The Greg Proops Film Club

GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: Laura

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4/14/2014 - 7:30PM

Greg Proops (one of the most mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth) records the latest episode of his monthly Film Club podcast live — and then it’s time for Otto Preminger’s rapturous ‘40s noir. Greg sez: “The awesomely toothy Gene Tierney has been horribly murdered, and everyone is sickly in love with her. A portrait on the wall enchants her apartment with its dark mystery. Dana Andrews, the detective sent to solve the case and smoke a lot, falls under the spell. Anyone could have aced Laura — her mentor, the fantastically effete newspaper columnist — her creepy, spongy boyfriend (Vincent Price before the horror) — her rich aunt who’s having an affair with her loser boyfriend. Preminger swings for the fences in a obsession-packed, sexual weirdo, private-dick picture. The theme by David Raskin plays on and on, until you too think you will go mad. Required viewing. No one will be seated during the first three closet-y characters. Bring a flask.”
Dir. Otto Preminger, 1944, DCP, 88 min.

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Benson Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch the trailer for “Laura”!

GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: Wonder Boys

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3/31/2014 - 7:30PM

Greg Proops (one of the most mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth) records the latest episode of his monthly Film Club podcast live — and then it’s time for Curtis Hanson’s wonderful Wonder Boys. Greg sez: “Michael Douglas forgoes his usual typecasting as an asshole/businessman who gets his just desserts. Here, he is a stoned academic who wrote a promising first novel, but his complicated life and weed have made the second novel an unfinished 2,000-page opus. He is having an affair with the chancellor’s wife (Frances McDormand), losing his own wife, his in-laws hate him and his most promising student (Toby Maguire) is a brilliant, sociopathic liar. When his agent (Robert Downey, Jr.) comes to check on the book, all hell breaks loose. Panned critically back in 2000, and not originally a box office hit, this picture is what the Film Club is all about: great cast, terrific writing, a bunch of surprises and lots of dope smoking.” Adam Papagan (The Del Talk Show) will also be here to spin tunes before the show!
Dir. Curtis Hanson, 2000, 35mm, 107 min.

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Benson Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Wonder Boys”!

GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: Rushmore

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2/17/2014 - 7:30PM

Greg Proops (one of the most mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth) records the latest episode of his monthly Film Club podcast live — and then it’s time for the beloved landmark ‘90s indie Rushmore. Greg sez: “The American comedy movie with the most heart. Jason Schwartzman is the most active student in his prep school — not the best student, just the most enthusiastic. He writes plays based on ‘70s cop movies, is in every club and is involved in everything. He meets Olivia Williams, a lovely, widowed teacher, and fixates on her like everything else he does. Then he meets Bill Murray: a lonely, wealthy man who has two sons he hates at the school. They bond until Olivia and Bill get together — then it is Revenge of the 15-Year-Old Scorned. Rushmore is the best of Wes Anderson’s post-Salinger-esque, ‘70s motif movies. Vignettes, quirky lovable people, a decided fantasy take on school, and young love and frustration and pain. A perfectly drawn little world we get to share and delight in. Yes, it is delightful.”
Dir. Wes Anderson, 1998, 35mm, 93 min.

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Benson Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch the trailer for “Rushmore”!
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GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Scorned wives, big hair!
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1/13/2014 - 7:30PM

First up, Greg Proops (one of the most mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth) records the latest episode of his monthly Film Club podcast live — and then it’s time for Pedro Almodovar’s uproarious, Oscar-nominated 1988 farce. Greg sez: “The picture that made Almodovar worldwide. Hilarious, broad and colorful. The plot is a running series of insane happenings and wild coincidences, therefore no synopsis. This is a movie about Women scorned; Carmen Maura has been left by her married boyfriend via answering machine — it’s the ‘80s, y’all. Her best friend Maria Barranco comes over to tell her she just had hot sex with a man who’s a terrorist. Mislaid children, scorned wives, big hair, drugged gazpacho and mayhem follow. Start the year right with the wild and wonderful Almodovar in top form. Postscript: even if you speak Spanish this movie is in rapid-fire Castilian. The titles are your guide. Odelay.”
Dir. Pedro Almodovar, 1988, 35mm, 89 min.

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Benson Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”!

GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: What's Up, Doc?

