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NOVEMBER 16 – DECEMBER 14: AUTO EROTICA
Hard metal, warm leatherette and going really really fast. Five films about people driving away from their problems into new ones and loving the Machine a little too much. Weekly on Wednesdays. All starting times 8pm (doors 7:30pm), tickets $10 on the door.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16TH
(1996, dir. David Cronenberg, 100 min. English language, no subs)
Transgressive, violent, existential, a little romantic and REALLY horny – searching for connection in the wreckage of the 20th century. After a devastating car accident, a disillusioned film producer (James Spader) finds a survivor support group whose initial companionship evolves into an increasingly dangerous game as they seek relief from the numbness of trauma. Cronenberg fuses eroticism, body horror and the death drive into a beautiful, terrible machine and finds a surprising tenderness at its heart.
**AUDIENCE NOTE** this film contains depictions of high-impact collisions and injury that may be distressing to some viewers
|GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR ((ゴッド・スピード・ユー! Black Emperor)|
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 23RD
(1976, dir. Mitsuo Yanagimachi, 90 min. Japanese language, English subs)
A rough and raw trip through the streets of Tokyo with a gang of bōsōzoku juvenile delinquents, racing from a future of responsibilities and expectations as fast as their illegally modded Kawasakis can take them. Shooting guerilla-style over two years, Yanagimachi follows their path from freewheeling anarchic camaraderie into a darker and strictly hierarchical world of organised crime. Mixing candid interviews with beautiful inky black and white 16mm imagery of the gang as they speed through life, GYBE captures a moment in time and Japanese youth culture that burned bright and very briefly.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 30TH
(1971, dir. Richard C. Sarafian, 105 min. English language, no subs)
The Job? Deliver a white 1970 Dodge Challenger Magnum from Denver to San Francisco in 48 hours. The only one who can do it? Kowalski. An existential drag out of the gri of the law and the grip of sanity, Richard C. Sarafian’s VANISHING POINT is the quintessential early ‘70s road movie, encapsulating all of the pain and malaise brought on by the protracted end of the Vietnam War and the oncoming economic downturn alongside the enduring American freedom of being able to put pedal to metal that satisfies an ego like nothing else. A revered road movie that Tarantino borrowed quite liberally from in making DEATH PROOF, don’t miss this glorious death drive into the oblivion of speed.
|THE WILD ONE|
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 7TH
(1953, dir. László Benedek, 79 min. English language, no subs)
Before Kenneth Anger and Dennis Hopper took to two wheels there was THE WILD ONE. More importantly, there was Marlon Brando, straddling the seat of a Triumph Thunderbird with a slickly shining leather jacket and cap sitting askew across his brow. It’s an image that burned itself and the idea of the Outlaw Biker into the minds of the entire world, and it’s a film that wades deeply in such rich imagery and one of they key evolutionary points in the evolution of youth cinema. Part moral panic production and part code bending provocation, it remains a fascinating insight into the fears and silent desires of the film going public in the 1950s.
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER `14TH
(1983, dir. John Carpenter, 110 min. English language, no subs)
Criminally underrated on release, this story of a shy nerd with anger issues bubbling below the surface stumbling on a gorgeous candy-apple red 1958 Plymouth Fury who can make his dreams come true feels more relevant than ever. The king JC is in full pulp mode here, taking a classic Stephen King “_____ is haunted” tale and twisting it into a sly commentary on the toxicity of unbridled nostalgia, through the obvious metaphor of a murderous car.
🎶 You’re mine, my baby and you will always be, I swear by everything I own you’ll always, always be mine 🎶