JUNE 2014

grindhouse2The Works – Kurt Russell: Grindhouse (2007, Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino)
Wednesday, June 4; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets
My best movie-going experience was seeing Grindhouse. It was Memorial Day weekend at Baltimore’s amazing Bengies Drive-In, where they do an annual all-night movie marathon for eight dollars. I don’t remember what played before Grindhouse*, but watching Kurt Russell sleaze it up from the bed of a pickup truck with a cooler full of contraband was the damn best. The sun started to come up during the climactic car chase of Death Proof and washed out the screen, all was right with the world.

We’re screening Grindhouse too, both Planet Terror and Death Proof, and to sweeten the deal, Wild Eye Releasing has lent us a collection of vintage 35mm Grindhouse trailers to screen before the movie. All that’s missing is a pick-up truck.

*It was The Last Mimzy and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. I always say I don’t remember because those movies suuuuck. 

roughArt Seen: Rough Cut (2013, Jamie Shovlin)
Thursday, June 5; 7:30pm | Buy Tickets
Rough Cut is a weird one. Jamie Shovlin wrote a movie called Hiker Meat, a 70’s exploitation homage. He got the script ready, put some music together, even cut together a trailer. He never made the movie though, he never intended to, instead Shovlin made Rough Cut, a making-of documentary of the remake of Hiker Meat… a movie that never existed in the first place. Filmmaking can be complicated.

telephoneNitehawk Naughties: The Telephone Book (1971, Nelson Lyon)
Friday, June 6 & Saturday, June 7; Midnite | Buy Tickets
Porn’s back! This month’s Nitehawk Naughty is The Telephone Book, a skin flick from 1971 about a sex-keen hippie who falls for a man who makes random obscene phone calls like some kind of dirty super villain. He also wears a pig mask — dude likes to keep things mysterious, I guess.

darkcityFuture Noir: Dark City (1998, Alex Proyas)
Friday, June 6 & Saturday, June 7; Midnite | Buy Tickets
In a city perpetually shrouded in night, a man named John Murdoch wakes up in a motel room with total amnesia. He is immediately accused of a series of brutal murders (none of which he remembers), a woman who claims to be his wife and a very mysterious doctor.  In his quest for the truth about his memory, why the city is always dark, why no one notices, and why people walk around comatose after midnight, Murdoch discovers an underworld run by telekinetics called “The Strangers”


overboardThe Works – Kurt Russell: Overboard (1987, Garry Marshall)
Saturday, June 7 & Sunday, June 8; Brunch | Buy Tickets
Kurt Russell as crush object. My mother and gay friend (seriously, I just told him we were playing it and he’s still screaming) still swoons over him in this movie, even though he plays kind of a jerk — but, man, is he a handsome jerk. See it on the big screen instead of TNT.

parkILM Brunch: Jurassic Park (1993, Steven Spielberg)
Saturday, June 7 & Sunday, June 8; Brunch | Buy Tickets
This month, our brunch movies ballyhoo visual effects juggernaut Industrial Light and Magic, the George Lucas-founded company that has spent the last 20 years building a better dinosaur/space ship/tidal wave. So we hope you like some big name baby boomer filmmakers, because those dudes really like swanky special effects. First up: Steven Spielberg’s dino-drama Jurassic Park, where the dinosaurs still look real and scary — except for the CG stuff, that hasn’t really aged all that well.

escapeThe Works – Kurt Russell: Escape from New York (1981, John Carpenter)
Film Feast: Wednesday, June 11; 7:30pm | Buy Tickets
Regular Screenings: Friday, June 13 & Saturday, June 14; Midnite | Buy Tickets
Kurt Russell as gravel-voiced, chaotic neutral badass.

We actually have a few screenings of Escape from NY this month. The first is a Film Feast on June 11, a swanky affair where we’ll be serving haute cuisine to pair with the movie. Think of it this way: if New York actually did decay into a feudal prison-state, this is how you would eat if you managed to become a Duke like Isaac Hayes.

For everybody else who just wants to Snake do his thing without the glitz, we also have some straight up midnite screenings that weekend.

massacreThe Deuce: Slumber Party Massacre (1982, Amy Jones)
Thursday, June 12; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets
Slumber Party Massacre was written as a feminist spoof of slasher films, but when it came down to producing it, the powers at be decided to take the script and just make a regular old slasher film out of it. The result is kind of a weird mix. A classic exploitation flick of the blood, guts and boobies variety, but one that draws attention to the genre’s troubled sexual politics. Turns out you can read a lot into a man murdering naked women with a great big phallic drill.