A screwball Streisand!
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12/22/2013 - 7:45PM

First up, Greg Proops (one of the most mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth) records the latest episode of his monthly Film Club podcast live — and then it’s time for Peter Bogdanovich’s perennially awesome screwball comedy What’s Up, Doc? Greg sez: “Forget your Xmas worries and get screwball with this frantic homage to both Bringing Up Baby and Bugs Bunny. Four identical plaid bags get mislaid (plaid bags, dude, this is the ‘70s), two of them belonging to Ryan O’Neal as a scientist and Barbra Streisand as a serial college drop-out genius. Car chases, mistaken identity, fake accents, felonious room service ordering — all with a San Francisco backdrop, pre-Google. I hesitate to call it ‘zany’, but this picture is chock full of hijinx. Pacey and cute, with the hysterical Madeline Kahn debuting as O’Neal’s square fiancee. Join me for mad holiday cheer; re-live when Ryan and Barbra were delightful, and The Poseidon Adventure ruled. Grab a caramel-colored leather jacket and truck on down.”
Dir. Peter Bogdanovich, 1972, 35mm, 94 min.

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Benson Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch the trailer for “What’s Up Doc?”!
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GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: La Femme Nikita (rare 35mm screening!)

Archival 35mm print!
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11/11/2013 - 7:30PM

First up, Greg Proops — one of the most mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth — records his latest episode of his lugubrious, salacious, verbacious monthly Film Club podcast live, and then it’s time for a very rare 35mm screening of Luc Besson’s glossy Nineties actioner La Femme Nikita. Greg sez: “Nikita (Anne Parillaud) is a drugged up hoodlum who kills a cop in a heist. The Secret government puts her in the slammer and offers her a choice: be dead or be an assassin. She gets the guidance of French film legend Jeanne Moreau on how to use her feminine wiles and be deadly. She meets a guy who doesn’t know she’s a killer, and tries to have a life — but being a hit-person is a full-time gig, baby. This movie is all short skirts, huge guns and cool explosions. One the great kick ass girl movies, La Femme Nikita is as fun as a day playing video games on Molly. Come for the action, stay for the sexy. Popcorn required.” Proops will deconstruct, reanimate and regale this fine classic, plus tackle 467 ancilliary tangents in an expert flick of the verbal wrist. Be there!
Dir. Luc Besson, 1990, 35mm, 117 min.

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Doug Benson Movie Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch the Cinefamily’s original trailer for “La Femme Nikita”!

GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: Eyes Without A Face

The eerie French B&W classic!
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10/30/2013 - 7:30PM

First up, Greg Proops — one of the most mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth — records his latest episode of his lugubrious, salacious, verbacious monthly Film Club podcast live, and then it’s time for a 35mm screening of the eerie French classic Eyes Without A Face. Greg sez: “A lyrical masterpiece of creepy horror. Upon its release, one critic called it “the sickest film since I started film criticism.” A mad doctor responsible for his daughter’s face being horribly disfigured makes her wear a mask (later, John Carpenter snarfed the idea for Halloween’s Michael Myers.) The good Doc then kidnaps girls so he can remove their faces, and graft them onto his beloved kid. The fun starts there. If you like your horror with a bit of poetry, this one is all up in your haunted house. Music by Maurice Jarre, shot by the master Eugen Schüfftan (Metropolis.) Vous allez mourir de peur. No Billy Idol will be played.” Proops will deconstruct, reanimate and regale this fine classic, plus tackle 467 ancilliary tangents in an expert flick of the verbal wrist. Be there!
Dir. Georges Franju, 1960, 35mm, 84 min.

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Doug Benson Movie Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Eyes Without A Face”!
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GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: Sexy Beast

The Y2K British Gangster classic!
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9/16/2013 - 7:30PM

