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Rian Johnson

"The Brothers Bloom," "Brick" I've lived right up the street from LACMA for 10 years, so I've got plenty of memories. One that pokes out: Years ago I walked down alone on a whim without checking the calendar, and the film turned out to be Fellini's "And the Ship Sails On." I can vividly remember walking out onto Wilshire after that screening, feeling like I'd prematurely fallen out of a dream. That's the sort of transformative experience that a real screening gives you. I think for many people it's difficult to wrap their heads around why this is a big deal. It's just a screening series, and after all, aren't these movies available on DVD? Ironically, this sums up the reason that the program is more vital now than ever. Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images