Thursday, March 6, 2014

Cinema Showdown: Greeks vs. Persians and Linda Blair vs. Punks Edition

Posted By on Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM

If you’re in the mood for greased up muscles and copious amounts of sword, shield and spear, today is your lucky day. This evening you can catch a 300 double feature at Cinemark El Con, 3601 E. Broadway Blvd., and at Cinemark Park Place, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd., at 5:45 p.m. It starts off with Zack Snyder’s 2006 film 300, and it’s followed by the 2014 sequel 300: Rise of an Empire. Let me know how many over-enthusiastic fans shout “SPARTA!” while waiting in line. Visit cinemark.com for ticket prices and more info.

This Sunday, March 9, the Loft Cinema presents Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist, part of their Essential Cinema series. A sweeping film about power and passion in 1930’s Italy, The Conformist is often regarded as one of the most beautiful films ever shot. Francis Ford Coppola obviously thought so - he scooped up it’s cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro, for Apocalypse Now. Warren Beatty did too, for Ishtar, but don’t hold that against Storaro. It was the mid-80s and we were living in funny times. Cola Wars, people. You can this film where it was intended to be seen, on a gigantic screen, at 11 a.m., or on Tuesday, March 11, at 7 p.m. Admission is free with a $5 suggested donation.

On Monday, March 10, the Loft’s Mondo Mondays series presents the 1984 sexploitation shocker Savage Streets, where Linda Blair takes on an army of sleazy punk rockers. After a gang of hoodlums savagely rape her sister (played by Scream Queen Linnea Quigley), Blair arms herself to the teeth with crossbows and sets out to avenge her on the neon streets of Hollywood. Charles Bronson would be proud. The fun starts at 8 p.m. and $3 will get you in the door, $2 if you’re a Loft member.

Social media damn near went kaput last month when the Loft announced that their March (and a little bit of April) series would spotlight director Wes Anderson. I’ve increasingly been on the fence about Anderson lately, I find his later work relying too much on his cutesie-poo style rather than the genuinely good storytelling that made up his earlier films. But, I’m in the minority on this. See where it all began when the Loft presents Anderson’s debut film Bottle Rocket, on Wednesday, March 12, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are regular admission. Visit loftcinema.com or call 795-0844 for further info.

Also on Wednesday, March 12, is Gut Renovation, a documentary about an always controversial subject, gentrification in Brooklyn. How controversial is it? Just ask Spike Lee. Documentary filmmaker Sue Friedrich spent five years putting the doc together, keeping the camera rolling while buildings in Williamsburg were torn down and trendy apartments were raised up. Sound familiar? You can catch the doc, co-presented by Lesbian Looks & U of A LGBT Studies, at Exploded View, 197 E Toole Ave. #2. Admission is $5. For more info, please visit explodedviewgallery.org.

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