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Shadows cinema: new Spring season

October 26, 2011

http://pj-shadow.blogspot.com/2011/10/shadows-spring-part-2-popular-control.html

One of Melbourne’s best-kept secrets… until now. Underground Melbourne are determined to make sure there’s not a spare seat in the house.  Check out the spring season!

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Shadows Cinema is back – Autumn 2011 programme

April 7, 2011

The Shadows Cinema is back with a very intriguing Autumn programme indeed, including Jodorowsky’s Santa Sangre and Italian Nazi-esque naughty the Night Porter.

New Autumn programme available here:

http://pj-shadow.blogspot.com/2011/04/autumn-part-2-asunderlands.html

 

This year’s venue is the ABC Art Gallery

127a Campbell St, COLLINGWOOD, VIC, 3066

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Vali Myers exhibition, film screening, new book

November 10, 2010

From Outre’s website

I was privileged to meet Vali Myers not once but three times: Once at an exhibition of her work, once in her divine studio in the Nicholas Buiding, and once at Degraves Coffee, where she was a relatively frequent customer.  Vali represented, and represents a unique vision as an artist, and as a woman – and a human – she had charisma, charm, vision and drive and never seemed afraid of the perception of others.  She ran an animal sanctuary in Italy, romanced philosophers in Paris, and finally settled in Melbourne where she produced remarkable works of art for the remainder of her remarkable life.   I can’t stress enough how worthwhile it would be to see the exhibition, the films and of course this new book on the wonderful Ms Myers.  Info below.

November 2010 – Vali Myers “Lady of the Beasts”

Outré Gallery is extremely honoured to be working closely with the Vali Myers’ Trust on a new book on the life and art of Vali Myers slated for 2011

The book will feature paintings, drawings, photographs from Vali’s personal archive, diary excerpts and essays by experts and friends.

As a prelude to this release, we are holding an exhibition of new prints, rare prints and original artworks at our Melbourne Gallery.  We anticipate having interesting guests from all over the world coming to this gala event.  Original artworks will not be for sale.

Vali Myers “Lady of the Beasts”
Opening Friday 12 November 2010, 7pm
(Melbourne Gallery)
RSVP for the opening night here

exhibition runs until 24 November 2010

 

PLUS SPECIAL FILM SCREENING

Vali Myers Films ACMI November 19th 2010, 7-9pm

Out of all the films The Tightrope Dancer’s the one that really got me”  Vali Myers

Acclaimed director Ruth Cullen will present her 2 films about the artist Vali Myers – The Tightrope Dancer and its sequel Painted Lady at a one off special screening at Melbourne’s  ACMI cinema.  This is a rare opportunity to see these cult favourites.

 

Full Paying $14 / Concession $11

To book, call the ACMI Box Office (03) 8663 2583

Please contact us if you would like to receive email notifications with further information about the book and event…

Media enquiries here.

 

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Melbourne Horror Film Society

September 28, 2010

Better late than never, is every fiend’s cry as they hunt for that last brain/victim/rat/virgin before the dawn.  And so say I, bumping into the spooky Melbourne Horror Film Society so late in 2010’s  shadow.

But there are still films to be seen at 1000 pound bend before the year is out, and a perfectly meritorious idea to get ghoulish in long spring nights.  They have membership details at their website, and a programme of films for 2010.

They also have a facebook page.

Goretastic times ahead!

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Monsters, Ghouls and Melancholy Misfits – a season of films @ ACMI 09 – 18 July 2010

June 3, 2010

Two ACMI posts in a row is almost self indulgent, but anyone who has read through this blog would understand that I couldn’t leave this particular event unmentioned!  A season of underground/lesser known horror, grostesquerie and ghoul films alongside some beloved classic schlock to coincide with ACMI’s Tim Burton exhibition in July.

The week-long spook-fest includes the following films:  more information about session times and bookings here:

Freaks + Frankenweenie

Tod Browning’s cult curio from 1932 screening with Burton’s Frankenstein-inspired live-action short.

The Elephant Man

David Lynch’s moving Victorian-era drama about a hideously deformed yet disarmingly genteel man.

Jason and the Argonauts

The mythological 1963 fantasy classic with special effects by stop-motion wizard, Ray Harryhausen.

Frankenstein + Frankenweenie

Mary Shelley’s gothic novel spawned both James Whale’s Universal classic and Burton’s 1984 short.

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

Terence Fisher’s 1969 Hammer horror, most faithfully inspired by Mary Shelley’s gothic story.

Black Sunday

Mario Bava’s moody gothic horror from 1960 made a star of cult ‘Scream Queen’ Barbara Steele.

Baron Blood

Mario Bava’s Austrian-set Grand Guignol gothic melodrama, with Joseph Cotton and Elke Sommer.

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror

F.W. Murnau’s iconic 1922 German Expressionist classic.

Dracula

Bela Lugosi stars in Universal’s enduring 1931 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s literary classic.

Forbidden Planet

MGM’s 1950s sci-fi cult classic, shot in Cinemascope and starring Robby the Robot – as himself!

