Sunday, July 01, 2018

THE JULY GRIND-FU IS A REAL GENIUS OF A DOUBLE BILL!



Grind-Fu Cinema presents
VAL KILMERPALOOZA!

Real Genius
and
Top Secret!

Saturday, July 28th @ 7:00 p.m.
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
415 Malin St, Mankato, MN
Minnesota State University, Mankato

FREE ADMISSION!

Made possible through funding from the Minnesota State Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund

Before the stories of difficult on-set behavior and Bison ranching... before the Mark Twain impersonating and homoerotic volleyball scenes... there was Val Kilmer the hot new star on the Hollywood scene.  That's the Val that Grind-Fu Cinema is celebrating on July 28th during our Val Kilmerpalooza!  See two funny as heck Val Kilmer movies FOR FREE in Wiecking 220 Auditorium.  What're we showing?  You'll be glad you asked.



Real Genius (1985)
Directed by Martha Coolidge

Val Kilmer plays Chris Knight, a brilliant student at Pacific Tech, who generally who takes having fun more seriously than his studies.  Pacific Tech is populated by eccentric geniuses who study hard and play harder, and they continually use their wits to game the system and prank each other.  Chris befriends freshman Mitch Taylor, and they're put on a team to figure out how to make a super powerful laser.  To Chris the project is simply a problem to solve, but to the Government it has deadly real world applications.

Real Genius is a hilarious comedy directed by Martha Coolidge, who directed Valley Girl, which you may have seen during our Grind-Fu Cinema last July.  Apprently July is now our designated Martha Coolidge month!  Real Genius also has Deborah Foreman, the star of Valley Girl, in a small role, so that's weird.  Anyway, Real Genius was Val Kilmer's second movie ever, and he already was showing off crazy talent and charisma.  Who woulda thunk that just ten years later he'd be playing Batman?

Roger Ebert gave Real Genius 3 1/2 out of four stars, so that's not too slouchy.  Richard Schickel in Time Magazine said Real Genius is "a smart, no-nonsense movie that may actually teach its prime audience a valuable lesson: the best retort to an intolerable situation is not necessarily a food fight.  Better results, and more fun, come from rubbing two brains together."  Words to live by.



After showing Val Kilmer's second movie we're showing his first movie!


Top Secret! (1984)
Directed by Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker

Jerry and David Zucker, and Jim Abrahams only had two film credits before Top Secret!: they wrote the screenplay to John Landis' Kentucky Fried Movie, and they wrote and directed Airplane!, which was a massive hit in 1980.  They built their career on broad sophomoric humor and sight gags, and the their style was widely embraced by American movie fans.  After parodying disaster movies with Airplane!, they decided to make Top Secret! a parody of both World War 2 spy movies and Elvis musicals.  Yeah.

This was Val Kilmer's first film, so the ZAZ team was taking a risk by putting him in a starring role, but he nails it with confidence.  The movie goers apparently weren't convinced, though, as Top Secret! was considered a bomb at the box office.  Even the film makers felt like it didn't have focus.  Don't try telling that to Weird Al Yankovic, though!  Top Secret! is Al's favorite movie of all time.  In a Vulture interview published in June of 2018, he goes into great detail about why he thinks it's one of the best movies ever made.  His fandom is so great that he even told Val Kilmer to his face that it's his favorite movie of all time.  Kilmer's response was "Really?  You're going to pick that one?"



Join Grind-Fu Cinema for Val Kilmerpalooza on Saturday, July 28th!  The admission is FREE, and everyone is welcome!  There's free parking in the back parking lot, and then enter through the back building entrance and look for the movie theater full of movie geeks!  Bring your friends, bring sodas and snacks, and get ready for a fun time at the movies!

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



Friday, June 29, 2018

GRIND-FU CINEMA FILM NOIR THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!



