Weird Weekend, Day 1: Sex, Drugs & Lite Jazz (feat. The Boxer's Omen & Super Soul Brother! Sybil Danning in person!)

6:00pm – JULIE DARLING (Sybil Danning in person!)
“She’ll blow you — then she’ll blow you away!” Lars says: “I’ve never had kids and I never will. I’ve watched enough movies to know they’re bad news. Even if they aren’t possessed by the devil, they still learn to hate you and all you stand for — even as they eat all your food and wreck your sex life! If I ever waver in my determination to remain child-free, I’ll just thread this movie up and feel my testes retract. An otherwise unknown actress named Isabelle Mejias gives a performance to remember as a daughter with a serious daddy hang-up. There’s not a huge volume of physical violence in the film, but the spiritual violence wrought by the cunning and manipulative teenager is hellishly intense. Starring Anthony Franciosa as the lucky dad and Teutonic Amazon Sybil Danning as the girl’s unfortunate new stepmom. It’s only appropriate to warn you that the wrong-meter goes into the red here several times, which is just where we like it!” Co-star Sybil Danning will be here for a Q&A in person after the film!
Dir. Paul Nicholas, 1983, 35mm, 100 min.

8:00pm – TEEN LUST (director James Hong in person!)
Lars says: “Holy shit! This outrageous farce — directed (and possibly written) by longtime character actor James Hong (Big Trouble In Little China, Blade Runner) — is like a wholly American distillation of late-period Luis Bunuel. Good taste is roughly elbowed aside, and black-humored perversity reigns as we are introduced to lovely young Carol (Kristen Baker), a police cadet with family problems: her gross father is always on the make for her, her mother drinks like a sailor on a three-day shore leave, and her model-airplane obsessed retarded brother wants to marry her. Fortunately she has her police work, which largely consists of dressing like a hooker and being groped by perps (when she’s not being groped by the other cops.) Even when she tries to spend a little quiet time with her hot-rodding boyfriend, she’s dragged from the car by a gang of amorous eight-year-olds (while the “The People’s Court” theme blasts away on the soundtrack). When she seeks religious counsel, the family priest tells her he’s gay, and that “all Hitler needed was a hug” — but the confusion is just beginning, as things get even stranger from there!” Schedule permitting, director James Hong will be here in person for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. James Hong, 1979, 35mm, 89 min.

10:00pm – SUPER SOUL BROTHER (aka THE SIX THOUSAND DOLLAR NIGGER)
Lars says: “We can’t believe the title either. But that’s why they called him Wildman Steve! Everyone loves the late, great Rudy Ray Moore, but he wasn’t the only funny comedian working the black comedy circuit, as The Wi-i-i-ildman can say pretty much anything in the English language and make it funny. He has a slow, stoned delivery that makes even the stupidest dirty jokes gut-bustingly hilarious, like Bill Cosby after a head injury. Unbelievably, this is an actual WILDMAN STEVE STAR VEHICLE! We start out with a midget mad scientist named Dr. Dippy, who helps the mob develop a formula to make users super-strong, bulletproof, and, after about two days, super-dead. Obviously it’s hard to get sensible people to sign up for this treatment, so the mobsters grab the nearest wino, played to perfection by our star. Steve is beyond hilarious, ad-libbing like crazy, stepping all over his costars’ lines, and even giving a little speech in favor of legalizing pot that’s a small masterpiece of reason and logic. We’re still on the lookout for the sequel, Ain’t That Just Like A Honky?
Dir. Rene Martinez Jr., 1979, 35mm, 80 min.

midnight – THE BOXER’S OMEN (first-ever 35mm show in Los Angeles!)
Where on Earth to begin? The Boxer’s Omen is The Holy Mountain, Altered States and Rocky all rolled into one; it’s all of ’70s gonzo kickass cinema compressed into an insane little ball and blasted through a garishly-colored early ’80s Hong Kong filter. It’s more unpredictable than Dangerous Men, more unstoppable than The Visitor; it’s one of the craziest damned things you’ll ever witness in a movie theater, and this is NO hyperbole! It’s the Wizard Battle movie to end all Wizard Battle movies, it’s gooey, gory, neon-washed and, blessed Buddha, once you’ve seen it you will run out into the street and demand that every single friend of yours hop on the Boxer’s Omen Express. This hexadelical, truly incredible piece of eye terrorism has NEVER played in Los Angeles on 35mm before, so get your rear on down to see this one before you end up cursing yourself forever! Guaranteed mug melter or your money back.
Dir. Chih-Hung Kuei, 1983, 35mm, 105 min.

Watch our trailer for “The Boxer’s Omen”!

Watch clips from “Julie Darling”!

Watch clips from “Super Soul Brother”!