Midnight Movies?

by filmenthusiast2000
September 22, 2005 5:55 AM
6 Comments
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But for real, who's responsible for programming NYC's prominent Midnight Movie line-ups at the Landmark Sunshine and the IFC Center's sacreligiously-titled Waverly Midnights?

I know as a sociological phenomenon the whole Midnight Movies affair has tapered off to a thin echo of it's 70's heyday, but if we're going to do a thing, let's at least get it half-right...

From the Sunrise line-up:

-The Godfather
-Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
-Real Genius (the disposable Eighties piece of shit with Val Kilmer)
-The Nightmare Before Christmas (the disposable Nineties piece of shit with some puppets)
-Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
-Teen Witch

There are more than a handful of defensibly outre picks, to be sure, includingly the scortchingly unpleasant grinder Cannibal Holocaust, modern-day Alexandro Jodorowsky Matthew Barney's celebration of decadent pretense, Cremaster 3, and archetypal Midnighter Performance, but splitting the bill with a bunch of goofy shit pitched to moronic Twentysomethings playing up faux-nostalgia for the half-remembered Eighties seems an awfully grim compromise--the Midnight Movie is supposed to be for drug-addled freakouts tripping on the outer limits of cinema curiousities, not "OMG look at their leg-warmers LOL!" gigglefest field trips and screenings of the AFI canon. It's most unusual, as Sunrise's screenings are billed as presentations of the Village Voice, whose Senior Critic literally wrote the fucking book on Midnight Movies... Damn, where's Antonio Das Mortes, J.?

The less said of IFC Center's program the better: Party Monster? Cinemania? Eighties nadir-of-genre slasher Maniac? Dark Days? Again; Cinemania? Fuck you guys and your fucking slick "looks like somewhere visited on an episode of Blind Date" bar and your Miranda July. You dudes make going to the movies feel about as adventurous as eating at Chipotle.

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6 Comments

  • filmenthusiast2000 | September 23, 2005 12:56 PMReply

    I know you meant well.

  • Sean McAvoy | September 23, 2005 2:51 AMReply

    oops

  • Sean McAvoy | September 23, 2005 2:48 AMReply

    Cheer up, Charlie
    Give me a smile
    What happened to the smile I used to know
    Don't you know your grin has always
    Been my sunshine;
    Let that sunshine show...

    Come on, Charlie
    No need to frown
    Deep down you know tomorrow is your toy...

    When the days get heavy
    Never pitter patter
    Up and at'em boy

    Some day, sweet as a song
    Charlie's lucky day will come along
    Till that day
    You've got to stay strong Charlie
    Up on top is right where you belong

    Look up, Charlie
    You'll see a star
    Just follow it and keep your dreams in view
    Pretty soon the sky is going to clear up
    Charlie,
    Cheer up Charlie,do
    Cheer up Charlie
    Just be glad you're you.

  • Sean McAvoy | September 23, 2005 2:47 AMReply

    Cheer up, Charlie
    Give me a smile
    What happened to the smile I used to know
    Don't you know your grin has always
    Been my sunshine;
    Let that sunshine show...

    Come on, Charlie
    No need to frown
    Deep down you know tomorrow is your toy...

    When the days get heavy
    Never pitter patter
    Up and at'em boy

    Some day, sweet as a song
    Charlie's lucky day will come along
    Till that day
    You've got to stay strong Charlie
    Up on top is right where you belong

    Look up, Charlie
    You'll see a star
    Just follow it and keep your dreams in view
    Pretty soon the sky is going to clear up
    Charlie,
    Cheer up Charlie,do
    Cheer up Charlie
    Just be glad you're you.

  • Steve | September 22, 2005 8:11 AMReply

    Teen Witch is worthy. Have you ever seen it?

    Sure, it's in the "OMG look at their leg-warmers" vein, but it's so over-the-top that it's absolutely cult.

  • bubba | September 22, 2005 6:29 AMReply

    the pioneer has been showing DEEP THROAT and KUNG FU HUSTLE. god bless perverts and martial artists.