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Sunday Screening #39: Live Tweet Spooktacular! 10-30-2011

October 20, 2011 8 comments

So, some of us were talking and we decided it’s about time we make use of some of this “technology” stuff all the cool kids have been talking about. So we decided we’re going to do a live tweet event with our Halloween Sunday Screening. And if that’s not enough interaction for you, we’re also going to have a poll to decide which film we’re going to screen. They are all horror films in honor of Halloween. We’re planning on doing the screening at the same time across the US so we can all participate at the same time (we’ll see how that works). Pick your favourite below.

The movie will start at 1pm Eastern (Noon Central, 10am Pacific).

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Sunday Screening #38: Once Upon a Time in the West

October 20, 2011 11 comments

Hi there Screeners. I figured it’s seemed like a while since we watched a Western, so why not rectify that. I’ve seen a few of Leone’s spaghetti westerns, but I’ve never seen this one. Many consider Once Upon a Time in the Westerns ever made, and I’d like to see if I agree with them. It’s going to be a hard battle as I’ve always had a soft spot for John Wayne films (thanks to my Grandad).

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Sunday Screening #37 (in a row?): Clerks

October 5, 2011 11 comments

I know the number 37 has a lot of connection to movies (here’s a list ) but I think the number will always remind me of the Kevin Smith film Clerks. Whether you want to admit it or not Kevin Smith was part of a change to filmmaking. Along with Richard Linklater and Robert Rodriguez (who live in my town) a new era of low-budget DIY filmmaking was brought to the forefront. This movie along with Mallrats will always have a special place in my heart. When I first saw them on VHS I worked at a Convenience Store and drove a Volkswagen. I really enjoyed the sequel, and am saddened that Kevin Smith has decided to quit filmmaking after his forthcoming Hockey film (which is going to be 2 films). I’d really like to see where Dante, Randall, Silent Bob, and Jay end up another 10 or so years down the road.

So this week we watch a film that is not necessarily on any of the “Greatest X of all time…” lists, but is a movie that I still love.

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Sunday Screening #35: The Swarm

September 14, 2011 21 comments

Have you ever listened to Wu-Tang? You know that one song, Clan in Da Front ( )? I don’t think it’s about this movie…

Basically Screeners we ended up skipping last week because I was totally unable to make a decision as to which movie to watch. That has now bled into this week and certain of us started to panic (not me, I’m used to be indecisive). Luckily for the second Sunday Screening in a row John has come to save the day. We are going to watch the 1978 film The Swarm. The film features Michael Caine and Richard Chamberlain (as well as Samwise Gamgee’s real life Mom).

I really hope this doesn’t give me Killer Bee nightmares…

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Sunday Screening #32: Shadow of a Doubt

August 16, 2011 16 comments

If you’re lucky enough to live in Austin (hot), Texas then you’ll have an opportunity to sit in the World Famous Alamo Drafthouse Theater with my and watch this Sunday’s Screening on the big screen. The Drafthouse’s Cinema Club is presenting Shadow of a Doubt followed by insight into the film by Dr. Thomas Schatz. We did this once before with Bride of Frankenstein, and it is really nice to hear what an film professor has to add to our discussion. I will try to bring as much of his interpretation to the group as possible.

I’m sure many of you have seen Shadow of a Doubt before, and Hitchocock himself has referred to it as his favourite of his own films. If you’re in Austin hope to see you at the Drafthouse Sunday at 7:00pm.

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Sunday Screening #31: Small Change

August 10, 2011 13 comments

I love Francois Truffaut. Nate recently read (is reading) Truffaut’s book on Hitchcock (more on that soon). Next week we’re watching Shadow of a Doubt, so why shouldn’t we watch a Truffaut film this week? This particular film I have yet to see, although I think that Truffaut does a very good job of working with child actors.

Can’t wait to see what you all think.

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Sunday Screening #29: Tapeheads

July 27, 2011 4 comments

After the heaviness of Intolerance, I think it’s time for something quite a bit lighter this Sunday. So I’ve decided to choose a film that I really love and I think most people haven’t seen. How I was exposed to this film escapes me, but it was about 10 years ago and at the time I was either producing video for my friends who are professional wrestlers, or starting film-school, so the characters really spoke to me (sadly 10 years later and I’m now writing code for a Healthcare company and not producing anything creative, but that’s another story). I think Tapeheads fell into a bit of a void when released, which is kind of sad. If I expand my top 5 movies to 6, I really feel this film would be at that number 6 slot. Tapeheads is funny, smart, focuses on video production, has some great music and features John Cusack and Tim Robbins…what more can you ask for?

If you’re keeping up with the comments on Intolerance you might have seen the Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles ad from the movie (which is AWESOME). I tried to find a trailer online, but it doesn’t seem all that readily available so I’m going to leave you with this music video from the film (music by Devo).