A film is being made, but it’s missing the director and script. The cast and crew decide to make the best of a difficult situation and enjoy the production without them. Beware of a Holy Whore sees Fassbinder crafting an autobiographical self-parody, revealing the absurdity of the theater community and even some close friends. Screens Friday and Saturday, September 26 and 27 at 7:00 and 9:00; Sunday at 5:00 and 7:00. You can purchase advance tickets here.
If I grabbed an Italian dictionary, with time and effort I could piece together a sentence or two. And were you to indulge me, I could talk my Italian to you. But I certainly wouldn’t be speaking it. Absent would be the nuance that allows one to compellingly connect to another through language. And experiencing an absolute absence of connection, despite intention, is perhaps the best way I can sum up watching Plan 9 From Outer Space. It’s pretty special.
An infamous film, Plan 9 is allegedly one of the worst ever made, and it’s likely you already do know this. If you know nothing more of it, resist the urge to educate yourself before attending. No amount of knowledge will help your mind wrap around the fact that aliens are using lighting to re-animate the recently deceased, so they can…do…something. This is the titular 9th plan, mind you. For a moment during one of the airplane cockpit (room) scenes I found myself wondering about the eight plans that had come prior. Did they all build up to this? Or had each failed, leaving these aliens desperate enough to bring an old man, a big man, and Vampira back from the dead? It doesn’t bode well that we’re in the alien spaceship (room) as (technically) Plan 10 is hatched and set in motion, seemingly on the fly. During this film, your thoughts will wander too. To magical places, I guarantee it.
Almost every scene contains an error or oddity. So other than pointing and laughing, is there any reason to see such a movie? Yes. For if you consider yourself to be anything more than an amateur movie lover, Plan 9 is required viewing. It is, along with Battleship Potemkin, Queen Christina, and This is Spinal Tap part of the shared history of film. I don’t mean to suggest that everything that ends up in a theater is. Others have thoroughly pointed out that some movies aren’t interested in being movies at all.
But Plan 9 wants to be a movie more than anything, in a sad, endearing, Pinocchio-wanting-to-be-a-real-boy sort of way. It may completely butcher the language as it goes along, but it’s doing its damnedest to speak movie to us. And that most certainly makes it worth the time.
As an Explorer, Ben hopes to one day visit the old oak tree at the end of Petaluma. Because it’s his dream, he can touch it if he wants.
Plan 9 From Outer Space screens Wednesday, September 24th at, and as a benefit for, the Pioneer and Soldiers Cemetery in Minneapolis. The show begins at dusk, and here’s where you can purchase tickets.
Our Rainer Werner Fassbinder series continues at the Trylon! When Fox (Fassbinder) wins the lottery, he finds himself with some new friends that have very expensive tastes. Fassbinder begins his tale with a cliched premise and turns it into a fascinating and devastating expose of betrayal, greed and friendship.
Fox and His Friends screens at the Trylon Friday and Saturday at 7:00 and 9:15; and Sunday at 5:00 and 7:15. You can purchase tickets here.
The Blob was all set to run amok in the Pioneers and Soldier Memorial Cemetery last week, but its appearance was cancelled due to rain.
Hey, you didn’t think it was gone for good, did you? The Blob is back on Wednesday, September 17! It creeps, it oozes, it’s hungry for human flesh! Steve McQueen and his fellow teenagers are the only ones who can stop it. But how?
This movie is great fun, an almost archetypal sci-fi movie from the 50’s. The weather is going to be perfect, and best of all this screening benefits our special venue, the Pioneers and Soldier Memorial Cemetery (it’s the cemetery at the corner of Lake and Cedar in Minneapolis). The gates open at 5:30 pm and the show begins at dusk.
Can you witness the horror of The Blob without covering your eyes? Let’s find out! You can purchase tickets here.
Set in San Francisco in 1985, Test is a portrait of Frankie, a shy young dancer caught in the anxiety and fear of the AIDS crisis. A sensitive study that captures the tense atmosphere in which the HIV test became available and men were faced with knowing, but not being able to change their fates. Starring Scott Marlowe, Matthew Risch and Kristoffer Cusick. Written and directed by Chris Mason Johnson.
“As Frankie, Mr. Marlowe delivers a quiet, moving performance of such subtlety and truthfulness that you almost feel that you are living his life.” — Stephen Holden, The New York Times.