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Alice's Restaurant - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Nov 27 to Nov 28
Thursday and Friday - 5:00, 7:30

Dir. Arthur Penn - 1969 - 119m

"It is hard to imagine a more beautiful movie" (Time Magazine) than this critically acclaimed chronicle of hippie life during the late 1960s, which garnered the acclaimed director of Bonnie and Clyde his second Oscar(r) nomination*. Based on the song by folk music troubadour Arlo Guthrie, son of legendary "Dust Bowl" balladeer Woody Guthrie, this tribute film to "the lost generation" features memorable scenes with other folk artists like Pete Seeger, who join Arlo in song to make a profound statement about war, protest and change. In the late '60s, a changing social and political climate inspired a new generation to create a lifestyle outside of the mainstream. Twenty-two year-old Arlo's journey to find a place for himself and his music includes a visit to his dying father in the hospital, gigs in New York and romps with his friends Alice and Ray, who run a small restaurant in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. And when an incident at Alice's Restaurant plays a pivotal role inArlo's avoidance of the draft, it sends him down a road that he will consider a small price to pay to keep his freedom and his beliefs.  Directed by Arthur Penn(Bonnie and Clyde, Little Big Man, Night Moves) 

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Christmas with the Dead - A Partial Benefit for the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation

Nov 28 to Nov 29
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Terrill Lee Lankford - 2011 - 96m - A BUBONICON 47 PRESENTATION! All seats $8

SPECIAL DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF BUBONICON 47 & STRANGER FACTORY!

Part of the proceeds will benefit the ABQ Public Library Foundation

Follow the merry madness of Joe R. Lansdale's CHRISTMAS WITH THE DEAD movie from start to finish to sharing it with your family this holiday!

In his quest to fulfill a promise made to his wife, Calvin sets out to right his wrongs and make it the best Christmas ever. If only it weren't June, and the majority of the population, including his wife and daughter, hadn't returned from the dead as flesh-eating snappers in search of hot human lunches, he'd be in pretty good shape. 

Driven by guilt in a race against the apocalyptic clock, Calvin teams up with G.M., a wily ex-garbage man turned undead slayer, as together they attempt to deck the halls during the most magical time of the year. It's Christmas in June. And snappers be damned... The lights and decorations are going up.

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Forbidden Planet - double featured with THIS ISLAND EARTH

Nov 29 to Nov 30
Saturday and Sunday 4:00, 8:00

Dir. Fred McLeod Wilcox - 1956 - 98m - A 50s SCI FI DOUBLE FEATURE! C'MON, BRING THE FAMILY!

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PALS OVER AT BUBONICON 47 !!

Film in CinemaScope and Metrocolor!

Shakespeare's "The Tempest" is transformed in this landmark science-fiction film with groundbreaking special effects. Space men travel to a planet ruled by expatriate Pidgeon who has built a kingdom with his daughter and obedient robot Robby. There the good doctor is plagued by his mad quest for knowledge through his "brain booster" machine, and by Freudian "monsters from the id" as his daughter discovers other men and learns to kiss.

"An ingenious script, excellent special effects and photography, and superior acting, make it an endearing winner." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

"Imaginative gadgets galore, plus plenty of suspense and thrills, make the production a top offering in the space travel category." - Variety Staff

"MGM's full color, 'Scope production looks amazing, and Robby the Robot steals the show." - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

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This Island Earth - double featured with FORBIDDEN PLANET!

Nov 29 to Nov 30
Saturday and Sunday 2:00, 6:00

Dir. Joseph M. Newman - 1955 - 86m - A 50s SCI FI DOUBLE FEATURE! C'MON, BRING THE FAMILY!

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PALS OVER AT BUBONICON 47 !!

In a ‘close encounter,’  two Earthling scientists (Rex Reason and Faith Domergue) are “recruited” by the inhabitants of the planet Metaluna to aid them in a desperate effort to defend their world from a ruthless, all-out attack by alien invaders, the Zagons.

Well-directed and photographed, “This Island Earth” is “…done with a grandiose solemnity that makes it worthy of the name of space opera. The settings, in particular, are brilliantly imaginative, with superb use of color in conjuring the almost surrealistic landscape of Metaluna, a cratered wasteland concealing the labyrinthine underground city soon to be overrun by a hideous race of insect-like mutants with exposed brains and dead eyes, originally bred by the Metalunians for menial work.”-Tom Milne, “Time Out”

"Pioneering sf drama about space travel is rich in storytelling, atmosphere, visual design and color." - Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television

"Pretty impressive sci-fi for 1955, a near classic." - Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan

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Level 5

Dec 1 to Dec 4
Monday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Chris Marker - 1996 - 106m - No Matinees

COURTESY OF ICARUS FILMS, A BIG THANKS TO THEM!

