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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Manos": The Worst U.S. Film Ever Made Deserves to Be Restored

"Manos": The Worst U.S. Film Ever Made Deserves to Be Restored

Film buffs and/or devotees of Mystery Science Theater 3000 know that the worst American film ever made is not Plan 9 From Outer Space, or anything else by Ed Wood. It was made by an El Paso resident by…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Ed Wood, Hollywood's Beloved Village Idiot, Deserves the Triple-Feature Tribute at the Roxie

Ed Wood, Hollywood's Beloved Village Idiot, Deserves the Triple-Feature Tribute at the Roxie

Poor Eddie. He had so much ambition, yet so little talent. His films are remembered for their single-minded portrayal of a world where nothing makes any sense -- and this freedom from rationality is exactly why Ed Wood's terrible films…
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Film,

The Day the Plot Stood Still

Flying saucers just aren't that scary anymore. Especially after Ed Wood and Mars Attacks, it's hard to take a threat from a giant Frisbee all that seriously. So what's an update of the iconic 1951 sci-fi flick, The Day the…
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Film, One Bad Mother

One Bad Mother

A topsy-turvy Escherland exists where Dario Argento's The Mother of Tears is considered a twisted classic, and it is a magical place. Up is down, sour is sweet, sewer rat tastes like pumpkin pie, and Hitchcock never made a more…
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Calendar, Night&Day Terribly Titular

Terribly Titular

Since he was posthumously granted the Golden Turkey Award for Worst Director of All Time, Ed Wood has inspired some unlikely, but long overdue, devotion. The Sacramento-based Church of Ed Wood currently boasts 3,500 legally baptized Woodites, who celebrate "Woodmas"…
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News, The Snitch

Glamour Ghoul: Vampira film Friday at Oddball Film+Video

Vampira was a woman ahead of her time. Back in the 1950s, when many a gal was still kitchen-bound (not that there's anything wrong with that!), the TV horror hostess and B-movie legend had already discovered the joys of vamping…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks for the week of March 13:

American Cousins (BFS) Appetite for Deconstruction: A Punk Rockumentary (MVD) Barbie Fairytopia: Magic of the Rainbow (Universal) Bloody Reunion (Tartan) Blood Trails (Lions Gate) The Ed Wood Collection: A Salute to Incompetence (Passport) Favela Rising (Netflix) Fires on the Plain:…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

In 1998, when Olu Dara released his succulent debut album In the World: From Natchez to New York, he was best known as a jazzman who lent his trumpet and cornet to the likes of Sam Rivers and Henry Threadgill,…
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Film,

Zoom Lens

Bad Girls Jaded cineastes who've seen every Herschel Gordon Lewis movie and every film noir might well consider feeding their fetish for lost cultural forms with "Hollywood Esoterica: Girls, Girls, Girls!," the Roxie's 13-film tribute to B- and Z-grade female-dominated…
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Second Time Around

Pee-wee's Big Adventure Most of the screen's memorable comics achieved their success in part by parodying traditional male social roles -- sometimes exaggerating them via excesses of stoicism (Keaton) or misanthropy (Fields), sometimes instead parodying male fears of failure, be…
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Reel World

Lost in America These are prosperous times for our funkiest art houses, with hit revivals like Nights of Cabiria and Touch of Evil at the Castro and a steady stream of quirky first-run engagements at the Roxie and Lumiere. And…
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Second Time Around

"Grrrls in Trouble!" The riot grrrl is thought to be a '90s phenomenon, but a glance at one of the cinematic backwaters of the past shows there were plenty of precursors. The Roxie's triple bill of girl-gang movies offers a…
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