Thursday, September 25, 2014

GRIND-FU CINEMA: THE START TIMES!


Grind-Fu Cinema presents
WARREN OATES in

Monte Hellman's 
TWO LANE BLACKTOP
and
Sam Peckinpah's
BRING ME THE HEAD OF
ALFREDO GARCIA

Saturday, September  27th @ 7:00pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato

FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!FREE!

The September Grind-Fu double bill lets us check another lineup off our cinematic bucket list!  We've been dreaming of this one for a while, and now it's finally happening.  We're dedicating an evening of film to Warren Oates, featuring two of his most legendary roles.  First on the bill is Monte Hellman's counter culture classic Two Lane Blacktop...




The movie follows two gear heads (Dennis Wilson and James Taylor) as they travel Route 66.  Along the way the encounter Warren Oates, and a rivalry develops.  The film is very minimalist, with limited dialogue, yet it presents a captivating portrait of lost and lonely characters out on the road.  It has become a classic road film, and was included for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2012.  

TWO LANE BLACKTOP STARTS AT SEVEN P.M.!

Next up is Sam Peckinpah's Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia...


They say there's no such thing as bad publicity.  United Artists milked that idea by incorporating the negative reaction that Alfredo Garcia generated into its advertising campaign.  Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia is dark, violent, gruesome, and nihilistic.  Warren Oates' desperate and haunted portrayal of Bennie has been seen as more than a little autobiographical on Sam Peckinpah's part.  Peckinpah was known for his drink and his penchant for violence, and Oates' character has all of that and more.

But back to the advertising campaign...


Critical reaction was extremely negative, and the film was a major flop.  The performance of Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia essentially ruined Sam Peckinpah's career.  Despite this, the film has become a cult classic.  Roger Ebert gave it five stars and said:

I think I can feel Sam Peckinpah's heart beating and head pounding in every frame in ''Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia'' (1974), a film he made during a period of alcoholic fear and trembling.... I sense that the emotional weather on the set seeped onto the screen, haunting it with a buried level of passion. If there is anything to the auteur theory, then ''Alfredo Garcia'' is the most autobiographical film Peckinpah ever made.

If it truly is an autobiographical film, then Sam Peckinpah was one F'd up dude.



I feel like I haven't fully expressed just how violent this film is.  SPOILER ALERT FOR THE GREY!  Here's a YouTube clip that will get that point across.



BRING ME THE HEAD OF 
ALFREDO GARCIA
STARTS AT NINE P.M.!

It's gonna be a provocative evening of movies this September, and we hope you guys will join us!  Remember, Grind-Fu Cinema is TOTALLY FREE!  Bring your friends, bring some snacks, and join us for a night of Warren Oates classics!


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