Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sat, Jun 21, 2014
7:30pm
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YOUTH IS BRUTAL: COMING OF AGE FILMS
Double Feature! Book Signing with Anthony Breznican! Composer Nathan Johnson In Person!
BRICK / THE CHOCOLATE WAR

Introduction by Anthony Breznican, who will sign his book Brutal Youth in the lobby at 6:30PM.

Discussion between films with BRICK composer Nathan Johnson - along with some special guests TBA!
BRICK
2014, Focus Features, 100 min, USA, Dir: Rian Johnson

This debut feature from writer-director Rian Johnson takes the cinematic traditions of hard-boiled film noir and wittily immerses them in fresh territory - a modern-day Southern California high school. Fiercely intelligent student Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) prefers to stay an outsider, but when his ex-girlfriend reaches out to him unexpectedly and then vanishes, he enlists the aid of his only true peer, The Brain (Matt O’Leary), to get to the bottom of things. Brendan’s single-minded unearthing of students’ secrets thrusts him up against colliding school cliques and, most ominously, non-student criminal The Pin (Lukas Haas).


THE CHOCOLATE WAR
1988, Park Circus/MGM, 100 min, USA, Dir: Keith Gordon

The triumphant return of one of the most criminally overlooked movies of the 1980s! This dazzling directorial debut by actor Keith Gordon (MOTHER NIGHT, SINGING DETECTIVE) is based on the book by Robert Cormier and compares favorably with J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and Lindsay Anderson’s IF… for depicting the often surreal absurdity of boarding-school life. Ilan Mitchell-Smith is a student who resists the orders of headmaster Brother John (John Glover) to participate in a school-wide chocolate-selling fundraiser. He consequently incurs the wrath of the students’ fascist secret society, run by Wallace Langham and Adam Baldwin, who go to ridiculous lengths to break his will. Yaz and Peter Gabriel combine for one of the most haunting soundtracks of all time.


Screening format: 35mm
Aero Theatre • Sat, Jun 21, 2014 • 7:30pm
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Films in this Series at the Aero

Actress Melanie Lynskey In Person! Book Signing with Anthony Breznican!
Fri, Jun 20, 2014 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre
Director Jason Reitman In Person! Book Signing with Anthony Breznican!
Sun, Jun 22, 2014 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre