…that you won’t want to miss:
Feb 04 – Feb 10, 2011
(Greg Olliver, Wes Orshoski, USA, 2010, HD, 117 min)
A documentary as distinctive and uncompromising as the grizzled subject it details, Lemmy casts new light into the life and works of one of the longest and hardest-rocking lead singers in the history of heavy metal: Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister.
A veritable institution and definitive rock God, he still smokes two packs of Marlboro Reds and sinks a bottle of Jack Daniel’s a day, yet does not look remarkably different from how he did when he was sacked from space-rockers Hawkwind and formed Motorhead in 1975. Alice Cooper, Lars Ulrich, Ozzy Osbourne and a cast of thousands attest to this fact as we go on the road with Motörhead and get an insight into the hard-rock life and times of one of the greatest forebears of heavy metal. As Wired says, “He looks like a biker, swears like a sailor and lives the only way he knows how: like a rock ‘n’ roll machine.”
“You don’t have to be a metalhead to love Lemmy, an awestruck depiction of a rock god whose eccentricities and longevity make him one of the music industry’s more fascinating characters. Wes Orshoski and Greg Olliver’s film clearly is fan-made, but the testimonials they collect are wide-ranging enough, and their firsthand material entertaining enough, to convey the subject’s appeal to audiences beyond the metal crowd.”— The Hollywood Reporter
PUNCHING THE CLOWN
Feb 22, 2011
(Gregori Viens, USA, 2009, DVD, 91 min)
Tuesday, Feb 22 at 08:00PM
Henry Phillips, a modern day American troubadour, is living out of his car on a perpetual tour of small time comedy and music gigs around the country. After a bad show and the realization he isn’t making any money, he decides to crash at his brother’s house in L.A. His brother, a struggling actor, hooks Henry up with his agent, who lands him a few gigs. Then Henry meets Becca, an attractive barista at the local coffee shop. Soon after Henry lands a deal with X-Company Record, an indie record label, and it looks like everything might work out. When a flurry of events leave him without his brother, the girl he’s after, and his music, Henry soon learns that some dreams aren’t made for reality.
Combining scripted fiction with actual live performances by Philips, Gregori Viens’ unique hybrid has captured half-a-dozen awards on the festival circuit, most notable the Audience Award at Slamdance, its not hard to see why; Viens and Philips are one helluva funny duo and Punching the Clown is a wonderful example of American independent filmmaking.
“The best movie about comedy I’ve seen“—Sarah Silverman
“Punching the Clown is honestly the funniest movie I’ve seen in years. The songs are disconcertingly funny…”—Moby