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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Movie Mayhem

At the New Bev you have
The Grindhouse Film Festival presents...

Christmas Evil

Tues: 7:301980, USA, 100 minutes

Writer / director Lewis Jackson IN PERSON, schedule permitting, to discuss!

written & directed by Lewis Jackson; starring Brandon Maggart, Jeffrey DeMunn and Dianne Hull

New Year's Evil

Tues: 10:001980, USA, 90 minutes

directed by Emmett Alston; starring Roz Kelly, Kip Niven, Chris Wallace, Grant Cramer and Louisa Moritz

7165 West Beverly Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

At The CineFamily
12/21 @ 8:00pm /

TV Tuesday:

A Christmas TV Special Feast!

Each new holiday season, the networks spurt forth an avalanche of frothy, flurry, snowy 'n gooey TV treats -- and we love them all! From the sachharine depths of nighttime soaps to the trippy philosophizing of sitcoms gone serious, from Saturday morning cartoon characters learning the meaning of giving to heartwarming human interest stories from the most frigid of news anchors, this stuff is like finely aged catnip to us if we were cats, and we must impulsively gorge! Join us for an epic dose of wintery watchin’, as we dig up the rare, the unheard-of, and the ridiculously heartwarming Xmas TV specials of yesteryear!

12/25 @ 4:00pm / Series: More Muppet Magic: Jim Henson's Legacy

Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas

shown with

Muppet Christmas Shorts

Nothing brings us back to the post-gift openin’, egg nog-drinkin’, family-lovin’ goodness of Christmas morning quite like Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas. This touching tale of a widow otter and her son Emmet’s struggle to give each other the best possible Christmas finds Emmet’s jug band competing for a cash prize in a talent contest -- but will the rowdy Riverbottom Gang and their wild hard rock band The Nightmare beat them to it? One of the most charming holiday stories since It’s A Wonderful Life, Jim Henson’s 1977 made-for-TV classic features amazing tunes by Muppet Movie songsmith Paul Williams, and, in contrast to the typical Muppet style of puppetry, its loveable river animals are portrayed more realistically than they ever had before, thanks to advancements in radio-controlled puppet effects. The afternoon’s program also includes a selection of highlights from other Muppet Christmas specials!

12/25 @ 8:00pm

Mondo Xmas

(feat. The Christmas Martian)

When December comes, connoisseurs of cracked cinema have reason to be jolly, for ‘tis the season for holiday schlock to flood the TV screen and choke the movie theaters. Once again, Cinefamily is going to spoil you rotten with all kinds of goodies, including verité footage of department store Santas, misguided movie tie-ins, exhumed cartoons and aborted holiday specials. Finally, we’ll unwrap The Christmas Martian, the ‘71 French Canadian bizarro kids’ film! “It's common knowledge that Santa Claus conquered the Martians...but only a half dozen or so Christmases later, a bubble-spouting Martian crash landed in Quebec to learn about a variety of fun winter activities, and to shower children with candy. Space candy. Easily the most insane example of Canadian children's cinema ever conceived, the nonsensical Le Martien de Noël wildly bounces from wacky action sequences to unrelated tangents, all highlighted by special effects even the most distracted seven year-old could see through. In other words, it's great!” ( Come celebrate the holidays with the only family that knows what you really want -- the Cinefamily. Yule be glad you did.

The Christmas Martian Dir. Bernard Gosselin, 1971, 35mm, 65 min.

The Christmas Martian (trailer!) from Cinefamily on Vimeo.