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August 22, 2014

Repo Man (1984)

Wednesday, August 27th

Film starts at 8:30pm

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Police Officer: “Whatcha got in the trunk?”

Driver: “Oh…you don’t want to look in there”

The life of a repo man is always intense.

In the final scene of the film, Otto (Emilio Estevez) is faced with the ultimate dilemma; the girlfriend, or a radioactive 1964 Chevy Malibu that has already killed or maimed most of the cast. He makes the only logical choice…

Leila: “But Otto, what about our relationship?”

Otto: “Fuck That!”

-Corinna

The more you drive, the less intelligent you are

The Plot: Frustrated punk rocker Otto (Emilio Estevez) gets fired from his supermarket job after slugging a co-worker (Zander Schloss), and is later dumped by his girlfriend (Jennifer Delgobin) at a party.

Look at those assholes, ordinary fucking people. I hate ‘em.

Wandering the streets in frustration, he is recruited in the repossession of a car by a repo agent (Harry Dean Stanton). After discovering his parents have donated his college fund to a televangelist, he joins the repossession agency (Helping Hand Acceptance Corporation) as an apprentice repo man.

Debbi: Duke, let’s go do some crimes.

Duke: Yeah. Let’s go get sushi and not pay.

During his training, he is introduced into the mercenary and paranoid world of the drivers, befriended by a UFO conspiracy theorist (Olivia Barash), confronted by rival repo agents (Eddie Velez, & Del Zamora), discovers some of his friends have turned to a life of crime, is lectured to about cosmic unconsciousness by the repo agency grounds worker (Tracey Walter), and finds himself entangled in a web of intrigue concerning a huge repossession bounty on a 1964 Chevy Malibu driven by a lunatic government scientist (Fox Harris), with top secret cargo in the trunk…http://www.repomanfilm.com/

Miller: A lot o’ people don’t realize what’s really going on. They view life as a bunch o’ unconnected incidents ‘n things. They don’t realize that there’s this, like, lattice o’ coincidence that lays on top o’ everything. Give you an example; show you what I mean: suppose you’re thinkin’ about a plate o’ shrimp. Suddenly someone’ll say, like, plate, or shrimp, or plate o’ shrimp out of the blue, no explanation. No point in lookin’ for one, either. It’s all part of a cosmic unconciousness.

Otto: You eat a lot of acid, Miller, back in the hippie days?

Miller: I’ll give you another instance: you know how everybody’s into weirdness right now?…

 

Read an Interview about the cars of Repo Man HERE


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Take a trip at 265 mph!

August 16, 2014

On Any Sunday (1971)

Wednesday, Aug 20th 

Film starts at 8pm

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Desert racers are nice people

Bruce Brown directs what is the endless summer of motorcycle movies, “On Any Sunday.” Men on Motorcycle racing (and I mean seriously racing) on dirt, asphalt, salt and even ice.  Back in the 70′s, America liked its porn funky and its motorcycle racers made of steel. At least 4 times during this movie they mention the racer taking of some cast holding whatever broken part of their body off in order to race at 120 plus miles on a dirt course.  Don’t worry I didn’t give anything way – this is only the subplot of the movie “like Homer trying to find Lincoln’s Gold.”

Brown follows a few racers through their journey to being #1 on the AMA riding tour.  Cutting back and forth between the average rider and the professional he paints a picture of the ridiculous things people do in the name of motorcycling.  The Hill Climbing segment makes the most sense in the context of the movie – a bunch of hillbillies trying to ride a motorcycle up and over a hill that no body has ever been able to get over.  Finally, one biker makes it over after 7 years of people trying for the sole  purpose of motorcycling.

Like Endless Summer, Brown leaves it open – with the declaration that riding makes no sense but in the same way perfect sense because people do it because they love it.  Its a Love Story between Man and Bike – instead of Boy and Girl.  Like Shakespear – Brown’s love story does nothing but document the crazy acts of people in love. Obvious out comes do not deter you from watching – more importantly it brings you closer to anybody who have ever been in love with a motorcycle.

Word,

Chris, Jupiter’s Motorcycles

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Now get out and ride. See you Sunday!

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Be careful or one of us will get hurt.

August 12, 2014

Sherlock Jr (1924)

Wednesday, Aug 13th 

Film starts at 8pm

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Keaton_Sherlock_Jr_1924Be careful or one of us will get hurt.

