Thursday, June 19, 2014

Cinema Showdown: Corny Collins Vs. Connie Corleone Edition

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Alright everybody, it’s MASHED POTATO TIME! That’s right folks, prepare to do the Mashed Potato, The Twist, The Roach and The Bug tonight when the Loft Cinema presents John Waters’ Hairspray, his 1988 ode to 1950s Baltimore. This was the film that took Waters out of the gutter and into the warm, fuzzy embrace of the mainstream, and it was also Divine’s last film. She plays the mother of Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake), a Rubenesque teen with dancing feet. Tracy yearns to strut her stuff on the Corny Collins Show, a Baltimore version of American Bandstand. Does she have what it takes? Find out tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are regular admission.

If dancing isn't your thing, maybe face-huggers, androids spewing out milky substances and the psychosexual designs of recently deceased Swiss artist H.R. Giger is more your speed. I can only be talking about one movie, and that’s the 1979 horror/sci-fi classic Alien. Director Ridley Scott tried to catch the magic once again with 2012’s dismal prequel Prometheus, but that moronic misstep has nothing on this grade-A slice of celluloid. Alien is part of the Loft’s Late Night Cult Classics series, and it plays Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21. Both shows are at 10 p.m., and tickets are $6 for general admission, $5 for Loft members.

Starting late last year, the Loft created a new series called Loft Staff Selects. Each month, a Loft staff member gets to program one of their favorite films for one night. This month, Executive Director Peggy Johnson chose the 1965 film A Thousand Clowns. It stars the inimitable Jason Robards as Madison Ave. dropout Murray Burns. He’s the guardian of his nephew, 12-year-old Nick. Nick’s about to be taken away from his custody, but a social welfare worker (Barbara Harris) starts falling in love with the mordant Murray. Think of it as a non-hippie precursor to Harold & Maude. The film starts at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 22. Tickets are $6 for general admission and $5 for Loft members.

Are you a fan of quirky indie-rock band Of Montreal? Did you find yourself smitten with charismatic frontman Kevin Barnes when you caught them at the Rialto several times? If you answered yes, you’re in luck. On Wednesday, June 25, the Loft presents The Past is a Grotesque Animal, a documentary all about Barnes and his band. It’s part of the Loft’s One Hit Wonders series, so you’ll only be able to catch it for one night at 7 p.m. Tickets are regular admission. For more information, visit

Finally, if you’ve never seen The Godfather on the big screen, shame on you, and here’s your chance: on Sunday, June 22 Cinemark El Con & Cinemark Park Place are playing not only this film, but The Godfather Part II as well! 2 for 1! Double feature time! Catch it at 2 p.m. If you can’t make it on Sunday, there’s a repeat performance on Wednesday, June 25 at the same time. No word on cannoli specials at the concession stand. For more info, visit

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