Sorry for the Delay …

26 07 2010

Hello all. Quick post that doesn’t have much to do with midnight flicks, but serves as an apology for my negligence. I promise I’ll be posting again soon, as I still have cult movies to review, midnight screenings to attend, and a new RiffTrax Live to get tickets to! BTW, the riffed film will indeed be Reefer Madness. Should be a great one!

Expect recaps on meeting both Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero; details of seeing both Troll 2 and Best Worst Movie in one weekend; and what watching Heavy Metal in theaters was like. To the midnight hour!

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Vote for the Next Rifftrax Live Flick!

28 05 2010

The geniuses behind Rifftrax are giving you the chance to influence which film they riff on next. The link below takes you to the poll, where you can choose between Reefer Madness and Jack the Giant Killer.

Vote Here!

I attended the first Rifftrax live last summer when the guys riffed Plan 9 From Outer Space and it was such a treat, being the huge MSTie that I am. I unfortunately missed the holiday special because of a final exam, but I plan to be there for this summer’s event, whichever movie is chosen! If you’re wondering, though, I voted for Reefer Madness (but don’t let that influence you).

Look for a review of Reefer Madness on this blog as I make my way through "20 Cult Classics" on DVD. Image: http://4and20blackbirds.wordpress.com/2009/04/18/reefer-madness/

I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted as more news on the next Rifftrax Live becomes available! Hooray for summer!





“The Room” and Tommy Wiseau Tear Apart the AFI Silver Theater

24 05 2010

My affection for “The Room” is deep and pure. I’ve seen it four times since it made its DC debut in December 2009, and I plan to make my return after a brief hiatus either this month or next. For those not in the know on this beacon amongst cult films, a post about how amazing the movie is will come later. But for now, I just had to share the exciting news that director Tommy Wiseau will make his DC debut next June! The American Film Institute’s Silver Theater will feature five showings of “The Room” from June 11th through the 13th. I’m sure that Wiseau is pleased as punch to see his opus take its rightful place within the same theater that will be showing a restored 35 mm print of Breathless in July. I know I can’t wait to show up to this theater wearing a tie on my head.

Classy.

After the event I hope to have pictures and perhaps a video of the Q&A. In the meantime, I can tell you now that I plan on asking Wiseau about the perceived misogyny within the film, and whether or not such a negative portrayal of women was in fact his intention and/or what he thinks of people viewing – and jeering – the film as incredibly sexist. I may also ask about Chris R, my favorite character, and what his back story is. So many opportunities!

Another potential future post - a tribute to Chris R, a man amongst men

In closing, I just want to say that I think it’s great that Tommy Wiseau attends these screenings. He really embraces the cult following and it’s always nice to see a director support fan followings, no matter how they manifest.

Screen caps from trailer





Beware the Killer Tire: Rubber (2010)

21 05 2010

While a film usually needs to be released before it gains cult/midnight status, this blog will also focus on genre flicks that have the potential to at least find their way into the midnight circuit. As such, “After Midnight’s” inaugural post (aside from the intro) would like to introduce the upcoming film Rubber.

From Deadline.com, Rubber is about “a psychopathic car tire with telepathic powers named Robert.” Arrow in the Head gives more details, stating, Rubber is the story of a tire named Robert who, after discovering a pile of burning tires, decides to avenge his people by blowing up people’s heads … like tires.” Yup, Robert the tire, going on a homicidal rampage by making people (and animals) die via “his” mind. No, I couldn’t be more stoked. Check out Robert working his dastardly magic in the clip below:

Deadline is taking the expected route and mocking the film’s acquisition, saying that its pick-up is a signal that it’s a slow week at Cannes. I couldn’t disagree more. Yes, the film looks silly and cheesy, but I also think it’s obvious that that’s what the film is supposed to be. It’s intentionally ridiculous because that’s why people like me and other midnight movie fans go – because we revel in the lunacy of such films. Whether intentional or not, seeing a movie that is just so unbelievable, so absurd, and so campy is often refreshing and a way to mix up the movie-going experience parallel to films bent on making us believe their stories. Sometimes directors just want to make something fun, no matter how crazy and ridiculous it may be. The midnight circuit, I believe, is what most allows directors to do this.

I have a feeling that Rubber’s distributors will likely be playing up this midnight movie trait, and if they’re not planning to, then they should be. It has an audience, just not an early showtime one. Bring in laughs, encourage word of mouth, play up the campiness, because ultimately that is what promotes and sustains films such as this and, subsequently, a lot of fun in the theater.

I’m definitely adding the film to my watch list, and I’ll update the blog as I find out more release information. Until then, don’t light any tires on fire, so as to avoid death by telekinetic explosion.





Oh HI!

20 05 2010

Welcome to “After Midnight,” a blog dedicated to the greatest movie showtime in existence – midnight!

Cult films, B-movies, midnight flicks, and their ilk have long been a keen interest of mine. I regularly attend midnight movies at my local art house, own several “lost” (often for a good reason) cult/exploitation/grindhouse flicks on DVD, and am one of the biggest MST3K fans on the planet. This blog aims to not only serve as a love letter for the quirky black sheep of the Hollywood family, but to provide a space for analysis, discussion, and information on one of cinema’s longest running trends.

“After Midnight” will primarily have information about upcoming cult film screenings (namely in the DC area) as well as news on growing cult film trends. There will also be movie reviews, midnight screening reviews, film analysis, reviews of flicks that I find on DVD, and other oddities that come with the midnight movie territory. Be sure to keep checking back for updates, including information on screenings of “The Room” with Tommy Wiseau, various “Rocky Horror” endeavors, working my way through the “20 Cult Classics” DVD I purchased, and other midnight movie forays. To the midnight hour!