First up, Greg Proops — one of the most mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth — records his latest episode of his lugubrious, salacious, verbacious monthly Film Club podcast live, and then it’s time for a 35mm screening of Sexy Beast. Greg sez: “The ‘newest’ picture ever to screen at the Film Club this year, this Y2K British Gangster classic is a real “cracker.” Ray Winstone is an ex-gangster living in Spain after a long stretch in the joint, hanging out and drinking beer — until, out of nowhere, psychopathic force of nature Ben Kingsley convinces him to do one last bank job organized by suave super-creep, mastermind Ian McShane. Kingsley’s performance is the sadistic icing on this caper scone. He taunts, threatens, wheedles and literally pisses on Winstone, to get him to come back to London and risk it all. Tough guys, tough girls, bisexual bankers, an insane bank caper, Winstone eating a full English breakfast, over 100 F-Bombs and over 20 C-Bombs. You will find new ways to conjugate profanity.” Proops will deconstruct, reanimate and regale this fine classic, plus tackle 467 ancilliary tangents in an expert flick of the verbal wrist. Be there!
Dir. Jonathan Glazer, 2000, 35mm, 89 min.

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Doug Benson Movie Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch the trailer for “Sexy Beast!”

GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: Le Samourai (rare 35mm print!)

Extremely rare subtitled 35mm print!
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7/16/2013 - 7:30PM

In addition to being one of the mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth, Greg Proops is the host of The Greg Proops Film Club: a lugubrious, salacious, verbacious monthly podcast! First up, Greg records his latest episode live, and then it’s time for Jean-Pierre Melville’s crime drama masterpiece Le Samourai, shown from an extremely rare subtitled 35mm print! Greg sez: “There is no greater solitude than that of the samurai, unless perhaps it be that of the tiger in the jungle. Terse and sexy. Broody and stylized. Fedoras and trenchcoats. Hot chicks and determined detectives. French gangster cinema at its very best. Alain Delon is gorgeous and sulky, a hit man with his own code. The cops want him, the mob wants him, the femmes dig him. But he ain’t got no friend but his pet bird (and metaphor) in a grey cage. Who can you trust when you are a super hot killer on the run in Paris? Nobody, baby. Be there, for this it is the coolest movie you will see all summer. Bring your own Gitanes; no one will be seated who isn’t up for a chase through the Metro.” Proops will deconstruct, reanimate and regale this fine classic, plus tackle 467 ancilliary tangents in an expert flick of the verbal wrist. Be there!
Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967, 35mm, 105 min.

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Doug Benson Movie Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch the trailer for “Le Samourai”!

GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: Lifeboat (archival 35mm print!)

Archival 35mm print!
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6/11/2013 - 7:30PM

In addition to being one of the mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth, Greg Proops is the host of The Greg Proops Film Club: a lugubrious, salacious, verbacious monthly podcast! First up, Greg records his latest episode live on the Cinefamily stage, and then it’s time for one of Hitchcock’s most claustrophobic works, shown from an archival 35mm print! Greg sez: “Hitchcock on the ocean. A U-boat sinks a civilian ship during the war, and the survivors are pit against each other to survive. Made during the war from a story by John Steinbeck, this is a little cracker of a picture. We have the proper English people, the Brooklyn guy, the suspicious German, the blue-collar studbucket and the fabulous Tallulah Bankhead. Shot in the Fox lot’s water tank, Tallulah had to climb a ladder every morning to get in. She never wore underwear, and the crew cheered her each day. The fun starts there. Hitchcock makes a cameo, but how do you do it when it is only a bunch of people in a Lifeboat? You will dig this one. Summer is funner with hot WW2 action.” Proops will deconstruct, reanimate and regale this fine classic, plus tackle 467 ancilliary tangents in an expert flick of the verbal wrist. Be there!
Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1944, 35mm, 96 min. (Print courtesy of Fox Archive)

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Doug Benson Movie Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Lifeboat”!

GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: Dog Day Afternoon

Proops versus Pacino!
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5/28/2013 - 7:30PM

In addition to being one of the mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth, Greg Proops is now the host The Greg Proops Film Club: a lugubrious, salacious, verbacious monthly podcast! First up, Greg records his latest episode live on the Cinefamily stage, and then it’s time for one of Al Pacino’s greatest screen performances. Greg sez: “Pacino is a gay bank robber, who knocks over a bank to pay for a sex change for his lover. The robbery goes awry and turns into a cynical media event. This is wild Seventies filmmaking at its best. Gripping and real, Pacino is on fire as the sensitive and complicated Sonny — and John Cazale plays the unforgettably, sullen, laconic Sal. Sidney Lumet is one of the great directors of the era (Network, Serpico, The Verdict), and has the conscience to make this unlikely heist movie into a running discussion of authority, sexual identity and civil rights. Pacino once strode the earth as a protean force; come and dig him in his jungle element.” Proops will deconstruct, reanimate and regale this fine classic, plus tackle 467 ancilliary tangents in an expert flick of the verbal wrist. Be there!
Dir. Sidney Lumet, 1975, 35mm, 125 min.

