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Re: “10 Questions for Jen Uman [Artists Club]

We love Jen! Come see her show October 4th 6-9pm at Infinity Cat, 467 Humphreys St. as part of the Wedgewood Houston First Saturday Art Crawl!

Posted by Robert Ellis Orrall on 09/13/2014 at 2:58 PM

Re: “In Heaven Everything Is Fine: David Lynch's Eraserhead Midnight at Belcourt

Besides the Millennial nostalgia phenom, there's another trend I've noticed: young women in their 20s and 30s who are fascinated with the movies of Hollywood's golden age (the years from roughly 1920 to 1960) and are writing about it, mainly online, and podcasting and Twittering about it. Karina Longworth, Monica Castillo, the Self-Styled Siren, the Nitrate Diva, etc.

I guess CGI destruction isn't cutting it with these women, and they're looking for something with more depth. They're finding it in movies made long before they were born. They may be the future of cinephilia -- and the people who keep film history alive.

http://nitratediva.wordpress.com/

Posted by Mark on 09/12/2014 at 5:50 PM

Re: “Dawn of the Planet of the Tapes: Belcourt Launches 'Weeknight Rewind' VHS Nights

There's a documentary about the strange world of VHS collectors called ADJUST YOUR TRACKING. Most of these guys (and they're almost all male) look like the Hells Angels in GIMME SHELTER.

However, several worthy movies are still only available on VHS: MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH, LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR, CALIFORNIA DREAMING, OPEN SEASON, etc. And several tons of made-for-TV movies. I assume that music rights or other legal issues are preventing a DVD release ... or, in the case of the TV movies, the owners may assume there's not enough interest.

Posted by Mark on 09/12/2014 at 3:38 PM

Re: “In Heaven Everything Is Fine: David Lynch's Eraserhead Midnight at Belcourt

Jim Ridley said: "A landmark midnight movie in the 1970s, back when audiences embraced threat and daring over nostalgia and goofing on shitty movies ..."

Amen. Good to see Belcourt finally showing a real cult movie, instead of pandering to nostalgia for the cheesy blockbusters and kid flicks of the '80s and '90s. The target audience for those movies must be people whose interest in cinema ended when they were 13.

The Millennial craving for their childhood favorites is a strange phenom. In the '70s, you didn't see Boomers going to midnight showings of THE ABSENT-MINDED PROFESSOR or THE MISADVENTURES OF MERLIN JONES, movies they saw as kids but felt no need to revisit as young adults. I think that for earlier generations, nostalgia kicked in when they were older ... like when they hit 40. Now we have middle-schoolers feeling nostalgic for their kindergarten days.

I'm sure ERASERHEAD won't draw as many patrons as another showing of THE GOONIES or SPACE JAM, but I salute Belcourt for going out on a limb with a quality movie.

Posted by Mark on 09/12/2014 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Dawn of the Planet of the Tapes: Belcourt Launches 'Weeknight Rewind' VHS Nights

Ah yes, Silver Video. That's where I once rented a little movie called EVIL DEAD. Later that night I watched it all by myself in a rec room located at the edge of the woods. A night I'll never forget. Eventually I started going to video stores alone because my friends got irritated at my tendency to browse for hours. Looking back on it, I often enjoyed roaming the video store aisles and studying the boxes more than watching the actual movies. It was a challenge trying to pick out good/interesting movies based on the art work and descriptions. Sometimes I got lucky and ended up with EVIL DEAD, PHANTASM or DEAD & BURIED; other times, while searching for the next HALLOWEEN, I ended up with yet another forgettable slasher movie. Sure, I love the clarity and convenience of DVD. But I still occasionally pull out one of my old VHS tapes plop it into the VCR. Just as I think certain music sounds better on vinyl than cd, there are some movies (especially some of the low-budget 80's horror) that just feel right on VHS. For me, upgrades like "crystal clear", digital and high def don't automatically result in a better movie-watching experience. At the end of the day, I guess it's all about whatever makes you happy. Looking forward to seeing what Zack and the Belcourt gang come up with.

Posted by Jason Allen on 09/12/2014 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Dawn of the Planet of the Tapes: Belcourt Launches 'Weeknight Rewind' VHS Nights

Oh yeah? I raise you 50 pristine laserdiscs, including the Criterion edition of THE KILLER. Boom. (drops mic, walks away)

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Posted by mr. pink on 09/11/2014 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Dawn of the Planet of the Tapes: Belcourt Launches 'Weeknight Rewind' VHS Nights

Remember Betamax? HA!® I have 500 of them!

