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Five films that are are all about the '60s or '70s Sep 14, 2011
We're more than a decade into the new millennium, but we still have a collective fascination with what came before, cinematically. This week, there are a number of interesting movies screening that have affiliations with the '60s or '70s. Either they were made during that time period or they take place during it. Or, in one case, it's a new take on a movie that broke new ground when it was originally made. Read on, tune in and drop out:
Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Cool Place: Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney, who made Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and earned an Oscar for Taxi to the Dark Side, co-directed this look at the electric Kool-Aid acid test Kesey and his friends took after he earned all that money writing One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It opens Friday, Sept. 16, at the Ken Cinema.
Straw Dogs: If you've ever seen Sam Peckinpah's brutal 1971 movie, which starred Dustin Hoff-man as a mild-mannered mathematician driven to the brink by locals when he and his wife move to Britain, you might wonder if it's a film that truly needs a remake. Regardless, the deed has been done. James Marsden and Kate Bosworth are the young couple who've moved— to the deep South this time, where they must face some nasty good-ol' boys, including her ex-boyfriend, played by True Blood hottie Alexander Skarsgard. This one opens wide on Friday, Sept. 16.
The Graduate: Speaking of Hoffman, here's the 1967 movie that made him a star. He's Benjamin Braddock, a recent college grad who starts having an affair with Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), one of his parents' friends, which is great, until he falls for her daughter (Katharine Ross). Word is, the producers wanted a Robert Redford type. Instead, they kicked off a legendary career. Sing along to Simon and Garfunkel at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, through Saturday, Sept. 17, at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills.
Captain Milkshake: The psychedelic anti-war movie celebrates its 40th birthday. Geoff Gage is Paul, a Marine who starts hanging out with hippies and getting into serious trouble while he's in Vietnam. Blow out the candles at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at Carlsbad Village Theater.
Dazed and Confused: It was made in 1993, but Richard Linklater's terrific movie is all about the last day of school in 1976. This film helped launch plenty of careers, including those of Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck and Milla Jovovich. It screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Sea Rocket Bistro in North Park. Free.