The Raven + Vincent

The Universal Pictures’ classic starring Bela Lugosi screens with Burton’s early stop-motion short.

The Pit and the Pendulum

Roger Corman’s extravagant Edgar Allan Poe adapatation co-stars Vincent Price and Barbara Steele.

The Tomb of Ligeia + Vincent

Roger Corman and Vincent Price re-team for Corman’s brilliant, U.K. set, Edgar Allan Poe adaptation.

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Under Ground Cinema – coming to a surprise venue soon!

April 1, 2010

For those of you who have been yearning for unusual cinema spaces but don’t like to settle on just one, Under Ground Cinema may just be the new crew for you!

Staging cinema events in an everchanging undisclosed venue, this is a cinema idea all about adventure, excitement, mystery and the love of film.

Their website explains the following:

Taking cinema out of the cinema

Underground Cinema is a secret film screening event held in undisclosed locations throughout Melbourne. It could happen anywhere; a warehouse, a forgotten ballroom, a carpark. We believe that predictable is boring – so we’ve made our locations secret and we’re keeping the films’ identity a mystery too – just to keep you guessing.

We’re not about your average multiplex experience. Arriving at our locations is like walking onto a film set, with live performances recreating elements of the movie you’re about to see. The team here believe that sometimes you have to shake things up a bit and have a little fun doing it. Who we are isn’t all that important. What we are doing is taking cinema out of the cinema and inviting you along for the ride. You in?

Their next event is on the 18th of April so if you like your cinema with a side serve of adventure and entertainment, check out an event where what you don’t see is what you get….

Date: Sunday, 18th April 2010

Time: 4.00pm

Price: $30

Dress: Backpacker

Bring: Your passport and a toothbrush

Film Genre: Comedy/Arthouse

for more details go to their website.

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Shadows Cinema – Catch it before the lights go up

August 18, 2009

http://pj-shadow.blogspot.com/

SHADOWS WINTER PROGRAMME

Six cinematic dissertations on the proposal: people ain’t no good even when they’re god.
With a selection of short subjects.

Do you miss cinemas like the Lumiere, the Carlton Movie House and the Valhalla as much as I do? Well come along to Shadows, a screening of unusual and locally unavailable films every Friday over winter. Bursting with opinions? Stay afterward for good music and a drink at the bar.

The Place:

ABC Gallery is an ex warehouse/factory set deep in the heart of auld Collingwood, now serving as a Gallery for the painter Milos Manojlovic who also serves fine drinkables and worldly wisdom at the bar.

Location:
ABC Gallery 127 Campbell St Collingwood (See map at end of post or follow link to Google Maps with street view picture of the Gallery)
Melway Ref. 2C G8

Dvds projected on to a white wall. A selection of couches and tables. A bar with reasonable prices and a coffee machine.

All of these films will be accompanied by shorts. No shorts, no film.

“This ain’t multiplex, this is gold class art house!” — David Bowie, Diamond Dogs (paraphrase).

All that for a gold coin donation?
“Holy guacamole in a bowl of ravioli!” Pope Pius XV Celestine Decree

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Greville Records: cult dvds in Prahran!

March 8, 2009

 

I’ve not been out to investigate, but I’ve had a hot tip that Greville Records have a healthy collection of cult kitsch dvds now.  Already famous for their large range of music on cd and vinyl, there has always been a reasonable dvd selection in this cornucopia of a small shop.  But now, apparently, the selection has increased in size like David Banner becoming the Hulk!!

Their website has a small selection of the DVDs available there, and is endearingly oldskool but a bit low on info.  So it may require a trek out to Chapel/Greville, which in itself can lend satisfaction of a number of other kinds… Comics R Us,  Charley Weaver, Chapel Tattoo, Chapel Street Bazaar… definitely worth the trek. 

From their website you could currently pick up the following cult kitsch titles:

WAR OF THE WORLDS 1954…$20 the original and best

EARTH vs flying saucers…1956..$20

THE TIME MACHINE..1960..Rod Taylor…the original masterpiece..20 bucks

20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH..1957 $20

the killing…the absolute film noir masterpiece 1956..starring Sterling Hayden,,20 bucks

IN A LONLEY PLACE..BOGART $20 BUCKS…A GEM

Dead Reckoning 1947.. another film noir classic..Bogart stars..1947 $20

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS RINGS TWICE. .the original 1946, Lana Turner classis,
not the rubbish dished up in the 1970,s remake $25

PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET..Richard Witmark is awesome in this 1953 noir masterpiece $25

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL…sci fi classic…1951…$20

THE ASPHALT JUNGLE..1950..crime/film noir and Sterling Hayden ..a total
masterpiece that still stands up…$20

TARANTULA….spooky thriller..1950,s?? 20 bucks

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN…1957..STEVE,S TOP 10 FILM OF ALL TIME?? $20

Whatever Happened To Baby Jane…2 dvd version chock full of extra,s..both
Joan Crawford and Bette Davis are totally awesome in this classic..they do
not make films of this quality in Hollywood anymore..and they don’t come like
Davis and Crawford either….awesome..$35

THIS GUN FOR HIRE..1942 @20 BUCKS

Belle de Jour.. 2 DVD VERSION..$35

FORBIDDEN PLANET…50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION//2 DISC SPECIAL..$35

more classic film noir dvd,s from the 50’s
all 27.95 bucks
THIEVES HIGHWAY….BRILLIANT, WE LOVE THIS
THE STREET WITH NO NAME…….STARRING RICHARD WIDMARK AT HIS NASTY BEST
SWAMP WATER…prisoner on the run gem
THE RAZOR’S EDGE..1946. Tyron Powers’ best.

