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NEWS AND PREVIEWS

THE BOSKONE 55 SF CONVENTION IN BOSTON:

FEBRUARY 16-18

Announcing Mike’s second year producing a 16mm Vintage Film Room for the well-known Boskone SF Con at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston.  It’s  the longest-running science fiction convention in New England!  Register for Boskone and you will have a fabulous weekend to feed your imagination and join hundreds of intelligent, literate adults at play. For details about the event, location, schedule and registration, go here:  http://www.boskone.org/

HERE IS THE FILM SCHEDULE:

ALL SHOWS IN THE CARLTON ROOM

Saturday Feb 17 1:00 TO 6:00

THE ORIGINAL 1936 FLASH GORDON:

MONGO, PLANET OF ADVENTURE!

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This is Movie Mike’s new expanded feature, cut from all 13 chapters, not the short theatrical or TV versions you may have seen. It tells the whole story in a little over three hours and has never been shown before at any convention. Jump on Dr. Zarkov’s rocket and we’re off to Mongo, the planet of adventure, to battle Ming The Merciless! Meet winged hawkmen and visit their floating sky city. Become a slave shoveling radium into the atom furnaces. Enjoy invisibility, swordplay and ray guns. Rescue Dale from a dire fate! See dinosaurs and monsters, classic heroism and villainy, plus laughably crude special effects. With wonderful music, costumes and props, lots of thrills and action, a silly script, and bad acting!

 

Saturday Feb 17 8:00 TO 10:00

Highlighting the Films of William Cameron Menzies:

INVADERS FROM MARS (1953)

Only the kid knows that they have landed and burrowed in behind the house.  They’ve taken over his mommy and daddy and the police with brain control radio.  It’s a paranoid child’s nightmare of alienation, directed by William Cameron Menzies, with Leif Erickson, Hillary Brooke and little Jimmy Hunt.  Milburne Stone (Doc from Gunsmoke) is the tough old colonel who saves the day.  Note the lovely stark effectiveness of the police station scene and the brilliant use of stock military footage for epic effect. Don’t miss the zippers on the backs of the huge Martian mutants as they shuffle through the underground tunnels of their secret base.  And those raygun-melted” tunnel walls are clusters of balloons, notice that they stir in the breeze. Menzies excelled at design and this film is beautifully composed and shot, with good props, sets and costumes. This movie runs 78 mins. So we will add a condensed version of This Island Earth which includes the flying saucer trip, space war on the planet Metaluna and that big insect mutant, all good stuff you will like.

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Sunday Feb 18 Noon to 2:00

Highlighting the Films of William Cameron Menzies:

THINGS TO COME (1936)

 H.G. Wells’ futurology predicts a world war lasting 20 years, the destruction of civilization and its technocratic rebirth through science  and reason.  Beautiful design by director William Cameron Menzies, first-rate performances by Raymond Massey, Ralph Richardson, Margaretta Scott, Cedrick Hardwicke.  Oh, those lovely planes and tanks!  A Jumbotron screen! And that moon-shot cannon!  89 Mins.

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We will no longer be presenting  feature films at the  Morbid Anatomy Museum in Gowanus, because the museum is now closed.

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MISSION TO MONGO AVAILABLE FOR SCREENING

A new  3-hour feature cut of Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe tells the  most complete  story available of this  fabulous epic serial. To arrange a screening, contact  Mike: mikemovie@hotmail.com and put MONGO in the subject line.

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LAST YEAR’S SHOWS:

SUMMER 2017: OUTDOOR  MOVIES SEASON AT COMMUNITY GARDENS IN BROOKLYN :

THE 6/15 GREEN COMMUNITY GARDEN, 6 TH AVE AT 15TH ST . Park Slope, Brooklyn   9:00 PM Saturday June 3rd 

THE THREE WORLDS OF GULLIVER (1960) 

Special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen gives us a rousing version of the 18th-century fantasy Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.  Handsome Kerwin Matthews, (who also played Sinbad in other Harryhausen movies), is shipwrecked on an island inhabited by tiny people.  Dynamation, which is re-photographing live action against  a rear projection of previously shot footage, is used to good advantage to show Gulliver a giant among  tiny folk. Later, the process is reversed to show Gulliver on another island inhabited by giants.  On Lilliput, the small folk enlist Gulliver in their war with nearby rivals. On Brobdingnag, land of giants, he is clutched like a doll by a huge girlchild.  With lovely Jo Morrow as Gulliver’s fiancée and Mousketeer Sherry Alberoni as the giant child Glumdalclitch.  Bernard Herrman’s excellent score keeps it all moving along. 

