Saturday, October 25, 2014

Countdown To Halloween Blog Post #25 GRIND-FU is here!!


We have been working all morning and night getting ready for Grind-Fu Cinema, and it is finally here! Festivities kick off at 7 p.m., but you should try to get there a bit early to trick or treat and see the cake! We have also gotten a bit artsy -fartsy this year, so here is your heads up! We are showing Sam Raimi's Drag Me To Hell and Adam Wyngard's You're Next. The image above is from the second film, as you can tell, and the mask you see has popped up in some pretty interesting places since the film came out last year. Have a look-see.







You just never know where these masks might pop up! We will see you all tonight at the Weicking 220 Auditorium. Remember, Grind-Fu Cinema is free of charge. We also would love to see you in costume! Scroll down several posts for more information.

See you soon!

Shelley

Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Countdown Blog Post #24 - CAKE


I just came from Hilltop Hy-Vee where Amber just completed the Grind-Fu Cinema cake for tomorrow night. You won't get to see the cake itself until tomorrow night before the movies start, , but I can'thelp but share this picture with you. Amber is an artist in "real life", but like Tim and I, she works the old day job to support her art habit. We are sooooooooooo lucky that she does. The cake she has made in the past for us, and the cake she made for tomorrow night's Grind-Fu Cinema are works of art. I sure hope you can join us for the evening and see what she has made. It is incredible! She is very shy, and doesn't like her picture taken. In fact this photo taken a few years ago with Amber and the Bigfoot cake features two elusive figures that are rarely if ever captured on film.


I snapped a picture of her this afternoon, and it sums up Amber and the cake perfectly. That is not real blood by the way - that is Amber's special cake blood concoction. And as I said, she is shy. This is all I can show you for now, but you can see the cake tomorrow night at Grind-Fu. We will have the cake out before the movies start, and we will be eating it up at intermission. I cannot wait. When I left the bakery department, I overheard Amber say to the other decorators, "I'm bummed out now, my Grind-Fu Cake time is over for the year". But we still have tomorrow night! See you then Shuffle Functioneers.

Shelley

GRIND - FU CINEMA IS TOMORROW - CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?






GRIND-FU CINEMA PRESENTS
THE FINAL GRIND-FU OF 2014

Sam Raimi's
DRAG ME TO HELL
and
Adam Wingard's
YOU'RE NEXT

Saturday, October 25th @ 7pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato

FREE TERROR! FREE MAYHEM! FREE SUSPENSE!
FREE CAKE!  Because they all want cake...

 Oh my dear sweet lord... It seems like only yesterday that this Grind-Fu season began, and now the final one is upon us!  We've shown so many films this year that have been on our bucket list, and it has been a real honor to share them with Grind-Fu audiences.  Once again, you have been some of the best audiences we have ever seen films with, and we thank you for that from the bottom of our clogged cinema loving hearts.

The next Grind-Fu is on October 25th, and October means one thing to the Grind-Fu crew:  HALLOWEEN.  It's all about the chills, thrills, and terror!  It's also about cake.  Cake?  CAKE!



Long time Grind-Fu attendees know that we go all out for the October Grind-Fu, both to celebrate another successful season as well as to celebrate our favorite creepy holiday.  That means treats for you guys.  More specifically, it means stunning horror cake from our resident cake artist Amber.



Amber has won awards and international acclaim for the masterful things she can do with cake, and for good reason:  They're friggin' incredible!  Look at some of these previous masterpieces she has constructed.  It's a shame they had to be eaten, but dammit... THEY'RE DELICIOUS!

Herschell Gordon Lewis Triple Feature

Zombie Double Feature

Suspiria/Seven Double Feature (this is Gwyneth Paltrow's head)

Bigfoot Double Feature

The Exorcist/The Shining Double Feature

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil/Cabin In The Woods Double Feature

WOW.  I'm stunned by her work, but I'm also reminded of just how stellar our Halloween Grind-Fu's have been.  If only we had thought of cake for our first October Grind-Fu, featuring an Ed Wood triple feature!  What would Amber have come up with for that?  THE MIND BOGGLES!

Which brings me to that other pesky feature of Grind-Fu Cinema:  THE CINEMA!  We have another great year ending double bill lined up for yo, that's gonna make you jump out of your seat.  Are you ready for it?  I'm gonna tell you about it anyway.


DRAG ME TO HELL - Directed by Sam Raimi (2009)

Sam Raimi has become a major league film maker over his 35 year in film.  He's helmed massive blockbusters and some amazing small films, but he got his start in the world of uber low budget horror with a little film called EVIL DEADEvil Dead is a relentless terror ride, filled with insane gore and violence, and it still manages to terrify its fans after their millionth re-watch of it.

