Counter Programming: Art-House Cinema at its Most Engaging

Your guide to the best indie films of the weekend—popcorn not included

Opening This Week: David Fincher’s promising adaptation of Gone Girl and Annabelle, a spin-off of The Conjuring. If you need something unconventional, check out these picks. 

For Those in Peril
As the sole survivor of a fishing accident that overtook five men, young Aaron (George McKay) suffers from severe PTSD. It doesn’t help that his Scottish seaside community has stigmatized him. At the risk of his sanity, he starts to believe that a local folk tale about the devil in the ocean is the key to his salvation. Yes, this film is dark. But while the content is heavy, its style is intoxicating and expressionistic. An impressive debut feature from Paul Wright, Peril is like a hybrid of Ken Loach, Darren Aronofsky, and Terrence Malick.
When: October 3-9, various showtimes
Where: Arena Cinema, 1625 North Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood 

The Cinema Cabaret: Re-takes on North American History
During the silent film era, screenings often featured live narrators who commented upon movies in an entertaining and informative manner, particularly in Japanese culture, where the performers were called benshi. Although the practice waned as sound films became the standard, there are still performance artists who continue the tradition. A Los Angeles Film Forum event will feature ten neo-benshi poets “retelling” projected scenes from films like Robocop, Gravity, and The Sound of Music, relating them to some aspect of North American history. This is a multimedia happening that should be very interesting.
When: Sunday, October 5, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 West 24th St., West Adams Historic District