Grind-Fu Cinema presents
FILM NOIR NIGHT!
featuring

Stanley Kubrick's 
THE KILLING

and

Lana Turner in
THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE

Saturday, June 30th @ 7:00 p.m.
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
415 Malin Street, Mankato MN
Minnesota State University, Mankato

FREE ADMISSION!
Made possible through funding from the Minnesota State Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund

It has been a while since Grind-Fu Cinema has featured some Film Noir masterpieces, so the June line up is all about righting wrongs.  Join us for another amazing FREE double feature of cinematic magic, featuring two high water marks of the genre.  It all goes down on Saturday, June 30th in Wiecking 220 Auditorium on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato, so consider your day planned.  Shall we begin?  Lets.


The Killing (1956)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick was only 28 years old when he directed The Killing, which is considered one of the greatest heist movies of all time.  Tight dialogue, riveting pacing, and brilliant direction, not to mention a gripping performance from Sterling Hayden, make this a must see for fans of classics, crime, and suspense.  Hearing Hayden deliver lines (written by troubled crime novelist Jim Thompson) like "You've got a great big dollar sign where most women have a heart" make it a real joy to watch, and his performance in the final moments of the film is simultaneously thrilling and heartbreaking.

Despite the fact that it bombed collossally at the box office, Kubrick felt it was his first fully mature directorial efford, and the movie has gone on to become a cult classic.  Roger Ebert added it to his list of "Great Films" in 2012, and Quentin Tarantino said it was a direct influence on Reservoir Dogs.  It rates 97 % fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and it gets an 8 out of 10 on IMDB.  The Chicago Reader even said it was arguably Stanley Kubrick's most perfectly conceived and executed film, and this is Stanley freakin' Kubrick we're talking about.

"Individuality's a monster and it must be strangled in it's cradle to make our friends feel confident.  You know, I've often thought that the gangster and the artist are the same in the eyes of the masses.  They are admired and hero-worshipped, but there is always present an underlying wish to see them destroyed at the peak of the their glory."




The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Directed by Tay Garnett

Lana Turner is smoldering as the Femme Fatale that plots murder with John Garfield's down on his luck hobo in this 1946 adaptation of James M. Cain's classic noir novel.  Before Cain's novel was even released, an outline was submitted by RKO to the Production Code Administration (a morals watchdog group) to see if it was fit to produce, and their response came back that it was "definitely unsuitable for motion picture production".  RKO abandoned their plans, but ultimately MGM stepped in and delivered this Film Noir classic, though its fears over the lurid subject matter ultimately delayed its production for TWELVE YEARS.  It was a definitely a different time.

Turner ranked her role in The Postman Always Rings Twice as her favorite, and the book's author was so impressed with her performance that he gave her a leatherbound edition of the book.  The film was a critical and box office success, and it's regarded as a classic Noir.  It's rated 95% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and received a 7.5 out of ten on IMDB.  Variety called the events in the film "uncompromisingly evil" and they meant it as a positive.  It's a chiller and a thriller!



See both of these amazing movies FOR FREE on Saturday, June 30th at Grind-Fu Cinema!  Bring your friends, snacks, and dress in layers (because the air conditioning can be relentless) and get ready for a fun night!  There's loads of parking behind the Wiecking building (415 Malin St in Mankato) so find a spot, walk through the back door of the building, and look for the big auditorium with amazing movies playing!

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


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Your Chance To Win MAD GIRLS Roller Derby Tickets!


This Tuesday morning on Shuffle Function we will be welcoming a few Roller Derby gals into the studio to talk about their Saturday night bout. The theme of this bout is Rolling In The Deep Sea and they will be battling the Midwest Maidens. If you have a good eye, perhaps you recognize the artwork above? It was made for the Mad Girls by Kat Baumann - who has designed a number of t-shirts for KMSU. The bout is this Saturday, June 23 at 7 p.m. at the All Seasons Arena.


Little Debbie Smack Cakes (pictured above) will be stopping in with several other great skaters Tuesday morning around 8 a.m. and we will be giving out 5 pairs of tickets to the Rolling In The Deep bout! Be sure to tune in for your chance to win those tickets. You know the drill - you will have to be the first caller after you hear the Legendary Stardust Cowboy Rooster Crow - in order to win. The phone number is (507) 389 - 5678. To help all you city kids out there, here is what a rooster crow sounds like:

 

 And this is kind of what the Legendary Stardust Cowboy sounds like:

 

Good luck Shuffle Functioneers!

