Thursday, March 20, 2014

Cinema Showdown: Dancing Outlaws and Vigilante Hobos Edition

Posted By on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Back in 2011, one of my must-see films was Hobo With a Shotgun, a Canadian exploitation film starring Rutger Hauer as a homeless vigilante. The feature-length film grew out of a trailer director Jason Eisner submitted to Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez for their 2007 double-feature Grindhouse. Eisner won the challenge, and certain prints of Grindhouse carried the faux trailer, along with fake trailers by Eli Roth, Rob Zombie and Edgar Wright. Enough money was ponied up for Eisner to expand it, and damn if he didn’t make the best ‘80s blood-and-guts straight-to-video shocker to come out 20 years too late. See it again on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22 at 10 p.m. $6 for general admission, $5 for Loft members.

The Wes Anderson series continues this week over at the Loft. On Saturday, March 22 at 7 p.m., you can catch the 2009 film The Fantastic Mr. Fox, a stop-motion animation film based on the book by one of my favorite childhood authors, the delightful and often creepy Roald Dahl. With voice work provided by George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Anderson staples Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray, Anderson, along with co-writer Noah Baumbach, crafted a nifty and witty film that the whole family can enjoy. There’s even a second screening for the kiddos on Sunday, March 23 at 11 a.m. On Wednesday, March 26, Anderson’s 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou plays at 7 p.m. Murray plays a Jacques Cousteau-type oceanographer on a mission to hunt down a mysterious shark that killed his partner years previously. This film features an incredible soundtrack of David Bowie covers sung in Portuguese, and possibly the finest tribute to Buckaroo Banzai I’ve ever seen. All the Anderson screenings are regular admission.

Comic book nerds, activate interlocks! On Monday, March 24, get ready for The Image Revolution, a documentary focusing on Image Comics. Image has been putting out quality comics for awhile now; I’m a huge fan of Chew and Saga, and you may have heard of a couple of titles called Spawn and The Walking Dead. There’s a post-film Q&A via Skype with the filmmakers, and there’s also a mini Comic-Con before the film at 5:30 p.m. The doc starts at 7 p.m. $8 general admission, $6 for Loft members. For more information, visit the Loft’s website at or call 795-0844.

Tucson Weekly contributor Carl Hanni rolls out the third film in his Extreme Southern Culture series at Exploded View on Wednesday, March 26. The Dancing Outlaw is a documentary on the troubled but entertaining mountain dancer Jesco White. White has been the subject of at least three documentaries, including the highly successful The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia that came out in 2009. The Dancing Outlaw was the first, and it was originally broadcast on a public access station in West Virginia way back in 1991. See where the craze began at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Visit or call 366-1573 for more info.

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