The history of motorcycles in film begins with the invention of…you guessed it…motorcycles and film. Right from the start, cars and bikes are prominent in film as a means of transport. Stunt men and slapstick comedians were quick to jump on the wagon (literally) to poke fun at the fast paced mayhem of modern times. The best early examples of this are Mabel Behind The Wheel (1914), Get Out And Get Under (1920), Taken For A Ride (1923), the Keystone Cops series, and of course  Sherlock JR (1924) the Buster Keaton classic where he does his own stunts on a 1923 Harley Davidson J Model Twin. Please join us this Wednesday August 13th for a very special screening of this groundbreaking vehicular classic with live, original musical accompaniment by the one and only Dr. Sick, all the way from New Orleans for this very special event. See you at the flicks!

-Corinna

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We are lost! He is sending for the world’s greatest detective – Sherlock Jr.!

The plot: A movie theater projectionist and janitor (Buster Keaton) is in love with a beautiful girl (Kathryn McGuire). However, he has a rival, the “local sheik” (Ward Crane). Neither has much money. The projectionist buys a $1 box of chocolates, all he can afford, and changes the price to $4 before giving it and a ring to her. The sheik steals and pawns the girl’s father’s pocket watch for $4. With the money, he buys a $3 box of chocolates for the girl. When the father notices his watch is missing, the sheik slips the pawn ticket into the projectionist’s pocket unnoticed. The projectionist, studying to be a detective, offers to solve the crime, but when the pawn ticket is found, is banished from the girl’s home.

hqdefaultWhile showing a film about the theft of a pearl necklace, he falls asleep and dreams that he enters the movie as a detective. The other actors are replaced by the projectionist’s “real” acquaintances. When he awakens, the girl shows up to tell him that she learned the identity of the real thief. As a reconciliation is playing on the screen, he mimics the actor’s behavior. – wikipedia

sherlock5There is an old proverb which says: Don’t try to do two things at once and expect to do justice to both. This is the story of a boy who tried it. While employed as a moving picture operator in a small town theater he was also studying to be a detective.

Keaton. Sherlock Jr. bike sit frontNot only did Buster perform all of his own stunts, at times he performed stunts for other cast-members as well.  One famous example is from Sherlock Jr. After Buster accepts a ride on the handlebars of a motorcycle, a bump in the road knocks the driver to the ground, leaving Buster to ride on alone, unaware that no one is steering the bike.  Buster dressed as the driver and took the fall for the shot, landing with his legs characteristically spread eagle. - silent locations

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Body by Plymouth…Soul by Satan! 

August 2, 2014

Christine (1983)

Wednesday, Aug 6th 

Film starts at 8pm

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633 Grand St (between Leonard St & Manhattan Ave)

Brooklyn, NY 11211

Hell hath no Fury…like Christine!

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Ya know Pepper, ya can’t polish a turd.

Directed by John Carpenter (1983). Adapted from a novel by Stephen King (1982)
Set in the seventies finds a dorky high school kid (Arnie) with taped up coke bottle glasses, living with an overbearing mother, getting picked on in shop class by some greasers that look to be about 35, and having no chance in hell with the girls.

Whoa, whoa. You better watch what you say about my car. She’s real sensitive.

The only thing Arnie seems to have going for him is childhood friend (Dean), who drives a 1968 Dodge Charger. That is, until Arnie buys Christine, a cherry red 1958 Plymouth Fury and begins to change…….oh what a car will do to a man.

I’ll fix you… you’re gonna wish you were never fucking born!

Automotive artistic license: Ok, so in Stephen King’s book, Christine is a 4 door, which wasn’t an option until 1959. Ok, so it was a push button transmittion, which makes it hard to “drop into drive”…… Read more at  Allpar.com

- Corinna
Theatrical Trailer (welcome to the 80’s kids)

Throughout the film, Christine shows her love and increasingly, creepy possessiveness by turning her radio on to a perpetual oldies station. Pledging my love by Johnny Ace becomes “their” song and signifies touching moments between a man and his car. When trying to strangle Arnie’s girlfriend Leigh in the drive in, We belong together by Johnny & Robert plays on her radio.

Pledging my love

See the Full Soundtrack list at IMDB

It’s always 1958 in Christine’s front seat…

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Let’s Ride!

July 27, 2014

Ghost Rider (2007)

Wednesday, July 30th

Film starts at 8:00pm

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It’s said that the West was built on legends. Tall tales that help us make sense of things too great or too terrifying to believe. This is the legend of the Ghost Rider. The thing about legends is… sometimes, they’re true.

Think you’re a hotshot, aint’cha boy

A young Johnny Blaze (Matt Long) and father Barton Blaze (Brett Cullen) are a local death riding, carnie act. When Johnny’s pop gets sick, Johnny’s visited by the Devil  Mephistopheles (Peter Fonda), who offers a cure for his pop’s the cancer…and it will only cost him his SOUL.