After three amazing Evil Dead films, Raimi moved on to other genres, but fans still begged for his return to horror.  Finally, in 2009, it happened.  Drag Me To Hell is filled with all the trademarks of classic Sam Raimi horror:  Gore, violence, hyper kinetic directing, and dark humor.  It's a film that makes you laugh while you're jumping out of your seat, and it's a blast to watch.  In particular, Drag Me To Hell is a blast to watch with an audience like you'll get at Grind-Fu Cinema.





YOU'RE NEXT - Directed by Adam Wingard (2013)

When You're Next was in theaters I was going to pass on it.  It looked like it would be just another snuff porn film, making up for its lack of real creativity by going over board with gore and shock.  Boy, was I wrong.  You're Next takes the slasher film and knocks it on its ass.  In a genre that can be ridiculously predictable, this film caught me off guard.  At every turn it had a new surprise, and it had twists that I never saw coming.  It's also really funny.

This is a film that has the full on Grind-Fu seal of approval, gang.  If you like horror that actually does its job and then some, then You're Next is the film you want to see.



We really hope you guys join us for the October Grind-Fu Cinema!  It's gonna be so much fun, AND IT IS COMPLETELY FREE!  AND THERE IS CAKE!  What will Amber's cake be this year?  We won't know until that night, so bring your friends, some snacks, and an appetite for cake and terror, as we end this Grind-Fu Season in style!

Shyboy

I'm the new boy in town! Where can I go?


We would like to thank Robb Murray at the Mankato Free Press for the fantastic article on Grind-Fu Cinema. If you missed it, you can read it here. Thanks too to John Cross - he got very excited when he saw us playing vinyl during the show, and asked us to pose by it. That is the new Sleater - Kinney 45 spinning, for those of you keeping track at home!


See you tomorrow night!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Countdown To Halloween Blog Post #23


I am going to have to make this post quick - been a long work day and we've been talking KMSU Fall Pledge Drive strategy tonight. Sleep is the only thing on my mind right now, but first let me do this. We play Roky Erickson and The 13th Floor Elevators year round on the show, but he is in his element come October. I recently came across this clip on you tube, and I think it is fitting for a Halloween post.



Grind - Fu Cinema is sooooooooo close, I can touch it!

Shelley

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Countdown To Halloween Blog Post #22



Our favorite Texan Lisa will be hitting the road and coming up to Minnesota soon, but in the meantime she emailed us a few Halloween treats. The Ikea commercial is amazing - be sure to keep an eye out for the backwards messages! We tend to stay away from Bobby Pickett's Monster Mash (we tend to play the Bonzos version, or Los Straightjackets) but when you combine horror film monsters with it, I am all for it.



Lisa will be our Program Director For The Day next Tuesday October 28th - and we can't wait to see what she has in store for the airwaves. She will be controlling the playlist all three hours that morning, and I guarantee you that most of it will consist of music you've never heard of before. Be sure to tune in or listen on-line!


Shelley

WHO LOVES THEM SOME CUMBERBATCH?!!


We are giving away free movie tickets to the live production of FRANKENSTEIN by the National Theatre. The star of the show is Benedict Cumberbatch. Yes - the man who does not ever take a bad photo! The man who plays Sherlock! The man who played Khan! etc. etc. etc.


We are giving away five pairs of tickets today (Wednesday October 22nd) and tomorrow (Thursday October 23rd). The tickets we give away today are for the live performance next week on October 27th. The tickets we give away tomorrow will be for the October 29th live performance.


Both screenings take place at the Movies 8 Theater in the Mankato River Hills Mall at 7 p.m. We will drop the winner's tickets in the mail a.s.a.p. so you will have them in plenty of time. Listen during the morning show for your chance to win. When you hear the rooster crow and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy say "Wakey Wakey Eggs and Bakey" call 389 - 5678. Good luck Cumberbatch fans!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GRANT HART: "NO ONE GOT HURT. WE'RE PROFESSIONALS."


Lord knows why I put off watching this documentary.  I love Husker Du, and I think Grant Hart is amazing, but there was always something shiny distracting me from watching it.  NO MORE!  Every Everything is the Grant Hart documentary you didn't know you needed.  It's funny, smart, sad, adjective adjective adjective and more.  I don't even think you need to be a fan of Grant or Husker Du to find it interesting.  AND NOW IT'S ON HULU!  Stop what you're doing and watch it!

Shyboy



Husker Du.  What a great friggin' band.

Blackjack Halloween Countdown Blog Post!

