6/11: Boxer's Omen at Spectacle

Description: KCCS presents a midnight movie at Spectacle Theater: Boxer’s Omen (Chih-Hung Kuei, Hong Kong, 1983, 105min)  is one of the strangest, most hallucinatory visions ever put on film, from legendary HK producers the Shaw Bros. Epic horror by way of martial arts action, kung-fu mystery, tinged with Buddhist mysticism and nightmarish psychedelia. Hoping to avenge his brother – paralyzed in the ring by a Thai gangster – and lift a centuries-old family curse, a Chinese boxer travels to Thailand and joins with a band of fighting monks in a supernatural odyssey fraught with crazed wizards, ghosts, monsters, rabid bats, vomit-inducing potions, and the reanimated corpses of fully naked women.

“…one of grossest, most flat-out nasty films I have ever seen. A combination of practical effects wizardry and geek-show realism, Boxer’s Omen is the ideal movie if you want to see someone pulled inside out, or gobbling intestines like there is no tomorrow. Oddly, for such an intentionally repellent film, it also has more than its share of beauty, from gorgeous natural sights to radiant depictions of Buddhist righteousness.” -David Austin, Cinema Strikes Back full review (contains spoilers)

Details: Saturday June 11th, midnight (as in, arrive 11:45pm Sat. night). Seating very limited, we suggest arriving early. $5
Spectacle Theater, 124 S3rd @ Bedford Ave, Brooklyn.


6/1: New Animation at Freddy's

Description: Bk-based artist Jake Nelson and friends present a night of new animated work, including a sneak peak at hand-drawn piece “The Hungry Boy” … and the BK premiere of a new live action short, US-Turkish co-production “Force Majeure,” by Cem Kurtulus and Ru Hasanov. Followed by The Old Lady and the Pigeons (Sylvain Chomet, Canada/France/Belgium,UK, 1998, 25min) and Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon, Japan, 1998, 81min) the late director of Paprika’s disturbing and probing horror-drama anime about a teen pop star’s descent into madness. “…as an adult anime feature about the complexities of celebrity (and celebrity worship), Satoshi Kon’s 1997 debut is quite enthralling.” – Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
Details: Wed. June 1st, 9pm. Freddy’s Bar & Backroom, 627 5th Ave, Brooklyn. Free.


5/27: Short Film Slam II at Littlefield

Description: A night of new shorts including a handful of Brooklyn and NY Premieres. A handpicked slate of dark comedies and heavy hitters from Brooklyn and Beyond that tackle tales of redemption, remorse, repression and re-ups. Visit the Littlefield site for details or to buy tix. A bevy of Brooklyn and NY premieres, including the NY premiere of D.W. Young’s NOT INTERESTED (SxSW 2010) and NY Premiere of indieWIRE critic Chris Bell & Ryan Sartor’s PILGRIMAGE. Big things in small run times.

NOT INTERESTED (D.W. Young) *NY Premiere
BODY MAGIC (Daniel Cowen)
THIS IS DON (Matthew Maguire) *Brooklyn Premiere
PILGRIMAGE (Christopher Bell & Ryan Sartor) *NY Premiere
GOODBYE CANARSIE (Daniel Muller)
—intermission—
MONROE ST. (Durier Ryan)
HOME AGAIN (Andrew Lee) *Brooklyn Premiere
ABBIE CANCELLED (Jessica Burstein & Robbie Norris)
LAS LUCIERNAGAS (THE FIREFLIES) (Francisco Diaz) *NY Premiere
JESUS COMES TO TOWN (Kamal John Iskander)

Details: Friday May 27th. Doors at 7:30, Films at 8:30 with intermission. Drink specials before and after the show. Five bucks. Littlefield is located at 622 Degraw St. between 3rd and 4th Ave. in Gowanus. D/N/R to Union St. or any train to Atlantic-Pacific.

Not Interested – Teaser from D.W. Young on Vimeo.




5/25: Sidney Lumet Tribute at LaunchPad

Description: A slightly belated tribute to the late, legendary NYC filmmaker Sidney Lumet, including a screening of his acclaimed Harlem- and Brooklyn-shot drama The Pawnbroker (1964, 116min) and Lumet’s first big screen effort 12 Angry Men (1957, 96min) at 8:00 and 10:00 respectively.

The NY Times Bosley Crowther on Rod Steiger’s searing portrayl of a Holocaust survivor in Harlem: “It is a shattering excess of mental torment and deep self-pity this man must endure, and it shifts him to a level of awareness that lets him see his present life in previous terms. He sees the people on New York’s crowded subways as lost souls headed for the concentration camps, the vicious gangsters who actually own his pawnshop as counterparts of Nazi racketeers” full review

On 12 Angry Men: “Fonda plays the lone “not guilty” holdout when deliberations begin, and for the next 90 minutes, he wears down the resistance of the others, played by such commanding figures of the New York stage as E.G. Marshall, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Warden, Jack Klugman, and Martin Balsam. Rose’s script builds in surprises, heated speeches, and artificial pauses for the sake of varying up the rhythm.” – Noel Murray in The Onion AV Club

Details: Wednesday May 25th, 8pm. At LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Ave between Park and Sterling Pl. Free/BYOB. The Pawnbroker at 8pm; 12 Angry Men at 10.


5/14: The Adventures of Iron Pussy at Spectacle!

Description: The Adventures of Iron Pussy (หัวใจทรนง or Hua jai tor ra nong, Thailand, 2003, 90min), Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Michael Shaowanasai’s Thai musical-action-comedy, starring Shaowanasai as a transvestite Thai secret agent whose alter ego is a gay male 7-Eleven clerk. An homage to and parody of the ’70s Thai action films, musicals and melodramas, the film was shot on the cheap while Shaowanasai’s friend Apichatpong was experiencing a delay in funding for his third feature, Tropical Malady. To keep his Kick the Machine production company going, the pair collaborated on the script and quickly shot Iron Pussy on digital video, aping the grainy quality of ’70s 16mm Thai productions still popular today in their native land. A peculiar and welcome addition to Apichatpong’s artsy oeuvre and a natural for our first midnight show at Spectacle.

Details: Midnight, Saturday May 14 at Spectacle Theater. 124 Bedford Ave. at South 3rd. L to Bedford or JMZ to Marcy Ave. $5