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Cult Cinema

Empire Records

Fri., April 17, 2015

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Directed by Allan Moyle. US. 1995. PG-13. 90 minutes. Warner. 35mm.

“When it was released in 1995, “Empire Records” was the right movie at the wrong time. Five years later, after a big wave of unironic teen movies, it could have been a box-office hit. Instead, it was a critical and commercial failure during the waning days of the early-’90s alt-rock explosion, when irony was epidemic, and teen films were stuck in an awkward post-John Hughes, pre . . .

MST3K: Pod People

Sat., May 2, 2015

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Directed by Juan Piquer Simon. Spain. 1983. NR. 90 minutes. MST. DVD.

Special Saturday 2PM screening for the kids of one of the best MST episodes EVER! Just when Joel thought being stranded in outer space was the worst thing that could happen, mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester beams up a heavy dose of cinematic punishment called “The Pod People.” Not only does it have aliens from another planet, it was made in a foreign country. During an opening scene where a . . .

Repo Man

Fri., May 15, 2015

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Directed by Alex Cox. US. 1984. R. 92 minutes. Universal. 35mm.

I saw “Repo Man” near the end of a busy stretch on the movie beat: Three days during which I saw more relentlessly bad movies than during any comparable period in memory. Most of those bad movies were so cynically constructed out of formula ideas and “commercial” ingredients that watching them was an ordeal. “Repo Man” comes out of left field, has no big stars, didn’t cost much, takes . . .