Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Grind-Fu Cinema presents





Saturday, May 21st @ 1:00 pm
(Slither and Starship Troopers)
and @ 7:00 pm
(The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension and Big Trouble In Little China)

Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato


It's not even fair.  This Grind-Fu was already a dazzling example of shamlessly nerdy movie programming, but then... THEN... this bleep got real.  SO REAL.  We found out that the Grind-Fu auditorium was booked every weekend through June, which means we couldn't have a movie screening that month.  That... is unacceptable.

This of course means that we're doubling up on the May Grind-Fu Cinema.  I mean, OF COURSE.  We've added to absurdly great movies to the day, FOR FREE, and you don't want to miss any of them!


Slither (2006)

This movie is gross and hilarious and weird and gross.  Did we mention it's gross?  Did we mention that it stars Nathan Fillion?  Of course we didn't.  We can read, and there's nothing about him before that point.  Anyway, if you're a fan of really gross hilarious weird movies, then Slither is for you.

Rotten Tomatoes gives Slither an 86% fresh rating.  Roger Ebert's review of it says "If the name Troma means nothing to you, then why are you doing reading a review of Slither in the first place?"  Shelley has never seen Slither, but based on the trailer she accurately deduced that it has Drag Me To Hell levels of grossness.

Have we mentioned it's gross?

 Starship Troopers (1997)

Michael Ironside!  A Busey! A Golden Girl! Half the cast of Melrose Place! GIANT SPACE BUGS!  We know what you're thinking: "Grind-Fu, that sounds a recipe for crazy movies success!"  And to that we say "Person that just said that, you are correct!"  Starship Troopers is violent, gross (did we mention it's gross?) and pseudo fascist, and it's also a mile a minute fun.

Roger Ebert called Starship Troopers "the most violent kiddie movie ever made."  However, THIS IS NOT A KIDDIE MOVIE!  Janet Maslin called it "a crazy, lurid, spectacle", and she meant it as a slam.  You, however, should take that as a major selling point.  This movie is a blast.  

After Starship Troopers we'll be taking a break for a couple of hours.  Come back at seven p.m. for...

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Across the 8th Dimension! (1984)

This is a movie that was destined for cult status, because it's such an insane story!  Buckaroo Banzai is a physicist-neurosurgeon-test-pilot-rock-star, and he's the only person able to defend earth from a bizarre threat from the 8th dimension.  The threat is led by Dr. Lizardo, a scientist that has been possessed by a Red Lectroid alien since he was trapped in the 8th dimension decades earlier.  It's up to Banzai and his band/team The Hong Kong Cavaliers to save the earth from them.

It's all very weird and, as this description proves, it really needs to be seen to be believed.  Here are two visuals that really won't clear anything up, but they will give you a sense of how weird and funny this movie is.  First, the movie trailer:

And here's the end credit sequence.  Get a load of Goldblum!

Sadly, that promised sequel never happened.  Buckaroo Banzai bombed at the box office.  It only earned back 6.3 million of the 17 million dollar budget.  Still, its quirky humor and story developed a strong following, and now it's adored by folks worldwide.  PLUS, YOU CAN SEE IT AT GRIND-FU ON MAY 21st!

Big Trouble In Little China (1986)

Is there ever a time when seeing Kurt Russell on screen isn't the best thing ever?  We'll wait for you to come up with an answer.

(time passes)

See? You couldn't come up with an example!  Even the goofy Disney movies are amazing!  More to the point, has there EVER been a time when a movie involving Kurt Russell and John Carpenter was anything less that awesome!  No need to answer.  There has never been a time.

Big Trouble In Little China is a hilarious and crazy action film starring Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, a truck driver that seems to have a knack for wandering into tight situations.  He's enlisted to help rescue a friend's girlfriend, who has been abducted by a crazy underworld sorcerer because her green eyes will release him from an ancient curse.  You know, every day stuff.

"They told him to go to hell, and that's just where he's going."

Big Trouble In Little China was also a box office flop, only earning about half of its 20 million dollar budget.  In the years since its release it has become a beloved cult classic, and it currently rates at 83% on Rotten Tomatoes.  You really need to see it, if for no other reason than to see if Jack Burton gets his questions answered.

HAVE WE MENTIONED LATELY THAT GRIND-FU CINEMA IS FREE?  It totally is, so fill that blank space on May 21st for a double feature that's gonna kick your butt's butt.  Bring your friends, bring some snacks, and get ready to live the cinematic dream!

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

Made possible through funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Foundation

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