Saturday, September 24, 2005

"Wanna watch a movie, Little Girl?"

One of the most frustrating things is having an ample knowledge of films but very little opportunity to utilize it. Most everyone that I socialize with live over an hour away, which doesn't lead to a lot of dropping by to say 'hello', much less spending a few hours with some twisted video... plus, most of us are at the age where it just isn't really cool to have people over to just watch a movie, especially when you're raising children of your own.

The solution to that is to look closer towards home; unfortunately, a good majority of my co-workers don't share my taste in films, although I'm doing my part in educating them -- for example, I lent a copy of BATTLE ROYALE to my supervisor, selling it as "a lot like THE BREAKFAST CLUB - but with a body count." Which actually, is a pretty good representation, if I say so myself.

What I'd like to do is to start some sort of floating repatory cinema - get together a group of like-minded individuals and screen classic and not so classic films - stuff way off of the beaten path. Sort of like the A/V Club, but even more informal and inexpensive. Finding those individuals in Topeka, however, is like looking for Dick Chaney's conscience. Even on, you couldn't find enough SF/Fantasy TV fans to shake a stick at... well, maybe you can find them - getting them together is somewhat a daunting task.

Maybe in the next few months, I can devote enough time to tilt at that particular windmill. My next project is having a Halloween film night (the price extracted for enduring a showing of the Kurt Thomas classic GYMKATA).


If you're still 'hip' enough to go out to clubs to see live music, then I recommend seeing SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM, currently touring with THE BILLY NAYER SHOW. They're in Kansas City, October 1st, at The Hurricane, and will be hitting Denver, Chicago, Minneapolis and other cities in late Sept/early Oct.

1 comment:

Dennis Cozzalio said...

Good luck on your cinema club. A group of friends and I did that every Sunday night years ago when I first moved to Los Angeles, and it was a lot of fun. But now, in the age of DVD, it'd be even better. As for BATTLE ROYALE, that's next up for me from NETFLIX, that is, if I ever have a spare minute ever again to do anything as decadent as kick my shoes off and relax...!