Alibi Midnight Movie
Mar 21 to Mar 22
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!
2014 - 68m total - Japan - In Japanese with English subtitles - an ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $8 general / $6 students - Door Prizes Courtesy of STRANGER FACTORY
Nine years following STEAMBOY … twenty-five years after AKIRA … Katsuhiro Otomo is back at the forefront of Japanese animation with SHORT PEACE, a new omnibus film of four short stories depicting Japan’s unique culture, history and future. The film takes its title from Otomo’s 1976-79 manga series, Short Peace.
SHORT PEACE brings together a mix of top creators and up-and-coming talents in the anime field to demonstrate the potential of animation to visually express the themes of each short story.
Combustible - From the director of AKIRA! A romantic tragedy set in 18th century Edo (as Tokyo was called then). Owaka and Matsukichi, the children of two wealthy merchant families, grow up next door to each other. Matsukichi’s father disowns him when he gets his arms tattooed and joins a fire brigade. Forced into a loveless arranged marriage, Owaka triggers a blaze that summons her adored Matsukichi — and destroys a large area of the city. A visual tour-de-force that evokes traditional Japanese paintings and 19th century woodblock prints of life in Edo, including the terrible conflagrations that ravaged a city built of wood and paper. Written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. View a trailer
Possessions - Academy Awards Nominee for Short Animated Film! A sometimes somber, sometimes frantic and ultimately rewarding story about a weary traveler seeking shelter from a storm, who happens upon an old shrine filled with a host of broken tools in various states of disrepair. He shows tremendous skill as he sets about repairing all manner of items, whose spirits harbor old grudges that are not easily appeased. The film’s visually stunning fantasy sequences and clever ending are both poignant and well designed. Directed by Shuhei Morita. View a trailer
Gambo - The 16th century. In the northeast, something has fallen from the sky into the mountains. Soon after in a snowy village, a giant oni-like creature has awoken from its slumber. In that same village, a young girl named Kao has a fateful meeting with a white bear who can understand human words. She looks to the bear for help against the giant beast. The battle between the white bear and the giant oni has begun. Directed by Hiroaki Ando. View a trailer
Buki yo Saraba - Tokyo Japan, the near future. A squad of five men, equipped with high tech power suits, arrive in a dilapidated city in the middle of the desert. Here, they engage a dangerous unmanned weapon in combat. Unbeknownst to the soldiers however, the wheels of fate have begun to turn… Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. View a trailer
Apr 4 to Apr 5
Friday and Saturday 10:45pm ONLY!
Dir. E.L. Katz - 2014 - 85m - an ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $8 general / $6 students - Door Prizes Courtesy of STRANGER FACTORY
Cheap Thrills follows Craig (Pat Healy, Compliance), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with eviction. In an effort to delay facing the music at home, he heads to a local bar and encounters an old friend (Ethan Embry, Empire Records). The two friends are roped into a round of drinks by a charismatic and obscenely wealthy stranger (David Koechner, Anchorman 2) along with his mysterious wife (Sara Paxton, The Inkeepers). The couple engages the two friends in a series of innocent dares in exchange for money over the course of the evening, with each challenge upping the ante in both reward and boundaries. It seems like easy and much needed money, but the couple’s twisted sense of humor pushes just how far Craig and his friend are willing to go for money and cheap thrills.
“Cheap Thrills” is a thoroughly nasty piece of work." - Joe Leydon, Variety
"One of the most involving works of cinematic misanthropy in years." - John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"Simple, effective and consistently provocative, Cheap Thrills is a masterful debut from a director to watch." - Chris Tilly, IGN Movies
"Cynical, amoral, tense and superbly shot and performed." - James Rocchi, MSN Movies
Apr 18 to Apr 19
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Billy Garberina - 2014 - 95m - an ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $8 general / $6 students - Door Prizes Courtesy of STRANGER FACTORY
A seedy downtown bar on a seemingly quiet Sunday morning. Arriving at the doors is the usual collection of drunks, losers and lost souls. But when a batch of very bad booze is introduced into the mix, this group of unlikely, down-on-their-heels heroes must fight back against a growing horde of mutated, brain-eating maggot creatures. Drink up quick. Because Happy Hour is over. This locally-produced horror-comedy comes from the makers of Stiffed and I Heart U and features New Mexico actors Jeremy Owen, Megan Pribyl, Merritt Glover, Aaron Worley and Charlie Dearing. Plus a special appearance by Birdemic star Whitney Moore.