BONUS!  BASEMENT FILMS PRESIDENT BRYAN KONEFSKY TO INTRODUCE ALL THE SCREENINGS!

A woman (Laura), a computer, an invisible interlocutor: such is the setup on which LEVEL FIVE is built. She "inherits" a task: to finish writing a video game centered on the Battle of Okinawa - a tragedy practically unknown in the West, but whose development played a decisive role in the way World War II ended, as well as in postwar times and even our present.

A strange game, in fact. Contrary to classical strategy games whose purpose is to turn back the tide of history, this one seems willing only to reproduce history as it happened. While working on Okinawa and meeting through a rather unusual network - parallel to Internet - informants and even eye-witnesses to the battle (including film director Nagisa Oshima), Laura gathers pieces of the tragedy, until they start to interfere with her own life.

As in any self-respecting video game, this one proceeds by "levels". Laura and her interlocutor, intoxicated by their enterprise, use this as a metaphor for life itself, and gladly attribute levels to everything around them. Will she attain LEVEL FIVE?

"A mesmerizing fusion of fact and (science) fiction!" —Toronto Star

"A cinematic gem!" —National Post

"A passionate and cerebral science-fiction adventure...there is nothing else in theaters now that feels quite as new." —The New York Times

“A fascinating glimpse of a historical event that’s still little known in the West.” —Variety

"Its digressive, elliptic, self-referential approach to depicting the atrocities of war feels like the only true response to such unimaginable horrors. At one point the narrator refers to 'the ethics of imagery', and few filmmakers have probed this field with such acuity and sensitivity as Marker has." —Time Out London

“Too complicated for words – yet unforgettable – Chris Marker signs a masterful historic-fantastic thriller, a vital reflection on death and image... A film on memory and the refusal to forget. An unforgettable film.” —Pierre Murat, Telerama

“An exceptional film!” —Jean-Michel Frodon, Le Monde

“A film full of intelligence and generosity.” —Gerard Lefort, Liberation

“A bit in the same way as Resnais’ HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR, LEVEL FIVE unwinds the three entangled threads of a ball of yarn: transmission of History, reflection on image and film matter, intimate dialogue.” —Serge Kaganski, Les Inrockuptibles

"Should rightly take its place among the late director's best work." —LA Times

"This is a fin de siècle masterpiece crafted with life-worn hope for the new millennium just around the corner and a rueful awareness that the world remains as evanescent as ever.” —Mubi Notebook

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Love: A documentary about painter Beth Moore-Love

Dec 1 to Dec 4
Monday to Thursday 8:30pm ONLY

Dir. Larry Wessel - 2014 - 111m - WORLD PREMIERE!! - No Matinees

Artist Beth Moore-Love will be in person for several of the screenings!

Beth Moore-Love could just perhaps be the greatest living artist working in America today! Her works can be found in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. She is a national treasure and yet, she is virtually unknown. Filmmaker Larry Wessel is determined to change that with his nine year labor of love…his  feature-length documentary called LOVE.

THE ART OF BETH MOORE-LOVE

“My ‘artwork’ has always been very cynical and ANGRY. I read a quote once, I don’t remember who said it, something about the purpose of art being to soothe the spirit after a hard day of ‘reality’. What does that mean? I once saw a two-page advertisement for some stupid car, on one side of the fold-out was a photo of Monument Valley, morphing into the skyline of Manhattan. On the other page, over Monument Valley was written, ‘The Dream’, over Manhattan was written, “The Reality”. And I saw right away that this was completely backwards. So my purpose as an artist is to soothe these people who turn our world upside-down for profit? These people who feel spiritually bereft after a hard day of raping and pillaging? F*ck that. I will NOT. I’m going to sneak it on the wall, and slap the sh*t out of them with the truth of it. Is there ugliness and horror in my work? Absolutely. Do you think that my work is distasteful? You are correct!”

