiator, The Agent (Adam Pascal), for a trip down to The Carnival to put an end to the rebellious deeds. As the Carnival’s veteran taskmaster, Ticket-Keeper (Dayton Callie), futilely attempts to ready Hell’s Carnies for an impending war, Lucifer holds a private rally in his chamber. The Dark Lord recounts the fable of “The Filly and The Lapdog,” a tale that tracks the long and sordid history that has led to the present conflict between Heaven and Hell wherein an ambitious subject of Heaven, June (Emilie Autumn), oversteps her bounds and is cast out.

Classroom 6

By Jonas Odenheimer

Based on true events, CLASSROOM 6 tells the story of a young reporter, Annie Monroe, who investigates a supposedly haunted school alongside her crew to research allegations that of a mysterious disappearance that took place at the school. As the night goes on, the TV crew will experience strange events and have to fight for their lives.

Demetrius and the Gladiators

By Delmer Daves

Demetrius is an ex-slave who embraces Christianity after he witnesses the Crucifixion. Demetrius’ new found peaceful ways put him in direct conflict with Roman Emperor Caligula, who will stop at nothing in his search for the magic robe of Christ. Imprisoned by the Emperor’s Legionnaires, Demetrius is forced by Caligula to train as a Gladiator and fight for the Emperor’s amusement. To complicate issues, the well-proportioned Demetrius attracts the attention of Messalina, the beautiful wife of Claudius, the man in line to succeed Emperor Caligula. Can the new found faith of Demetrius withstand Messalina’s advances, Caligula’s madness, and the men and beasts who challenge him in the arena?

Performance

By Nicolas Roeg & Donald Cammell

Rock superstar Mick Jagger stars in a stunning reality/fantasy trip set in London’s underworld. A criminal hides out at the residence of a bizarre rock star (Jagger) and his mysterious and beautiful companion (Anita Pallenberg, “Barbarella”). A gripping, psychological melodrama and cult favorite, with a fabulous soundtrack by Jack Nitzsche (“The Exorcist,” “Stand By Me”), under the direction of Academy Award-winner Randy Newman (“Monsters Inc.”), and of course the Stones.

Mission to the Edge of Space: The Inside Story of Red Bull Stratos

By Unknown

In October of 2012, Red Bull Stratos was the flight test program that riveted the world, as Baumgartner ascended 24 miles above earth with a massive helium balloon. Wearing only a spacesuit, and with a mere 10 minutes of oxygen on his back, he jumped from the balloon’s capsule and accelerated from 0 to 843.6 miles per hour – Mach 1.25 – in just 50 seconds before eventually parachuting to the ground. Red Bull Stratos broke numerous world records, including several set by Kittinger in 1960, and delivered valuable scientific data to improve safety for future aviators and astronauts. It was also the most watched live stream in Internet history. The fascination continues with this breathtaking documentary, revealing new behind-the-scenes stories and footage from launch day and all through the project’s five years of development, including undisclosed dramas. Viewers get long-awaited details on Baumgartner’s faceplate heating issue, which nearly aborted the mission, and also hear intimate anecdotes from the team as they look back on the experience for the first time on camera.

Body Snatchers

By Abel Ferrara

Inspired by the 1956 classic “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” this new version follows the fates of a group of people on an Army base who discover that something is taking possession of the minds, bodies and emotions of the people they once knew and loved. Starring Gabrielle Anwar (“Scent of a Woman”), Meg Tilly (“The Big Chill,” “Agnes of God”), Terry Kinney (“The Last of the Mohicans”) and Forest Whitaker (“The Crying Game”).

Murderer’s Row

By Henry Levin

Leaving his incredible bachelor’s dream world — with its unique multi-purpose round bed, private swimming pool, and very private secretary Lovey Kravezit (Beverly Adams) — former ICE counter-espionage agent Matt Helm (Dean Martin) answers the call of his former chief, MacConald (James Gregory). Armed with a fresh drink and an ominous assortment of super-weapons, Helm is sent to tangle with lovelies such as Susie (Ann-Margret), a hip-swinging Riviera discotheque-goer; Coco Duquette (Camilla Sparv), a sexy statuesque blonde; and the Slaygirls, twelve women with very little to hide. Coming up against Julian Wall (Karl Maiden), who has kidnapped an internationally renowned scientist, Helm becomes involved in a secret mission that includes blowing up an unknown place for a top-secret reason. But all secrets are revealed when Helm, in his efforts to rescue the scientist, finally corners Wall and his mob in a showdown that gives Matt a chance to prove his new super-weapons are an effective equalizer for the outnumbered agent. In the process of finding the missing man, Helm has more than enough ladies to love as he jets from challenge to challenge in America, England, and France.

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By Paul Schrader

Bob Crane (Kinnear) became well known as the star of the hit comedy series “Hogan’s Heroes.” With an abundance of fame, wealth and success, Crane dove headfirst into the darker, destructive side of the celebrity lifestyle. He eventually teamed up with a video technician (Dafoe) who helped him to systematically document his copious sexploits with beautiful young women. But when the fast living and hard loving got out of control, the end result was a brutal murder that remains one of the most scandalous unsolved mysteries in Hollywood history.