Saturday, December 25, 2010

Sorry. I found nicer geeky festive images to accompany my lil'"Merry Christmas" blog entry...but I do love the fine inappropriate work of the Biz. And what more could be said than the wise words from Lobo his-self? So do what he says...or else...

Friday, December 24, 2010

Over and over again, there seems to be endless proof that there is never a sure thing in the art and business of film production. Imagine this line-up pitched to studio executives in the mid 80's: We've got a pitch for a new movie from the guy who created The Muppets, from the producer of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films, with a script written by a Monty Python alum, starring one of the biggest rock icons of all time. Uhm...yeah, let's green light that movie right away! Fat cat executives must have been tripping over themselves trying to be the first in line to finance this thing.

But, as famed screenwriter William Goldman pointed out in his writings about the film industry, "Nobody knows anything". And in this case, it's pretty unlikely that anyone could have guessed that a movie with those four men involved could have completely tanked.

A movie not making any money has never meant that the movie wasn't any good though. There's a long list, but the all-stars of great movies that were box office bombs include Fight Club, Office Space, Blade Runner, It's A Wonderful Life, Fantasia, Citizen Kane, and most recently I would add Scott Pilgrim Vs The World to that list. Critics not praising and an audience not showing up to a movie does not equal a terrible movie all of the time.

So, on Boxing Day, once recovered from the previous days family time, present opening and food feasting, make your way to the Mayfair for a holiday Lost Marbles Geek Night presentation of Labyrinth at 8:15pm.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Recently and coincidentally I was told a story of a girl showing her boyfriend her favorite film, The Princess Bride. Not only did he not like the film, he didn't even make it half way through the film before giving up and turning it off. That my friends is unacceptable, and I'm pretty sure the dictionary definition of what would be known as a dealbreaker. This wasn't some cliche case of a girl forcing a guy to watch Sex and the City or some horrible Julia Roberts romance...this was the frickin Princess Bride! There's not a lot of movies that I consider perfect, but this one is pretty damn close. It has everything! Swashbuckling pirates, underhanded villains, a tough and beautiful princess, eccentric wizards, rodents of unusual size, Andre the Giant, Peter Falk...what more could you possibly want!?

That is the end of my rant. Please come out and see this excellent film. And if you've been invited to the film by a significant other, do not fail the test. See the movie. It is great.

Lost Marbles Geek Night: Sunday December 19th at the Mayfair at 8:45PM.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Our Christmas gift from the Mayfair to you are a trio of geeky movies with a lil something for everyone. The perfect movies for the uber-geek or their more of the norm significant other. Date Night Geek Nights will kick off with the cornerstone generation x romantic dramady Reality Bites. The feature film directorial debut from Ben Stiller, starring a post Heathers / pre-shoplifting Winona Rider and every mid-90's geek boys crush, Janeane Garofalo.

Reality Bites - Sunday December 5th - 8:45pm

And then on the 19th and the 26th, slightly more fantastical date geek fare with the 80's classics The Princess Bride and Labyrinth. All nights with prizes from your favorite Christmas shopping destination, Lost Marbles.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

A few days ago, the gentleman who directed my favorite movie ever died. And if you google Irvin Kershner, you'll find many more popular geek than I ranging from Harry Knowles to George Lucas saying deserved nice things about the man. So no need for me to repeat his career accomplishments here. Even though belated, I felt like typing up a lil' something though...

It's always sad when someone dies of course, and weird when someone you've never met yet admire passes away. You have no actual connection, but they've managed to yet completely help shape and change your life. The first movie I ever saw at a movie theatre was The Empire Strikes Back. I went to see it at the Somerset Theatre in Ottawa, which doesn't exist anymore, with three family members, two of which aren't with us anymore. The movie going experience blew my lil four year old mind, and can probably be pin-pointed as the first step towards my love of movies. I remember the opening scene with Luke on the Tauntaun, I was completely mesmerized by the snow kangaroo thing. And I remember the cliffhanger ending, and being furious when my dad told me I had to wait three years to find out what happens to Han Solo. Three years!?! I was only four! That's most of my life! I have vowed that if I ever have kids I'm making them wait three years between watching Empire and Jedi.