- Beth Moore-Love

"Provides a fascinating insight into what makes Moore-Love tick, throwing up explanations as to why she paints such shocking subjects. It’s rare to see such a personal examination of an artist and their creative process. and to feel as though you’ve been allowed access to their most private thoughts and inspirations; and while the pace is slow and the structure is stark, this perfectly reflects the meticulous nature of Moore-Love’s intricate outpourings." - Billy Chainsaw, Bizarre Magazine

"A unique perspective on the artist's personal history...comprehensive in it's dissection of Beth Moore-Love's artwork...this is the place for the straight skinny on all of it...it's fascinating." - Mark Bell, Film Threat

"This documentary may not be for the squeamish, but it's well worth watching for an in- depth portrait of a significant American artist who has been addressing big issues in her complex, amazing paintings for decades." - Matt Dukes Jordan, Fleshapoidfilms

"This is a masterpiece that everyone with a taste for the beautiful, the gruesome, the thought provoking and the wickedly funny should see. Highly recommended! Larry Wessel's LOVE is amazing." - Visa Disablot, Mesikämmen

"In his typical exuberant style Wessel goes in search of the soul of the artist Beth Moore-Love. Her grotesque, colorful paintings show a dysfunctional universe of joyful cruelty and perverse little girls. As always, humor and transgression in Wessel's eccentric films go hand in hand." - Sofie Verdoodt, OFFoff art cinema

"This movie needs to be seen in art classes all over the world!" - Tanner Toobach, Unboxed Watched and Reviewed

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CRISPIN HELLION GLOVER IN PERSON - "It Is Fine! Everything is Fine" plus BIG SLIDE SHOW PART 2 and BOOK SIGNING!

Dec 5
Friday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Crispin Hellion Glover - 2007 to now! - Approx. 3 hours - ALL SEATS $20 - MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER

NOTE:  ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT OUR GOOD NEIGHBORS STRANGER FACTORY !  CASH OR CHECK PREFERRED WITH THE EXCEPTION OF OUT OF TOWN PHONE ORDERS.  NO ONE UNDER 18 ADMITTED.  NO ADMIT ONE PASSES/GIFT CERTIFICATES ACCEPTED ON THIS SPECIAL EVENT!

CRISPIN HELLION GLOVER'S BIG SLIDE SHOW PART 2 (7PM) - a one hour dramatic narration of eight different profusely illustrated books. The images from the books are projected behind Mr. Glover during his performance. 

IT IS FINE!  EVERYTHING IS FINE:  A FEATURE FILM ON 35MM (8PM) - 

"Wildly impassioned and macabrely fascinating." - Laura Kern, New York Times

"Four stars!  As surprising for its visual boldness —as it is for its sincerity." - Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out

Winner! Special Jury Mention New Visions Award 2007, Sitges International Film Festival

“Although Paul's speech is unintelligible to us, each of the women he meets understands exactly what he says; they often find him wildly attractive. This is Paul's fantasy, of course, and what he is saying within it is painful, honest, awful and makes "It Is Fine!" as much a psychological horror film as it is an exercise in midnight movie madness… The statement Stewart makes in his script -- that handicapped people can not only be as sensitive as everyone else, but just as horrible -- is made eloquent, if bizarre, via Glover and Brothers' otherworldy vision, rendered via elegant cinematography and a pronounced sense of the strange.” - JOHN ANDERSON, Variety Magazine

“Glover's co-director- David Brothers' art direction create streets and apartment interiors of hallucinatory luridness. That, mixed with the thunderous soundtrack of Beethoven, Smetana and Tchaikovsky give the movie a relentless nightmare quality. What Diane Arbus was to photography, Crispin Hellion Glover is swiftly achieving as a filmmaker. Training his sardonic eyes on the strange and afflicted he achieves a mad dark poetry on celluloid.” - Dennis Dermody, PAPER magazine

“Glover and Brothers force you to see this crippled person as a suave leading man. To say the film is weird would be cliché, it's way beyond that the film drew laughs and gasps from the audience. The odd thing about it all - it works. It's actually refreshing to see someone who actually has cerebral palsy in a film rather than some actor playing someone with cerebral palsy…" - Chris Gore, Film Threat

"Glover's aim is to show that people with less-than-perfect bodies are as human as anyone else. It's a worthy and so-far successful crusade." - V.A. Musetto, New York Post

Q&A (9:15PM)

BOOK SIGNING (10pm)

CRISPIN HELLION GLOVER IN PERSON -

CRISPIN HELLION GLOVER IN PERSON - "What Is It?" plus BIG SLIDE SHOW PART 1 and BOOK SIGNING!

Dec 6
Saturday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Crispin Hellion Glover - 2005 to now! - Approx. 3 hours - ALL SEATS $20 - MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER

NOTE:  ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT OUR GOOD NEIGHBORS STRANGER FACTORY !  CASH OR CHECK PREFERRED WITH THE EXCEPTION OF OUT OF TOWN PHONE ORDERS.  NO ONE UNDER 18 ADMITTED.  NO ADMIT ONE PASSES/GIFT CERTIFICATES ACCEPTED ON THIS SPECIAL EVENT!

