You Cannot Understand the Depths of My Happiness

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Dude, look at this picture! (click to enlarge). Look familiar? Last week I posted a picture of the exact same marquee on a post about the amazing Grindhouse Nights at The New Beverly Cinema, I was at both those movies! And why is Quentin standing exactly where I was a week ago? Because for the next TWO MONTHS (two? yes, two.) Quentin will be programming EVERY SINGLE of screening at the New Beverly. This is…the greates thing that’s ever happened to me. Please, the jump, now, you’ve got to see what’s playing…

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Dude, look at this picture! (click to enlarge). Look familiar? Last week I posted a picture of the exact same marquee on a post about the amazing Grindhouse Nights at The New Beverly Cinema, I was at both those movies! And why is Quentin standing exactly where I was a week ago? Because for the next TWO MONTHS (two? yes, two.) Quentin will be programming EVERY SINGLE of screening at the New Beverly. This is…the greates thing that’s ever happened to me. Please, the jump, now, you’ve got to see what’s playing…

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See, there’s Quentin in the picture from the New Beverly website.

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And here’s the picture I took last week. Sweet, eh? Allright, maybe it’s giddy fanboy of me, but here’s what’s supercool.

I’ve wanted to go to Tarantino’s Film Festivals in Austin since I read about the third festival (QTIII) on Aint It Cool News. I wanted to go so bad but I was pretty poor at the time (as opposed to “somewhat poor” which is what I am now), so instead I went to eBay and bought like fifteen of the movies he showed on shitty VHS. In retrospect I easily spent a plane ticket to Austin’s worth of money on the videos. So, in February of 1999 I fell in love with Exploitation films, I just love them. I used to think Exploitation meant Blaxploitation. But Blaxploitation is just one subgenre in the Exploitation genre, but I soon learned that any film that exploited lurid or shocking subject matter to make up for the lack of stars or budget was exploitation, horror, martial arts, revenge films, slasher film, Italian horror, zombies, german naughty schoolgirl films, Italian Sex comedies, or even films exploitative of current hot topics like The Day After or Sara Tolbert’s favorite movie, Mazes and Monsters starring a twenty-something Tom Hanks as a kid who’s down that path of darkness by playing the role-playing-game, Mazes and Monsters.

The interesting thing about Exploitation films is the level of connection you have with an audience of Exploitation fans because you’re all enjoying it in the same way. Yes, these films suck, but the real joy is reading into the passion of the man that made it in between the lines of a film made for purely economic reasons. When you go to the The New Beverly you’ll get a couple insecure people who laugh loudly at how “dumb” the film is, proving to everyone around him how much they get the joke, but the rest of us really get into these movies. We laugh, but it’s more “with” than “at.”

SO I’M SO EXCITED
This is the combining one of my big loves with the reason I love it! This is the sort of event I’d normally read about and get super-pissed that I didn’t get to go, and now, I GET TO GO!!!

Read more about it here.

Oh, and one AMAZING other thing before I present my itinerary for the next sixty days, not only am I going to go to the the Grindhouse at the New Beverly twenty times in the the next two months (ordinarily it’s once a month), not only do i probably meet Quentin at some point, not only do I get to psyche up for the release of the movie Girndhouse in the greatest way imaginable, HE’S SHOWING SLITHIS!!!!
I don’t have time to go into Slithis, I’ll go into it later, but it is the movie I have been most obsessed with my whole life, it played before King Kong (1976) at the drive-in and for the next few weeks I remember asking Mom and Dad 2.0 to go see Slithis again. I even still remember what the ad in the paper looked like, I was five. When we got a VCR I begged to rent it, but we never did. Later, in college The Hollis Brothers could get a copy of any movie that existed, I dared them to find a copy of Slithis. It took them two years, but they found it.

3/4-3/6 – The Mack, directed by Michael Campus; The Chinese Mack, directed by Lai Chien.

3/7-3/8 ‘Äì ‘ÄúItalian ‘Äò70s Crime Films.’Äù Machine Gun McCain, directed by Giuliano Montaldo; Wipeout!, directed by Fernando Di Leo.

