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We try to be accommodating to the romantics from time to time, and with Valentine’s Day slam in the middle of the month, its high time for date season. So, with that in mind, we’ve programmed a number of perfect date films all about getting the girl while punching people in the face.

For the rest of you (alcoholics, the unemployable, angry loners), we’ve got you covered too with a program of Japanese-inspired exploitation and a movie about a man who paints women and then strangles them.

FEBRUARY 2014

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Music Driven: Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains (1982, Lou Adler)
February 6; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets

They can’t play their instruments, they can’t sing and they can’t hold a job to save their lives… The Stains are punk as you can get. For this special Music Driven screening, we’re presenting a 35mm print and have invited Jake Fogelnest (Squirt TV, The Fogelnest Files) and Natasha Lyonne (Slums of New York, Orange is the New Black) to discuss the film.

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Japanese Intensity: Shogun Assassin (1980, Robert Houston)
February 7 & February 8; Midnite | Buy Tickets

As it stands, Shogun Assassin is a bit of a remix. In order to make it more appealing for the American grindhouse market, director Robert Houston took the first two films from the epic Lone Wolf and Cub series and kind of…. mashed them together. Scored with droning synths and an eerie English dub, Shogun Assassin is kind of a masterful bastardization.

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Lovers & Fighters: Say Anything (1989, Cameron Crowe)
February 8 & February 9; Brunch | Buy Tickets

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February 8 & February 9; Brunch | Buy Tickets

When your boring parents turn out to be badass spies in retirement, life can, apparently, get pretty exciting. With their parents in the clutches of an evil madman with a crazy name (Fegan Floop!), it’s left up to to young Carmen and Juni Cortez to don some leather pants and sunglasses and save the day.

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True Romance (1993, Tony Scott)
February 12 (Film Feast); 7:15pm | Buy Tickets
February 14 & February 15; Midnite | Buy Tickets

We actually have three Valentines Day-adjacent screenings of True Romance, Tony Scott and Quentin Tarentino’s modern spin on Bonnie & Clyde. The first, on February 12, is part of our ongoing Film Feast series, where we take the movie and then cook up a fancy menu paired to specific scenes in the film. That’s sold out.

BUT, because everyone kept calling (and calling) about wanting tickets, we added two midnite screenings on the 14th and 15th as well. So. WE HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY.

ringJapanese Intensity: The Ring (2001, Gore Verbinski)
February 14 & February 15; Midnite | Buy Tickets

After The Ring came out, I took an old, unlabeled VHS tape and left it in my friend’s mailbox. The next day, he came to me visibly shaken by finding the tape, and he never watched it either. It was a lame prank (without much of a punchline, I am now realizing), BUT it does illustrate just how much Gore Verbinski’s remake of The Ring infiltrated American popular culture. Had it not been such a deft, scary remake, J-Horror likely would have never become such a crossover favorite.

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Spoons, Toons & Booze
February 15 & February 16; Brunch | Buy Tickets

Even cartoons need a little loving sometimes. For this Valentine’s Day, the Spoons duo has put together a program of Saturday Morning Cartoons centered on love, rejection and the dozen or so other emotions that come packaged with that thing called romance.

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Live + Sound + Cinema: Seven Chances (1925, Buster Keaton)
February 15 & February 16; Brunch | Buy Tickets

For the romantic in you, we’re screening Buster Keaton’s slapstick masterpiece Seven Chances. About a man who discovers that he’s in line to inherit a fortune, but with a single caveat: he must marry before 7pm that evening.

The film will be scored live in the theater by Reel Orchestrette.

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Art Seen: Bluebeard (1944, Edgar G. Ulmer)
February 20; 7:30pm | Buy Tickets

Edgar G. Ulmer’s Bluebeard puts the darkness of artistic failure on murderous display. As one of the very first serial killer movies, it gleans from the notorious tales of Jack the Ripper and Bluebeard but remains, to this day, wholly unique. A 35mm presentation, this screening includes an introduction by Noah Isenberg in celebration of his new critical biography, Edgar G. Ulmer: a Filmmaker at the Margins.

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Japanese Intensity: Akira (1988, Katsuhiro Otomo)
February 21 & February 22; Midnite | Buy Tickets

In 1988, Tokyo explodes. 31 years later, a new city has risen from the ashes; Neo Tokyo, a towering mega-city that’s teeterng on the brink of political collapse. When young vagabond, Tetsuo, begins developing powerful psychic powers, several Neo-Tokyo inhabitants — biker punks, revolutionaries, scientists and the military — rush to solve the secret behind Tokyo’s destruction.

An absolutely essential piece of animation, Akira spins a sophisticated yarn with some of the best animation ever put to film.

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Lovers & Fighters: The Karate Kid (1984, John Avildsen)
February 22 & February 23; Brunch | Buy Tickets

This is from the Karate Kid Part II, but it really sums up how I feel about the series as a whole:

For our February 23rd screening, we’re excited to have director John Avildsen via Skype to answer all of those Karate Kid questions you’ve had bottled up for thirty years. For instance: do karate schools thank him for the giant boost in enrollments after the film’s release?

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Art Seen: The Rape of Europa (2006, Richard Bege, Bonni Cohen, Nicole Newnham)
February 22 & February 23; Brunch | Buy Tickets

In relation to the February release of George Clooney’s new directorial effort, Monuments Men, Art Seen presents a screening of the incredible documentary that chronicles the efforts of the military to not only liberate Europe’s people from Fascism, but also save its cultural heritage from complete annihilation.

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Vice Presents The Film Foundation Screening Series: The Connection (1962, Shirley Clarke)
February 25; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets

Shirley Clarke’s controversial and influential film, The Connection, portrays a group of drug addicts and jazz musicians waiting in a New York loft apartment for their drug connection. The film was banned upon its release for its frank depiction of drug use and harsh language, preventing it from ever reaching a large audience.

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The Deuce: Combat Shock (1986, Buddy Giovinazzo)
February 27; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets

Combat Shock is New Jersey schlock-factory Troma’s crack at the well worn story of a war-addled Vet facing a blighted, unwelcoming homefront. Fifteen years after coming home, ‘Nam vet Frankie struggles with a mean case of PTSD that’s aggrivated by his Agent Orange mutated baby, violent criminals, and streets littered with junkies and child prostitutes. The trailer says it best: “More action than Rambo; more terror than The Terminator; more gut-wrenching violence than Commando! COMBAT! SHOCK! (echo effect, echo effect)