"They're young. They're in love. They rob banks."

In 1967, Arthur Penn rolled out the carpet for New Hollywood in a hail of bullets. Sexy, savage, sly, and, at times, slapstick, this seminal film was met with outrage by many of the day's top critics for glamorizing violence. But audiences adored it, and movies would never be quite the same again.

Come celebrate Penn's career by live-tweeting Bonnie and Clyde on Saturday, October 16, at 8:00pm Pacific time.* Tell your friends! Everyone welcome!

Bring your own fried pies.

Hashtag: #bc67

*Please note the change of time. This was originally scheduled for 7pm PDT, but it will now start at 8, instead. My apologies if this inconveniences anyone!
Posted on 10/04/2010 02:20:00 PM by m. and filed under , , , | 0 Comments »


After the Soviets win the Cold War, the only bastion of freedom is Lost Vegas, ruled by Elvis. Upon his demise, rock 'n' rollers come out of the woodwork seeking to claim his throne. Including, um, Death himself.

And that's just what's established by the opening title crawl. Join us for a look at a film that has no shortage of ideas and energy-- even if, like a lot of cult films, the parts are more enticing than the whole. Hashtag will be #sixstring.
Posted on 9/04/2010 11:06:00 PM by Tom Russell and filed under , , | 0 Comments »

Next Up: A HARD DAY'S NIGHT 9/4 at 9 PT

Who's that little old man?

If you don't already know, that's all the more reason to join us for a Live Tweet of the best film The Beatles ever made. 1964's Oscar-nominated A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (Collector's Edition) is readily available on DVD & Blu-Ray at a store near you and on Netflix, so really you have no excuse not to participate.


Do you have to be a Beatles fan?

It helps, but no.

Are there hot chicks in the movie?

If you like blonds, sure.

Pattie Boyd - a.k.a. The Woman who Inspired "Something," "Layla," and "Wonderful Tonight" (and married both George Harrison and Eric Clapton) makes her acting debut here.

Where did the title come from?

Their song of the same name was written after Ringo famously said "It's been a hard day's night," after, well...a difficult day.

Will I get my snob card taken away if I watch it?

Absolutely not. I'll have you know that this flick scores a 7.6 on IMDB, a 95 on Metacritic and a 100% Tomatometer rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Even the snobbiest of snobs favor this film.

Aside from John, Paul, George and Ringo, is there anyone famous in it?

If you count a teenage Phil Collins, who acted as an extra in the audience, then yes.

Is it a comedy or a musical?

It's a comical. The perfect balance of both.

So don't be cheeky--be on Twitter at 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday, September 4.
Use the hashtag #kingmixer
Posted on 8/26/2010 11:28:00 AM by Tassoula and filed under , , , , | 0 Comments »

DINER, 5/30, 11PM ET

Rourke. Bacon. Baltimore. Hell -- Guttenberg.

Shooting pool. Arguing the merits of Sinatra and Mathis. Asking what's on the flip-side.

Meet me for my birthday at the #Diner. Let's avoid life together over some short stacks and Joe.
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More than a mere deconstruction of gangster/samurai films, Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai is a snail's-pace, thoughtful, and often hilarious comedy of cultural vampirism. Chosen by the Mary half of @tomandmary and led by the other, with a confirmed @simonsaybrams and possible sightings of the ever-elusive @patrick_pogo and The Queen of Hashtags, @maryamurphy. Join us as either spectators or participants. Hashtag is #ghostdog. Once again, it's at midnight, Eastern Standard Time, on Saturday.
Posted on 2/10/2010 04:13:00 PM by Tom Russell and filed under | 2 Comments »

For My Birthday: SOUTHLAND TALES Live-Tweet 1/22 at 11:30pm EST

Hey all.

My birthday's coming up (January 24th, if we're going to be technical) and while I'd love to see all of you at the lil get-together I'm having that evening at The Ginger Man (6:30pm; be there), I realize that that's not going to happen for some of my new out-of-state chums. So I figured let's celebrate the way the lovely and amazing Marya Murphy did this past year--with a live-tweet!

So. January 22nd. 11:30pm EST. Richard Kelly's much-maligned Southland Tales.

I chose this film because it deserves a lot better than it's gotten. I'm sorry but people who see a crude mess in it are just plain wrong. I've written extensively on the film in the past and now am cashing in my birthday chips to get people to see what the fuss is about. @Patrick_Pogo and I will do our best to show you why underneath its aggressively loud exterior is an amazing film about "The Information Age," about the destruction of history and of identity and about how we're so stoopid and desperate that we'd use holy fire for a renewable energy resource. It's all there and then some, I swear and it only gets better when you know what to look for. This is Kelly's ballsiest film, the one with all of its ideas running pell-mell, helter-skelter for the simple reason that he doesn't expect you to keep up.

It's the end of the world in Southland Tales because there's too much distracting data and too many false prophets claiming they understand it all for anyone to get it all. Underneath its breakneck, broad frathouse humor is a dark and smirking celebration of a society that's become so unglued that the only people to realize what's going on are three schizophrenic soldiers and even they only understand that the world is ending, never really why. This is a film about the disintegration of language, of the use of everything from religion to Karl Marx to explain what's going on and why we'll never understand the brutally unkind way Kelly's God destroys us without so much as an explanation--not with a whimper but with a last gasp view of America as the butt of a divine, cosmic joke.

Join us. It'll be fun. And heady. And silly. And long. And exciting. And obnoxious. But mostly fun.

Hashtag is #rkstales
Posted on 1/13/2010 07:27:00 AM by Simon Abrams and filed under , , | 1 Comments »