There is no need to put a spooky picture at the front of this post to get you in the Halloween mood, because what I am about to talk about is for real and frightening as hell. It has a name, and it is The South American Goliath Bird Eater Spider.


It is the largest spider in the world, and fully grown it is the size of a puppy. That's right - A SPIDER THE SIZE OF A PUPPY!


Ughhh......I can't even type that sentence without shivering uncontrollably. Yesterday this story broke about a zoologist coming in contact with the South American Goliath Bird Eater. As Piotr Naskrecki (a zoologist and photographer) explained his encounter on his blog, While walking in the rain forest of Guyana at night he decided to turn off his light source, a head lamp. He was taking in the sounds around him, completely enveloped in the dark, when he heard what sounded like a small furry mammal walking close behind him. He switched on his headlamp and was shocked to discover the massive spider moving his way.


Yep - that gave me the shivers yet again. I cannot imagine ever coming across one of these monsters. And to make things worse, one of their defense mechanisms is their hissing! They are the only known spider that makes a sound when they walk, in fact on his blog Piotr says they sound like horse hoofs. Yuck!! I have heard it said that every year we swallow approximately ten spiders, usually in our sleep. I was going to look for the exact number to share with you, but I am relieved to learn that it is just an urban legend or myth. With spiders like that in the world, I do not want to think about eating spiders!


Shiverfest!

Shelley

Monday, October 20, 2014

THE FINAL GRIND-FU OF 2014 GOES DOWN THIS SATURDAY!



GRIND-FU CINEMA PRESENTS
THE FINAL GRIND-FU OF 2014

Sam Raimi's
DRAG ME TO HELL
and
Adam Wingard's
YOU'RE NEXT

Saturday, October 25th @ 7pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato

FREE TERROR! FREE MAYHEM! FREE SUSPENSE!
FREE CAKE!  Because they all want cake...

 Oh my dear sweet lord... It seems like only yesterday that this Grind-Fu season began, and now the final one is upon us!  We've shown so many films this year that have been on our bucket list, and it has been a real honor to share them with Grind-Fu audiences.  Once again, you have been some of the best audiences we have ever seen films with, and we thank you for that from the bottom of our clogged cinema loving hearts.

The next Grind-Fu is on October 25th, and October means one thing to the Grind-Fu crew:  HALLOWEEN.  It's all about the chills, thrills, and terror!  It's also about cake.  Cake?  CAKE!



Long time Grind-Fu attendees know that we go all out for the October Grind-Fu, both to celebrate another successful season as well as to celebrate our favorite creepy holiday.  That means treats for you guys.  More specifically, it means stunning horror cake from our resident cake artist Amber.



Amber has won awards and international acclaim for the masterful things she can do with cake, and for good reason:  They're friggin' incredible!  Look at some of these previous masterpieces she has constructed.  It's a shame they had to be eaten, but dammit... THEY'RE DELICIOUS!

Herschell Gordon Lewis Triple Feature

Zombie Double Feature

Suspiria/Seven Double Feature (this is Gwyneth Paltrow's head)

Bigfoot Double Feature

The Exorcist/The Shining Double Feature

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil/Cabin In The Woods Double Feature

WOW.  I'm stunned by her work, but I'm also reminded of just how stellar our Halloween Grind-Fu's have been.  If only we had thought of cake for our first October Grind-Fu, featuring an Ed Wood triple feature!  What would Amber have come up with for that?  THE MIND BOGGLES!

Which brings me to that other pesky feature of Grind-Fu Cinema:  THE CINEMA!  We have another great year ending double bill lined up for yo, that's gonna make you jump out of your seat.  Are you ready for it?  I'm gonna tell you about it anyway.


DRAG ME TO HELL - Directed by Sam Raimi (2009)

Sam Raimi has become a major league film maker over his 35 year in film.  He's helmed massive blockbusters and some amazing small films, but he got his start in the world of uber low budget horror with a little film called EVIL DEADEvil Dead is a relentless terror ride, filled with insane gore and violence, and it still manages to terrify its fans after their millionth re-watch of it.

After three amazing Evil Dead films, Raimi moved on to other genres, but fans still begged for his return to horror.  Finally, in 2009, it happened.  Drag Me To Hell is filled with all the trademarks of classic Sam Raimi horror:  Gore, violence, hyper kinetic directing, and dark humor.  It's a film that makes you laugh while you're jumping out of your seat, and it's a blast to watch.  In particular, Drag Me To Hell is a blast to watch with an audience like you'll get at Grind-Fu Cinema.