Contact details:

152 Greville Street Prahran Victoria, Australia, 3181  P: (61)03 9510 3012   Contact Warwick Brown:   greville@corplink.com.au

Open 7 days a week until 6pm at last notice.

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Minotaur – comics, books, figurines and a plethora of ephemera

January 22, 2009

If you haven’t heard of Minotaur yet, well, I’m afraid you’re missing what is arguably  Melbourne’s most voluminous slice of geek/collector culture.  Downstairs on Elizabeth St, between Collins and Lt Collins, Minotaur is a heftily sized L shaped emporium of pop-culture.  From the latest comics and graphic novels from Marvel, DC, Wildstorm, Vertigo and a swag of other publishers to Manga and Hentai, novels, biograhies plus art books and erotica, any fan of the popular written word will have a home here at Minotaur.  For the true fan, of course, there are also figurines a plenty of your favourite comic book, film or novel hero – from A Nightmare Before Christmas to Lord of the Rings, Hellboy to Dexter. 

There is really not enough room for me to try to list the gamut of Minotaur’s stock, and they have even more online in their webstore!!!

The main plusses of Minotaur are that it goes further than almost any other store I’ve seen in Australia to cover the entire world of pop culture and its’ ephemera.  Nothing is too silly, too gimmicky, too obscure for Minotaur: from Emily breathmints to Deathnote shoulderbags, Simpsons toothbrushes and Dexter bobbleheads. At the same time they have a huge back catalogue of trade comics and art books for those who are more serious/completist about their fandom.

The main doubts I have about Minotaur is that they are too large and busy to have any care or attention to their customers:  or perhaps they’re just wary of the passion fans have and they know they’ll get stuck for hours on some obscure point about Batman’s costume if they’re not careful.  However, the smaller comic stores do seem to have more of a personal touch than Minotaur.  But if you want to collect not only your favourite TV show, but the resulting comic, or film, or poster, or patch, or novelty gimcrack, or figurine, or spinoff series, or flavoured gum: Minotaur is the place for you.  Most insane at Christmas, on shipment days and sometimes on the weekend.

Details:

   Minotaur Entertainment     Phone: +61 3 9670  5414 
    121 Elizabeth Street   Comics: +61 3 9670  5415   
    Melbourne 3000   Fax: +61 3 9670  7670
   
   

Email: shop@minotaur.com.au

Shop Opening Hours:
Mon – Wed: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday:  9:00am – 7:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

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Polyester Books – 330 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

December 30, 2008

Polyester Books – “the world’s freakiest bookstore”.  

Aaah the memories of being a wee lass and seeing my first mind-boggling dose of counter culture for the first time:  realising that not only were subjects like street art, tattooing, fetishism, the occult and alternative music things that other people were interested in, but they were taken SERIOUSLY!  And people wrote BOOKS about them!  The jolly all round squee-ness of realising that there are communities open to dissenting views and that you can be educated about them… well, let’s just say it warms the cockles of this slightly more grown up and savvy heart.  

Polyester Books is indeed a paradise for the profane, a haven for the heretical, a counter cultural cornucopia.  As their website shows, the topics you can browse through at Polyester include:  Globalisation, Freaks and Tattoos, Mind Expansion, Satanic/Witchcraft/Magick, Pop culture, True Crime and ‘Weird Shit’.  Of course, this also means you can purchase from their website too, but a visit is definitely worth your while, what  with their charismatic staff, often great music selection and the ability to leaf through some of these titles to read and see with your own eyes what in fact they’re about before shelling out your hard earned or pressuring your open minded friends for a book on the UFOs that Ate Elvis. 

The best thing about Polyester Books – they’re totally dedicated to supporting counterculture: so much so that they’ve worn 2 brushes with the law and seizures of property because the books they import are sometimes considered rather.naughty.indeed.  And that from Norwegian Black Metal to Zombie Skinheads:  they’ve really got books on absolutely everything kinda kooky at Polyester.  Including some great local and import Zines. 

The worst thing about Polyester Books:  they should be open later – I guess there’s always the interwebs, but if this were Greenwich Village they’d be open until 4am: sometimes you don’t really want to read about satanic bondage in the whitehouse until after 1am, y’know.  seriously. 

Details in their sig above. Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 11am-8pm.  

Subscribe to their mailing list through the website.

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