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THE BOSKONE 54 SF CONVENTION IN BOSTON:

FEBRUARY 17-19

Announcing Mike’s first 16mm Vintage Film Room for the well-known Boskone SF Con at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston.  It’s  the longest-running science fiction convention in New England!  Register for Boskone and you will have a fabulous weekend to feed your imagination and join hundreds of intelligent, literate adults at play. For details about the event, location, schedule and registration, go here:  http://www.boskone.org/

HERE IS THE FILM SCHEDULE

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17:

7:00 pm         Torpedo of Doom (1938) – 100 minutes

The Lightning, a hooded, caped villain resembling Darth Vader, plans to rule the world with his mastery of electricity, throwing deadly lightning-charged torpedoes from his flying-wing aircraft. Olympic champ turned actor-stuntman Herman Brix (later known as Bruce Bennett) is the heroic Marine Officer who must stop him.  With chases by car, motorcycle, and speedboat, plus submarine, flying-boat and dirigible action, plus endless well-staged fights, you’ll fight to catch your breath!

FIGHTING DEVIL DOGS

 

9:00 pm           Flash Gordon:  Mars Attacks The World (1938) –            68 minutes

Buster Crabbe as Flash versus Charles Middleton as Ming The Merciless in a feature condensed from a great serial. Can Flash defeat the Nitron Lamp ray destroying Earth’s atmosphere?  Who are the Clay Men melting in and out of the cave walls? Can we cross a chasm on a beam of light?  And how can those stubby Stratosleds fly? Watch science beat magic as the Martian Witch Queen’s mystic jewels are destroyed by electricity!FLASH ON MARS 1_

 

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18

1:00 pm   Meet Ray Bradbury– 4 hours

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We’ll see a 1963 documentary in which the writer explains himself as he goes about LA on his bicycle, mentors younger writers, and develops a story about the telephone system developing consciousness, predicting the “singularity” we are now expecting. And then, some half-hour dramatizations of his best-known stories:

The Veldt: A 1951 story predicts virtual reality as children get absorbed in a playworld gone wrong.

The Murderer : A 1953 story predicts information overload as a man is driven mad by his smartphone, and is incarcerated for smashing it, in a world saturated by audiovisual input.

Zero Hour: A 1953 story shows how the kids aren’t kidding when they collaborate in an alien invasion from another dimension.

The Electric Grandmother: A 1969 story explores Artificial Intelligence, as a family learns to love a humanoid robot.

The  Flying Machine: A 1953 story set in ancient China shows how innovation cannot stand up to authority, to the dismay of a miraculous inventor.

 

7:00 pm         Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975) – 100 minutes

Great design and special effects by George Pal in his last film: Ron Ely is heroic Doc who battles villainous Captain Seas and “The Green Death” for control of a fabulous resource. Will doc solve the mystery of his father’s death?  Will his assistant ever drop the baby pig under his arm? A sweet and silly salute to the  epic hero or yesteryear.

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9:00 pm           Master of the World (1961) – 102 minutes

Vincent Price excels as Jules Verne’s Robur, the Captain Nemo of the Air, waging war against war in his steampunk airship In 1868. An American scientist and his team become hostages of this fanatical pacifist onboard The Albatross, a visual confection designed by Jim Danforth.  With Charles Bronson, Mary Webster, Henry Hull.

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Price gives a credible and restrained performance  as the pacifist madman who seeks to end all war by threatening aerial bombardment.  Charles Bronson, so young he’s almost cute, is the US agent onboard the amazing airship Albatross.

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NEXT UP: VINTAGE FILM ROOMS FOR TWO MORE SF CONVENTIONS: THE HELIOSPHERE  MARCH 10-12  AND THE LUNACON, APRIL 7-9, BOTH OF THEM IN WESTCHESTER NY.  WATCH THIS SPACE FOR DETAILS. VISIT THESE WEBSITES TO REGISTER:  http://www.heliosphereny.org/   http://2017.lunacon.org/

 

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We will no longer be presenting  feature films at the  Morbid Anatomy Museum in Gowanus, because the museum is now closed.

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MISSION TO MONGO AVAILABLE FOR SCREENING

A new  3-hour feature cut of Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe tells the  most complete  story available of this  fabulous epic serial. To arrange a screening, contact  Mike: mikemovie@hotmail.com and put MONGO in the subject line.

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