One day, when I need you, I will come.

Of course he doesn’t think twice. Who ever does in such situations really? Of course little does he know the sting of the double-edged sword wielded by the Devil. For after signing his name and sealing the deal, pops’ cancer is cured, but he is promptly killed performing a fiery stunt anyway.

forget about friends, forget about family, forget about love. You’re mine, Johnny Blaze

Crushed, Johnny takes off after sweetheart Roxanne Simpson (Raquel Alessi), who’s being sent away to live with her mom, but the devil has other plans for him. Stops him dead in his tracks on the highway. Roxanne is gone and Johnny’s fate is sealed.

You can’t live in fear

Years later. Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage), now a dark and sullen daredevil, performing record breaking stunts with a complete disregard for his own life and an unbelievable knack for Cheating death. He’s unstoppable, but soulless.

Before a show, Johnny is reunited with Roxanne, the love of his life. The one that got away, now a television reporter sent to interview him. Seeing this as his second chance, he fights for win her back. Still bitter, thinking he abandoned her all those years ago, she’s reluctant, but finally agrees to a date…

I might not have power of you in this world, but my rider does

…Of course right before he’s set to meet her at the restaurant, who shows up but the Devil to cash in on the deal they signed all those years ago. Johnny must reclaim the contract. In exchange, he can win back his soul, but it doesn’t matter he has no choice anyway. And in a fiery blaze, against his will, he and his motorbike are transformed into… The Ghost Rider. Falling right into his roll, he takes on Blackheart (Wes Bentley), Mephistopheles ‘own son who’s returned to earth to build an army of fallen angels to help him find the contract of San Venganza. Which, legend has it was stolen and hidden in a graveyard not far from there, and he wants it for his own.

Mornin’ bone head

As the sun rises, he is returned to human form and finds himself at his father’s grave, in the yard of a remote church. The Caretaker (Sam Elliott) seems to know exactly who Johnny is and why he’s there. He tells him of the curse. How he will by day be normal, but in the presence of evil by night turn into the rider. And of how nothing will ever break the curse.

I, uh, sold my soul to the Devil…that’s how come I missed dinner

Hauled in by the cops on suspicion of involvement in the crimes, Johnny’s thrown in jail…where as day becomes night, he turns into the rider, steals a studded jacket off a hooligan and leaves through melted bars. With the cops ehem..hot on his heels, he tears through the city. Roxanne who’s been covering the Biker Bar Massacre and the seemingly related deaths that begin to pile up in town is on the scene and the minute she sees the Ghost Rider, she knows it’s Johnny and that the wild story of not making dinner because he is an unwilling agent of the Devil, was in fact the truth.

Forgive me father for I have sinned…I’ve sinned  a lot.

Blackheart finally tracks the contract of San Venganza, the key to hell on Earth, at the church. He beats up the Caretaker who won’t tell him where it is, He takes Roxanne hostage, knows Johnny’s the key to getting it and will do anything to save her.

Let’s ride!

Johnny and the Caretaker, in fact Carter Slade, the Ghost Rider of legend that outrode the devil 150 years ago, hop on their steeds and ride out together for San Venganza. Only able to change one last time, Slade leaves Johnny at the town limits. He’s got nothing left. Johnny takes on the fallen angels one by one until finally battling Blackheart, who gets the contract away from him and summons the souls condemned within. And with that he becomes…Legion (for we are many).

I’m the only one who can walk in both worlds. I’m the Ghost Rider.

Legion, having now what he wanted, let’s Roxanne go. Johnny could walk away and have his second chance, but he can’t do it. Instead he stays to fight. Unable to defeat Blackheart before, as he had no soul…now that he has many, he is, by the very souls of the innocent he has taken, defeatable.

No. I’m gonna own this curse and use it against you.

With the battle won, and the dust beginning to settle, Mephistopheles returns and offers Johnny back his freedom. Let some one else take up the curse of the Ghost Rider he says, but Johnny refuses. And with the pledge that he will be there wherever the blood of the innocent is shed, the Devil is vanquished…if only for the moment.

This is what you are. What you were always meant to be.

Roxanne loves him, but knows she must let him go. And with a last kiss under the tree that bears their initials from when they were kids, she sends Johnny off to fulfill his destiny.

It’s said that the West was built on legends. And that legends are a way of understanding things greater than ourselves. Forces that shape our lives, events that defy explanation. Individuals whose lives soar to the heavens or fall to the earth. This is how legends are born.

