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The title oJ this one really says it all. Yes, Geman filn director Wemer Herzog reallv does eat his shoe to ftrliill a vow to fellow filmmaker Errol Monis - boldly exemplifying his belief that people mmt have the guts to aftenpt what they drem ot. lnipitioglShoes te aviable upon request as i replacement for the garlic feast

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(1980 d. Kam Yong) This is a prime-time Sammo Hung star vehicle from the Golden era of ffi;l martial arts movies. If you don't know Sammo, it's time you learrr. If you do know Sammo, you probably won't need much convincing. Sammo is one of the greatest fighters in the history of Hong Kong movies, despite tipping the scales at well over 200 pounds. We love to watch the fat man fight. Few martial artists of any body type have displayed the speed, ;1,,i agilily and dexterity of Sammo Hung. Not to mention the comic genius. Fans are treated to the fuil range of Sammo's talents in FILTHY GUY as he porkays a wandering misfit whose i,,,,t:,itii dirty hair gives him magical powers. There are some amazing fights here, especially the ones i:': ': r:i': with old-school kung fu legend Carter Wong. Not to be missed. (Lars) ,,,._,,.-,.;
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of murders he amazingly did not commit. That tiny detail matters very little though since he takes out everyone in a 30 kilometer radius wherever he goes. And looks great doing it, in stylish 1970's hitman gear. Like Toshiro Mifune before him, Chiba's great strength is in his reserves of emotiory in this case the white hot fumace of rage always present just below the surface. GOLGO 13 is one of his best movies and a role he was born to play. (Lars)

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(1978 d. Chang Cheh) We've seen a lot of them but this may be the greatest kung fu movie of them all. After all, how could it get any better? It features four guys who are disabled in various ways by a bad guy and his iron-armed son. There's the blind guy, the deaf and

dumb guy, the legless guy, and the guy who's gone insane from having his head squeezed in a vise. When they ieam up and leam kung fu they're a completely unstoppable juggernaut of revenge" Sounds pretty good huh? Well, not only is it pretty good. It's incredible! Because this is the fastes! crazies! most amazing kung fu ever captured on ce1lu1oid. You'll be rubbing your eyes in disbelief at the mindblowingiy over-the-top action in CRIPPLED AVENGERS. For those of you who love o1d-school kung fu movies (and if you don't - why not?) this is a great big window into heaven.
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Mmy of these acts were never hugely poprlar, 6nd 1sr4 ir be talked about more tq but we hope to do our part n chmgng all that. Featuring per{omances by Kevin Ayers (fomding member of rhe soft Machine md the most mdenated muslaan on earth) electronic pioneers The silver Apples, painteg musicim and all-aomd genius captain Bee{heart, Beatles-obsesred German retud Klaus Beyer, defunct LA Punk band lhe Smarners, the late, great Tiny Tim, existential pop singer Scott Walkel, Brazilian lgyolutionaries Os Mutmtes, French perfommce artist/noise musicim Costes md more!
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(1981 d. Gary Burbidge lJK 96 nin.) The ultimate cinenatic Battle oI the Bands, LRGHII is a shming md aggressive document of the avmt, exkeme, md up & coming of the 80s pmk & new wave scene. While not widely releaseJ in theatres, it was popularized by regu1il Iffi on Night Flitht - the sme show that made a cult hit out of FABL'LOUS STAINS - md attained the

including Devq The Go-Gos, Jom Jeft, oingo Boingg Dead Kemgdys, X, Magazine, xrC md others, all in one mazing package! For $1 admission md a rare 35mm fihn prinlthe only thing that could make this deal sweeter would be if all the waiteri
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After more thm tluee decades, A HARD DAY'S NIGHT has not aged md is not dated; it stards outside its time, its geme and even rock. It "A Had Day's Night" wasin a dif{elent category is one of the great life-affiming landmuks of the movies. It was cliar {rom the outset that from the rocf musicals that hai stanecl Elvis and his imitators. It was smart, it was ineverent, it didn't take itself seriously, md it was shot md edited by Richud Lester in m electrilying black-md-white, semi-documentary style that seemed to {ollow the boys duing a day in their lives. And it was chaged witl the peninalities of the Beatles, whoce one-liners dismissed the very proces ofstadom they were "Cm't Buy Me Love," "l Wanna Be Your mdergoing. The fikn is walito wall with great songs, indudng. lshould Have Known Better," Mm."t Ali Mv Lovins," Happv lust tobance With You," "She Loves You," and others, induding the title song inspired by a remark

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nanihue frmework ard, more importantly, stmds well clear out of the way oi Prince.(dubbed "The Kid" in the iikn) when the time comes for him to prove his musical talent. Like the best musicals ol the golden age, Prince's tunes serve as the mems by lvhich his enotionally stifled character is allowed the opporhnity to express his true feelings. Given that throughout the couse of dre film his life is clouded by jeere from1ris mainstage
suciess story cornpetihon Morris Day (who would dare cali Pnnce a "faggot " toting that button-cute mmseruant Jerome around like ire does), th.e tlueaiof mutiny from his bacl ing bmd ihe Revoiution because he won t per{onn thetitular ballad wittenby lVendy and Lis4 anddomesiic tumoilbetween hisparents, his dark onstage expresiom (the outraged sex tami,,Darlirg Nikki") are h severe dmger of killing his fragile business relationship with First Ave's orrer

