Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cinema Showdown: Kill-Crazy Brides and Tank Girls Edition

Posted By on Thu, May 15, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Street-walking women, vengeful brides and wealthy socialites make up the films playing tonight at three different locations. Over at the Loft Cinema, their month-long series La Dolce Fellini: A Retrospective rolls out the maestro’s 1957 film Nights of Cabiria. It’s one of Fellini’s less fantastical films, but hey, a Fellini film about a prostitute is still pretty exotic. Nights of Cabiria starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are regular admission. Another Fellini film plays this week on Saturday, May 17. Catch the 1963 classic 8 ½ , also at 7 p.m. Suave and debonair Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a Fellini-esque director who’s in over his head on an exhaustive film production. As the film swirls away from his control, so does every other aspect of his life, all in a bizarre and circus-like Fellini fashion. Tickets are regular admission. For more information on this and other events, visit loftcinema.com.

Tonight at the Fox Theatre, Kill Bill Vol. 1 plays as part of May Massacre, their Quentin Tarantino four-film retrospective series. This was Tarantino’s first film in six years after 1997’s Jackie Brown (sadly not playing at the Fox), and this was the one where he threw every cult genre in a blender. Hong Kong martial arts films, spaghetti westerns, anime, revenge films, horror, giallo, Japanese pinky violence, you name it, it’s in here. Uma Thurman plays The Bride, and she’s out to kill her former “Deadly Viper Assassination Squad” members who massacred her family and left her for dead. The legendary, God-like David Carradine plays Bill, the head of the kill-squad and father-figure to The Bride. The fun starts at 7:30 p.m., and if you dress up like a ninja, expect some free popcorn. Kill Bill Vol. 2 closes out the Tarantino series tomorrow night, also at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to both are $7, and $5 for students and military. For more info, visit foxtucsontheatre.com.

If you’d like to enjoy a movie outside tonight, head over to Cinema La Placita, 110 S. Church Ave. The 1940 classic The Philadelphia Story plays at 7:30 p.m. Directed by George Cukor and starring Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart, The Philadelphia Story is a witty and romantic tale about a wealthy socialite and the complications effecting her marriage. Bring a date to this one! Tickets are $3, and the popcorn is on the house. For more info, visit cinemalaplacita.com.

On Saturday, May 17, The Maker House, 283 N. Stone Ave., is presenting the 1995 cult classic (and partially filmed in Tucson) Tank Girl, starring Lori Petty (whatever happened to her?), a pre-fame Naomi Watts, Malcolm McDowell, Iggy Pop, and Ice-T as a mutant kangaroo. Proceeds from the snack bar will go directly to Bicas Bicycle Co-Op, and the Maker House is advertising this as a “Bike-In Movie." The film starts at 8 p.m. and admission is free. For more info, visit makerhouse.org.

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