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September 16, 2014

The Best Bar In America (2013)

Wednesday, September 17th

Film starts at 8pm

Lady Jay’s

633 Grand St (bet Leonard & Manhattan), Bklyn, NY 11211

Free popcorn, Juke Box Meccanica, $2 Bingo for Prizes. PRIZES!

Best_Bar_DVD_cover_Amazon__41485.1405368494.1280.1280He who knows he knows, doesn’t know. But he who knows he doesn’t know…knows.  

The Best Bar In America, A Feature Film by Eric and Damon Ristau took home the Feature Narrative and Best Of Festival awards at the 1st Annual Motorcycle Film Festival.

In 2014, Eric Ristau joins the panel of judges for the 2nd annual MFF which will take place on September 24-27th in NY. It’s the connection to the films and community which makes the MFF so extraordinary, and we’re proud a hell of it. So, as the last film this month before the MFF takes over for a week, I am thrilled to present a screening of this fantastic and award winning film, and be sure to keep your eyes on these brothers as they continue to make vehicular films.

See you at the flicks!

- Corinna Mantlo


It’s important to be careful what you ask for 

A whiskey-fueled writing assignment takes one man on an epic motorcycle road trip through the bars and taverns across the American West. Riding a 1960 BMW R60/2 motorcycle with a sidecar, Sanders (Andrew Rizzo) is a down-on-his-luck writer on a mission to chronicle every watering hole along the way. With help of fellow traveler and dharma bum, Northway (David Ackroyd) and a variety of other colorful characters along the way, Sanders learns the way of the road and the zen of the bar.


Read an interview with the filmmaker HERE


Watch the trailer:

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Somethin’s comin’ loose.

September 4, 2014

White Knuckle: The Story of the Motorcycle Cannonball (2012)

Wednesday, September 10th

Film starts at 8pm

Lady Jay’s

633 Grand St (bet Leonard & Manhattan), Bklyn, NY 11211

Free popcorn, Juke Box Meccanica, $2 Bingo for Prizes. PRIZES!

‘9 out of 10 people haven’t seen a pre 1916 motorcycle’

In 2012 Cine Meccanica hosted the NYC Premier of White Knuckle, and in 2013 White Knuckle took home the People’s Choice award at the 1st Annual Motorcycle Film Festival. Since then, NY based Filmmaker and traditional hot rod builder Brian Darwas has completed and released his 5th documentary ‘This Is Long Beach‘, a look at the Cavaliers Car Club, and is currently working on his 6th film. If you’re a fan of hot rods, motorcycles, and custom culture, do yourself a favor and keep an eye on Brian and Atomic Hot Rods!

Read an interview with Brian Darwas HERE.

Think you’ve got what it takes to participate in the next Motorcycle Cannonball? Find out HERE. it starts TODAY!!

- Corinna Mantlo

‘basically…we’re gonna race pre ’16 motorcycles…across the country’

Ride along with Hot Rod Builder and Award Winning Filmmaker Brian Darwas as he travels coast to coast on the ultimate antique motorcycle endurance run, “The Motorcycle Cannonball”.

‘i was constantly tinkering to find the sweet spot’

Witness as these bikes are pushed past their limits!  Get an upfront look at parking lot engine rebuilds!  and watch as the top guys in the motorcycle industry machine parts in the back of their vans to keep their bikes on the  road, and in the race! 

‘The hardest thing was to realize that everything moved forward at 40mph…all day long’

I followed some friends as they rode on the first Motorcycle Cannonball.  The run was all pre-1916 motorcycles. Some were single cylinder engines, some had no transmissions (just a belt and a tensioner). They started in Kitty Hawk, NC and rode clear across the country to Santa Monica, CA.  Literally “Coast to Coast”, on all secondary roads, no highways! . . and since I like to witness pain and suffering I tagged along and made a movie about the trip.  -  Brian Darwas

Check out, and purchase the films of Brian Darwas on the website, or swing by the screening to pick up your very own copy in person. Support Independent filmmakers!