spiceA Nite With… Alan Cumming: Spice World (1997, Bob Spiers)
Thursday, June 5; Midnite | Buy Tickets
This event is slam sold the hell out. It sold out in like a day, but we’re gonna tell you about it anyway because it’s great. We asked Alan Cumming to pick a movie, and we agreed to screen whatever he chose as long as he came in and introduced it. He chose Spice World. Why? Because Alan Cumming has great taste.

ghostFuture Noir: Ghost in the Shell (1995, Mamoru Oshii)
Friday, June 13 & Saturday, June 14; Midnite | Buy Tickets
The fun part about good genre movies are how they use sex and violence (“the good stuff”) to make a broader social points. In Ghost in the Shell, Mamoru Oshii casts a pretty wide philosophical net on gender identity, consciousness, and technology’s integration into our lives. It’s also about a beautiful cyborg cop who gets naked a lot, becomes invisible like the Predator and then roughs up toughs. It’s a best of both worlds situation.

templeILM Brunch: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984, Steven Spielberg)
Saturday, June 14 & Sunday, June 15; Brunch | Buy Tickets
The film that scarred a generation! Temple of Doom is another odd duck of a movie. With the heart-ripping and the bugs, it scarred an entire generation, and to make matters worse, Kate Capshaw proves to be the most annoying woman on the planet — all bug-eyed screaming, the opposite of the steely Karen Allen of Raiders. Still, there’s a magnetism to Temple of Doom‘s dark tone, and it has some truly astounding set-pieces.

liquidskyFuture Noir: Liquid Sky (1982, Slava Tsukerman)
Friday, June 20 & Saturday, June 21; Midnite | Buy Tickets
A product of the druggy New York club scene, Liquid Sky is an oddball gender-bender sci-fi film that looks like a Bushwick night club come to life. Summing up the plot for it is a feat in itself. It involves tiny invisible aliens on the hunt for heroin, and that’s just to get thing started.

troubleThe Works – Kurt Russell: Big Trouble in Little China (1986, John Carpenter)
Friday, June 20 & Saturday, June 21; Midnite | Buy Tickets
What a movie! Kurt Russell swaggering around doing his best John Wayne drawl; Kim Cattrall, face full of blush, dolled up in a Chinese wedding gown; and ninja warriors with super powers. It all adds up to a crazy entertaining fantasy yarn that’s loaded with punchy screwball dialogue and fantastically grotesque creature designs.

afterdarkSpoons, Toons and Booze
Saturday, June 21 & Sunday, June 22; Brunch | Buy Tickets
Milk, milk, milk; cereal, cereal, cereal; cartoons, cartoons, cartoons.

abyssILM Brunch: The Abyss (1989, James Cameron)
Saturday, June 21 & Sunday, June 22; Brunch | Buy Tickets
It begins with a mysterious nuclear submarine crash that brings in a crew of Navy Seals to uncover what caused the accident. Turns out, it was an alien craft deep beneath the sea. So they enter into the abyss (a extremely deep water canyon) encountering not only a formidable new species but the increasingly erratic actions of each other.

networkJournalists in Film: Network (1976, Sidney Lumet)
Monday, June 23; 7:30pm | Buy Tickets
Sidney Lumet’s seemingly prescient look at tying the hard news giving way to commercial sensationalism. When nightly news anchor, Howard Beale, has a meltdown on air, his blast of truth captures the attention of millions. Rather than pulling him off the air, savvy and money-minded producers thrust him full into the spotlight.

holymountain2Live + Sound + Cinema: The Holy Mountain (1973, Alejandro Jodorowsky) with live score by Guizot
Friday, June 27 & Saturday, June 28; Midnite | Buy Tickets
We’re kicking off our Summer of Surrealism series with the grand-daddy of meticulously designed tripfest: The Holy Mountain. We’ve also invited back Guizot, who has a knack for weird instruments, to perform a live score to the film.

thething2The Works – Kurt Russell: The Thing (1982, John Carpenter)
Friday, June 27 & Saturday, June 28; Midnite | Buy Tickets
John Carpenter’s claustrophobic monster mash, The Thing, traps a group of scientists at an Antarctic research station with a shape-shifting alien. This isn’t some B-movie man-in-a-suit, but a shapeless unknown that doesn’t kill its victims, but replaces them, taking on their identity. It’s chilling stuff, especially as Carpenter cranks up his characters’ paranoia, turning them against one another to the point where, even in a group, they still feel isolated and threatened.

willowILM Brunch: Willow (1988, Ron Howard)
Saturday, June 28 & Sunday, June 29; Brunch | Buy Tickets
There is just something unsettling about dark fantasy movies from the 80s, I just can’t… quite put my finger on it though. Maybe it’s the names: Willow Ufgood, Queen Bavmorda, Madmartigan. Or maybe it’s the terrifying monsters. Yeah, it’s the terrifying monsters.