3/9-3/10 ‘Äì Triple Feature of The Van, directed by Sam Grossman; Pick-up Summer, directed by George Mihalka; Summer Camp, directed by Chuck Vincent.

3/11-3/13 ‘ÄìRolling Thunder, directed by John Flynn; The Town That Dreaded Sundown, directed by Charles B. Pierce.

3/14-3/15 ‘ÄìChinese Hercules, directed by Choy Tak; Black Dragon, directed by Chin-Ku Lu.

3/16-3/17 ‘Äì “Euro Sex Comedies Triple Feature.’Äù Sex With A Smile, directed by Sergio Martino; Sex on the Run, directed by Franz Antel; The Oldest Profession, directed by Claude Autant-Lara and Mauro Bolognini.

3/18-3/20 ‘ÄìBrotherhood of Death, directed by Bill Berry; Johnny Tough, directed by Horace Jackson.

3/21-3/22 ‘ÄìAutopsy, directed by Jose Maria Forque; Eyeball, directed by Umberto Lenzi.

3/23-3/24 ‘Äì Triple Feature of Coonskin, directed by Ralph Bakshi; Shame of the Jungle, directed by Picha Boris Szulzinger; Tunnel Vision, directed by Neal Israel and Bradley R. Swirnoff.

3/25-3/27 ‘ÄìPretty Maids All in a Row, directed by Roger Vadim; Revenge of the Cheerleaders, directed by Richard Lerner.

3/28-3/29 ‘Äì ‘ÄúKung Fu Double Bill.’Äù Fearless Fighters, directed by Man-Hung Mo; Super Man Chu, directed by Yang Hsiang.

3/30-3/31 ‘Äì “All Blood Triple Feature.” The Blood Spattered Bride, directed by Vicente Aranda; Asylum of Blood, directed by Fernando Di Leo; Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary, directed by Juan Lopez Moctezuma.

4/1-4/3 ‘ÄìThe Lady in Red, directed by Lewis Teague; Bare Knuckles, directed by Don Edmonds.

4/4-4/5 ‘ÄìThe Female Bunch, directed by Al Adamson; Wonder Women, directed by Robert Vincent O’ÄôNeill.

4/6-4/7 ‘ÄìWhite Line Fever, directed by Jonathan Kaplan; Return to Macon County, directed by Richard Compton.

4/8-4/10 ‘Äì ‘ÄúSexploitation Night.’Äù The Girl From Starship Venus, directed by Derek Ford; The Legend of the Wolf Woman, directed by Rino Di Silvestro.

4/11-4/12 ‘Äì ‘Äú70’s Low Budget Horror Combo.’Äù Slithis, directed by Stephen Traxler; Screams of a Winter Night, directed by James L. Wilson.

4/13-4/14 ‘Äì ‘ÄúRegional Double Feature.’Äù Hot Summer in Barefoot County, directed by Will Zens; Redneck Miller, directed by John Clayton.

4/15-4/17 ‘ÄìThe Muthers, directed by Cirio H. Santiago; Fight For Your Life, directed by Robert A. Endelson.

4/18-4/19 ‘Äì Dragon’Äôs Vengeance, directed by Ng Loo; Kung Fu: The Punch of Death, directed by Chai Yang-Min.

4/20-4/21 ‘Äì Triple Feature of The Swinging Barmaids, directed by Gus Trikonis; The Swingin’Äô Pussycats, directed by Alexis Neve; The Swinging Cheerleaders, directed by Jack Hill.

4/22-4/24 ‘Äì ‘ÄúJohn Hayes Double Bill.’Äù Grave of the Vampire and Jailbait Babysitter, both directed by John Hayes.

4/25-4/26 ‘Äì “Back-To-Back Angela Mao.” Return of The Tiger, directed by Jimmy Shaw; Stoner, directed by Feng Huang.

4/27-4/28 ‘Äì ‘ÄúBarbara Bouchet Double Feature.’Äù Death Rage, directed by Antonio Margheriti; Cry of the Prostitute, directed by Adelchi Bianchi.

4/29-4/30 ‘Äì The Real Bruce Lee, directed by Larry Dolgin and Jim Markovic; Lee Lives Within, directed by Tam Kai.

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