Thursday, May 22, 2014

Cinema Showdown: Evil HAL and Poor Torgo Edition

Posted By on Thu, May 22, 2014 at 5:30 PM

According to the weather forecast, there’s not one day this week that’ll spill over into triple-digit territory. That’s good news for those of you that enjoy outdoor cinema screenings, like tonight’s presentation of the 1963 Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant film Charade at Cinema La Placita, 110 S. Church Ave. The charming combo of Grant and Hepburn, along with co-stars Walter Matthau, James Coburn and George Kennedy, really makes this romantic-comedy/suspense-thriller shine. Jonathan Demme remade this in 2002 as The Truth About Charlie, and although Demme is a great director, casting Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton in the Grant and Hepburn roles assured it’s box-office doom. Charade starts tonight at 7:30 p.m. and $3 gets you in and a bag of popcorn. Visit for more information.

There’s less than two weeks left in May, and that means the May series at the Loft Cinema, La Dolce Fellini: A Retrospective, is winding down. There’s still a few of his films left, like tonight’s screening of Fellini Satyricon. Arguably his most iconic film, Fellini Satyricon tells the story of ancient Rome—with lots of freakish imagery and hallucinatory sequences. The film starts at tonight 7 p.m. Tickets are regular admission. On Saturday, May 24, the Loft is screening Amarcord, Fellini’s somewhat autobiographical tale of growing up under Mussolini in Rimini. Don’t expect a typical run-of-the-mill coming of age story, this is Fellini we’re talking about, so be look out for more creeped-out visuals and hallucinatory sequences. Amarcord plays at 7 p.m. Tickets are regular admission, and both films are presented in glorious 35mm.

Speaking of hallucinatory, on Friday, May 22, and running through the holiday weekend, the Loft is screening Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece (kind of a misnomer, most of his films are) 2001: A Space Odyssey every night at 10 p.m. I’ve told you about a lot of films that you must see on the big screen, but this is the numero uno, mandatory big-screen experience,whether or not you’re eating “brownies.” There’s nothing quite like leaning back and watching that bone fly up in the air and become a spaceship on a huge screen. General admission is $6, Loft members are $5.

On Monday, May 26, the Loft’s Mondo Monday series presents the classic turkey (but as good as any of Kubrick’s masterpieces, in my opinion) Manos: The Hands of Fate. This flick is so bad it makes Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space look like The Godfather Part Shawshank Kane. Poor Togar, he only wanted to help. You’ll see what I mean when it plays on Monday, May 26 at 8 p.m. General admission is $3, Loft members are $2. Don’t forget to fill a cup for a buck at the snack-bar. For more information, visit

Starting on Tuesday, May 27, kids 10 and under can get in free at Oracle View, 4690 N. Oracle Rd. Their schedule looks pretty fun; Curious George, Despicable Me, The Lego Movie, Hotel Transylvania and the 1990 smash-hit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are all on deck. For more info, visit

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