Monday, May 29, 2017


Grind-Fu Cinema presents


Saturday, June 24th @ 7:00 p.m.
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato


Oh my goodness... this June Grind-Fu Cinema is a killer.  You wanna talk iconic movies?  You wanna talk movies that capture a decade?  You wanna talk brilliant soundtracks?  There's SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT when it comes to the June Grind-Fu!  Let's begin...

Valley Girl (1983)
Directed by Martha Coolidge

Remember when Nicolas Cage was cool?  It's kind of a distant memory, but before he started buying castles and albino snakes and starring in blockbuster cash-cows, Cage was one of those names that you could expect great work from.  That reputation started all the way back in 1983 with Valley Girl, his first starring role.  Also starring the uber cool Deborah Foreman, Valley Girl was made to cash in on the valley girl trend made popular by the song Valley Girl by Frank Zappa.  The slang and fashion left the Valley and swept the nation, and soon every girl in every mall was on board.

Unlike many cash in projects, this one actually had a heart and was pretty damn good.  Valley Girl captures the pop culture spirit of the 80s perfectly, and this extends to the soundtrack.  The songs featured  in the film are exceptionally cool, and this extends to the live performances by legendary California band The Plimsouls.  SO GOOD.  Fun fact:  The scenes with The Plimsouls were filmed in a club that later became Johnny Depp's Viper Room.

But yeah, Nicolas Cage is really good as Randy, the punk that falls in love with Foreman's Valley Girl Julie Richman.  It's yet another take on Romeo and Julie, but there's a reason the story keeps getting recycled, right?  Valley Girl is a great start to this Grind-Fu double feature, which continues with...

Dazed and Confused (1993)
Directed by Richard Linklater

It may have been made twenty years too late, but Dazed and Confused is a seventies film through and through.  Written and directed by film legend Richard Linklater, Dazed and Confused takes place on the last day of school in May 1976.  For some of the students it marks their transition into High School, while others are facing an uncertain adult hood.  The movie captures the reckless energy of youth perfectly, and for many, regardless of their generation, it depicts experiences that are very familiar.

This movie is one of those rare films where virtually every actor and actress in it went on to bigger and greater things in their careers.  There are at least three academy award winners in minor roles, and one of them didn't even receive a credit in the movie!  In addition, the look of the movie is perfect, and the soundtrack is verging on definitive for seventies classic rock fans.

Roger Ebert gave Dazed and Confused four out of five stars, and it has a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  That sounds about right.

Don't miss these two amazing movies on Saturday, June 24th @ 7:00 p.m.  ADMISSION IS FREE!  Bring your friends, bring snacks and sodas, and dress in layers (because sometimes the temp is unpredictable) and enjoy a great double feature with an amazing Grind-Fu Cinema audience.

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

This event is made possible through funding from the Minnesota State Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund, as allocated by KMSU Radio.

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