Alibi Midnight Movie
Blue Velvet - the 30th Anniversary of the David Lynch Classic!!
Jun 3 to Jun 4
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!
Dir. David Lynch - 1986 - 121m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special presentation! $8 General / $6 students with valid i.d.s
"It's a sunny, woodsy day in Lumberton, so get those chainsaws out!"
A sensual mystery thriller about strange happenings in a small all-American town. A college student stumbles across a bizarre mystery and wants to know more, perhaps too much more. The oblique world he's found lurking beneath his hometown's picture-postcard veneer is about to become violently stranger.
“Three decades after its initial release, David Lynch's Blue Velvet has lost none of its power to derange, terrify, and exhilarate.” - Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
“[A] powerful, mesmerizing thriller, a masterful exercise in controlling an audience`s attention.” - Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
“The charged erotic atmosphere makes the film something of a hallucination, but Lynch's humor keeps breaking through, too.” - Pauline Kael, New Yorker
Belladonna of Sadness (KANASHIMI NO BERADONA)
Jun 17 to Jun 23
Friday to Thursday 9:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Eiichi Yamamoto - 1973 - 86m - Japan- In Japanese with English subtitles - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $8 general / $6 students
A HUGE THANKS TO OUR GREAT NEIGHBORS IMEC
One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, never before officially released in the U.S., BELLADONNA OF SADNESS is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery with horned demons, haunted forests and La Belle Dame Sans Merci, equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism. The last film in the adult-themed Animerama trilogy produced by the godfather of Japanese anime & manga, Osamu Tezuka and directed by his long time collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto ("ASTRO BOY" and "KIMBA THE WHITE LION"), BELLADONNA unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. An innocent young woman, Jeanne (voiced by Aiko Nagayama) is violently raped by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai, from Akira Kurosawa's RAN) who appears as an erotic sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire.
Extremely transgressive and not for the easily offended, BELLADONNA is fueled by a mindblowing Japanese psych rock soundtrack by noted avant-garde jazz composer Masahiko Satoh. The film has been newly restored by Cinelicious Pics using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements - and including over 8 minutes of surreal and explicit footage cut from the negative. On par with Rene Laloux's FANTASTIC PLANET and Ralph Bakshi's WIZARDS as an LSD-stoked 1970s head trip, BELLADONNA marks a major rediscovery for animation fans. If Led Zeppelin had a favorite film, this would be it. In other words, Stairway to Hell.
“The many unique elements that make the film stand out from its peers, including the art on screen, combined with the Emaki-mono presentation, make Belladonna of Sadness a must-see for fans of Japanese animation.” - Alex Fitch, Electric Sheep
“The gift that keeps on giving.” - Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
View red band trailer