In conclusion, The Empire Strikes Back was awesome, and without Irvin Kirshner instead of Han saying "I know" in response to Leia's confession of love, he just would have said "I love you too". Thank you sir.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

In the current issue of the Ottawa X-Press, the Mayfair was voted the bestest theatre in all of the land (that might be a slight paraphrasing on my part). That marks the second year in a row for us winning the category. Thanks to the X-Press and to all of our lovely patrons who took the time to participate and vote for us. You can check out the rest of the results either in the parer version (which is in the boxes and around town for the next couple days), or online.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Tonight at the Mayfair is our second of three John Waters pictures, which encompass the Lost Marbles Geek Nights / John Waters Mini Film Festival. There have been many a request for us to show all and any of John Waters films, and now that we're showing these three, there's questions as to why we're not showing more. Alas, in this horrible world that we live in, these three movies are the only film prints currently available. A shocking and unbelievable statement I know! So, for the time being anyhow, no Hairspray or Polyester or Pink Flamingos or anything else. It truly is the most annoying and frustrating of things in trying to run an awesome repertory theatre, the unbelievable amount of films that yah just can't get.

But, let's look at things glass half full and enjoy Cecil B Demented, John's comment on the state of Hollywood vs indie film-making. Tonight at 9:15 at the Mayfair for another geek-gasmic Lost Marbles Geek Night...and yes, there will be prizes.

Oh...PS...also tonight at the Mayfair, right before the John Waters screening will be a special presentation of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Special for two reasons: 1. I'm pretty sure that I could watch this movie every day for the rest of my life and never get tired of it. 2. It's a fundraiser for my former high school, Canterbury.

So if you're coming out to one or the other tonight, why not take in the pair? Ferris at 7 / Cecil at 9:15.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Time for another Halloween. Which this year seems to be more the day that people are excited about The Walking Dead finally premiering on TV more than being excited by any thoughts of dressing up or getting candy. I swear, buzz in both geek and non-geek circles for this thing seems huge. I will be both going trick or treating with some friends kids (mainly to score some candy left-overs) and then dressing up for later costumed festivities. Then will go home and watch Freaks (for the first time...shocking I know) and of course, The Walking Dead. Good times.

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Mayfair has been nominated again and will be defending its title as the distinction of greatest movie theatre in the universe from the fine folks at the X-Press. Well, actually it's for 'Best alternative to a multiplex', which is a bit of a strange distinction. But we'll take it! So please feel free to click over to the X Press readers poll website and vote away.

While you're there, feel free to also vote for the Silents is Golden film festival, Lee's filmmaking efforts, our neighbours at Quinn's, Invisible Cinema, and our friend Socalled as Best Local Hero.

Tell your friends. Many votes from many friends are muchly appreciated! Polls close at 11:59pm on Wednesday November 3rd, winners announced on November 11th.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

So, a pair of cool things just happened. First, an 11th hour special feature to the Scott Pilgrim screening tonight at the Mayfair (which happens in about 4 1/2 hours from now). A last minute guest will be in attendance, Catriona Strurton, who was in the band Plumtree, who wrote the song that inspired the comic to be named Scott Pilgrim. The band appears not only on the soundtrack (would seem weird if they didn't), but keep a look out for a Plumtree shirt on Michael Cera in the film.

More geek coolness, Edgar Wright was kind enough to help spread the word about our screening via his Twitter account. So we've got prizes as per usual for Geek Nights, we have a special rock & roll guest (who's bringing a music video to show off), AND the guy who directed Shaun of the Dead wants you to come! What more could you possibly want to talk you into attending!?!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs the World may well go down in history as the best film of 2010 that everyone loved yet tanked at the box office. I haven't heard a single bad review or comment on this thing, and yet it didn't even come near to making half of it's estimated 100 million dollar budget back. But, not being profitable does no mean not good. Look at Fight Club, look at Psycho, look at Fantasia...and let us not forget Hudson Hawk!

