It's lovely to live in a city where Jodorowsky and Wiseau movies can be shown at the same theater in the same week. There's no way to say which director is wilder or more avant garde, but the two do their work in vastly different ways. The summer outdoor movie scene is starting to fade out, but the Oro Valley Youth Advisory Council is still coming through with its Teen Dive-ins, and Harkins Theatres Tuesday Night Classic series has no end in sight.
Emil Ben-Shimon's film The Women's Balcony (in Hebrew with English subtitles) is playing regularly at the Loft, and so are Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon's charming Lost in Paris and Edgar Wright's (the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World guy) Baby Driver.
Mondo Mondays. Earlier this week, we were all there to watch Killer Klowns from Outer Space, followed by tea, crumpets and a scholarly discussion. What I forgot to mention is that was just the first party of Mondo Mondays' Psycho Circus Month, which is going to be exactly as beautiful as it sounds. This week, catch Vampire Circus on Monday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. The scene: An Austrian village, 19th century. A vampire slays a little girl and a group of angry townspeople mob, driving a stake through the vampire's heart, but before he dies, he places a curse on the village. Fifteen years later, enter the circus troupe of shapeshifting vampires. Needless to say, it's still a better love story than Twilight.
Cult Classic. There's nothing like an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie if you're looking to have a good time. There's just nothing like Arnold Schwarzenegger, actually. See him in Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D, showing at 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, and Saturday, Sept. 9. Just one year after his moving performance in Kindergarten Cop, he is back as the big friendly Terminator, working to prevent a relentless and evil terminator from destroying the human race. Will he succeed? Probably. Will there be explosions? Almost definitely.
One Night Only. May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers is showing at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12. (A 7:30 p.m. screening is already sold out as of press time.) The Avett Brothers got together in 2000 and have been on the rise pretty much ever since. Directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio spent over two years filming this documentary on the band as they recorded their album True Sadness, chronicling the band members' journeys through the music industry, love and loss.
Alejandro Jodorowsky. By the standards of the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain was absolutely scandalous. By today's standards, the film (showing Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m.) is still totally insane. A character called "The Alchemist" brings together a group of people—one of whom strongly resembles Jesus Christ—to ascend the Holy Mountain and achieve Enlightenment. The result is critically acclaimed, shocking to experience and stunning to watch.
Loft Jr. Shaun the Sheep Movie is showing for free on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m., and audiences are sure to be flocking, so pick your tickets up early on the day of the screening (limit two). Everyone's favorite stop-motion sheep made his debut in a 1995 short film, and was then featured in the Wallace and Gromit TV series. From there, he was quickly shepherded into fame by his flocks of adoring fans, with his own TV series and 2015 movie. Don't miss America's sweetheart in his feature film debut.
Outdoor UA Screening: The Office Binge Watch. If you didn't think Michael Scott's head could get any bigger, or Dwight could seem any more overbearing, or Jim and Pam could make your heart feel any more full, then you haven't tried watching the Office on the Loft's giant inflatable screen, and you really should. Seize your chance Friday, Sept. 8, at 9 p.m. on the Highland Bowl at the UA campus, where five of the best episodes of the show will be screened back to back. If you're a college student, you were probably going to be doing this anyway, but this event gives you the chance to do it outside, and with other people. That's what she said!
One Night Only. Falsettos, the Tony Award-winning musical, is captured live at the Lincoln Center Theater and will be shown at The Loft on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. The show premiered on Broadway in 1992 in the midst of the AIDS crisis. It tells the story of a gay man, his wife, his lover and his psychiatrist. The show's 2016 revival features stars like Christian Borle from Peter and the Starcatcher and Andrew Rannells from The Book of Mormon.
Science on Screen. Between Earth and Sky: Climate Change on the Last Frontier is showing Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. A Climate Alert review called this film "a necessary documentary," and it is. It takes the science behind climate change and looks at the humans who are directly affected. In Alaska, the temperature has increased 3.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1949, and the island of Shishmaref, home to the Inupiaq people, is starting to disappear. A panel discussion by Dr. Joseph Blankinship and Dr. Craig Rasmussen (both from the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences) and Moira Hough (UA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) will follow the film.
Kickoff for National Drive Electric Week. Who Killed the Electric Car? will be screened Saturday, Sept. 9 at 7:30, and an electric vehicle will be on display as well. Over 100 events across the world will be taking place for the week, and five will be right here in Tucson. See tucsonelectricvehicle.org or driveelectricweek.org for more info. In the film, writer and director Chris Paine investigates General Motors' 1997 launch of the EV-1, an ultra-efficient electric vehicle, and GM's subsequent destruction of almost all the vehicles a few years later.
One Night Only. The Room, an absolute tour de force by altogether inexplicable director and alleged human Tommy Wiseau, is playing Saturday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. It's a love story for the ages, the feel-good football flick of a lifetime and the inspiring tale of overcoming the odds against breast cancer through sheer willpower. Johnny's perfect life starts to unravel as his girlfriend Lisa starts to tear him apart through her infidelity and false accusations. (He did not hit her! He did nawwwt.) But along the way, Johnny has the chance to be a father figure to his kid neighbor Denny, throw around the ol' pigskin in a tuxedo and say hi to a dog. Every ticket comes with a complimentary plastic spoon!
Check out loftcinema.org for more info.
Harkins Theatres Tuesday Night Classics.
If you really wanna talk about classics, then you're going to want to see Monty Python and the Holy Grail, showing at Harkins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. You'll want to bring some ice, because some of the sickest burns of all time originated in this film: "Go and boil your bottoms, you sons of a silly person." "How dare you profane this place with your presence!" "Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!"
See harkinstheatres.com/TNC for more info.
Oro Valley Teen Dive-In Nights
The Oro Valley Youth Advisory Council presents this free summer movie series for Oro Valley Teens. The Maze Runner, based on James Dashner's novel of the same name, is showing up at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. When 16-year old Thomas wakes up to find himself trapped in the middle of an enormous hedge maze, he learns he is just the most recent in a series of monthly deliveries of boys to "the Glade." Thomas and the other boys who are trapped work to find the balance between creating a functioning society and looking for a way out through the maze, where no one has ever survived a night.
See orovalleyaz.gov for more information.