The filn is obvio"us, md conllict is merely preiude to (Pnnce and) the resolutioll but Maglolls pro{essional, downnght neorealistic approach t0 filmng the concert clips almost disguises how audacious a structural conceit is the filmYs climax: nealy i halFhour of muiical numbers that render the solipsism of Prince's vmity project entireiy jusiifiable. The color purple signifies royalty, Moris (Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine)

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(1982, d. Steve Miner, 95 min, Free 3D glasses with tickeil) olay we know - The thirteenth is on a Thusday this month. So wiry aren't we waiting {or ai actual Friday the 13th to brhg back this masterpiece of both horror md

3-D filrnmaking? Because we ae iot patieni people, md because this movie pst kick too much ass, ihat's why. We think tle plot hias something to do with som teinage kids who go to a cabin in the woods md then stat drhking or having sex or somethinf "bad" like that md then have to spend the resi ol the movie ruming away from m unkillabl"e force with a rr.ih.t . But to t li you the huth, we're not reallv sure, became we don't watch tiris movie

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planet. Only one print exists of this thing ard we've got it. And we're going to share ii with you, If you've been out to Weird Wedresdays a few times you've seen sorne pretty shmge things. But unless you've taken acid with Bigfoot on the moon you-ve never seen anything quite as awe-inspiringly demented as this "impirational" kids' movie from the director of SATAN'S SADISTS and BLACK SAMIJRAL Why myone thought this was appropdate for kids Hr'll never mderstmd Although it might be edmational to see tle lior tamer Sratuitously slapping his girlfriend around or a womm appmently giving m ape a hand-job (we didn't beliere_it at first either) we don't know il we'd be prepmed to field Juniork mmy qu"rioos-rbouithe msavory goings-on in the cheapesl, most depraved cmival this side of SHE-FREAK. Ifs a sick world and this Wednesday we're going to help spread the disease. O[ and i{ you bring your kids to this you're on you own, (Lars)

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to see *re ltalim Woody Allen. - Frank Corsentino, even though - surprise - he's pretty funny. They were paying to see-what must be,_by consewahve estimate, 900 pomds of boobies. Anchoring that total are hvo of the moit famous bg-breast fetish stars of the '50s md '70s.- Uschi Digmd md Haji, who, in addiiion to thel impressive physical athibutes, are ilso witty ancl gifted conediennes. In the words oi the great Russ Meyet "lt smells like breasts in herelt' (Lars)

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Ii's conwlsively hililious. At least 3 of the 4 leads seem to have had some martial-mts tlaining. The fourth, nmed Warhawk Trumia, lools like he's just watched a couple of Bruce Lee movies md is eager to hit the schoolyard to bust out all his new moves. You won't believe your eyes. We would have loved to see the reaction o{ oowds back in the day who laid dom their had-emed money to see this. It probably went ir stages. First shoc! then denial, then mger, and finally explosive laughter
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highway robbers. Drivers are enticed to stop bv the abu,ndant roadside displav of femrnine pulchritude, then relieved of their belongings and senl rackLng. \\hoa, genius plar, guysl There are lots oI hippie songs about heedom and eren a token biker named (get this) Rebel. Fortunately Arkansas exploitation legends Ferd and Beverlev Sebastian (GATOR BAIT ROCKTOBER BLOOD) are at the helnu and thev bring all the tasteless zest for fun and sleaze that we've come to expect from them. This movie brought the crowds out to the drive-in summer a{ter summer in the south. Norv the onll place vou can see it is at the Alamo. (Lars)

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pretty much guarantee that you'll never see an S&\1 soap opera like this roliing out of Hollpvood anytime behveen now and the fust ertreme snowboarding championship in Hell. Ball-achingly bodacious Dagmar Lassander stars as an ingdnue learning the ropes (liierally) from satanic Phillipe Lerov, whose l'hole crib is like Six Flags for perverts. The door into and out of the sex gym is in the shape of a giant mlva between two giant sculpted legs! Now that our whole country seems to be slipprng into some kind of Puritan Dark Age, those of us with sex drives need to pick up the slack for the rest of America. Won't you join us in our crusade? (Lars)

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mother (no wonder he's got problems). So she orders her assistant Skippy, played by 350pound Victor Buono, to break down his resistance bv providing him with an endless succession of prostitutes. That would be unsavon' enough even without Wally's kinkl' infantile dream sequences featuring Newmar as his mother. Or (Oh no!) elephantine Victor Buono in drag. But when you get iocked into a senous rveird movie, the tendenry is to push the pedal all the way to the floor uniil you hear the gears scream. In addition to being shange and creepy and ulha sleazy, this movie also has the blissful advantage of being really, reallv funny. And super rare. So don't miss it. (Lars)

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