Now I cannot tell a lie, I didn't get a chance to see the movie yet either. Two reasons: I kindah hate multiplexes, and I knew that we'd get it for sure at the Mayfair. I'm very excited to finally get the chance to see it, especially since I've been told by a couple of different friends that it's like the powers that be sat down and figured out how to make the perfect movie that I would love. It's comic book themed, filled with crazy video game violence, populated with geek girl characters, has Michael Cera in the lead, and is directed by the guy who did Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

Wednesday October 27th & Thursday the 28th at 9:15 at the Mayfair, a special Lost Marbles Geek Night presentation of the greatest geek film of the year.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The marquee of the Mayfair from last weekend, a night which crazily enough hosted a classic silent horror movie with live musical accompaniment, a short horror film fest, and then the evening was capped off with what could be the worst movie ever (that people come to on purpose and then throw things). We will be back next year with more Killer63, with fingers crossed for better organizational skills and no last minute 11th hour panics. There will likely be both.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Above is another shot from my video for Boxcar Cadavers that premieres tonight at the Killer63. Come out to see how things fare for the poor fan who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Just tested out the DVD this-morning, and will check it out big screen this-afternoon (after Toy Story 3, before Phantom of the Opera). All seems well. I don't think putting on a festival that had everything run smoothly and be prepared weeks in advance would be the same. Need that 11th hour last minute hassle and stress to keep yah feeling alive. Anyhow, that's year 5 almost in the books, which is kind of a staggering thought. Hope to see y'all tonight at the Mayfair.

Friday, October 15, 2010

I don't want to play spoiler on my contribution to the Killer63 short horror film fest at the Mayfair, but the above image is from the Boxcar Cadavers video that I directed and it involves my talented friend Jennilee Murray being shoved in the trunk of a car. Be there Saturday night to see it and a dozen other diversely terrifying offerings.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

It looks like we have everything together and assembled for the Killer63 screening on Saturday. So, y'know...a whole massive two days before the actual event. Not a lot of time to publicize the mini-fest, so just trying to get the word out via the magic of the internet while I can (don't know what people did before blogs and e-mail and Facebook and all this stuff).

The lucky number 13 shorts in the line-up will include (in not this exact order):

Never Bet the Devil Your Head - Kristian Larivier
Until the Fat Lady Sings - Rob Kantu
Bagra - Tom Jardine
Stop 21 - James Campbell
Seance - Robin Kasparik

Plus an 8mm zombie graveyard short from Petr Maur, two brand new shorts from Jeff Campbell, three works from Chris Chitaroni & Jimm Moir's Skywardkick Productions, and a pair of terror themed music videos from Canadian bands Hunter Valentine and Boxcar Cadavers (I directed the latter one). The work ranges in length from 5 to 18 minutes, and all combined comes in at about 100 / 105 minutes.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A couple of stills from Jeff Campbell's shorts "StalkHer" and "Dead End", both premiering this Saturday night (October 16th at 9pm) at the Mayfair Theatre.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Last week my film-making friends and I multitasked the shooting of a Boxcar Cadavers music video which will also serve as my entry into this years Killer63 festival. It involves rock and roll, kidnapping, and a nice girl locked in the trunk of a car. Even though it happened in the 11th hour, and well past my own set deadline, I'm very glad that we got to shoot the thing. It's a project that I've had on the brain for years, actually originally intended for another band that one of the Boxcar guys used to be in by the name of Crankenstein.

