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It’s that time of year, where we get our respective Grindhouse trailers together to show for our Halloween Double-Feature.

That’s right, whip up your fake trailers and we’ll show them before and between our double features.

Our first film of the night will be:

undertaker_and_his_pals_poster_01It’s quite a trip to see, so all of your should check it out.

Our second feature is yet to be determined but will be a grim treat for sure.

Come costumed (encouraged!) or not to room 400 St. Pat’s at 6pm sharp.

There will be snacks and drinks for sale in the “foyer”.

 

COMING IN NOVEMBER: Filmmaking workshop and funded short preliminaries.

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We’re back with another Taiwanese Contemporary Film.
This Week it’s Orz Boys (2008)

orz boysWe’re starting at 6pm, in room 435.

Be there.

Also Next week we have the Halloween Double Feature. With YOUR Trailers. Make one. Show it. And enjoy the carnage.

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For the next two weeks we’ll be showing a couple contemporary taiwanese films in association with the Film Studies department (of course) and TECO (the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office http://taiwan-canada.org)

Kung Fu Dunk posterNext Week we show the film: Orz Boys (2008)

Coming up October 30th: HALLOWEEN Double Feature with YOUR grindhouse trailers

In November: WORKSHOPS!

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We have a meeting this week. Normal time, normal place.
It’ll be laid back, and you’ll get to vote on a movie from a choice of a few super cool ones your execs will bring.

We will also take part in witty banter I’m sure.

If you’re out of town, enjoy it. You won’t miss much… or will you?

If you need any ideas for your trailer:


It’s as good a gimmick as any for a film franchise

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Yet another video, but I’m sure you don’t mind. You already read too much as it is, what with the schoolbooks and the stop signs and all.  YouTube clips have currency and style and thought, and all I offer are words.

So someone with a point of view (wow) and design skills (woah) and elegance (and not 60-year-old-Austrian-woman elegance, gasp) directed a film that isn’t dealing in Uplift or sopping with sympathy, but is actually the expression of their particular talents and experiences! And it may even contain scenes that recall the mechanics of human sexuality! I assure you that thiswillnothappenagain in 2009.

Note: This is almost exactly how I sold Tetro to my friends and I ended up with a dozen eggs on my face and was beaten with socks, so if this also ends up a farce (a possibility) then I’ll just stop watching movie trailers.

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I normally reject this type of video on principle, so if this didn’t totally work I would be the guy to tell you.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Karina

http://www.myspace.com/nervecity

Wish me health,

Scott

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Welcome everyone to the Jive Turkey Shoot. An exclusive segment to the Carleton Film Society blog that touches on (well, full -on gropes) the segment of Patrick’s brain devoted to all things Trash, Exploitation, Horror, Cult, Worldwide Art, etc, etc. It’s the dirty underbelly of Cinema. The area where it all happens.

This week, in honour of our screen I’m gonna just slap ya’ll with some Blaxploitation Film Knowledge.

large_shaft-blaxploitationFor the layman out there, Blaxploitation is a sub genre of the Exploitation film (something I will be delving into in the future). The exploitation here, of coure, is the urban African American culture that permeated the 1970s. This involved soul and funk music, urban squalor, stickin’ to the man, and generally being a cool cat, I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about. Of course these things are stereotypes, but still part of the culture, and one that is turned up to the eleventh permiation in these Blaxploiation films.

Hence, you have many a narratives dealing with living in the city, trying to make a dollar, hustling, drug addiction, prostitution, crime, etc. Most of the protagonists of these flick were African-American, and cool as the weather lately. Often your protagonist what white, a capitalist, and an exploiter of the African-American community.

Not only that, but these films had some of the BEST soundtracks ever heard. You had artists like Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, and the list goes on and on. If you need proof check out the iconic Shaft sountrack, as well as the late Mr. Hayes’ oscar to go along with it.

Anyway, you get the point. So that’s a sum up of Blaxploitation, but a real quick survey of it. There’s alot to find in it. A good starting point is Blaxploitation.com

Here’s a select few picks I have enjoyed:

Detroit 9000 (1973) dir. Arthur Marks1184__x400_detroit_9000_poster_01
This is film stars a African-American and Caucasian side by side. The black guy is a cool cop, when as the white guy is you tradition Detroit weathered cop, fucking cool as shit in my book. Basically these dudes are going after jewels thieves, but there’s political corruption, a great motif in Blaxploitation, as the man is always the problem. I’m sure that doesn’t really sell it, but the tagline will: “Visit the murder capital of the world–where the honkies are the minority!”

Foxy Brown (1974) dir. Jack Hillfoxy brown
Ok, so this one’s an easy pick, but it seriously kicks ass. Few things are better in life than watching Pam Grier take down a pimp. You ain’t seen nothing until you’ve seen this one. The director is also a Exploitation grand master, having directed some of the best of the best, including Big Bird Cage, Spider Baby, and Switchblade Sisters. You also get a killer theme song with this one by Willie Hutch.

Dolemite (1975) dir. D’Urville Martindolemite
Now Dolemite is one hell of a film. Starring and written by Rudy Ray Moore, this in one of the original “pimp” films. Dolemite has killer hookers on his side, he himself knows kung-fu, is a pimp, and fucks with people who fuck with his shit. The star himself is an interesting character too, he’s made a slew of Dolemite films (most of which I own), was a comedian and performer who did joke rhymes in a toast manner that ended up being one of the progenitors of hip-hip, his Dolemite pimp image also influenced alot of rappers’ image in our time as well (Snoop Dogg must have loved Dolemite). But really the man puts it best himself: “Dolemite is my name and fuckin’ up muthafuckas is my game.” ‘Nuff said.

In the interest of time, and in the interest of how long this will keep anyone’s attention, or if they will even get this far, I will cut the picks short at 3. But make sure to come to rm 400 in the St. Pat’s Building for 6 to see some “Fresh” films and pick the Blaxploitation film you’ll be subjected to.

stay funky,
Patrick “Hussein” Dolan

Coming soon: Hicksploitation

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