Yeah, I'm not so sure about the suggestion that there aren't any female comedians who can draw a crowd in 2014. Those ones mentioned above are good examples, though Maria Bamford and Sarah Silverman just recently performed in town and Amy Schumer postponed her Ryman show this month due to television commitments.
That being said, though, there are plenty of contemporary female comics who bring crowds. Off the top of my head: Morgan Murphy, Margaret Cho, Jen Kirkman, Nikki Glaser, Julie Klausner, Whitney Cummings, Tig Notaro. Joan Rivers is at least on par with Dennis Miller. And I'm not a fan, but Kathy Griffin regularly does huge shows.
Mark, I think there's also a fundamental difference in the way you and these '90s-loving SPACE JAM defenders (said with affection) are approaching these movies. It sounds like you're looking for an individual experience to take in something weird or interesting. Which is understandable, because that's how people typically watch movies – as individuals.
But, the people who turn out in droves for JURASSIC PARK, SPACE JAM, SPICE WORLD and so on are looking for a social experience. They want to start a party somewhere with a bunch of their friends, then relive something that they all have in common from childhood. It's not the movie that's exciting, it's the experience – and not necessarily the experience solely provided by the theater.
That's what I've taken away from the midnight movies I've been to: it's a hell of a lot easier to get a big group of people to come with you to THE GOONIES than it is to get even one person to come with you to POSSESSION.
Next week's MS. 45 looks great, as well.
At least you got a letter. My landlord sent me a text message telling me that my house was being torn down in a month. Luckily, I guess, that was rescinded when his deal fell through. Also via text message.
I thought Paul F. Tompkins solved this quandary years ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmOkXV-S1zQ
"Here's how good frosting is: when you are eating it out of the can, you feel shame."
Every time I see this, I read Christian Marclay instead of Christian Moeller and get excited that Metro Arts is bringing The Clock to town. Alas.
In defense of the Belcourt's recent midnight movie offerings, "Nostalgiafest" is pretty much what they've been going for with this Summer Sequels series. I don't think it's a greater indication of where their programming is going as a whole. As previously noted, An American Hippie in Israel seems pretty culty (in more way than one) and is coming up fast.
The Belcourt has always straddled the line between edgy and nostalgia. Just look at this list from the past few years: http://letterboxd.com/lanceco/list/midnigh…
Just last year, they showed Possession, Battle Royale, House by the Cemetery, Re-Animator, Miami Connection and Videodrome alongside more pop-friendly movies like Tron, The Goonies and Ghostbusters. And now, with the midnight movies going weekly instead of biweekly, there should be enough room for both the weird stuff and the nostalgic stuff, along with the new stuff and the stuff that didn't get its due.
Also, it's worth pointing out that they program midnight movies based in large part on what audiences are asking for. If a ton of people wanna see Teen Witch, they'll go get Teen Witch. If you want weirder, edgier films, tell a Belcourt employee. Send them an email. Bug them on Twitter. I know I'm going to keep asking them for In the Mouth of Madness until they ban me from the theater.
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