Wednesday, October 01, 2008

October Surprise

Courtesy of Peter Jasso of the Kansas Film Commission, here's screening info on 4 locally produced films that'll be screening in the area over the next couple of weeks:

Glenwood showtimes:
Daily 1:30 4:30 7:30 / ENDS Oct. 2
Screenland at the Crossroads showtimes:
Friday, October 3rd at 4:45
Saturday, October 4th at 2:30 and 9:15
Sunday, October 5th at 2:30

Showtimes on

Screenland at the Crossroads showtimes:
Friday, October 3rd at 7:00, and 9:15
Saturday, October 4th at 4:45, and 7:00
Sunday, October 5th at 4:45, and 7:00

BUNKER HILL will also be screening at NYU at NYC on Oct. 8 and will be the opening night film at the Williamstown Film Festival, Williamstown, MA on Oct. 17.

Liberty Hall, Lawrence, KS Oct. 13

If you're tired of the usual bullshit at the multiplex, go check out all, or at least some of these. All homegrown cinema.

With October, comes Halloween. I've not as of yet been able to tackle the annual listing of horrofilms that most others seem to be able to do... usually due to schedule problems and laziness. I may, on the odd weekend, throw out some suggestions that might be a nice change from the usual suspects that end up on those listings.

I mean, really... how many times can you watch HALLOWEEN and really be affected by it?

For a nice alternative, you might visit THE KIND OF FACE YOU HATE during the month of October - instead of horror films, Bill (the author) is checking out horror fiction... rather novel, I think... and a good introduction for people who don't think there's much beyond the genre besides Stephen King (the Good), V.C. Andrews (the Bad), and countless others - mainly whose book titles begin with "The" and end in "" (the Ugly).

I can certainly make the rancid pun. It's my blog.... deal with it.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Apocalypse Soon?

I write this yet another year older... my birthday was this past weekend, and while it wasn't a big blowout, it didn't need to be. More and more, I really appreciate the concept of 'low-key'. Thank you to everyone who sent wishes (and swag!).

Not much to add to current events - when you're on the cusp of choosing between The Future or The Past, snarky commentary, though helpful, ultimately means NOTHING. This is The Dark Night of the Soul for The American Nation and it literally is a case of either choosing to Look Forward and make our Future; or (continuing) to Look Backwards and hope that things will work out fine until The Rapture occurs...

It's fairly evident which side I'm on...

I'd put heads on sticks to make this country great. Guess whose heads?


Recent viewing has included ROAD HOUSE - no, not the Swayse movie! Expand your horizons, kids!! I, of course, mean the VASTLY SUPERIOR 40's noir with Richard Widmark & Ida Lupino... SINGING. If you haven't heard of it, check it out.

I also went through the JOHN FROM CINCINNATI set - I'd been wanting to see the series since its debut on HBO, where it was pretty much killed by the ire of pissed off DEADWOOD fans and blown off by critics who might've helped put in a good word for the show to be discovered by the larger public.

Or maybe not. JFC shares similarities to earlier David Milch created shows, but the whole is decidedly something not the norm for American television - magical realism combined with surfing, family function & dysfunction, Spirituality & the Nature of God, Art and it's uneasy alliance with Commerce, and Southern CA.

JFC is a rare slice of programming that is not quite like anything else you've seen, or will see - I was hungry for another season of episodes, but there's a lot that's satisfying in the 10 episodes in the set - more so than some shows can do in several seasons (*cough, HEROES, LOST, cough*).

Also in line to be watched, the second season of 30 DAYS, SQUARE PEGS, THE BOONDOCKS S2.

If the economy collapses, I may finally have some time to watch stuff again... in-between excursions to forage for survival.

Sometimes, you have to hit bottom, to be able to climb out the hole.... advice usually given to addicts and very apropos for a Nation addicted to Oil, Easy Solutions & Bullshit.