Stories by Beth
"A horror horde of crawl-and-crush giants clawing out of the earth from mile-deep catacombs!" They don't write taglines like that any more, and they don't make sci-fi like they did in the 1950s. That's why TheNAT's screening of "Them!" this Wednesday night at 7:00pm on the big screen is such a delight.
“Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” (playing as part of the Park Chan Wook Retrospective I'm hosting on March 9 at 4:00pm at Reading’s Town Square Cinemas) was the first of Park Chan-wook’s Revenge Trilogy yet it arrived in the U.S. after Park’s "Oldboy," which is the second installment. But it doesn’t matter what order you see these devastating films in, just see them, and you'll have a chance to catch all three this weekend.
Back in 2005, South Korean director Park Chan-Wook was not well known in the U.S. But that changed when his film “Oldboy” hit American theaters. The film won the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and has celebrity fans such as Quentin Tarantino singing its praises. The film plays Saturday March 9 at Reading’s Town Square Cinemas as part of the Park Chan-Wook retrospective that I’m hosting.
If the person who said “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” had met Geum-ja, he might have revised his sentiments and said “hell hath no fury like a woman seeking revenge.” Geum-ja is the main character in “Lady Vengeance,” (playing Sunday March 10 at Reading’s Town Square Cinemas as part of the Park Chan-wook Retrospective) and she’s hellbent for revenge in this concluding chapter of Park Chan-wook’s deliciously twisted South Korean Revenge Trilogy. If you thought Uma Thurman was on a roaring rampage of revenge in the Kill Bill films, then fasten your seatbelts for “Lady Vengeance.”
WARNING! Potential danger of sensory overload while watching “Moulin Rouge”. Okay, you’ve been warned. Baz Luhrmann, the in your face, over-the-top Australian director of Strictly Ballroom and 1996’s Romeo and Juliet— is at it again. No one would ever accuse Luhrmann of being subtle and his film, “Moulin Rouge” (screening tonight at 7pm at the Birch North Park Theater courtesy of FilmOut) is no exception. The film travels back to turn of the century Paris to spin a bold, outrageous love story as only he could do.
Adult Puppet Cabaret (Friday, February 22 at the Museum of Photographic Arts) serves up live performances and independent films all involving puppets. The San Diego-based hybrid puppet company Animal Cracker Conspiracy is pushing the boundaries of puppetry with what they are calling “fearless puppet performances for a fearless audience.”