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Doug Benson Movie Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch the trailer for “Dog Day Afternoon”!

GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

Proops versus Matthau!
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4/15/2013 - 7:30PM

In addition to being one of the mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth, Greg Proops is now the host The Greg Proops Film Club: a lugubrious, salacious, verbacious monthly podcast! First up, Greg records his latest episode live on the Cinefamily stage, and then it’s time for one of the all-time great Seventies thrillers. Greg sez: “New York in the ‘70s is a desperate place. Sick mayors and creepy psychopaths — tan jackets and big plaids. Twisted gunmen hijack a subway train, and ransom the lives of the hostages by threatening to kill one every minute. Mr. Green is unwell, Mr. Grey wants to open-fire. Walter Matthau is the cagey negotiator in one of his awesome terse roles, following dry bank robber in Charley Varrick and sanguine detective in The Laughing Policeman. You will add this to The French Connection and Serpico as one of your favorite NY-is-insane-back-in-the-day pictures. Mr. Blue says so.” Proops will deconstruct, reanimate and regale this fine classic, plus tackle 467 ancilliary tangents in an expert flick of the verbal wrist. Be there!
Dir. Joseph Sargent, 1974, 35mm, 104 min.

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Doug Benson Movie Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch the trailer for “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three”!

GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: Annie Hall

Proops hosts one of the all-time great comedies!
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2/11/2013 - 7:30PM

In addition to being one of the most mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth, Greg Proops is now the host of a new lugubrious, salacious, verbacious monthly podcast: The Greg Proops Film Club! First up, Greg records his latest episode live on the Cinefamily stage, and then it’s time for one of the all-time great comedies. Greg sez: “Annie Hall is Woody before all the yuckiness. Before Soon-Yi and Mia. Before Scarlett Johannsen and Owen Wilson. It is funny. Believe me — some of the best jokes of his career. Plus, it has a soul. You will actually have feelings for the characters and laugh at their situations. Woody was forty when he made this Hollywood success: a comedy that won four Oscars, including Best Picture. Suck on that, Les Mis. Diane Keaton is sexy and hilarious, in a great turn that makes her indelible. This is why Woody was a genius and is allowed to keep making films today. This movie proved to me in high school there was room for neurotic intellectuals, and that they could get shiksa foxes.” Proops will deconstruct, reanimate and regale this fine classic, plus tackle 467 ancilliary tangents in an expert flick of the verbal wrist. Be there!
Dir. Woody Allen, 1977, 35mm, 93 min.

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Doug Benson Movie Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch the trailer for “Annie Hall”!

GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: Gilda (restored 35mm print!)

Rita Hayworth, beautifully restored!
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1/21/2013 - 7:30PM

In addition to being one of the mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth, Greg Proops is now the host of a new lugubrious, salacious, verbacious monthly podcast: The Greg Proops Film Club! First up, Greg records his latest episode live on the Cinefamily stage, and then it’s time for a restored 35mm screening of the classic noir Gilda. Greg sez: “Charles Vidor’s psychosexual three-way of hatred, pervy mind control and 1940s-style latent homosexuality. Rita Hayworth is unforgettable and boom-troculous as a devilish super-babe caught between two guys: a maniac who wants to possess her, and a sap who loves her so much he hates her. Thrill to Argentinian gambling houses, bald-faced deceit, triple crosses, good old evil Nazis, a detective who lets people get away with murder, and the greatest strip-tease dance number ever when Gilda sings ‘Put the Blame on Mame.’ This one is hot and freaky. This movie will make you believe people had sex in the ‘40s.” Proops will deconstruct, reanimate and regale this fine classic, plus tackle 467 ancilliary tangents in an expert flick of the verbal wrist. Be there!
Dir. Charles Vidor, 1946, 35mm, 110 min.

