Posts Tagged ‘Arthouse’

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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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Play: an unexpected arthouse DVD treasure trove

February 21, 2009

Play is a new/used CD + DVD + Gaming shop at the top of Bourke street.  It’s quite small, definitely unassuming, and not unlike a Dixons in its’ layout. It would be easy to miss, and easier still to dismiss.  When a friend insisted on perusing the shelves I walked in, expecting to indulge them with a quick and bland wander through yesterday’s megaplex hits.  How wrong could a person be?  On the shelves I saw almost nothing but arthouse obscurities, intriguing music documentaries, underground horror and rarely seen overseas television programmes of some note, like Peepshow and The Tudors.  I spied in this shop copies of Passolini’s  Salo (deluxe boxed edition), an early Mike Leigh film ‘Meantime’ starring Tim Roth and Gary Oldman (which I must confess I purchased, sorry all),  George Romero’s ‘Diary of the Dead’, an obscure documentary about Joy Division (not ‘Control’) that came out last year, the BBC adaptation of Dostoyevskys’s Crime and Punishment starring John Sim, The Apartment with Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassell… many many more.   I was really very surprised and rather impressed.  

The staff member who served me was very cooperative and helpful, friendly and enthusiastic.  My purchases were very reasonably priced, although it must be warned that some of the collectors editions do become rather more expensive than your average DVD at the larger discount retailers.

The CD and Game selection is currently without comment, as my was instantly drawn to the DVD wall, so this blog welcomes the opinion of readers as to whether these sections of the shop impress as much as the film section. 

There is no website for Play, so unfortunately a visit is your only way of perusing their current stock.  

Contact details:

4/50 Bourke Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

ph 61 3 9650 0652

Open until at least 8pm mon to sat…. check with the store for actual times.

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Inferno DVDs/Videos – Elizabeth Street

December 28, 2007


Inferno’s website says the following:

SPECIALISING IN RARE & DELETED DVDs & VIDEOS:Cult Movies, Horror, Sci-Fi, World Cinema, Animation, Music Videos,Wrestling, UFC & Pride, Drive-In Movies, Blaxploitation,

HK & Martial Arts, Classics from 1940s to 1970s, Films of Great Directors
It’s one of those shops you really don’t find much anymore – where product placement hasn’t yet slimed its insidious way into the shop arrangements, slickness and strategy are lacking completely.  Comparing Inferno to alternaculture counterparts like Minotaur, it seems almost quaint and old fashioned in decor.  If it’s like the shop time forgot visually, that’s because all the effort is going into the video, cd and DVD selections.  Inferno sells CD albums, compilations and soundtracks from psychedelia to heavy metal – always with an emphasis on the alternative. Their selection of CDs is smallish though and by no means comprehensive. What they do have an astonishing range of is actual new Videos of cult cinema.  In the day where it seems to be DVD or dodo, it’s really rare to see such a comprehensive range of new videos.  I’m not sure whether they’re legit or dubs, but regardless they’re sitting there on the shelves, winking at you.   DVD or video format  - whichever you prefer there’s a jaw dropping array of schlock horror,  fantasy and art house films on display.  My partner’s cultometre was going crazy over the horror/scifi collection of zombie, robot and killer alien films, plus an impressive array of  Russ Meyer sexploitation.  My aesthetic spider senses were tingling over the arthouse collection from Europe and the UK 65 to 75:  films like the Quiller Memorandum, Fellini’s Satyricon, staples like Quadrophenia, Performance, Blow Up, Get Carter.  They also stock second hand cult books: including rarities, film books, and a whole lot of other sections you’ll just have to explore for yourself.  The obligatory collectables abound: magazines, metal cases, rare packaging, figurines etc sit behind the counter squashed into a monolith of dreams,the occasional discernible name or title peeking out like a diamond in a coal stack – except in this case what is diamond and what is coal is definitely in the eye of the collector. 
Open odd hours during the week and weekends, it is definitely worth seeking out Inferno – it sits resolutely between the narrow cracks of the major chain stores by maintaining its idiosyncratic obsessive collector’s approach. It differs from counterpart further down Elizabeth Minatour by aiming unashamedly at a more specific collector crowd  and in many ways a more adult demographic interested in the truly obscure. Of course, their second hand section is also lovingly curated.  
A weighty and impressive kookster anachronism in the gloss-age of the 21st century and all the better for it.  
SHOP:1st Floor349 Elizabeth St.Melbourne(near LaTrobe St., opp Melbourne Central)

 

SHOP HOURS:Tues 12:00 – 5:00Thurs 12:00 – 5:00Friday 12:00 – 6:00Saturday 12:00 – 5:00

PHONE/FAX
03 9640 0304

EMAIL:
infernovideo@hotmail.com

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