The shoot went well, and it's in the midst of being edited. Hopefully we'll have it all done by tomorrow...a whole three or so days before the actual festival screening. Such last minute stressy hectic deadline crunching feats are normal in such things. Every year I intend to get all this organized like a month in advance...never quite works out though. Maybe next year!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Only have time for a quick update, running off to the Mayfair soon to go check out the silent movie / live music night. Am equally excited for tomorrows screening of Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell, which has an amazing poster and tag-line. On top of that, it's got no less than two Star Wars legends: David Prowse (Darth Vader) as the Monster, and Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin) as Victor Frankenstein. And of course, it is also a very rare chance to see a Hammer horror classic up on the big screen.

Come check it out tomorrow (Sunday the 3rd) at Lost Marbles Geek Night at the Mayfair at 8:30.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

There's at least a different version of Batman that pops up once a generation or so (sometimes things switch up even faster than that). Batman was the number 1 show that kids in 1966 rushed home after school to catch. For 120 episodes (over a very small period of time), and then one movie, Adam West and company's interpretation of Batman's world enthralled a generation.

Though it was not the original or the last live action version of Batman to make the leap to big screens, there were a number of serials in the 1940's and of course many incarnations to follow, most people for a very long time considered this Batman to be THE first and ONLY Batman. So much so that those not in the know to what Batman was like in the comic books before or after this era got kindah pissed off when Michael Keaton donned the cape and cowl for Tim Burton in the the more loyal to the source material film in 1989. Quite a few now grown up fans were pissed off quite and felt insulted that their childhood hero was being ruined.

Now, when I was a kid I hated this version of Batman. Loathed everything about the show. Because my Batman is Dark Night Returns, my Batman is Michael Keaton, my Batman is the genius animated series from Bruce Timm and Paul Dini.  My Batman wasn't bright colours, goofy dialogue, and shark repellent. And my Batman definitely didn't make use of on screen sound fx for fight scenes.

Then I saw the movie on VHS. And it was one of those laugh so hard you almost die moments (if you're not in the know...just wait for the shark scene). Although not my Batman, this Batman could still be greatly appreciated. The characters, the design, the style, the script...all weren't that far off in terms of a tribute to what was going on in comic books at the time. And the car! Man that's a cool car!

Batman swings into Lost Marbles Geek Night this Sunday September 26th at 8PM. A rare chance to see the geek classic up on the big screen.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The cool factor level that the Mayfair continues to attain helped in getting it mentioned over in the UK on a film program on BBC Radio (check out about 5:45 into the show). Specifically, the topic of conversation involved the above and beyond skills of our projectionist. I can only hope that being talked about on a Ricky Gervais podcast cannot be far behind.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

So, in the September Mayfair schedule amongst a few other places, there was the news that Killer63 has been pushed up a lil' bit due to the packed nature of the October schedule. Meaning, the deadline has been pushed up a lil' bit for submissions to Octiber 6th. Forgot to mention it here though I guess. Now if there's one thing I know about trying to put together one of these mini-festivals, it's that not very many people hit deadlines (writer of this blog included). But let's do our best here people!

Thanks to everyone who's contacted me about getting a film in, any more questions or comments over the next month or so, lemme know.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Of course The Crow is memorable as the haunting final performance of Brandon Lee. Who like his movie-star father before him, died in his prime with so much possibility laid out before him. Lined up as his big break-through role after a few B-grade action movies, many thought that Brandon was the next big thing. And if not for some very bad luck and a freak accident, he would likely have been.

The whole sad tale has an extra brooding and creepy tinge to it, thanks to the fact that the film is about a central character that comes back from the dead. And in a way, Brandon Lee came back from the dead amidst publicity and praise to perform his final role up on the silver screen.

On a lighter note, I will always remember The Crow as the first R rated movie I attended as an 18 year old. For which I so smartly forgot my ID, but luckily got into anyhow.