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

REPOST: CLUES THAT PROVE MACCA DIED AND WAS REPLACED BY WILLIAM CAMPBELL!


Today is the 11th anniversary of "Paul McCartney's" Memory Almost Full album.  To mark it, we're reposting a post we did about Paul's death in 1966, and all the clues that reveal the horrible truth about that day in November, 1966.

This Thursday, November 9th, we'll be remembering the life of Paul McCartney, who died on that day in 1966.  We'll also be celebrating the incredible sacrifice made by William Campbell, a Canadian Paul McCartney lookalike that stepped in and became McCartney as part of an elaborate international cover-up.  Why the cover-up?  Because if the world found out that the "cute" Beatles died there would be an unprecedented wave of sorrow sweeping the globe.  That sorrow would result in the potential suicides of scores of teens.

MI-6 engineered the cover-up and swore The Beatles to secrecy, but they couldn't handle the guilt over deceiving their fans.  The band decided that they would let the world know what really happened on that cold November night, but through secret messages communicated via album covers and songs.  Beatles fans started decoding the messages three years after Paul's death, and the story broke worldwide.  Finally, the world would know that Paul was dead.

Flash forward to 50 years later, and Shuffle Function did a day long expose on KMSU that revealed the facts about Paul's death.  Shyboy Tim did a series of blogposts that detailed all of the clues, allowing you, the listener, to decide for yourself if Paul was really dead.  We're publishing links to them in this post so that you can read them and come to your own conclusions about this incredible rock and roll mystery.

Tune in on Thursday, November 9th, between six and nine a.m. for the most incredible conspiracy in Rock and Roll history!

Paul is Dead:  The Introduction
Paul is Dead:  The Story
Paul is Dead:  Strawberry Fields Forever
Paul is Dead:  Sgt. Pepper
Paul is Dead:  Magical Mystery Tour
Paul is Dead:  The White Album
Paul is Dead:  Yellow Submarine
Paul is Dead:  Abbey Road
Paul is Dead:  The Solo Material Evidence

Friday, June 01, 2018

MANY GALORE VOTES DECIDED! OCTOPUS WOMAN PLEASE LET ME GO IS THE SMASH HIT SONG OF ETERNITY!



Your Smash Hit Song of ETERNITY IS:


DICK KENT
OCTOPUS WOMAN PLEASE
LET ME GO!

Congratulations to Dick Kent's Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go  for becoming the 2018 Smash Hit Song of The Summer and SMASH HIT SONG OF ETERNITY!  Way back in 2014 it was defeated in battle during that year's Smash Hit Song of the Summer competition, but in the years since it has become one of the most requested songs on the show.  It has probably been requested more than all of the previous Smash Hit Songs of the Summer combined!  In fact, listeners declared it the Smash Hit Song of the Millennium because they love it so much.  That's why it was the song to beat for the title of SHSO Eternity.

With today's results, Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go has officially become, for the first time, a Smash Hit Song of the Summer, in addition to its titles of SHSOT Millennium and Eternity.  This triple title threat makes it the one and only song to ever achieve what is essentially the radio equivalent of an EGOT.  Not too shabby for an also ran!

Thank you to everyone that took our urgent pleadings to take this contest way to seriously, because you did and we love you for it.  From now on, every time you or your kids and their kids and their kids and their kids want to hear Octopus Woman you can just request "Smash Hit Song of Eternity, please!" and we'll know exactly what you're talking about.

Have an amazing Summer, gang!


via GIPHY

Monday, May 28, 2018

JACK KASS VS DICK KENT FOR ALL THE MARBLES!


via GIPHY

THE FINAL BATTLE!

Jack Kass
Fantastic

vs 

Dick Kent
Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go


This is the FINAL battle.  Jack Kass 'Fantastic versus Dick Kent's Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go (the Smash Hit Song of the Millennium), and the winner will be declared both Smash Hit Song of the Summer and SMASH HIT SONG OF ETERNITY!  In fact, if Dick Kent wins he'd be the radio equivalent of an EGOT, because he'd have those two titles in addition to Smash Hit Song of the Millennium.  THE CHOICE IS YOURS, RADIO HEROES!

