I love Offbeat Cinema. The characters are a ton of fun and the movies are a complete riot. I am constantly amazed at the b-movie finds that hosts Maxwell Truth, Bird and Zelda continue to dig up. I just heard that the b-eatnik team is putting together a March science fiction film series, which will be hosted at the Museum of Science. As an added b-onus, the show’s writer and co-producer, James Gillan, will be present to answer some of the crazy questions that pop up whenever a sci-fi, lowbrow, b-caliber flick is shown. He will also shed some light on the nature of the films and their tie-ins with the era in which they were produced.
Since 1993 Offbeat Cinema has continued to grow in cult status. The show is aired in over 50 cities nationwide and is b-eamed to viewers via B-uffalo’s very own Channel 7 studios. Here’s your chance to get closer to the cult sensation while catching some b-rain altering, b-rilliant movies.
*Fridays at 7pm from March 13 – April 17 in the museum auditorium. Admission to each film is available at the door for $2 for both children and adults. Popcorn and beverages will be available for purchase prior to each screening. The museum’s exhibits will not be open to its movie guests.
Here’s the line-up:
March 20: Mars the Angry Red Planet – 1960 (Color) This film tells the story of the first expedition to Mars. While it is a bit campy and the explorers seem like anything but astronauts, this is an imaginative film with interesting special effects created by a process called Cinemagic. Lots of fun with great Martian landscapes and monsters.
March 27: Fantastic Planet – 1973 (Color) This animated feature is wildly acclaimed for its vision and style. This film details the class struggle between two races on a very strange, alien planet. This film is very memorable but is not recommended for children under 10.
April 3: Day of the Triffids 1963 (Color) – This British film has triffids – enormous alien plants – arriving on Earth during a meteor shower. The meteor shower blinds most of the Earth’s people. Then the plants grow, begin walking and attack humans. A sci-fi classic for everyone!
April 10 (A movie will not be played this evening)
April 17: Forbidden Planet – 1956 (Color) One of the greatest science fiction films ever made. A spacecraft from Earth lands on the planet Altain-4 in the year 2200 to rescue survivors of a space colony. Soon it becomes clear that a strange force on the planet does not want them there. Stars Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Robby the Robot. Great for all ages!