The Crow hits Lost Marbles Geek Night at the Mayfair - Sunday September 5th at 9pm

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Tonight's the night for one of the biggest Geek Nights of all. Our partners in geek hipness, Lost Marbles, presents it's third annual Kid Robot / Munny designer vinyl art toy event (this year titled in the movie tie-in themed name: The Colour of Munny). Mayfair doors open at 8PM for the gallery portion of the event, where you'll be able to check out the toy embellishing and adapting talents of dozens of local artists. And, as if that's not reason enough to attend, there will be a live art showcase and a ton of prizes.

Following that, at 9:30 will be the Canadian premiere of the much buzzed about documentary, The Vinyl Frontier (fresh off of it's screening at Comic Con). A history of the vinyl toy trend featuring all the artistic luminaries who helped make it an underground cult phenomenon.

Anyone who says there's nothing to do in Ottawa isn't coming to the Mayfair.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Off to celebrate the release of the new line of Kid Robot's Dunny toys at Lost Marbles tonight. There will be similar events across North America (or even the whole world I guess), but the kewlest store of all is Lost Marbles of course.

A good lead in to the upcoming and much anticipated Colour of Munny event at the Mayfair. And best of all, both events will give you the chance to get free stuff. Everyone loves free stuff!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

I know it's a pretty heady statement, and it's never good to get people's hopes up too high before seeing a movie, but I'm pretty sure that King of Kong might be my favorite ever.

Who could've ever have imagined that the world of competitive video game playing could be more exciting than the average big budget Hollywood blockbuster? More specifically, a documentary about a competition revolving around a fairly simple early generation game where a King Kong knock-off tosses barrels at you (you being Mario in this case). And on top of that, the movie hits you with a more insane unbelievable story, and one of the best hero / villain match-up's you've ever seen.

Don't miss out on the special Lost Marbles Geek Night screening of King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters. You'll never look at a video game the same way again.

(Sunday August 15th at 9pm at the Mayfair)

Sunday, August 08, 2010

A quick reminder of tonight's Lost Marbles Geek Night screening at the Mayfair. If you love Joss Whedon...and if you don't, well, I'm not sure yer allowed to go to the Mayfair if that fact about you comes sure to check out this great lil' documentary about the rise, fall and rise again of Firefly / Serenity.

It'd be a much better documentary if we lived in a world in which the story ends with a whole bunch of giant successful awesome Serenity movies. Alas we live in a world where people would rather see Deuce Bigelow 2 and movies like Serenity don't make money. Sad sad times indeed.

Lost Marbles Geek Night at the Mayfair - Sunday August 8th - 9pm

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

As I sat in the Mayfair for Geek Night a couple days ago (our first of the Lost Marbles sponsored era), the movie started, and it came to mind the I dropped the ball and didn't do a blog entry for the film. Been busy and distracted, just slipped my mind. So, I neglected to plug our screening of Blood on the Flat Track (where I fell in love with an absolutely insane roller derby player by the name of Basket Casey), but I still have time to at least promote the upcoming double-bill roller derby bout. All the pertinent info can be found at the Rideau Valley Roller Girls website. Don't miss out, could be the last bout of 2010.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Believe it or not, the fifth year of Killer63 is upon us. Ottawa's annual independent horror collective will return to the Mayfair on October 23rd. Deadline for submissions is October 12th. So get out there and start making horror shorts!

If anyone has any questions about the event, please feel free to contact me at:

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Ghost World came out nine years ago!? Son of a bitch the passage of time from when a movie first came out is making me feel old lately! Did you realize that the first X-Men movie was the years ago!? A decade! Man.

Anyhow, the film Ghost World is based on the comic Ghost World, which was written and drawn by underground comics mastermind Daniel Clowes. Go buy a Daniel Clowes book, or go check one out at the library, they are all good across the board pretty much. The film was directed by Terry Zwigoff, fresh off of his universally acclaimed (and also comic book themed) documentary Crumb. Well, not exactly fresh was seven years between projects.