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Doug Benson Movie Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch the trailer for “Gilda”!
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GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: Scrooge (1970)

Albert Finney, song-and-dance Scrooge!
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12/19/2012 - 8PM

In addition to being one of the mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth, Greg Proops is now the host of a new lugubrious, salacious, verbacious monthly podcast: The Greg Proops Film Club! First up, Greg records his latest episode live on the Cinefamily stage, and then it’s time for one of his favorite Xmas movies ever, the 1970 musical Scrooge. Greg sez: “Hey, it’s a Christmas Musical from the man who wrote the music for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Albert Finney plays the Mitt Romney of the 1840s, Ebeneezer Scrooge. Albert Finney from Erin Brockovich sings and dances — yes, you heard me. The Ghost of Christmas Present gets Scrooge drunk, and London’s poor people are thrilled to break out in song when people they hate die. Delightful Alec Guinness cameo as Jacob Marley. All faiths invited. God Bless us everyone. I promise not to be bitter and cynical for one whole night.”
Dir. Ronald Neame, 1970, 35mm, 113 min.

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Doug Benson Movie Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Scrooge”!

GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: The Big Sleep

Proops, Hawks, Bogie and Bacall!
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11/20/2012 - 8PM

In addition to being one of the mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth, Greg Proops is now the host of a new lugubrious, salacious, verbacious monthly show: The Greg Proops Film Club, under the umbrella of his prolific The Smartest Man In The World podcast! First up, Greg records his latest episode live on the Cinefamily stage, and then it’s time for the timeless Bogart/Bacall yarn The Big Sleep. Greg sez: “Raymond Chandler’s classic L.A. noir spun by the director who put a cigarette in Lauren Bacall’s kisser, Howard Hawks. Bogie and Bacall heat it up in a totally confusing story of random murder and vengeful deception. Thrill to WW2 ration stickers in the windows of huge automobiles, trenchcoats and a super-rainy Silverlake. This one has it all: pornography, heroin addiction, nymphomaniac daughters, strange old men who spend all day in a hothouse, compulsive gambling in illicit casinos, and Lauren Bacall sings. Faulkner, who helped write the screenplay, had no idea who the killer was. It doesn’t matter. This movie proves that plot means nothing; the dialogue is snappy, and the actors crack off their lines as hard as they drink and cheat each other. Essential to your understanding of film noir, Los Angeles, detectives, black-and-white film, Bogie, and let’s face it, you as a social person who wants to be cool.” Proops will deconstruct, reanimate and regale this fine classic, plus tackle 467 ancilliary tangents in an expert flick of the verbal wrist. Be there!

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Doug Benson Movie Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch the trailer for “The Big Sleep”!

GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: Return of the Living Dead + podcast taping!

It is braintastic! Send more cops!
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10/9/2012 - 8PM
Co-presented by A Special Thing

In addition to being one of the mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth, Greg Proops is now the host of a new lugubrious, salacious, verbacious monthly podcast that the Cinefamily is proud to host: The Greg Proops Film Club! First up, Greg records his latest episode live on the Cinefamily stage, and then it’s time for a groovy ghoulie 35mm screening of Return of the Living Dead, the legendary ‘80s zombie comedy from Dan O’Bannon (Alien). Greg sez: “The greatest and zaniest of all zombie movies. The true story of what happened after Night of the Living Dead. The Government used a secret poison gas called trioxin and let’s not get too technical, the government created zombies that eat human brains. It is all true. There are naked ‘80s punk girls, undead Civil War veterans and a bitchin’ death rock soundtrack by .45 Grave and the Cramps. You will laugh and cry and spew and run for the snack bar to demand brains. This will be the highlight of your Halloween season. You will want to be slightly drunk to see this (I suggest Canter’s Kibitz Room just down the street.) It is braintastic. Send more cops.” Proops will deconstruct, reanimate and regale this fine classic, plus tackle 467 ancilliary tangents in an expert flick of the verbal wrist. Be there!
Dir. Dan O’Bannon, 1985, 35mm, 91 min.

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Doug Benson Movie Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Return of the Living Dead”!

"Withnail & I" + live Greg Proops podcast taping!