CRISPIN HELLION GLOVER'S BIG SLIDE SHOW PART 1 (7PM) - a one hour dramatic narration of eight different profusely illustrated books. The images from the books are projected behind Mr. Glover during his performance. 

WHAT IS IT?:  A FEATURE FILM ON 35MM (8PM) - view a trailer.

“Crispin Hellion Glover, auteur, is a force to be reckoned with.” - Laura Kern, The New York Times

"Glover...puts impenetrably odd and tender poetry on the screen." - Bill Stamets, The Chicago Sun-Times

"It's unlike anything I've ever seen before...the unrestrained id of an artist at full frenzy, unafraid to mount onscreen what others would judiciously edit out. Glover's film is like that of the fever dream of a crazy person. "- Dennis Dermody, Paper Magazine

"Scenes with naked women in elephant masks, Shirley Temple, Glover being lowered deus-ex-machina style into a Maxfield Parrish scene...It's like Fellini on psychedelics -- wildly creative but completely twisted." - Jane Ganahl, San Francisco Examiner

“ABSOLUTELY the most uncompromising and original thing I've seen. People try to compare it to the likes of surrealist hero Luis Buñuel and trailblazer Werner Herzog, but I say Glover has transcended even them." - Kelly O, The Seattle Stranger Weekly

Q&A (9:15PM) 

BOOK SIGNING (10pm)

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Bird People

Dec 7 to Dec 11
Sunday to Thursday 6:00 Only!

Dir. Pascale Ferran - 2014 - 128m

In an airport hotel on the outskirts of Paris, a Silicon Valley engineer (Josh Charles) abruptly chucks his job, breaks things off with his wife, and holes up in his room. As fate draws him and a young French maid (Anais Demoustier) together, an audacious second-act surprise suddenly transforms César Award-winning director Pascale Ferran’s (Lady Chatterley) dark-tinged fairy-tale into something altogether richer, more beguiling, and utterly astonishing.

"An airport hotel may not seem the most inspiring of locations for a story of life-changing consequence, but French filmmaker Pascale Ferran's delicate, compassionate "Bird People" is just that sort of risk-taking existential adventure." - Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

"Fanciful, original and unexpected airport-set drama that captures the frenzy and pressures of modern life contrasted with lives led by creatures free as a bird. But quirkiness and length may delay takeoff." -Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International

"Slight but never inconsequential, dreamy but never unbelievable." - Daniel Carlson, Movie Mezzanine

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White Bird in a Blizzard

Dec 7 to Dec 11
Sunday to Thursday 4:00, 8:45

Dir. Gregg Araki - 2014 - 91m

Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley) is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve (Eva Green), a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears - just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father, Brock (Christopher Meloni), for the loss. In fact, it's almost a relief. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve's disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother's departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it...

“Intriguing and haunting” – Anthony Kaufman, Screen International

“Shailene Woodley is all grown up… you will never look at her the same way again.” – Chase Whale, The Playlist on Indiewire

“Sexy, hilarious, brutal, and haunting all at once” - Indiewire

"Heady, intoxicating... “Eva Green melts the screen” - The Playlist

“Shailene Woodley dazzles” – Rosie Fletcher, TotalFlim

“Eva Green goes deliciously unhinged” – Peter Debruge, Variety

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Dumb and Dumber - 20th Anniversary!!

Dec 12 to Dec 13
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly - 1994 - 107m - an ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $8 general / $6 students

The original theatrical release!  

DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF LOBO COMICS AND ANIME !

Delivering exactly what its title promises, this celebration of stupidity was Jim Carrey's 1994 follow-up to Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Mask. The film pairs the rubber- faced wacky man with Jeff Daniels as the not-so-dynamic duo of Lloyd and Harry, dunderheads who come into the possession of a briefcase containing ransom money that is intended for Mob-connected kidnappers. Lauren Holly costars as the woman who lost the briefcase, and with whom Carrey falls in love (both in real life and as his moronic on-screen character). As Lloyd and Harry make a mad dash to return the briefcase (never aware of its contents), the bumbling buddies attract Mobsters, cops, and trouble galore. 

