A slick blend of art and genre cinema with a distinctly European feel, Simon Killer caught my attention when I first saw it last year at AFI Fest, after which I named it one of my most anticipated releases of the year. In the intervening time between then and its release this weekend, Killer has had a rough go of it.
Rather than wandering from one overcrowded bar to the next this New Year's Eve, risking obnoxious run-ins with lightweight boozers and wasting your cash on inflated cover charges, head to the Clay Theatre this Saturday for a special midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show to ring in 2012.
Let's all go to the lobby, and have ourselves a... beer?
It could happen. Well past the legal age of consumption, the 102-year-old Roxie Theater has applied for a permanent beer license. Over the past year, the Roxie has used its nonprofit status to obtain day-use permits for on-site alcohol, and the response was so overwhelmingly positive that the theater is trying to make beer a permanent addition to its menu.
It's a win-win proposition. Beer sales would honor the spirit of the Roxie's mission statement, to make the theater a place of gathering and celebration; it would also strengthen the theater's long-term business model.
Since 1999, the Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival at the Roxie Theater has taken the taboo to the big screen and served as a forum for workers and filmmakers in sex industries from around the world. From educational and eye-popping documentaries straight to midnight porn, the fest is showing now through May 29th.
In the land of rock n' roll no one, and I mean no one, is considered more of a badass than the speed-demon bassist Lemmy Kilmister, the undisputed Holy Grail of Rock Gods and creator of Motorhead. At 65, he's still endlessly on the road, taking one of the loudest, craziest live shows on Earth to every corner of the globe, croaking the band's viciously fast anthems and redefining what it means to be a senior citizen.
Tough guys, hard-bitten dames, willing dupes and creatures of the night skulking that grey zone between good and evil - rejoice! Roxie Theater has extended its film noir fest, “I Wake Up Dreaming: The Haunted World of the B Film Noir,” through June 3 - for all you retro film heads, vintage Joes and B&W Betties caught up in one too many grifts to find the time to check out the event’s many gifts to obscure B-grade cinema.