All right, everybody. Snow storm. There’s a big snow storm thing heading this way and it’s going to dump just a buttload of snow on us. But, even snowbound people need movies and alcohol, and that’s what we’ll be offering you this weekend even while everyone is dying of snow inhalation — or however it is you die in a snow storm.
Groping Robot Hands and Some Confusion Between a Tire and a Gun
Our midnight movies are awesome this weekend. First, as part of our Robots Will Kill series, is Demon Seed (Tickets), a freaky sci-fi horror movie about an AI system that traps a woman in her house and forcibly impregnates her. Yeesh. It also has this fucked up robot goo baby in it.
Understandably, Demon Seed doesn’t really seem like the movie for everyone. BUT, our Brian De Palma retrospective continues this weekend with something more universally palatable: his incredible 1981 thriller Blow Out (Tickets). John Travolta plays a sound engineer who gets wrapped up in a deadly conspiracy after he accidentally records a fatal car accident. Is that the sound of a blown out tire, or is that a rifle? It’s kind of like if Blow Up and The Conversation had a kid, and that kid grew up to have a really nice chin.
Harrison Ford & His Mighty Dad Beard
The Fugitive (Tickets),that big budget cat-and-mouse game between Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones, is twenty years old this year. One of Ford’s best movies from the 90’s with a hell of a performance from Tommy Lee Jones as Tommy Lee Jones, U.S. Marshal – The Fugitive is tense, exciting and a lot better than people give it credit for.
Our other brunch movie is Edward G. Ulmer’s The Black Cat (Tickets), a modernist post-war (the first war) revenge story that pairs Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff on screen for the first time. It has incest, Satanism, necrophilia – everything you could ever want from a movie made in the 30’s.
Special Screenings for the Lovebirds (and Deathdream)
On Tuesday, Feb 12, we’re pretty excited to be showing the rarely screened 35mm print of Bob Clark’s cult classic Deathdream (Tickets). The cultural trauma of Vietnam hits home when a young solider gets killed in battle only to show up at his parents doorstep unharmed – and with a thirst for human blood. Adam Lowenstein, the author of Shocking Representation: Historical Trauma, National Cinema, and the Modern Horror Film, will be on hand for an introduction, and you’ll also be showered with free “Green Beast” cocktails by Pernod Absinthe.
On Wednesday, we got together with Kelso for a three-course beer dinner paired with Michel Gondry’s modern romance Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Tickets). The full menu, plus the beers we’ll be slinging are on the movie’s ticket page.
For Valentine’s Day this month, we have a Live + Sound + Cinema event with Gersh/Reed/Knoche playing their score for Buster Keaton’s deep sea romance The Navigator (Tickets).
Simpsons club! From now on, Monday nights at 10 are dedicated to Springfield’s first family. We’re going to be working our way through the entire series, starting with episodes 1-5 this week. Come watch The Simpsons evolve into the greatest family comedy of all time with a bunch of people who have seen these episodes more times than anyone would care to admit.
But first, let’s check the death count from the killer storm bearing down on us, like a shotgun full of snow!
Oh my God. DAMN YOU SNOOOOOWWWWW