The voting begins on Monday, May 28th and ends on Friday, June 1st at the end of the Morning Show.  You can call or text your vote to 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 (between six and nine a.m. only) or e-mail us at shufflefunction@hotmail.com.  Think long and hard about the song you want to become the Smash Hit Song of Eternity, because future generations will be stuck with it!

Jack Kass - Fantastic


Dick Kent - Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go

Saturday, May 26, 2018

THE JUNE GRIND-FU DROPS TWO FILM NOIR CLASSICS ON YOU!



Grind-Fu Cinema presents
FILM NOIR NIGHT!
featuring

Stanley Kubrick's 
THE KILLING

and

Lana Turner in
THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE

Saturday, June 30th @ 7:00 p.m.
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
415 Malin Street, Mankato MN
Minnesota State University, Mankato

FREE ADMISSION!
Made possible through funding from the Minnesota State Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund

It has been a while since Grind-Fu Cinema has featured some Film Noir masterpieces, so the June line up is all about righting wrongs.  Join us for another amazing FREE double feature of cinematic magic, featuring two high water marks of the genre.  It all goes down on Saturday, June 30th in Wiecking 220 Auditorium on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato, so consider your day planned.  Shall we begin?  Lets.


The Killing (1956)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick was only 28 years old when he directed The Killing, which is considered one of the greatest heist movies of all time.  Tight dialogue, riveting pacing, and brilliant direction, not to mention a gripping performance from Sterling Hayden, make this a must see for fans of classics, crime, and suspense.  Hearing Hayden deliver lines (written by troubled crime novelist Jim Thompson) like "You've got a great big dollar sign where most women have a heart" make it a real joy to watch, and his performance in the final moments of the film is simultaneously thrilling and heartbreaking.

Despite the fact that it bombed collossally at the box office, Kubrick felt it was his first fully mature directorial efford, and the movie has gone on to become a cult classic.  Roger Ebert added it to his list of "Great Films" in 2012, and Quentin Tarantino said it was a direct influence on Reservoir Dogs.  It rates 97 % fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and it gets an 8 out of 10 on IMDB.  The Chicago Reader even said it was arguably Stanley Kubrick's most perfectly conceived and executed film, and this is Stanley freakin' Kubrick we're talking about.

"Individuality's a monster and it must be strangled in it's cradle to make our friends feel confident.  You know, I've often thought that the gangster and the artist are the same in the eyes of the masses.  They are admired and hero-worshipped, but there is always present an underlying wish to see them destroyed at the peak of the their glory."




The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Directed by Tay Garnett

Lana Turner is smoldering as the Femme Fatale that plots murder with John Garfield's down on his luck hobo in this 1946 adaptation of James M. Cain's classic noir novel.  Before Cain's novel was even released, an outline was submitted by RKO to the Production Code Administration (a morals watchdog group) to see if it was fit to produce, and their response came back that it was "definitely unsuitable for motion picture production".  RKO abandoned their plans, but ultimately MGM stepped in and delivered this Film Noir classic, though its fears over the lurid subject matter ultimately delayed its production for TWELVE YEARS.  It was a definitely a different time.

Turner ranked her role in The Postman Always Rings Twice as her favorite, and the book's author was so impressed with her performance that he gave her a leatherbound edition of the book.  The film was a critical and box office success, and it's regarded as a classic Noir.  It's rated 95% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and received a 7.5 out of ten on IMDB.  Variety called the events in the film "uncompromisingly evil" and they meant it as a positive.  It's a chiller and a thriller!



See both of these amazing movies FOR FREE on Saturday, June 30th at Grind-Fu Cinema!  Bring your friends, snacks, and dress in layers (because the air conditioning can be relentless) and get ready for a fun night!  There's loads of parking behind the Wiecking building (415 Malin St in Mankato) so find a spot, walk through the back door of the building, and look for the big auditorium with amazing movies playing!

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