- Corinna Mantlo

(Issue #16 that my pops wrote for the Ghost Rider series)

The legend of the Ghost Rider (the original Marvel comic of course)

Long ago, the demon Zarathos began building a tremendous power base for himself. His penchant for human souls led him into conflicts with foes such as the Blood cult and the vile Mephisto, who saw Zarathos as a rival. Mephisto ultimately tricked and enslaved Zarathos, rendering the demon amnesiac and trapping him in various mortal forms over many years. This torture eventually dovetailed with another pastime of Mephisto’s – the search for the Medallion of Power, a mystical artifact crafted by the Blood that housed the essence of the original Spirits of Vengeance. The medallion had been broken into shards and embedded into the spiritual bloodline of two families. One of these bloodlines, the Kales, attracted Mephisto’s attention in the 18th century when Noble Kale‘s shard of the Medallion transformed him into a Spirit of Vengeance, the Ghost Rider. Mephisto failed to corrupt Noble at this time, but he kept track of the Kale clan from then on, watching as Noble manifested in the firstborn of every generation. - Read the whole legend of Marvel’s Ghost Rider HERE

The upcoming sequel, riding into theaters February 17th, 2012

 

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Co-Founder The Motorcycle Film Festival

 

Speed-Crazed…Thrill-Hungry…On a date with danger and love!

July 17, 2014

Devil On Wheels (1947)

Wednesday, July 23rd

Film starts at 8:00pm

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The Devil On Wheels (1947)

When he took the wheel, slammed on the throttle, and started burning rubber…HE WAS DYNOMITE!

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Speed-crazed…Thrill-hungry…On a date with danger and love!

The Devil on Wheels is a 1947 black/white movie with a playing time of 67 minutes. The film was released by Producers Releasing Company Pictures and was produced by Ben Stoloff, and the assistant producer was Jerry Briskin. It was written and directed by Crane Wilbur. It stars James B. Cardwell, Noreen Nash, Darryl Hickman, Jan Ford, Damian O’Flynn, Lenita Love, William Forrest, Sue England and Robert Arthur. The background is typical Hollywood symphonic music, which is heightened for chase scenes. The movie’s plot is about a family that is torn apart by the evils of illegal hot rod street racing. The father indulges his children and although he knows the dangers, does little to prevent the horrors that will happen to his family. In fact, the father sets a poor example by driving too fast and showing little respect for those who share the road. He buys cars for his children that are fast and encourages his sons to develop their mechanical skills. The oldest son matures and goes off to the military where he becomes a fighter pilot and is the dream of all the girls back home. The younger son falls in with a group of local hot rodders who continually break the law. Their girlfriends egg them on rather than reason with them to be more responsible. Eventually they descend into a downward spiral that leads to a death on the streets and the young boy’s mother seriously hurt in the hospital. At last the youths are confronted with the results of their actions and realize the harm they have caused, which can only be eased by serving time for their crimes.

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When are you gonna put this hop up together and burn a little rubber…hmmm

The Devil on Wheels is a very early example of illegal drag racing on the streets and the harm that it can cause. The movie was released in 1947 and the only reference to legal drag racing was a mention of “there will be legal drag racing at the dry lakes this Saturday for those whose cars have passed the safety inspections.” This would refer to El Mirage dry lake in California. The kids mention terms such as ‘hop up,’ and ‘hopping up,’ which young people used to describe how they were enhancing the performance and speeds of their cars. The father waited two years for “the car he ordered,” indicating that it was two years after the end of World War II. They used the term ‘drag races’ and gave statistics throughout the film, such as the fact that 37,000 Americans died in car accidents in 1947. We have twice the number of people and five times more automobiles today than in 1947 and the death rate today is only slightly higher than it was then. The carnage must have been terrible. Accidents that we can recover from probably meant a gruesome death back then. The film shows the absolute hatred that people felt towards young speeders in their hopped up hot rods.

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The Devil on Wheels has the feel of a documentary, mixed with the 1940’s film noir tradition of Hollywood. The acting is pretty good. The plot and script are interesting and rarely stalls. The action scenes are adequate based on the low budget of the movie, but the hot rods look fast and sleek on the screen. Only Darryl Hickman had a substantial career, but the actors hold their own in the film. Hickman did a credible job but lacked the edginess of a young man in rebellion. The role was made for James Dean, but he was four years away from beginning his acting career. The movie spent too much time in court scenes and in the morgue. It would have been better to have more action with the cars and at the illegal drags, thus showing the power and influence that speed and cars hold over young people. The movie struggled a little bit when the young people were separated from their cars. Overall, this is a good movie from the 1940’s that definitely rose above its limitations. From a rating of 1 to a maximum of 8 spark plugs, I give this move a 5 1/2 spark plug rating.

Film review courtesy of HOTROD Hotline

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