This week we’re opening up Oldboy director Park Chan-Wook’s newest, Stoker (Tickets), a fantastically twisted and sexy update on Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt starring Mia Wasikowska, Dermot Mulroney and Nicole Kidman; leaving us with Dead Man Down (Tickets) and Silver Linings Playbook (Tickets) – yes, still.
Welcome to Pleasuredome… with Ghosts
Our Second City series marches on at midnight this week with Poltergeist III (Tickets), an under-appreciated horror gem whose reputation has been permanently been clouded by the tragic death of 12-year-old actress Heather O’Rourke during production. Still, the film shows that even folks in the big city have something to worry about when it comes to vengeful ghosts. Carol Anne? CAROL ANNE!
The other midnight for the week is Body Double (Tickets), Brian De Palma’s trashy-as-hell version of Vertigo and Rear Window set in the neon-blasted under-belly of 1980’s Los Angeles. It’s extravagant, it’s self-indulgent, it’s violent—but it’s awesome. Relax.
Oh what trouble can brew when two geeks get ahold of a computer, a stack of playboys and a stray lightning storm. In Weird Science (Tickets), two bottom rungs on the high school social ladder get together and create the perfect woman, the super-powered and stunning Lisa. After that, things get weird.
Our monthly cartoon and sugar festival, Spoons Toons and Booze (Tickets), is all about St. Patrick’s day this month, which means you can bet on a lot of cartoons with a lot of potentially offensive stereotypes.
This month’s Film Feast is an all-French affair with a multi-course feast from Chef Sara Nguyen designed for the French classic Amelie (Tickets). Before the film, be sure to stop by in the café at 7 where Fluent City will hosting a free French slang workshop to help you keep up with the film.
Monday, 10pm: Simpsons Club | For Simpsons Club this week we’re continuing through Season 2, with a couple of great episodes including the one where we meet Homer’s brother, and watch as The Simpsons steal cable. We also have a batch of Simpsons fast food promotions and the airdate commercials for “Principal Charming.”
Wednesday, 9pm: Bootleggers Night| Our monthly screening of rare concert bootlegs is back with a VHS bootleg of a Nick Cave performance. $5 beer and shot Bootlegger special will be up for grabs and afterwards a DJ will be playing music from Nick Cave and other deep voiced dudes who have some dark stuff to say about Wim Wenders.
Thursday, 7pm: Open Film Night | Starting at 7pm on Thursday, March 21, we’re inviting all local film makers to come out for a chance to show their shorts in the café and get feedback from a group of actual people who have no reason to lie to you (like your mom, for instance). Sign up starts at 7, screenings begin at 8. Here are the rules:
- Come prepared with the following info: your name, title of work, length of work, one sentence description, and contact information
- Videos may be no more than 15 minutes in length
- One video per person/group
- Format: DVD, BluRay or VHS
- Video content must be your own (i.e. you must own the rights to the work you are showing)
- First come, first served