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Posted by roadiegarth on 09/11/2014 at 2:16 PM

Re: “National Skyline: Monkey Ink Design's Poster for Forrest Gump's 20th Anniversary

I read that you can only get it at an IMax theater viewing of Forest Gump. So disappointed. Just purchased the Monkey Ink Dave Matthews Band print. Would love to see a release of this for sale. It is beautiful.
Joni

Posted by Joni Johnsen on 09/11/2014 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Dawn of the Planet of the Tapes: Belcourt Launches 'Weeknight Rewind' VHS Nights

Why anyone would want to watch a bad movie in a *good* format is beyond me — but it really depends on the movie. The only way THE ROOM is tolerable is with a crowd (and then I'd say only once — the audience is the whole show). But the "pizza night" appeal is what I imagine drives series like this, and to some extent the Belcourt's midnight movies: the lost communal experience people remember of watching movies like this with a bunch of bored friends on a Saturday night. Which can be a hell of a lot of fun.

I think with The Belcourt hosting the actual MST3K folks for regular Rifftrax performances live in the theater, they're probably set on that front.

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Posted by mr. pink on 09/11/2014 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Dawn of the Planet of the Tapes: Belcourt Launches 'Weeknight Rewind' VHS Nights

I was commenting on the format aspect and exxagerating intentionally. Why anyone would want to watch a bad movie on a bad format is beyond me.They should do a "best of Mystery Science Theater 3000" week, at least make it worth the admission and time.

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Posted by James Grau on 09/11/2014 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Dawn of the Planet of the Tapes: Belcourt Launches 'Weeknight Rewind' VHS Nights

Your Pink Floyd analogy doesn't really hold, because nobody originally experienced THE WALL on cylinders — and this is all about celebrating something just as people saw it back in the day. You could argue that since a lot of these movies were shot on film, VHS isn't the original format — but many of these movies never got a theatrical release, and VHS is how they were seen.

I too gladly said goodbye to pan-and-scan VHS in favor of letterboxed DVD, which brought about a tremendous (and much-needed) shift in the way people think about watching movies after years of ruin on TV. But for the kind of cheesy low-budget action movies, cheapo slashers and sexploitation titles this series is hosting, scan lines and fuzzed-out images are as essential a part of the proceedings as mall hair, synth scores and mullet-rocking musclemen.

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Posted by mr. pink on 09/11/2014 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Dawn of the Planet of the Tapes: Belcourt Launches 'Weeknight Rewind' VHS Nights

I gladly said goodbye to VHS when DVD's came out, like everyone else did. These latest trends of embracing sub-par audio/video delivery is asinine. Next thing you'll read is "Cylinder Night", with Pink Floyd's The Wall transferred to 35 of them. The noisy, almost intelligible sound will blow hipsters minds. Not to mention they get to hold them.

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Posted by James Grau on 09/11/2014 at 9:27 AM

Re: “RIP Hillwood Strike & Spare and One of the Last Rock-afire Explosions

So sorry for you to lose your friends :(

Posted by Mamawipe on 09/09/2014 at 6:23 PM
Posted by familiar sideman on 09/09/2014 at 2:36 PM

Re: “National Skyline: Monkey Ink Design's Poster for Forrest Gump's 20th Anniversary

What a lovely poster. I'll have to run by opry mills later!

Sara
Www.506miles.wordpress.com

Posted by Sara Barnes on 09/09/2014 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Can You Solve Isle of Printing's Mural Puzzle at Pinewood Social?

Drink more ovaltine.

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Posted by Scott Williams on 09/06/2014 at 5:54 PM
Posted by Jeremy Shields on 09/06/2014 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Can You Solve Isle of Printing's Mural Puzzle at Pinewood Social?

Fine Tuning?

Posted by Laura Toler Dudley on 09/06/2014 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Can You Solve Isle of Printing's Mural Puzzle at Pinewood Social?

I love this installation. It's really impressive up close and from a distance.

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Posted by keef94 on 09/06/2014 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Just Announced: More We-Ho Happenings Include Infinity Cat, 444 Humphreys and Ovvio Arte Offerings

Ground Floor Gallery will be also be open with a solo exhibition by Heidi Martin Kuster. Stop by for a bit on your way around all the other great venues. 942 4th Ave South

Posted by Janet Decker Yanez on 09/06/2014 at 10:06 AM

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