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Grindhouse Film Fest: Kid with the Golden Arm

We’ve got another rare Grindhouse screening tomorrow, Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30! As always, since I know next to nothing about Kung Fu, I’ve got to steal the press release info from the Grindhouse Film Fest site:

Kid with the Golden Arm (1979) After the popularity of their films Five Deadly Venoms and Crippled Avengers, The Venom Mob returned in this adrenaline fueled, funk filled Shaw Brothers production! A group of swordsman and axe-wielding martial artists are hired to protect a shipment of gold from the vicious Chi Sah gang (consisting of Golden Arms, Silver Spear, Iron Robe and Brass Head). Before long, they’re hit with a relentless onslaught of kung fu battles, including drunken boxing fights and surprise attacks by the mysterious Iron Feet. This movie is the equivalent to dropping acid in an 18th century Chinese disco with a gang of coked-up homoerotic kung fu masters.

Click here for advance tickets.


Dolemite is going to take over the Hollywood

On Tuesday, March 22, Grindhouse Film Fest presents the blaxploitation classic Dolemite (not to be confused with dolomite). Comedian/actor/singer Rudy Ray Moore (title of one of his comedy albums: Eat Out More Often. Read that any way you desire) stars as the slightly doughy titular character.

Two credit notes:

  • Yes, cinematographer Nicholas Josef von Sternberg is the son of celebrated film director Josef von Sternberg.
  • As if starring, conceiving the story, and producing Dolemite wasn’t enough, Rudy Ray Moore also gets a set decoration credit.

Taken from the Grindhouse site:

Foul-mouthed nightclub entertainer Rudy Ray Moore stars as Dolemite, a mythical pimp/spoken word artist/street avenger who’s been doing time for a crime he didn’t commit. When he’s released from jail, he’s out to find Willie Green, the low down pimp who framed him and took over his nightclub. Between rappin on the street corner and breaking bones with his (awful) karate, Dolemite learns that Willie Green is involved with crooked city officials. Backed by an all-female karate assassin squad, Dolemite sets his sights on Willie Green and his no-good comrades, and pimp slaps every racist honky cop that tries to get in his way.

Dolemite starts at 7:30 and tickets can be purchased here.

NSFW Trailer:

Trailer War!

Gauntlets have been thrown down. Taunts have been shouted (or posted on Facebook). It’s nearly time for the epic Trailer War showdown between hometown favorite, The Hollywood Theatre (I’m biased… so what?) and the Clinton Street Theater. Who’s got the better reel: Hollywood’s own Dan Halsted or Clinton Street’s Seth Sonstein?

Clinton Street Theater owner Seth Sonstein has challenged Hollywood Theatre film programmer (and Grindhouse Film Festival organizer) Dan Halsted to a 35mm throwdown! Each side will dig deep into their collections of 35mm film trailers, have 30 minutes each on-screen, and then we’ll let the audience decide who the winner is. No matter which side loses, the audience will definitely win. This is guaranteed to be a night of jaw-dropping, whiplash-inducing cinematic insanity!

The Trailer War takes place Wednesday, March 16th at 7:30 at the Hollywood Theatre. Advance tickets can be purchased here.

PIFF After Dark

The Portland International Film Festival starts today and we’re all incredibly excited. Not just because there are going to be tons of great movies showing, but because we’re going to be part of it this year!

Our own Dan Halsted is helping to bring a new type of experience to PIFF with PIFF After Dark. We’ll be screening two of those films:

Rubber (which couldn’t look more amazing if it wanted to)
Friday Feb. 18th at 11:30pm at The Hollywood Theatre

Saturday Feb. 19th at 11:30pm at The Hollywood Theatre

(Sorry that there aren’t subtitles)

For information on all ticket purchases, click here

Grindhouse at the NWFC

Just going to reprint the press release for you all, but add some trailers.

Starting this Saturday at the Northwest Film Center, I’m proud to present SHAOLIN CINEMA: HONG KONG FILMS OF THE LATE 70’s AND EARLY 80’s.  By the late 1970’s, fight choreographers-turned-

directors such as Lau Kar Leung, Tang Chia, and Yuen Woo Ping were bringing martial arts cinema to it’s apex, delivering bone-crushing films about martial arts masters blending Buddhist teachings with deadly fighting styles.  I’m programming this series from extremely rare 35mm prints that I’ve unearthed over the past few years.  All screenings take place at the Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, located at 1219 SW Park Ave.  Film descriptions and all information on the website: www.grindhousefilmfest.com

Saturday January 22nd at 9pm
36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN (1978) Gordon Liu enters the 36 chambers.  This is one of the greatest movies ever made, hands down.  Don’t miss it!

