Saturday, November 29, 2008

Mad Movie Party 2009 Schedule Round Up

Happy holidays from all of us at the Slaughtered Lamb Cinema! 2008 has been an exciting year - you can review the previous year's events by clicking on the calendar in the sidebar and navigating through past months. As we enter the month of December, we explore our options for 2009, including several interesting anniversary opportunities:

Wizard of Oz - 70th Anniversary
Gone with the Wind - 70th Anniversary
The Third Man - 60th Anniversary
Ben Hur - 50th Anniversary
North by Northwest - 50th Anniversary
Plan 9 From Outer Space - 50th Anniversary
Eyes Without a Face - 50th Anniversary
Suspiria - 30th Anniversary
Phantasm - 30th Anniversary
Mad Max - 30th Anniversary
Zombie - 30th Anniversary
Ghostbusters - 25th Anniversary
Terminator - 25th Anniversary
Run Lola Run - 10th Anniversary
The Mummy - 10th Anniversary

If any of these are particularly interesting to you, let us know. We always strive for a nice balance of revisiting classics that haven't been seen on the big screen in a while, as well as showcasing things that you may have missed.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Into the Third Dimension

So I've been thinking about what to program in our December movie party slot, and I'm thinking it might be fun to take a trip into the world of 3-D movies.

We're stuck with anaglyph (red-blue) 3D until someone brings polarized shutter technology to the home in high definition. The bad news that means we can't watch my 3-D versions of the Creature From the Black Lagoon or House of Wax. On the bright side, it's still fun, and significantly more watchable on a big screen.

I've got several titles available to watch, and of them my suggestions for the party would be Comin At Ya and Night of the Living Dead 3D, and possibly The Mask, which is partially in 3-D.

Let me know if you're interested, and will firm this one up in the schedule.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Casino Royale 2

Steffan snuck into town, so we went out to see the new James Bond film, which has garnered divisive reviews. Despite the near universal love for Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace appears to have polarized viewers.

When Kill Bill was released, in two separate parts, audiences knew it was coming, and many complained about it in advance.

If there was widespread knowledge that the follow up to Casino Royale would be a continuation of the same story, it never got to me. Of course, as one who only saw that film for the first time a few weeks ago, I was primed and ready, and pleasantly surprised by, the sequel.

I don't know how well the film could be judged on it's own, and I highly recommend revisiting Casino Royale as close to your trip to see Quantum as possible. As the second half of a much larger tale, I found it quite satisfying. Is it perfect? No. Is it totally convincing? Never. But that said, the characters were interesting and the action set pieces come one after another. It should make a nice double-bill in the Slaughtered Lamb next year...

Also wanted to mention the Star Trek trailer - which should be available online come Monday, and we'll have it to show as soon as the first HD version is made available. The trailer is cut like an episode of Battlestar Galactica, and it will be interested to see how J.J. Abrams pulls it off. As I was never a huge fan of the Trek franchise, I'm open to whatever they do with it. That said, the most exciting moment in the trailer for me was seeing Simon Pegg as Scotty.

Monday, November 10, 2008

What if the Matrix ran on Windows XP?

I'm not a huge fan of The Matrix, and I'm not a huge fan of Windows XP, but I do like my Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.


Friday, November 7, 2008

Time to Shop for movies!

Twice a year, has a sale where they offer 20% off their already low prices on all in-stock DVDs. This fall, perhaps in recognition of the current state of the economy, they're offering a 25% off coupon! For me, it's never a question of if I should buy - it's always a question of how much I can afford under my pre-determined budget...

I wanted to pass this on in case you're looking for any new standard def or high def DVDs - it's a great way to pick up box sets cheap! I'll be getting the Planet of the Apes Blu Ray set, and the latest Hitchcock collection, to name a few. Those of you interested in Band of Brothers will want to order that when it's released next Tuesday.

Here are several coupon codes you can use:

If you ever wondered how we ended up with so many films in the Slaughtered Lamb Library, now you know!

Unfortunately, the new Collector's Edition of I Am Legend won't be released until after he coupons expire on 11/23/08.