Ultra-rare 35mm screening!
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9/4/2012 - 7:30PM

In addition to being one of the mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth, Greg Proops is The Smartest Man In The World — or, at least, that’s an apt moniker for his lugubrious, salacious, verbacious weekly podcast. First up, Greg records his latest episode live on the Cinefamily stage, and then it’s time for an ultra-rare 35mm screening of Withnail & I, the superlative British ode to inebriation, starring Richard E. Grant in the performance of a lifetime. Greg sez: “The mad story of mad people in Mod London, in 1969. Grant is unforgettable as the self-absorbed maniac Withnail. Paul McGann is his best pal and partner. Beer, quadruple gins, fine wines, dead chickens, giant spliffs, eels in the trousers and lighter fluid — this movie has it all. Ralph Brown is immortal as the mortifyingly creepy drug dealer, Richard Griffiths will delight you as the pervy Uncle Monty, and Grant is fixed-bayonets over-the-top. Grand fun. If it doesn’t remind you of your own misspent, drugged-up youth, I will try to refund some of your money.” Proops will deconstruct, reanimate and regale this fine classic, plus tackle 467 ancilliary tangents in an expert flick of the verbal wrist. Be there!

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Doug Benson Movie Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Withnail & I”!

Point Break + live Greg Proops podcast taping!

Swayze, Keanu and Proops, oh my!
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7/25/2012 - 8PM

In addition to being one of the mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth, Greg Proops is The Smartest Man In The World — or, at least, that’s an apt moniker for his lugubrious, salacious, verbacious weekly podcast. Tonight, Greg records his latest episode live on the Cinefamily stage, and then it’s time for Point Break in 35mm, the best way Greg knows how to celebrate summer. Greg sez: “The movie of the ‘90s. Keanu before The Matrix, Swayze when he strode the Earth like a Titan. The IMDB synopsis reads, ‘An FBI agent goes undercover to catch a gang of bank robbers who may be surfers.’ This is wildly insufficient. Keanu is Johnny fucking Utah (a former Heisman Trophy winner) and his FBI partner is Gary Busey in maniac mode (as if he has another kind.) ‘May be surfers’? Dude, this is the “Ex-Presidents” bankrobbing gang; Swayze their leader, is a spiritual seeker, adrenaline junkie and part-time psychopath named Bohdi. They surf the cosmos. This picture is non-stop mayhem: nighttime surfing, full-contact touch football, pillow shooting, skydiving without a parachute, gunfights in Reagan masks, heedless truck driving, Anthony Kiedis “acting”, tequila body shots, Busey reading Garfield, chili dogs, philosophical surf shop employees — this one brings all the magic and leaves it on the tarmac. Vaya con dios, brah.” Proops will deconstruct, reanimate and regale this fine classic, plus tackle 467 ancilliary tangents in an expert flick of the verbal wrist. Be there!
Point Break Dir. Kathryn Bigelow, 1991, 35mm, 123 min.

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Doug Benson Movie Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch the trailer for “Point Break”!
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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai + live Greg Proops podcast taping!

Live Proopcast taping & Buckaroo Banzai!
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6/25/2012 - 7:30PM

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In addition to being one of the sharpest stand-ups and mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics in the Northern Hemisphere, Greg Proops is The Smartest Man In The World — or, at least that’s what he murmured to us late one night on the Cinefamily back patio, in-between sips of Chablis and other sips of Old Milwuakee. One thing we know for sure: it’s an apt moniker for his lugubrious, salacious, verbacious, voracious weekly Proopcast. The concept: it’s just Proops and you. There’s no fan fare. Proops takes center stage at a small table-and-chair setup with a single microphone — then he’s off. An hour of great conversation that flies by at a breakneck clip, cramming the feeling of a great two-way conversation into the lecture-style format of a one-way conversation. Tonight, Greg records his latest episode live on the Cinefamily stage, but not before wallowing in the 35mm awesomeness of the ‘80s sci-fi flick The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai! Peter Weller is a test-driver/physicist/rock star who has to save the world. Jeff Goldblum is a neurosurgeon in a cowboy outfit. The bad guys are alien Rastas from another dimension (and so are the good guys.) Ellen Barkin is kicked around some in a mini-skirt. The fun never stops. Proops will deconstruct, reanimate and regale this fine classic, plus tackle 467 ancillary tangents in an expert flick of the verbal wrist. Be there!
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Dir. W. C. Richter, 1984, 35mm, 102 min.

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