"A movie that fully lives up to its name, right down to an opening credit sequence rife with intentional misspellings and grammatical errors." - Stephen Holden, New York Times

"The wholeheartedness of this descent into crude and rude humor is so good-natured and precise that it's hard not to partake in the guilty pleasures of the exercise." - Variety Staff

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Force Majeure

Dec 12 to Dec 15
Friday to Monday 4:30, 7:30

Dir. Ruben Ostlund - 2014 - 120m - Sweden, Denmark, Norway - In Swedish with English subtitles

A critical favorite at this year's Cannes Film Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, this wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family—handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond children—on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche suddenly bears down on the happy diners. With people fleeing in all directions and his wife and children in a state of panic, Tomas makes a decision that will shake his marriage to its core and leave him struggling to reclaim his role as family patriarch.

“A brutally smart and original film. Its edge is so keen, and its movements so deft that it’s not till you’re out the cinema and up the road that you realize how cutting it was. “ – Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

“Sophisticated, stingingly clever and well-executed. Filmed with crystalline clarity and observant humor” – Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

“It stands to complicate many a romantic arthouse date” – Peter Debruge, Variety

“An impressive and adult piece of work, bracing and intelligent. I found myself deeply impressed by how complex and smart the movie is.” – Drew McWeeny, Hitfix

“It brushes off our surface layer, shows us the icy truth underneath.” – Henry Barnes, The Guardian

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Tokyo Story

Dec 13 to Dec 14
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Yasujiro Ozu - 1953 - 137m - Japan - In Japanese with English Subtitles - AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB EVENT! $5 General / $2 AFC Members

A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple’s journey to visit their grown children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director’s customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the director’s recurring theme of generational conflict, creating what is without question one of cinema’s mightiest masterpieces.

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The Babadook

Dec 14 to Dec 15
Sunday & Monday 10pm

Dir. Jennifer Kent - 2014 - 94m - Australia - No Matinees

ALSO PLAYS FRIDAY DECEMBER 19 & SATURDAY DECEMBER 20 AT 2PM AND 10:30PM!

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both.??When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour, is forced to medicate him.??But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.

"An expertingly unsettling horror film!" - Time Out, New York

"One of the strongest, most effective horror films of recent years - with awards-quality lead work from Essie Davis, and a brilliantly designed new monster who could well become the break-out spook archetype of the decade." - Kim Newman, Empire Magazine

"Manages to deliver real, seat-grabbing jolts while also touching on more serious themes of loss, grief and other demons that can not be so easily vanquished." - Scott Foundas, Variety

"What's been delivered here is a potent brew of psychological terror mixed with a genuinely spooky story, making The Babadook easily the best horror movie of recent years." - George Byrne, Irish Independent

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20,000 Days On Earth

Dec 16 to Dec 19
Tuesday to Friday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard - 2014 - 97m - No Matinees

Sundance Film Festival - Best Directing – World Documentary FeatureSundance Film Festival & Best Editing - World Documentary Feature

An inventive, lyrical ode to creativity and an intimate examination of the artistic process of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave. In their debut feature directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard fuse drama and documentary, weaving a staged day in Cave’s life with never-before-seen verité observation of his creative cycle. It features those who have affected his life, including wry tales from the road shared with his regular collaborator, the multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis; actor and friend Ray Winstone; and Kylie Minogue, who shared a duet with Cave in the breakout hit "Where the Wild Roses Grow." These voices from the past revisit Cave in daydream-like scenes as he sits behind the wheel driving through his adopted hometown of Brighton, England. 

Neither a music documentary nor a concert film, 20,000 Days On Earth still contains electrifying performances. Audiences see a song grow from the tiniest of ideas to an epic performance at Sydney Opera House. Cave also opens up to a psychoanalyst as he discusses how his early years continue to inform his work, and journeys through his memories via mementos from his personal archive. This category-defying film pushes the form into new territory, exploring universal themes about artistry, and celebrating the transformative power of the creative spirit.

"Gorgeous and haunting…an unclassifiable and frequently spectacular documentary." - Andrew O'hehir, Salon.com

"Simply astounding, razor sharp, dynamic." - Rob Nelson, Variety

"Just spending an hour and a half or so inside the mind of Nick Cave would be fascinating enough. But the themes of time and lifetime, and the 20,000-day take on it, make this one a must-see." - Michael Dunaway, Paste Magazine

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This Ain't No Mouse Music: The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records

Dec 16 to Dec 19
Tuesday to Friday 4:30, 6:30

Dir. Chris Simon & Maureen Gosling - 2013 - 92m

Chris Strachwitz is a detective of deep American music, music that's the antithesis of the corporate "mouse music" dominating pop culture. Since 1960, he has been the guiding force behind legendary Arhoolie Records, bringing Cajun music out of Louisana, Tex-Mex out of Texas , blues out of the country - and into the living rooms of Middle America. 