Ghost World tells the fairly simple tale of a pair of high-school grad social outcasts living in a weird surreal suburban world. A strange lil place filled with strange lil characters going about their strange lil lives. Featuring a very young Thora Birch & Scarlett Johansson (well before her cat-suit, kick-ass Black Widow turn), and in a indie film cred one-two punch, the film features not only Illeana Douglas, but also none other than Steve Buscemi.

DC Comics, back in the 80's ran with a slogan which emphasized that DC Comics aren't just for kids anymore. Which kind of backfired, 'cause now no kids read comics at all. But that's a different rant. Ghost World (both book and film) is one of my go to examples for folks naive to the fact that comic books aren't just dudes in spandex hitting each other. Don't get me wrong, I love a good super hero comic as much as the next geek. Though still in this day and age of pop culture, folks still seem shocked that stuff like Road to Perdition or History of Violence or From Hell or 30 Days of Night do indeed come from comic book inspiration.

Ghost World is a prime example of a great comic book translated at it's best into an equally entertaining movie. Catch it at the Mayfair on July 25th at 9PM for Sunday Night Geek Night, as presented by Lost Marbles.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

I lived in Vancouver when 'Quick and the Dead' came out. My mind escapes me on the name of the theatre where I saw it, but it was this great Mayfair type place that was right beside a bowling alley and showed Ed Wood movies, Planet of the Apes, animation fests and all kinds of cool stuff. I'm pretty sure they used it recently in an episode of Fringe (with the fake alternate universe movie titles on the marquee) but I might be wrong about that.

Anyhow, onto the topic at hand. Some people seem to dismiss this movie 'cause it stars Sharon Stone. Yes, I can't really admit to being a fan of hers either. If only for willingly appearing in movies the likes of 'Catwoman' and 'Basic Instinct 2' one should be heavily reprimanded.

Here is what she should be defended for though...especially for her actions in the year 1995 (or at least for her two films released in 1995). Her other movie that year was 'Casino', which of course was directed my Martin Scorsese. And Scorsese is a genius and can do no wrong and is the most respected filmmaker of our time if not all time. So if he wants to put that lady from 'Sliver' in his movie, clearly she's got some kindah talent hidden underneath there somewhere. She even got herself an Oscar nomination out of it.

The other movie she had released that year was the one for the blog topic at hand, 'The Quick and the Dead'. It's like a Clint Eastwood 'Man With No Name' type story, except change the man to a woman. In this case, that woman being Sharon Stone. She got a producer credit on the film, and used her Hollywood power of the time to throw her weight around on two interesting points of cinema history. One, she fought to give an unknown (to North America) actor by the name of Russell Crowe a lead part. Check out his imdb resume post and pre Quick & the Dead and see how that effected his career. Two: She also fought for a director named Sam Raimi who had just come off of a big flop of a movie that some geeks are a little bit familiar with by the title of 'Army of Darkness'.

So just for one night, put your Sharon Stone hatred aside, and come out to see a real kick ass western at the Mayfair.

Quick and the Dead, presented by Invisible Cinema – Sunday Night Geek Night – July 11th – 9:30pm

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Happy Roller Derby Movie Night eve! Join the Rideau Valley Roller Girls for the highly anticipated special Sunday Night Geek Night screening of Kansas City Bomber (Sunday July 4th at 9PM at the Mayfair). What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than to cheer on Raquel Welch and a team of roller derby girls from Kansas?

Friday, July 02, 2010 I went and found a kewl Alpha Flight picture on the old inter-web to make use of for a Canada Day best wishes greeting...then I forgot to make use of it. So a slightly belated 'Yay Canada!' to one and all.

