Head-exploding video mayhem. Starting tomorrow and running through next Thursday is the documentary Rewind This!, which Kelly O loved:
This documentary is so nice I watched it twice. I’m one of the hopeless geeks that Rewind This! partially pays tribute to—the nostalgic nerd, that refuses to throw away the VHS player, and almost cries at the idea of losing the stacks and stacks of VHS cassettes, still hidden away in the closet. Josh Johnson’s new doc focuses not just on nostalgia for VHS-rental stores (and the so many hundreds of weird, straight-to-VHS releases—from cheap cheesy comedies to low-budget horror to early Japanese porn). The film also makes you think about how we're consuming and saving (or rather, NOT saving or archiving) our current personal and greater cultural memories. This movie will make you miss early independent films, look differently at Hollywood, and probably look a lot closer at that VHS bargin bin at the thrift store. Interviews with director Charles Band (director of '80’s gems like The ReAnimator and Puppet Master) and one of the leaders of the new “so-bad-it’s-good” movement, Dimitri Simakis of Everything Is Terrible!, are icing on the the cake.
Bonus: Director in attendance Fri-Sun!
And on Friday and Saturday night, the video theme continues with 30th anniversary screenings of David Cronenberg's Videodrome, presented on 35mm (and recently feted by Omni magazine as "the best movie ever made about Facebook.") Full info here, trailer below.