Born a German count, Strachwitze fled his homeland after WWII at 16. Here, he discovered, and shared, a musical landscape that most Americans missed. He takes us on a hip-shaking stomp from Texas to New Orleans, Cajun country to Appalachia, as he continues his passionate quest for the musical soul of America. 

"The musical anthropologist Alan Lomax would have adored THIS AIN'T NO MOUSE MUSIC!" - The New York Times 

"A lovingly crafted documentary." - Smells Like Screen Spirit

"A loving documentary about America's nearly lost music." - Film Journal International

"An infectiously enjoyable portrait of a man who has devoted his life to doing what he loves." - Hollywood Reporter

"Chris Strachwitz is arguably second only to the Lomaxes when it comes to informing us about our own musical heritage." - The Village Voice

"One of the best musical documentaries since Twenty Feet from Stardom." - Berkeley Daily Planet

"Captures the wild tale of Strachwitz's devotion to our musical underworld." - LA Weekly

"A fascinating road trip through the dusty back roads and anonymous beer joints of the music of your neighbors." - San Francisco Bay Guardian

"A riveting film experience that's almost impossible to describe." - Bay Area Reporter

"Thoroughly beguiling." - North Bay Bohemian

"A fascinating story of Arhoolie records founder Chris Strachwitz." - Oakland Tribune/Contra Costa Times/San Jose Mercury News

“One of the best music documentaries around. This film puts the heart and soul back into music and opens your mind to incredible artists you may never heard of." - The Film Reel, Toronto

“This loving portrait of one of music’s great diggers, great finders, great protectors and champions, would be worth it for the music it serves up alone." - Off The Tracks

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The Babadook

Dec 19 to Dec 20
Friday & Saturday 2pm, 10:30pm

Dir. Jennifer Kent - 2014 - 94m - Australia

AN ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS & DARK MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL CO-PRESENTATION!  DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF LOBO COMICS AND ANIME AT THE 10:30PM SCREENINGS!

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both.  When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour, is forced to medicate him.  But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.

"An expertingly unsettling horror film!" - Time Out, New York

"One of the strongest, most effective horror films of recent years - with awards-quality lead work from Essie Davis, and a brilliantly designed new monster who could well become the break-out spook archetype of the decade." - Kim Newman, Empire Magazine

"Manages to deliver real, seat-grabbing jolts while also touching on more serious themes of loss, grief and other demons that can not be so easily vanquished." - Scott Foundas, Variety

"What's been delivered here is a potent brew of psychological terror mixed with a genuinely spooky story, making The Babadook easily the best horror movie of recent years." - George Byrne, Irish Independent

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Dark Matters presents: Horror Bites! An Annual Event of Short Movies!

Dec 20
Saturday times t.b.a.

2014 - Co-presented by Stranger Factory - $7 general / $5 students per block of movies - $15 all day pass

The Winter Solstice hits on Dec. 21, making it the longest night of 2013.  That means this Saturday is just about the darkest day of the year. Dark Matters Film Festival is celebrating this dark day by presenting another annual installment of Horror Bites! This all-day collection of short films features a shadowy selection of hand-picked horror, science fiction and dark fantasy from around the globe. Shorts are organized into several themed programming blocks, so you can choose your favorite form of darkness. 

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Being There - double featured with BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET!

Dec 21 to Dec 23
Sunday to Tuesday 3:30, 8:30

Dir. Hal Ashby - 1979 - 130m

Subtitled "a story of chance," this is a provocative black comedy -- a wonderful tale that satirizes politics, celebrity, media-obsession and television. The subtle film's slogan proclaimed: "Getting there is half the fun. Being there is all of it."  It is a placid fable about Chance (Peter Sellers), a reclusive, illiterate, passive and simple-minded gardener who is well-groomed, fed on schedule, and dressed in custom-tailored suits, has lived his whole sheltered life on the walled-in estate of an eccentric millionaire named Jennings (his father?). His only knowledge of the "real" outside world, an encroaching inner-city ghetto area, is through watching television. His meals have always been prepared by the estate's black cook Louise (Ruth Attaway).

The film was directed by director Hal Ashby (already known for Harold and Maude (1971), The Last Detail (1973), Shampoo (1975), Bound for Glory (1976), and the acclaimed Vietnam war film Coming Home (1978)). The politically-satirical, overly-long film about mistaken identity and the television age was adapted from a 1971 novel by Jerzy Kosinski, with Sellers in a chameleon-like role in his second-to-last film. His role is a forerunner to the mentally-challenged Tom Hanks character in Forrest Gump (1994).