I had to work last night tearing down one of the Canada Day stages downtown. You ever want a harrowing challenge for yourself? Head north on a street while tens of thousands of folks are heading downstream against you. Madness.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Saturday night I did my first bit of volunteering for the Rideau Valley Roller Girls. In retrospect, not sure what took me so long to do so. Guess I was content and enthralled enough in my watching of the sport from the sidelines. When the question arose if I wanted to help out though, I was all in. Now I get to ad 'score catcher' to my resume. As with many events big and small in my life, I seem to manage the avoidance of anything in the way of photographic evidence that I was there (I don't think there's any proof I lived in BC or have been to New York a couple times). I am in the above shot, a bit Where's Waldo style though.

Segueing nicely into other roller derby related news is the next Sunday Night Geek Night at the Mayfair. We'll be screening the drive-in derby classic Kansas City Bomber in association with my Rideau Valley Roller Girl friends. I've been trying to track down this one for pretty much the duration of my association with the theatre. And through a crazy chain of events (well...ebay) we now own an actual print of the thing. So we might make it an annual tradition, show it before the start of every roller derby season or somethin'.

The next Sunday Night Geek Night - July 4th at 9PM

Saturday, June 19, 2010

I remember the pop-culture boom that was Beavis and Butt-Head. At one point in 1993 - 94 or so, they were everywhere. They seemed to be on every magazine cover, t-shirt, and entertainment news clip. I did not like them. To be fair, at this point I hadn't actually seen the a single episode, I was purely judging the product before actually having seen it. We didn't get MTV in Canada at the time. Or if we did, it wasn't regular cable...and it was before that there internet contraption made watching every single thing ever made readily available for your viewing enjoyment.

In a fateful post-high school vacation to Florida, my two friends and I spent a large chunk of our get-away in my aunt and uncle's backyard pool. A backyard pool that just happened to have a TV nearby to it. So we got to be in the pool, eating amazing junky American food, while watching TV. They were good times indeed.

One beautiful sunny Florida afternoon, instead of doing something useful or vacation like, we were again in the pool. And on the aforementioned pool-side TV was a Beavis and Butt-Head marathon. On that day we watched a hell of a lot of Beavis and Butt-Head. And also on that day I fell in love with everything and anything Beavis and Butt-Head.

What people who never watched the show (like me) didn't know was that it was hands down smartest show on television. Really. Pure genius. Then I noticed that a lot of people who I thought were cool (David Letterman, Patrick Stewart) were also fans. It started getting more accolades and praise from legit media sources and not just those MTV slackers. Then a lot of people kind of realized that Mike Judge was a cartoon makin' genius. Or at least I think so.

Maybe the pinnacle of his animated genius is the one and only big screen adventure undertaken by the duo, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. A grand adventure of two idiots on a quest to find their missing TV. There's an awesome dream sequence, nifty secret celebrity cameo's, a Rob Zombie hallucination segment, and an amazingly put together story (even more impressive 'cause it's a pair of characters who are usually in short episodes of which a big chunk is music video cut-aways).

I miss Beavis and Butt-Head. I wish for the day that Mike Judge returns to Beavis and Butt-Head. And I am ecstatic to see it on the big screen again for the first time since 1996.

Sunday Night Geek Nights presents Beavis and Butt-Head Do America at the Mayfair Theatre - Sunday June 20th at 9PM

Friday, June 11, 2010

I cannot tell a lie. I have absolutely no emotional connection to the GoBots and their fight against (or with?) the Rock Lords. None the less, I think the concept of showing bad Hanna Barbera style 80's Saturday morning animation up on the big screen a great thing.

GoBots being screened at the Mayfair came to fruition upon tying to get a hold of the Transformers animated movie (best death scene in a movie EVER!). It, alas, is unavailable. That lead me to jokingly ask 'Can we get the GoBots movie?' To which the Mayfair's head programmer said 'There's not a GoBots feature is there?'. And sadly enough, not only did it exist, but it was available. It's a strange backwards world.

So, although I haven't actually seen this movie, I can guarantee you this: It is better than a Michael Bay robot movie. Promise.

