Thursday, April 24, 2014

Cinema Showdown: The Spice Must Flow and Video Anarchy From the U.K. Edition

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 1:30 PM

In the “Say, Where’s The Promotion?” department, there’s a special “Pre-Screening” of Nicholas Stoller’s (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) latest film, Neighbors. Starring Seth Rogen and current cuddly bad-boy Zac Efron as two warring neighbors (as far as I can tell, this is not a remake of the bizarre John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd film of the same name), this is sure to be a hit amongst the backwards baseball cap and red cup set this summer. The screening kicks off tonight at the Gallagher Theater, across from the food court in the Student Union Memorial Center over at the U of A. Here’s some kickers: this screening is FREE with a CatCard, and there’s a post-screening Q&A with Neighbors actors Jerrod Carmichael, Dave Franco (James’ little brother) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin from Superbad). I’m going to assume this is a Skype deal; the website recommends you tweet your questions with the hashtag #NeighborsUA. For more info, visit union.arizona.edu.

The spice will flow heavily this week over at the Loft Cinema. Not only are they opening up the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune on Friday, they’re also throwing in David Lynch’s 1984 version as well. Playing as part of the Loft’s Late Night Cult Classics series, Lynch’s outlandish (is there any other kind with this guy?) adaptation of Frank Herbert’s landmark sci-fi novel is either a masterpiece or a disastrous failure, depending on what day of the week it is. I go back and forth all the time. It was a huge flop on it’s release, and the war between Lynch and the studio is the stuff of legend (Lynch even slapped an Alan Smithee credit on the extended-cut TV version). Still, Dune is a daring film and it’s stuffed full of Lynch trademarks (garbled voices, freakish dream sequences, oozing liquids and rock musicians in co-starring roles), and it’ll be a hoot to see it stacked against Jodorowsky’s vision. I'll say this: Jodorowky wanted Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon era) to compose the score, but Lynch got Toto (never good in any era). Dune plays on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at 10 p.m. Tickets are $6 and $5 for Loft members. MUAD’DIB!

If you’re a chess fan, you’ll want to stop by the Loft on Sunday, April 27 for Brooklyn Castle, a doc about a five inner city junior high kids who are masters of the craft. Problem is, and there’s always a problem, their chess club is facing budget cuts. One of the students, Rochelle Ballantyne, will be in attendance for a post-film discussion. The film starts at noon, but if you want try your hand at attacking some rooks, chess matches begin at 11 a.m. on the Loft’s patio. Tickets are $8, Loft members and children under 12 are $6. For more information, including info on screenings of Robocop, Locke, Ran and other special events, visit loftcinema.com or call 795-0844.

Exploded View is showcasing local video artists on Saturday, April 26 with AVANT-AZ! Check out some of Tucson’s finest media manipulators displaying their music videos, animation, live video mixes and who knows what else. The fun starts at 7:30 p.m., and admission is $5. Later in the week, on Wednesday, April 30, a touring program from the U.K. makes a stop at the downtown microcinema with Selected. According to Exploded View’s website, Selected “brings together some of the best emerging film and video artists from the UK in a diverse programme of new artists’ moving image.” The screening starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $5. This also marks the end of EV’s spring season. For information on their upcoming summer season, visit explodedviewgallery.org. Hopefully they'll book even more BBQs!

Have fun at the movies!

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