CINEMA UNDER THE INFLUENCE: Manchester to Brooklyn

Cinema Under The Influence crosses the Pulaski Bridge for a signature night of music, movies, and beer with “Manchester to Brooklyn” on April 11.

The evening starts at Videology (308 Bedford Ave) at 6 p.m. with a reception featuring a full cash bar and a selection of Factory Records performance footage and Anton Corbijn music videos. This all leads to a screening of Corbijn’s Control (2007, 122 minutes) at 8 p.m., showing a unique perspective on the Factory Records music scene through the lens of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis’ life. The screening will be accompanied by a program featuring essays reacting to the sights and sounds on display from a critical perspective. And as with all Cinema Under the Influence events, audience members participate in a raffle with purchase of a ticket.

Tickets–which include the screening, raffle, and one complimentary beer–are $15, and can be purchased in advance here. Advance ticket purchase gets you two chances in the raffle as opposed to the one chance that comes with at-the-door purchases. Additional chances are available at the event.

Once the movie ends, the party continues at 10 p.m. at Passenger Bar (229 Roebling St), where partiers will dance to a DJ set of classic tunes from Joy Division, New Order, the Happy Mondays, and other Factory Records acts. Admission is free for this portion of the evening. Presenting your ticket from the screening is good for a discount at the bar.

Join us for this one-of-a-kind evening that brings a little bit of Manchester to Brooklyn!

– 6-6:45 p.m.: Reception at Videology with Anton Corbijn music videos and Factory Records performance footage
– 6:45-6:55 p.m.: Intro & Raffle
– 6:55 p.m.: Screening of Control (122 minutes)
– 9:30 p.m.: After Party at Passenger Bar with Factory Records DJ set and drink specials for CUI attendees

Dark Haul (2015) [Blu-Ray]

It’s hard to believe that there’s ninety minutes in the run time of “Dark Haul” and absolutely nothing happens during the duration. I’m convinced that this was the concept for a comic book at one time, or perhaps is already from, as the movie dodges all the unnecessary junk like story and compelling characters in favor of a really repetitive piece of action horror tripe.
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Exterminators of the Year 3000 (1983) [Blu-Ray]

It’s been presumably a thousand years since nuclear explosions destroyed the ozone layer, thus relinquishing all source of water from mother nature. On the forefront of the battle for Earth’s last bit of water are a peaceful society and the ravenous Exterminators that drive around in war vehicles. So water is nowhere to be found but gas is a very large resource? “Exterminators of the Year 3000” is the type of “Mad Max” wannabe trash I love. It’s goofy, it’s silly, but hot damn is it fun or what?

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Zombieworld (2015)

The zombie anthology movie is here and director Jesse Baget undertakes quite a task in delivering ten very diverse and interesting zombie tales set amidst the zombie apocalypse. It’s “V/H/S/” meets “The Zombie Survival Guide” with a dash of “Zombieland” as director Baget doesn’t collect a series of shorts from very talented directors. Instead his anthology is a raucous celebration of all things zombie for horror fans in the mood of an all out orgy of torn limbs, guts, and the undead. “Zombieworld” is set with a darkly comical framework where star Bill Oberst Jr. gives a great performance as the boisterous news reporter Marvin Gloatt. While the world is under siege, Marvin decides to gives audiences a play by play of the end of the world, despite being bitten on the neck by one of the walking dead.

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Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends

spiderman_1It’s just been announced that Spider-Man will be involved with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It seems that Sony is not happy with the current state of the franchise and will reboot it yet again in 2017 in a joint movie with Marvel Studios/Disney. Sony will still have the final say creatively, but surely Disney will have a major influence. With this new development, it’s probably a good time to evaluate the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole and consider what might happen in years to come.

It’s easy to forget that just a few years ago, Marvel Studios was the underdog; Iron Man was a pretty risky film back in 2008 and even though the post-credits sequence promised the eventual arrival of the Avengers, such a development was still seen mostly as a pipe dream. It really wasn’t until 2011 with the double punch of Thor and Captain America when it started to actually feel like it could happen. Disney’s acquisition of Marvel in 2009 also helped toward making an Avengers world a reality.

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The Phantom Of The Opera (1989) [Blu-ray]

operaThe Robert Englund starring “Phantom of the Opera” is a mix between “Darkman,” the original “Phantom of the Opera,” with a hint of “Nightmare on Elm Street.” Like the aforementioned film, Englund’s character thrives in dreams, and sports a nasty pizza face that is only slightly darker than Krueger. It’s almost as if Krueger was pulled in to our world, and found a way to live among the mortals through various false faces.
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Groundhog Day (1993)

60508-27-420-75I didn’t really get “Groudhog Day” when it first came to video. Surely, it’s not the most impossible dramedy out there, but it’s definitely so much more complex than audiences usually think of it. When it comes to existential drama comedies about self realizations in a fantastic setting, “Groudhog Day” is right up there with films like “Her” and “Eternal Sunshine.”

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Monday Movie Pause: “Hero” Music Video

“Hero” the music video for the film “Boyhood” by the band Family of the Year, our top choice for Best Pic of 2014.

Written and directed by Richard Linklater, Boyhood - now nominated for 6 Academy Awards -  has appeared on more “best of 2014″ lists than any other film released last year.  The award-winning film continues to win best picture awards from numerous film critic circles – including New York, Los Angeles, DC, Boston, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and more.  Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013 with the same cast – Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater and Ellar Coltrane – Boyhood is the story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Coltrane). 

Boyhood is now available in theaters, on Digital HD, Cable VOD, Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD.

Annabelle (2014) [Blu-Ray/Digital/DVD]

annabelledvdIt seemed like such a sure thing. Take one of the scarier aspects from one of the best horror movies of the decade, and give it its own origin movie. Except, the end results of “Annabelle” are about as boring as its origin. I would rather have seen the original story about the rag doll than this sequel, spin off, or whatever the studios are calling it. I’m not entirely sure what the studios are painting these movies with the Warren ghost hunting duo as some sort of avengers team, but “Annabelle” is a step in the wrong direction with a movie that goes absolutely nowhere.
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