1956, dir. Frank Tashlin. Considered by many to be the greatest Rock & Roll movie ever. Features the music of Fats Domino, Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, the Platters, Little Richard, Julie London, and Eddie Cochran. Stars Jayne Mansfield, Tom Ewell, and Edmund O'Brien. A retired racketeer (O'Brien) tries to transform his crow-voiced girlfriend (Mansfield) into a movie star. To encourage her, he hires a hungry talent agent (Ewell). Naturally, the two fall in love. 99 mins.
1956, dir. Fred F. Sears. Sears, and producer Sam Katzman again pooled their exploitative talents to deliver a film not so much about rock 'n' roll, but a film that was rock 'n' roll. The story is barely evident--legendary rock deejay Alan Freed discovers Bill Haley and the Comets in a mountain village and brings them back to New York, where they quickly become a musical phenomenon. 77 mins. (Will also feature Short Subjects.)
1998, dir. Peter Weir, starring Jim Carrey. Twenty-nine years ago, a baby boy was adopted by the OmniCam Corporation to become the subject of the most popular television show of all time. His name is Truman Burbank. Truman Burbank has the feeling that he's being watched. He doesn't know how right he is. Every second of every day, from the moment he was born, for the last thirty years, Truman Burbank has been the unwitting star of the longest running, most popular documentary-soap opera in history. The picture-perfect town of Seahaven that he calls home is actually a gigantic soundstage. Truman's friends and family - everyone he meets, in fact - are actors. He lives every moment under the unblinking gaze of thousands of hidden TV cameras.
Fans of Moritsugu's MY DEGENERATION, MOD F*CK EXPLOSION, and FAME WHORE have heard about his TERMINAL U.S.A. because of the controversy surrounding it. Now's their chance to finally see it. Described as "Father Knows Best" meets "Pink Flamingos", TERMINAL U.S.A. is a hilarious, post-punk apocalyptic soap opera about a disfunctional Asian-American family - with Moritsugu playing a dual role as twin brothers Kazumi and Marvin, one of them an ultra-grungey drug dealer and the other a computer nerd with a secret hankering for phone sex with skinheads. Their mother is addicted to their grandfather's medication. Their sister, Holly, is a pregnant nymphomaniac cheerleader. And their father is a country music fan preparing the clan for Armageddon. This family is on a one-way path to domestic doom in this outrageous farce filled with blood, guts and kitsch.
1994, dir. Jon Moritsugu. An odd mix of "West Side Story" and "A Clockwork Orange," leads to a chic depiction of urban hell. Moritsugu, the man responsible for "Hippy Porn" and "My Degeneration", brings us another twisted masterpiece. This ode to teenage angst features Amy Davis as London, a petulant girl, filled with hate but still looking for love. Her object of affection is M16 (Desi Del Valle) , but before they can enjoy their first date, there's an incest scene, a gang rumble between the Mods and the Japs, a visit from Cleopatra (the goddess of shit), a wonderful dream sequence, and a plethora of odd plot twists and scenes of odder decor. 76 min.
1933, dir. Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack, starring Fay Wray. King Kong is one of the most recognized figures in film history around the globe. Robert Armstrong, as movie producer Carl Denham, is wonderfully cold blooded and ambitious - a Hollywood icon that rings even truer today. As the beauty pursued by the beast, Fay Wray, is charmingly naive with just the right note of arrogance. However, lets not kid ourselves, the true star of this film is King Kong himself, and the audience cannot help pitying him. 100 mins.
1932, dir. Karl Freund. Boris Karloff stars in, this classic horror film. Karloff in the title role, was terrifying. By modern standards, it may not appear as scary as it was in 1932, but what The Mummy does still do is create an unnerving atmosphere where evil lurks, something new horror films mistake for shock and repulsion. 72 mins
1957, dir. Edward L. Cahn, stars Tom Conway, Marla English. Deep in the jungles a mad scientist is using the nativesí voodoo for his experiments to create an indestructible being to serve his will. When a party of gold seekers stumbles upon his village, the scientist realizes that Marilyn, the expeditionís evil leader, is the perfect subject for his work. 75 mins.
1957, dir. Roger Corman, stars Pamela Duncan, Richard Garland, Allison Hayes. Apart from a few shots, the film - originally double-billed with Voodoo Woman - was made entirely in an abandoned supermarket in ten days for about $70,000, spent mostly for fake shrubbery and lots of fog. Ambitious psychologist Richard Garland picks up a woman of the streets (Pamela Duncan) and proceeds to hypnotize her in order to lead her back to her past lives. With Allison Hayes (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman). 71 mins.
1965, dir Roger Corman. Based on a story by Edgar Allen Poe. Stars Vincent Price, Elizabeth Shepherd. Script by Robert Towne, whose characters are believably complex and compelling. A tormented and melancholy nobleman, always dressed in black, is obsessed with his dead wife. He believes his new wife has been possessed by his dead wife's evil spirit.
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