Friday January 28th at 9pm
AVENGING EAGLE (1978) Ti Lung and Fu Sheng combat a wide array of savage martial arts weaponry!  This is the only known 35mm print of this film.

Saturday January 29th at 7pm
OPIUM AND THE KUNG FU MASTER (1984) A martial arts master becomes a drug addict, and must first learn to defeat his inner demons before he can crush the skulls of his enemies.

Friday February 4th at 9pm
BASTARD SWORDSMAN (1983) Wu-Tang forever.

Saturday February 5th at 7pm
SNAKE IN THE EAGLES SHADOW (1978) Jackie Chan’s breakthrough role, an evil high-kicking eagle claw master, a kung fu Jesus, and a death-match between a cat and a cobra.  This is one of the greatest kung fu movies of all time.

Ghosts at the Hollywood?

Not long ago, Amado (a volunteer at the Hollywood and for the Portland Oregon Paranormal Society) did a walk-through of the theater in search of anything unusual.  There were rumors of a presence, a man in a white suit, in the upstairs lobby as well as some other reports.  His crew went through with cameras and other equipment (much of which I’m not very familiar with, but I’ve seen it used on other ghost hunting shows) to try to get to the bottom of this ghost issue.  A few days later, Amado did a walk-through with a psychic.

Here are the results of the investigation.  Who knows what will be sitting next to you the next time you come to a movie?  To quote Futurama: “You watched it, you can’t unwatch it!”

Grindhouse Triple Feature

It’s time to saddle up for an epic start to your New Year!  Not too early to hinder your New Year’s Eve and late enough to grab a few beers without feeling like Death.

This Saturday January 1st at the Hollywood Theatre, The Grindhouse Film Festival presents THE NEW YEAR’S DAY GRINDHOUSE MOVIE MARATHON!  A triple feature of 35mm exploitation mayhem.  It’s the hangover helper!  $7 for one movie, or $12 for all three.  There will also be a RAFFLE for one free pass to all Grindhouse Film Festival screenings in 2011.  In order to be entered in the raffle, you must watch all three movies.

3:30 pm
MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE (1975) The ultra-weird martial arts masterpiece!  A blind assassin armed with a vicious flying guillotine is out to kill the legendary one-armed boxer (martial arts superstar Jimmy Wang Yu).  Along the way, he interrupts a bizarre kung fu tournament and heads start to roll.  It’s up to the one-armed boxer now, with his skull shattering punch and his ability to walk on walls.  Eagle claw masters, a monkey style fight, and a Swami fighter with ten foot arms are just stepping stones to the massive showdown with the flying guillotine.  Filmed in Super Cine-Vision!

5:30 pm
GATES OF HELL (1980) A surreal Italian gutmuncher from gore-maestro Lucio Fulci!  A priest commits suicide and unwittingly opens the gateway to hell.  The rotting dead rise from their graves to feed on the living in gruesome fashion, while a psychic and a journalist attempt to stop the rancid carnage.  This is Lucio Fulci at his finest, so forget about the “plot” and prepare yourself for zombie killing, head drilling, and intestine spilling!  Powered by Fabio Frizzi’s creepy soundtrack and top notch special effects.

7:30 pm
LADY TERMINATOR (1988) A beautiful woman is possessed by an ancient mystical queen out for vengeance, turning her into an unstoppable killing machine! She takes off on a rampage across Indonesia, gunning down anyone who gets in her way, and blowing apart half of the country. She also sports a mean leather jacket… except when she’s naked… which is a lot. But for those foolish enough to try to put their hands on her, she also castrates men with an eel that lives in her vagina. Bullet-riddled disco shootouts, mind-boggling dialogue, a mullet-headed cop who drives a tank, and so much more. All in full-throttle ’80s excess!

Beer will be provided by Bridgeport Brewery.  All information and advance tickets on the website: www.grindhousefilmfest.com