Sunday Night Geek Night:
GoBots Battle of the Rocklords - June 13th at 9pm at the Mayfair.
With upwards of NINE GoBots toys to give away, thanks to those fine geeks over at the Comic Book Shoppe

Another awesome event happens at the Mayfair this Saturday, a triple bill screening of the original (pre - Crystal Skull) Indiana Jones trilogy. Plus, thanks to our friends at Quinn's, you can sneak over to the adjoining Quinn's patio and get an Indy themed burger, or maybe try some eyeball soup.

As a true fanatical bonus to the event is a very special screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (Friday the 11th & Saturday the 12th at 7pm). Learn all about the film over at the un-official Indy site:

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Having the adult animated comic book anthology Heavy Metal play at the Mayfair puts geeky Kodachrome memories of my high school youth back into my brain. I watched the film a number of times back in the long ago times of the late 80's to early 90's.

The comic magazine itself, was exploitative, filled with lots of sex and violence, outer space and monsters, a ton of imagination, and work from some of the greatest writers and artists around (what more could a 13 year old want from a publication!?).

The cartoon itself over-flows with legendary geeky talent. Featuring the work of producer Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters), writer Dan O'Bannon (Alien, Return of the Living Dead), comics legends Richard Corben, Bernie Wrightson and Moebius, and the voice talents of SCTV alums Eugene Levy, Harold Ramis and the late great John Candy.

Plus, in a local bit of film history, the project was partially animated in none other than Ottawa.

The very nice looking re-release print of Heavy Metal, on June 6th at 9:30, only at the Mayfair, only for Sunday Night Geek Night.

Oh...and we'll be giving away some swell DVD's thanks to our friends at the bestest video store around, Invisible Cinema.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

In 1985, Michael J Fox starred in one of the most successful, highly praised, most beloved, and some would say one of the best films of not only the 80's, but of all time. Teen Wolf was not that movie.

It's amazing the kind of stuff that used to get green lit by the powers that be in Hollywood. And even more amazing, that the movie must have done a bit of business. It spawned a non-Michael J Fox sequel (the wittily titled, Jason Bateman starring, Teen Wolf Too) and even a Saturday morning cartoon (though to be fair, even the Rubik's Cube starred in a cartoon back then).

Relive the good ole' days of 1980's teen monster cinema on May 30th at 9:15 for another Sunday Night Geek Night. This one sponsored by Invisible Cinema, who have supplied some great 80's themed DVD's for us to give away to those brave enough to attend.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Back to the Future was the biggest film of 1985 ( favorite film of '85 was Goonies, followed by Pee Wee's Big Adventure, then maybe Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome...not to detract from Back to the Future mind you). It was also critically praised across the board, garnered a giant fan-base, spun-off a pair of sequels, an animated series, a theme park ride, has an awesome theme song by Huey Lewis & the News, and made director Robert Zemeckis a Hollywood powerhouse. Some people even think it's the most perfect screenplay of the 80's. Which is a pretty heady statement considering the movies that came out in that decade.

I needn't bother going into a plot synopsis, everyone knows that already. What I will emphasize is that this special 25th anniversary screening is being presented on the only available 35mm print in North America. And sadly, it very may well be the last chance to see it in such a format up on the big screen.

So, come on out for an extra special Sunday Night Geek Night at the Mayfair, May 23rd at 8pm. And even more incentive, my friends at Lost Marbles
have supplied a pair of very awesome prizes (I'll have to think up some extra hard trivia to make sure they go to a deserving home).

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I've said it before and I'll say it again: If you haven't seen Buckaroo Banzai, Buckaroo Banzai is the coolest movie that you've never seen. Hands down. I'm so confident of it's pinnacle of awesomeness that I won't even go into details on what it's about. I'll let those unfamiliar with it's brilliance jump in to the story completely spoiler free and have their minds blown to it's fullest potential.

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension at the Mayfair for Sunday Night Geek Night - May 16th @ 9PM (Plus! Awesome prizes to give away from The Comic Book Shoppe!bv).