YOU'RE NEXT - Directed by Adam Wingard (2013)

When You're Next was in theaters I was going to pass on it.  It looked like it would be just another snuff porn film, making up for its lack of real creativity by going over board with gore and shock.  Boy, was I wrong.  You're Next takes the slasher film and knocks it on its ass.  In a genre that can be ridiculously predictable, this film caught me off guard.  At every turn it had a new surprise, and it had twists that I never saw coming.  It's also really funny.

This is a film that has the full on Grind-Fu seal of approval, gang.  If you like horror that actually does its job and then some, then You're Next is the film you want to see.



We really hope you guys join us for the October Grind-Fu Cinema!  It's gonna be so much fun, AND IT IS COMPLETELY FREE!  AND THERE IS CAKE!  What will Amber's cake be this year?  We won't know until that night, so bring your friends, some snacks, and an appetite for cake and terror, as we end this Grind-Fu Season in style!

Shyboy

I'm the new boy in town! Where can I go?


Countdown To Halloween Blog Post #20 - this could be dangerous to your health!


Apparently Walt Disney's Magical Kingdom wasn't always as magical as advertised. For decades an urban myth concerning a Mickey Mouse short video titled "Suicide Mouse" has circulated, rearing it's ugly head now and then to frighten the living daylights out of it's viewers. Shortly before his death Walt Disney went into his studio and worked non-stop for days on one project. When his work was finished, he grabbed a nearby animator and asked him to watch his completed project. The anonymous animator did as told, but upon exiting the viewing area he appeared to be confused and disjointed. He was mumbling the following words over and over, "Real suffering is not known". A security guard was called to the scene in an attempt to get control, but then things got worse. It is said that the stricken animator, still repeating his "Real Suffering is not known" mantra then grabbed the gun from the guard and shot himself in the head.


When you hear a story like this, the first thing you want to know is what on earth was in Disney's film? What did he mean when he said "Real suffering is not known"? The only way to answer that is to watch the video and see for yourself. I do want to warn you though - Urban Legends are often infused with a few grains of truth. If you are at all afraid to watch the clip, given it's horrific history, then don't watch it. Don't take that chance. But if you are the least bit curious about it, then here it is. See for yourself. I will tell you this, there is no screaming witch that pops up suddenly on the screen like many spooky videos have. But there are screams, and other things too.


Here is another version of Suicide Mouse for you to view as well.


Real Suffering is not known. Real suffering is not known. Real suffering is not known. Real suffering is not known. Real Suffering is not known. Real suffering is not known. Real suffering is not known. Real suffering is not known. Real Suffering is not known. Real suffering is not known. Real suffering is not known. Real suffering is not known. Real Suffering is not known. Real suffering is not known. Real suffering is not known. Real suffering is not known. Real Suffering is not known. Real suffering is not known. Real suffering is not known. Real suffering is not known.

Shelley

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Countdown To Halloween Blog Post #19


Boy oh Boy. Don't stare at the image above for too long. Nineteen days into the Countdown to Halloween, and less than a week until Grind-Fu Cinema. Time flies when you are having a spooky good time! Speaking of Grind-Fu, do you know what your costume is going to be yet? Everyone is encouraged to come dressed up for the season and if you are still trying to come up with some ideas, maybe I can help.


First up - grab three of your friends and try out this handy dandy product, "Kiss Your Face" make-up. This is for real, in fact you can bid on several different varieties on ebay.



It only seems fair an balanced if I offer a suggestion for all the girls who want to rock out too. How about this costume? I am not sure if the big hair comes with the gig, but then that's what wigs are for.



Here is another great idea, but I would do things a little bit differently. You could poke a little bit of fun at font snobs by going as "comic sans". If you are coming to Grind-Fu with a bunch of friends, you could each dress up in separate letterpress boxes in comic sans font that spell the word "idiot" or "dumby". I'm sure you get the point.



I love this next video because, as she points out, you will have everything you need in your closet for it and it works for all the cool cats and the cool kittens. There is also a drinking game embedded in this costume YouTube video. Watch this clip, and every time she apologizes for the poor quality take a drink of your beverage of choice. Here's a tip, don't make it a strong drink!



If none of these seem to be right for you, then I suggest you choose your favorite Bill Murray role and dress up like him. I mean - WHO DOESN'T LOVE BILL MURRAY?!! Here is some inspiration:







And for those who want to go over the top with their Bill Murray costume, I give you the film Kingpin!


Grind-Fu Cinema is this Saturday night folks, October 25th at the Weicking 220 Auditorium on Campus. The movies start at 7 p.m. and there is cake at intermission. Join us for Drag Me To Hell and You're Next. I can't wait!

Shelley