White Knuckle: The Story Of The Motorcycle Cannonball 

A sweet Sickness

The Devil At Your Feet

The Road To Bonneville

This Is Long Beach




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They ride hard…no matter what they’re mounted on!

September 1, 2014

The Mini-Skirt Mob (1968)

Wednesday, September 3rd

Film starts at 8pm

Lady Jay’s

633 Grand St (between Leonard St & Manhattan Ave)

Brooklyn, NY 11211

Free Popcorn, Juke Box Meccanica, $2 Bingo for Prizes, PRIZES!

The film, featuring Harry Dean Stanton as “Spook” (read about Cine Meccanica favorite, H.D Stanton HERE), opens with a weird intro of horse parades and rodeos to explain the roots of the gang.

Jeff Logan, Rodeo star, is honeymooning with his new bride in a camper when his old gang shows up . Miffed that Jeff has decided to quite, and fueled by the Mob leader’s jealousy of the new wife, the gang picks a fight and ends up beating up the happy couple. Jeff runs them off with a shotgun. All seems settled, and the bride and groom plan to continue on to the ranch…Unfortunately for them, the gang has other plans. In classic horror film style, the gang begins a tirade of attacks and after the death of LG (as a result of trying to run the camper off the road with the bikes) sabotage the car, and end up with the couple trapped like sitting ducks in the camper, while they keep watch from a hilltop…

“What is this any how? We was going on a party, now two of us is dead.” -Spook (Harry Dean Stanton)

There are some unexplained bits, like a Cub Scout troop that witnesses the murder, and illusions to the cops being hot on the trail, but really these never pan out, and it all culminates in the propane tank exploding on the camper from beer bottle molotov cocktails, and a pretty fun motorcycle chase down of the couple on foot at the end, where Spook (stanton) gets taken down, and the mild mannered bride chooses to let Shane (Mini-Skirt Mob leader) fall to her death, rather than saving her.

Brown socks with black pants, that was it, the magic spell was broken. Are you like that Jeff? -wife

-Corinna Mantlo


Whatcha got in the trunk?

August 22, 2014

Repo Man (1984)

Wednesday, August 27th

Film starts at 8:30pm

Lady Jay’s

633 Grand St (between Leonard St & Manhattan Ave)

Brooklyn, NY 11211

Free Popcorn, Juke Box Meccanica, $2 Bingo for Prizes, PRIZES!


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!”


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…

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




Take a trip at 265 mph!

August 16, 2014

On Any Sunday (1971)

Wednesday, Aug 20th 

Film starts at 8pm

Lady Jay’s

633 Grand St (between Leonard St & Manhattan Ave)

Brooklyn, NY 11211

Free Popcorn, Juke Box Meccanica, $2 Bingo for Prizes, PRIZES!

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.


Chris, Jupiter’s Motorcycles



Now get out and ride. See you Sunday!


Be careful or one of us will get hurt.

August 12, 2014

Sherlock Jr (1924)

Wednesday, Aug 13th 

Film starts at 8pm

Lady Jay’s

633 Grand St (between Leonard St & Manhattan Ave)

Brooklyn, NY 11211

Free Popcorn, Juke Box Meccanica, $2 Bingo for Prizes, PRIZES!

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!



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



Body by Plymouth…Soul by Satan! 

August 2, 2014

Christine (1983)

Wednesday, Aug 6th 

Film starts at 8pm

Lady Jay’s

633 Grand St (between Leonard St & Manhattan Ave)

Brooklyn, NY 11211

Hell hath no Fury…like Christine!

Free Popcorn, Juke Box Meccanica, $2 Bingo for Prizes, PRIZES!

And we are also pleased to announce that dinner will now be provided every Wednesday night by Delilah’s Steaks…So, come HUNGRY!!

C.M Delilah's Steaks

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

- 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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