Music innovator-turned-film journalist Hell serves up TOUCH OF EVIL and KISS ME DEADLY on 35mm at Cinema Club this Sunday!
You might be familiar with the name "Richard Hell" from the influential NY rock acts THE HEARTBREAKERS and TELEVISION or as the frontman for The VOIDOIDS. One of the main subjects of the top-selling music biography PLEASE KILL ME, he's widely considered the leading originator of the entire punk genre (no joke), his style and discography representing the very foundation of punk's staggering history.
But not everyone realizes that he's spent the last 3+ decades on a consistently relentless tide of creativity. Hell has acted in movies, written novels, formed new music acts like Dim Stars, and – more recently -- has become a bona fide respected film journalist. Over the past several years, he's presented his favorite movies with introductions that incorporate his unique observations and humor.
We're wildly, painfully excited to bring him to the Alamo Ritz for three 35mm screenings this Sunday and Monday, beginning with:
KISS ME DEADLY - Sun 5/27, 7:15 PM
Dir. Robert Aldrich, 1955, 106 min, 35mm
If you took the most misanthropic private detective in the world, injected him with 10,000cc's of testosterone and kicked him down the elevator shaft of a burning building, you’d still only be halfway to Mike Hammer. Masterfully played with snide, pugilistic hatred by Ralph Meeker, our hero sets out on a rampage of crime-fighting, cop-fighting, and every other type of fighting he can get his meaty mitts on. Along the way, he’ll orbit a few heavenly bodies and get embroiled in a pitch black web of intrigue involving a radioactive suitcase (which would later reappear in films like REPO MAN to PULP
FICTION). It’s supreme Hollywood masculinity, stinking drunk and stained with sweat, from visionary blue collar filmmaker Robert Aldrich.
TOUCH OF EVIL - Sun 5/27, 10:15 PM
Dir. Orson Welles, 1958, 105 min, 35mm
An organ-bursting noir feast of criminal decadence and lost hope, this is the feature that many say is superior even to Welles' thunderous CITIZEN KANE. The darkest alleyways of bordertown Mexico are lit up with hellfire and gunshots as a pair of newlyweds (Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh) become embroiled in severe seediness and increasingly blackhearted dealings. Marlene Dietrich, Dennis Weaver and Welles
himself co-star in one of the most shocking, beautifully shot and haunting crime movies ever made. Miss this one and we'll tie you face down to a motel bed and shove a rusty knife between your shoulder blades.
KING KONG - Mon 5/28, 7:00 PM
Dirs. Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933, 110 min, 35mm
Cinema was still in its infancy in the early ‘30s, so imagine the breathless amazement audiences shared while witnessing the sheer majesty of KING KONG. More outrageous is the fact that the film is every bit as effective a near-century later, its spectacle and tragedy undiminished by countless attempts to match it. From the dinosaur-packed jungles of faraway lands to the panic-stricken mayhem of Manhattan, The Great Ape’s shadow is permanently cast across our world, his towering iconic figure burned into the wide eyes of viewers of all ages.
...Tickets for all three shows are on sale now and moving quickly, so grab them. If you like music, movies, words or ideas, you'd be better off eating ground-up glass than missing these screenings.