Screenings — 20 February 2011 » Written by
FEB 20: This week in Philly repertory film…


WED February 23, 2011
The Bellevue (7th Floor), 7:00 PM
High Teen Boogie (1982)
Dir. Toshio Masuda, Japan, 131 min, digital

This early ’80s Japanese teen film is virtually unknown even to connoisseurs of bad cinema.  Starring pop idol Matchy and directed by genre veteran Toshio Masuda (Like a Shooting Star, Space Battleship Yamato), High Teen Boogie covers just about every genre imaginable over the course of 131 inexplicable minutes of cliched trappings and mind-bending surprises.  It’s one of the treasures of my collection and I’m presenting it to you for free this Wednesday as part of my Unknown Japan series with the JASGP.  BYOB.

FRI February 25, 2011
Trocadero Theatre, 12:00 AM
Army of Darkness
Dir. Sam Raimi, US, 81 min, digital presents childhood horror favorite Army of Darkness.  Is there a better way to spend a late Friday night than shouting out classic Bruce Campbell quotes with an audience of horror convention-types?  That’s a rhetorical question.  Do a shot every time Ash gets injured.

SAT February 26, 2011
Colonial Theatre, 2:00 PM
M. Hulot Holiday
Dir. Jacques Tati, France, 85 min, 35 mm
The Colonial Theatre is doing a favor for those who missed the new 35 mm print of this comedic Jacques Tati masterpiece when it played the Ritz at the Bourse earlier this year and for those who recently saw The Illusionist and would like to get better acquainted with its writer.  Foreign fun for all-ages that will make you eager for trips to the Jersey Shore.

Additional screenings of note:
Watch childhood fave The Goonies for the hundredth time (MON, 8:00 PM, Trocadero); the Philadelphia Film Society’s series of classic Philly-based films kicks off with The Philadelphia Story on 35mm (WED, 7:30 PM, I-House); the 15th annual Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia opens with a screening of the schmaltzy, coming-of-age tale The Matchmaker (SAT, 8:00 PM, I-House).


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Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He's served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.

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