The film had two Academy Awards nominations, including Best Actor for Sellers for his superb understated performance, and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Melvyn Douglas.

"Here is a comedy that valiantly defies both gravity and the latest Hollywood fashion." - Frank Rich, TIME Magazine

"A highly unusual and an unusually fine film." - Variety

"No one seems to know what to do with the allegorical undertone of Jerzy Kosinski's script, but as a whole this 1979 film maintains a fine level of wit, sophistication, and insight." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

"Hal Ashby directs Being There at an unruffled, elegant pace, the better to let Mr. Sellers's double-edged mannerisms make their full impression upon the audience." - Janet Maslin, New York Times

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Brother From Another Planet - double featured with BEING THERE!

Dec 21 to Dec 23
Sunday to Tuesday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. John Sayles - 1984 - 109m - No matinees

Filmmaker John Sayles' first bonafide box-office success, Brother from Another Planet centers on a black escaped slave from a faraway planet (Joe Morton) who finds himself on the mean streets Harlem. Though the locals are put off by the slave's inability to speak, they are won over by his technical wizardry. He is adopted as a "brother" by his new friends, who protect him from pursuing white aliens played by director Sayles and David Strathairn.

"It manages to seamlessly mix wit, slapstick, poignancy and politics." - Bob Westal, Film Threat

"Sayles has done a pile of great films, and this is one of the best." - Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com

"An excellent example of what can be achieved with a very small budget and a good screenplay." - James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page

"brave and pure " - Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central

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Searching For Bobby Fischer

Dec 21
Sunday 1 pm ONLY!

Dir. Steven Zaillian - 1993 - 109m - A LEARNERS CHESS ACADEMY PRESENTATION & BENEFIT! All Seats $8

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An all-star cast shines in this heartwarming story of one family's journey of understanding. Joe Mantegna stars as Fred Waitzkin, a sportswriter who dreams his 7-year-old son, Josh (Max Pomeranc), will grow up to play baseball. One day in the park with his mother (Joan Allen), Josh displays more than talent - he has a gift. Sensing his son is a future champion, Fred places Josh under the tutelage of a strict chess teacher (Oscar r winner Ben Kingsley). But when Josh suddenly starts to lose, his parents must confront their own motivations, and recognize what Josh prices more than winning: his family's love. Costarring Laura Linney and William H. Macy.

"Searching for Bobby Fischer is a movie "not only to enjoy but to cherish"  - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times 

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Awake: The Life of Yogananda - ENCORE SCREENINGS!

Dec 26 to Dec 30
Friday to Tuesday 4:30, 8:30

Dir. Paola di Florio & Lisa Leeman - 2014 - 84m

An unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. (Apparently, it was the only book that Steve Jobs had on his iPad.) By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today.

Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization.

Archival material from the life of Yogananda (who died in 1952) creates a spine for the narrative, but the film stretches the dimensions of a standard biography. The footage includes stylized interviews, metaphoric imagery and recreations, taking us from holy pilgrimages in India to Harvard’s Divinity School and its cutting-edge physics labs, from the Center for Science and Spirituality at the University of Pennsylvania to the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California. By evoking the journey of the soul as it pushes its way through the oppression of the human ego and delusion of the material world, the film creates an experiential immersion into the unseen realms. AWAKE is ultimately the story of humanity itself: the universal struggle of all beings to free themselves from suffering and to seek lasting happiness.

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Halloween - The Original 1978 Fright !

Dec 26 to Dec 27
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm

Dir. John Carpenter - 1978 - 91m - An Alibi Midnight Movie Madness Event - $8 General / $6 Students with ids - Door Prizes courtesy of Bubonicon 47

HALLOWEEN RIGHT AFTER X-MAS?  Why, yes, it "Out of Season Greetings!"

DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF STRANGER FACTORY!

As pure and undiluted as its title. In the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois, a teenage baby sitter tries to survive a Halloween night of relentless terror, during which a knife-wielding maniac goes after the town's hormonally charged youths. Director John Carpenter takes this simple situation and orchestrates a superbly mounted symphony of horrors. It's a movie much scarier for its dark spaces and ominous camera movements than for its explicit bloodletting (which is actually minimal). Composed by Carpenter himself, the movie's freaky music sets the tone; and his script (cowritten with Debra Hill) is laced with references to other horror pictures, especially Psycho. The baby sitter is played by Jamie Lee Curtis, the real-life daughter of Psycho victim Janet Leigh; and the obsessed policeman played by Donald Pleasence is named Sam Loomis, after John Gavin's character in Psycho. In the end, though, Halloween stands on its own as an uncannily frightening experience--it's one of those movies that had audiences literally jumping out of their seats and shouting at the screen. ("No! Don't drop that knife!") Produced on a low budget, the picture turned a monster profit, and spawned many sequels, few of which even come close to the level of the 1978 original!

