Monday, February 25, 2013

NYC Midnight Offerings for the Weekend of March 1st, 2013


HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER at the Nitehawk Cinema



BUNOHAN at the Nitehawk Cinema


WAKE IN FRIGHT at the IFC Center



ALIENS at the IFC Center



JAWS at the IFC Center   (NOTE: 11:20PM start time)



HOLY MOTORS at the IFC Center



SHAFT at the Landmark Sunshine



THE ROOM at the Landmark Sunshine   (NOTE: Saturday night show only)




THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at the Clearview Cinemas 23rd Street


Sunday, February 17, 2013

NYC Midnight Offerings for the Weekend of Feb. 22nd, 2013


LADY TERMINATOR at the Nitehawk Cinema



SANTA SANGRE at the Nitehawk Cinema  (NOTE: Some of the soundtrack will be performed live by 'Long Distance Poison.')


JAWS at the IFC Center



WHITE ZOMBIE (the restoration) at the Landmark Sunshine



THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at the Clearview Cinemas 23rd Street


UPCOMING SHOWS OF INTEREST:

-HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER (March 1st at the Nitehawk Cinema)

-HEAVY METAL (March 8th at the Nitehawk Cinema---with live score by heavy metal band 'Black Lodge.')

-REQUIEM FOR A VAMPIRE (March 29th at the Nitehawk Cinema---live score by 'Guizot.')

Monday, February 11, 2013

NYC Midnight Offerings for the Weekend of Feb. 15th, 2013


EL TOPO at the IFC Center



ALIEN at the IFC Center



THE JEFFREY DAHMER FILES at the IFC Center




OBSESSION at the Nitehawk Cinema





ROBOCOP at the Nitehawk Cinema




SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD at the Landmark Sunshine





THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at the Clearview Cinemas 23rd Street

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Second Coming of Rocky Horror? Nah...


Over the past year or so, the low budget 2003 film THE ROOM has gained somewhat of a cult following. At NYC's Landmark Sunshine theater, the film plays the first Saturday of each month at midnight, and I finally caught a screening last weekend. The place was packed to the rafters and I'm assuming sold out.

The film itself is absolutely terrible. It's basically an attempt at a serious drama and features acting and dialogue so bad it makes most of Ed Wood's films seem like masterpieces. Sure, some scenes are "so-bad-they're-good" funny (of course unintentionally so), and some of the Rocky Horror-esque audience participation is entertaining...but after about 15 minutes both the film and the audience's all-over-the-place commentary (which still seems like a work in progress) became real stale, especially people throwing plastic spoons whenever a spoon appears on the screen (there's artwork of spoons in many scenes for some reason).

Director, Writer and Star Tommy Wiseau (that's his mug on the film's poster above) plays Johnny, who is a successful banker and engaged to Lisa (played by Juliette Danielle who has the most annoying eyebrows next to my own). He's a bit too trusting, and doesn't realize she's losing interest in him and now sleeping with his best friend Mark on the side. A young neighbor, Denny, keeps popping in their apartment. Johnny is sort of a father figure to him and they spend an ornate amount of time tossing a football around (as does the audience). There are sex scenes that are almost as bad as those in H.G. Lewis' early nudie films, and again the acting is so bad it just has to be seen to be believed (clips of fan favorites are on YouTube).

The crowd seemed enthusiastic...one guy even came dressed in drag as Lisa in the red dress Johnny buys for her in the film. The spirit of old-time Rocky Horror was there, but at least Rocky Horror was a decent film; I couldn't sit through this film again if I tried...and without the wild audience, I can't see anyone being entertained by this on DVD or cable. It's nice to see a new generation (most of the crowd seemed to be in their 20s) getting into a film like this, but I'd be interested to see if it has any staying power.

Time will tell.

I'm glad I finally checked out THE ROOM, but as an old-school Rocky Horror fan, I'd rather spend time with Tim Curry and Richard O'Brien than these one-shot wannabe's. Tommy Wiseau has since directed a few shorts and runs a cable TV show (that I'm pretty sure is on a local access station), and I'd really like to meet him in person just to see if his accent is real!



Johnny (Tommy Wiseau) in one of the worst-acted scenes of all time in THE ROOM (as his girlfriend Lisa looks on).

-Nick Cato

Monday, February 4, 2013

NYC Midnight Offerings for the Weekend of Feb. 8th, 2013


THE TENANT at the IFC Center


FIGHT CLUB at the IFC Center


WOULD YOU RATHER at the IFC CENTER (no theater info for this film other than its midnight screening time)


THE GODFATHER at the Landmark Sunshine


DEMON SEED at the Nitehawk Cinema


BLOW OUT at the Nitehawk Cinema


THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at the Clearview Cinemas 23rd Street


UPCOMING SHOWS OF INTEREST:

FEB. 22 at the Nitehawk: LADY TERMINATOR.

FEB 22: Digital Restoration of Bela Lugois's 1932 classic WHITE ZOMBIE at the Landmark Sunshine.

MARCH 1st at the Nitehawk: HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER.

 MARCH 1st at the IFC Center: WAKE IN FRIGHT (Australian classic horror).