Should I do a weekly column?

Guy Maddin Commentary - 2009-06-18 21:23:07

Guy Maddin’s The Saddest Music In the World playing at The Heights Theater in 2009, with Mr. Maddin doing live commentary.

It struck me this morning that the Minneapolis / St. Paul area currently has a great array of art house / single screen / non-first-run movie theaters, certainly more than I was aware of when I was growing up in this town. The Heights regularly shows vintage films between showings of first-run movies. The Riverview often hosts oddball cinematic events when it’s not showing second-run movies. The Trylon, a microtheater with a mere 35 seats, makes its bread and butter showing vintage film on a rapidly changing schedule. The Brookdale 8 shows as many Bollywood films as it shows second-run American movies. And those venues aren’t the only ones.

So I was wondering:

  • Would anyone be interested if I posted a weekly column, highlighting few of the more unusual movie events around town?
  • What would I call such a thing? I haven’t yet thought of a snappy name that says “movies” and “not-first-run” and “not-second-run” and “local” and “weekly” all at the same time.
  • What else would make such a thing cool?

All thoughts welcome!

TWO PowerPoint Karaokes in ONE WEEK!

PowerPoint KaraokeThat’s right! This week is your chance to see PowerPoint Karaoke TWICE!

Saturday, January 12th, at the Fearless Comedy Launch Party
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6:00pm until late
$20 suggested donation

The sparkling-new Fearless Comedy production company is opening its tenure on the Twin Cities comedy scene with a grand blowout at Amsterdam. PowerPoint Karaoke will go on sometime around 10:30pm, but before that will be a parade of locally-grown comedy!

If you do the Facebook thing, details are here.

If you don’t do the Facebook thing, details are also here.

Thursday, January 17th
Bryant Lake Bowl
10:00pm (doors at 9:30pm)
$7 at the door / $5 with a Fringe button

That’s right! We weren’t able to have our usual last-Thursday-of-the-month timeslot in January, so we’re taking over the 17th as our own. Join us as four presenters battle their way to PowerPoint glory! Also, you can eat food and drink beer in the theater! Good food! Good beer!

If you want to buy tickets ahead of time, or if you just need the address, details are here.

Not Exactly the Top Movies of 2012

I’ve written before about the clinically obsessive behavior I engage in when it comes to watching movies. In addition to that, I keep a detailed running list of all films I watch in a year. For instance, here’s how 2012 turned out:

  • I watched 391 films total (yes, that’s more than one film per day).
  • 166 of those films were listed in the Megalist.
  • 67 of those films were new releases; the rest were older.
  • 337 of the total 391 films were films I’d never seen before.
  • The numbers include watching films over (i.e., I saw Avengers twice, so it counts twice). There are very few instances of this. Except for the part where I watched The Apple five times. I can’t explain that.

So, yes, I watch a terrifying amount of movies. In my defense, I don’t watch TV (I haven’t had an antenna or cable since 2009), which means that, even at a rate of more than one film per day, I still watch less media than the average American. (That, too, is terrifying.)

Anyway, at the end of the year, I do like to look back upon what I’d seen. I’ll spare you the Top 10 list format, and instead give highlights of my cinematic 2012. Continue Reading →

Thursday Night: PowerPoint Karaoke!

Remember that PowerPoint Karaoke will be return victorious to the Bryant Lake Bowl on THURSDAY NIGHT! See improv comedians bravely attempt to give a PowerPoint presentation for a deck that they have never seen before.

This awesome event happens at the Bryant-Lake Bowl on Thursday, December 27th, at 10:00pm! Doors will open at 9:30pm, so arrive early and have a beer!

This month, our presenters will be Sharon Stiteler, Dawn Krosnowski, Tim Uren, and PPK newcomer Tom Reed!

And I’ll be there slinging slides, so I’ll be looking for YOU.

Tickets are $7 ($5 with a MN Fringe button), and can be purchased at the Bryant Lake Bowl website!

Please attend! Laugh! Drink beer!

A High-Speed Car Chase Christmas

In lieu of an actual photo, I'll approximate my experience with this image from The Blues Brothers.

In lieu of an actual photo, I’ll approximate my experience with this image from The Blues Brothers.

On Christmas, I got to be witness to a crime. How was your holiday?

Fes Works and I were driving home on Christmas Day, fat and be-gifted from my dad’s family’s annual ice skating / brunch ritual. I was just about to turn left onto the side street that led to my apartment’s parking lot; I had paused, because there were two cars in the oncoming lanes of traffic. One was poised to turn left, but the other car behind it seemed to have plans to go straight, so I was waiting for it to pass.

The oncoming cars also paused at the intersection, because they saw something that I did not. A moment later, from my right…

VOOOM SQUEAL a dark blue/purple sedan came SCREAMING through the intersection, veering at a 45 degree angle and clearing my front bumper by what seemed to be inches. The car missed both going straight and turning left, and thus dove headlong through a street sign into the lawn of the Lutheran church across the street from my apartment. The car plowed through the snow and the lawn into the church’s parking lot and started heading around the building.

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