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The Strange Little Cat

Dec 26 to Dec 30
Friday to Tuesday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Ramon Zurcher and Nicole Schink - 2014 - 79m - Germany - In German with English Subtitles - No Matinees

Siblings Karin and Simon are visiting their parents and their little sister Clara. That evening, other relatives will be joining them for dinner. This sequence of family scenes in a Berlin flat creates a wondrous world of the everyday: Coming and going, conversations, all manner of doings, each movement leading to the next, one word following another. It is a carefully staged chain reaction of actions and sentences. And in between, silent gazes and anecdotes about experiences. Putting the absurdities of daily life on display, the flm assembles seemingly unspectacular details and snippets into an exciting choreography of everyday life.

"A fresh and original debut that is purely pleasurable." - Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

"...a beautiful, mysterious, beguiling cinematic doodle, and an absolute master class in mise-en-scène, unfolding in odd, fragmented frames and precisely choreographed movement within those frames." - Scott Tobias, The Dissolve

"One of the most confident and unusual first features in recent memory." - Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club

"Zürcher's talent for illuminating the specific also extends to his precise arrangement of bodies in rooms and hallways; the various entrances to and exits from the kitchen, for example, reveal a tightly, yet never fussily so, controlled choreography." - Melissa Anderson, Artforum

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Monty Python and The Holy Grail - double featured with LIFE OF BRIAN!

Dec 31 to Jan 1
Wednesday and Thursday 4:30, 8:30

Dir. Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones - 1975 - 92m - UK

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  GOING OUT WITH LAUGHTER, COMING IN WITH GUFFAWS, KNEE SLAPPERS & GIGGLES ALA MONTY PYTHON MADNESS!

BONUS!   An additional 12 minutes of never-before seen animation!

From its opening multi-language titles (that sure looks like Swedish) to the closing arrest of the entire Dark Ages cast by modern-day bobbies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail helped to define "irreverence" and became an instant cult classic. This time the Pythonites savage the legend of King Arthur, juxtaposing some excellently selected exterior locations with an unending stream of anachronistic one-liners, non sequiturs, and slapstick set pieces. The Knights of the Round Table set off in search of the Holy Grail on foot, as their lackeys make clippety-clop sounds with coconut shells. A plague-ridden community, ringing with the cry of "bring out your dead," offers its hale and hearty citizens to the body piles. A wedding of convenience is attacked by Arthur's minions while the pasty-faced groom continually attempts to burst into song. The good guys are nearly thwarted by the dreaded, tree-shaped "Knights Who Say Ni!" A feisty enemy warrior, bloodily shorn of his arms and legs in the thick of battle, threatens to bite off his opponent's kneecap. A French military officer shouts such taunts as "I fart in your general direction" and "I wave my private parts at your aunties." Rabbits are a particular obsession of the writers this time around, ranging from the huge Trojan Rabbit to the "killer bunny" that decapitates one of the knights. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin collaborated on the script and assumed most of the onscreen roles, while Gilliam and Jones served as co-directors.

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Monty Python's Life of Brian - double featured with MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL!

Dec 31 to Jan 1
Wednesday and Thursday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Terry Jones - 1979 - 93m - UK - No Matinees

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  GOING OUT WITH LAUGHTER, COMING IN WITH GUFFAWS, KNEE SLAPPERS & GIGGLES ALA MONTY PYTHON MADNESS!

Monty Python delivers the group's sharpest and smartest satire of both religion and Hollywood's epic films. Set in 33 A.D. Judea where the exasperated Romans try to impose order, it is a time of chaos and change with no shortage of messiahs and followers willing to believe them. At it's center is Brian Cohen, born in Bethlehem in a stable next door, who, by a series of absurd circumstances is caught up in the new religion and reluctantly mistake for the promised messiah, providing ample opportunity for the entire ensemble (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin) to shine in multiple roles as they question everyone and everything from ex-lepers, Pontius Pilate and haggling to revolutionaries, crazy prophets, religious fanaticism, Roman centurions and crucifixion, forever changing our biblical view.

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