The People’s Cinema

The People’s Cinema will have regular-ish double or single features of medium-to-low brow films. There will be novelty sized buckets of popcorn. Not sure what the capacity of my loungeroom is but you may need to BYO low comfy chairs/beanbags for well-attended sessions.

David Lynch Double

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To celebrate the imminent return of Twin Peaks, I will not be screening Fire Walk With Me, which I heartily recommend but have seen recently.  Instead, here are a couple of Lynch films I’ve seen a lot of times but never get sick of:

  • Eraserhead (1977, 1 hr. 29 min.) – a creepy surrealistic horror detailing the domestic misadventures of Henry Spencer, with many memorable scenes chock-full of ambiguous symbolism.
  • The Elephant Man (1980, 2 hr. 4 min.) – by contrast, this is one of Lynch’s more conventional narratives and tells the true story of Joseph (John) Merrick: a deformed man who gained the interest of wealthy Victorian-era English society before joining the 27 Club.  A tragic and beautiful story starring John Hurt (RIP!) and the bad guy from HBO’s Westworld.

Next Screening:

Cassbinder: The Films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder
as curated by Cass

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Future Screenings

  • Shin Godzilla  (2016, 2 hrs.) – Last year saw the third reboot of the Godzilla franchise.  The monster special effects look a little dodgy and it’s all in Japanese, so it’s pretty legit! They even use the original kick-ass theme song.  It’s been getting some great reviews.  Fairly new, so we won’t be able to see it until a bit later in the year.

Choose Your Own Adventure

Please VOTE on which of these programs you would like to see in the future.

Punxploitation:

  • Sid & Nancy (1986, 1 hr. 50 min.) – I haven’t seen this one but Gary Oldman is always good to watch.  I have a feeling this is going to be pretty cringe-inducing, which is the mark of classic “punk film”.
  • We Are The Best! (2013, 1 hr. 42 min.) – An uplifting comedy about some teenage girls who start up a band in 1982 Stockholm.

Possible future “punk” films: Hard Core Logo, What We Do Is Secret.

Asian Action:

  • Ong Bak (2003, 1 hr. 42 min.) – A Muay Thai expert attempts to recover a statue of Buddha stolen from his local village.  Thailand’s Tony Jaa mixes up the best of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan by providing  great fight scenes and impressive stunts.
  • The Raid 2 (2014, 2 hr. 30 min.) – A slick sequel to the gritty Indonesian action film The Raid (2011), but it doesn’t matter if you haven’t seen the original.  Super violent but mostly in a silly Kill Bill vein.

Films About Films:

  • Shadow of the Vampire (2000, 1 hr. 32 min.) – A fictional retelling of the production of Nosferatu (1922), starring John Malkovich as F.W. Murnau and Willem Dafoe excellently cast as the vampire.  I’ve seen this one a few times but don’t get sick of it, and I don’t think this one has received enough attention.  Produced by the Cinema’s holy icon, Pope Nicolas Coppola I.
  • Ed Wood (1994, 2 hr. 7 min.) – A film about the “Worst Director of All Time” and his crew of misfits.  Martin Laundau won a Golden Globe for his great portrayal of Bela Lugosi.  The best of the Burton/Depp collaborations – not that I’m a big fan of either of those hacks, but they’ve been responsible for some OK stuff between them (Beetlejuice, Batman Returns, Dead Man, Crybaby).

Past Programs:

See also the Letterboxd list, for those into that sort of thing.

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2 thoughts on “The People’s Cinema

  1. Nice curating, I’m interested in each of those programs and I think every one has at least one film I’ve yet to see but is on my list. You’re a pro

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