Usual Suspects

For Jason Reitman‘s final live read of the 2012-2013 season, he chose a revered, Oscar-winning screenplay: Christopher McQuarrie‘s The Usual Suspects. When that title was announced I was initially skeptical. I thought, “The Usual Suspects is so well known for its surprise ending, and that ending is so incredibly visual, how would it come across in a live read setting?” The answer was revealed in two ways. First this read suggests thatĀ Bryan Singer‘s direction in the original film is powerful and underrated. Also, as great as the ending to McQuarrie’s script is, some of his true poetry isn’t even on the screen.

Presented by Film Independent at LACMA, read more about the star-studded cast (which included Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall, The League‘s Mark Duplass and original cast member Kevin Pollak) below. Read More »

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Los Angeles film goers get a little more spoiled this week as the Cinefamily is hosting The 1st Annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival. Federman is one of those classic “that guy” actors everyone knows and he came up with the idea to get a bunch of famous stand-up comedians to pick films that inspire them, introduce, screen and talk about them. So that’s what going to happen starting Thursday. The line up is pretty insane. How about:

  • Garry Shanding introducingĀ The King of Comedy
  • Margaret Cho introducing Darling
  • Paul F. Tompkins introducing Topsy Turvy
  • Doug Benson making fun of Cocktail
  • Kevin Pollak introducing The In-Laws
  • Andy Kindler introducing Modern Romance

The festival runs from January 12-14. For information on all the films, and to buy tickets, head to the Cinefamily’s official website.

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