There’s something incredibly exciting about the phrase “anything is possible.” Waiting for something that could be anything is an exercise for your imagination. That infinite possibility, coupled with wild speculation and prediction, is ninety percent of the fun of Mondo’s Mystery Movies.
Mondo, as you may know, is the ever-growing poster boutique associated with the Alamo Drafthouse. In April Mondo began a project called Mystery Movies. People buy a ticket for a movie that won’t be announced until they’re in the theater. That is coupled with a limited edition poster that will only ever be available at the event. So imagine buying a ticket to one of these things and speculating what it could be. You throw out suggestions with your fellow attendees, laughing at wild ones and nodding at more likely ones. Finally, you sit down for the film and all is revealed. Does it live up to your expectations?
After two events in their hometown of Austin, Texas, the Mondo Mystery Movie hit the road for the first time ever featuring six different mystery movies over one weekend at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. What were the films? What did the posters look like? What was the experience like? And did the event live up to our wildest expectations? Find out after the jump. Read More »
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The Mondo Mystery Movie is a simple concept. Blindly buy a ticket for a movie with the promise that not only will you see a cool movie, but you’ll get a limited edition poster that will never be sold anywhere else. The catch is, you don’t know what the movie or poster is until you sit in the theater.
Mondo has already done two successful Mystery Movies in their hometown of Austin, TX which turned out to be Akira and Jurassic Park. Now, they’re taking the show on the road as they’ll present three straight nights of Mondo Mystery Movies at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles on October 7, 8, 9. That’s three nights, two different movies each night for a total of six movies and six posters. Wow. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Someone must have put in a cheat code because Scott Pilgrim vs. The World just got unlimited lives. Though you can watch Edgar Wright‘s awesome adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley‘s comic book anytime you want on Blu-ray, or cable for that matter, the film will now play on the big screen every single month at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, CA.
The theater, which is co-owned by Quentin Tarantino (and had Wright as programmer for a month last year), is the place Scott Pilgrim had its midnight-movie birth with a series of sold out screenings. Starting in September, the film is starring an open-ended Rocky Horror Picture Show-esque residency. Read more after the break. Read More »
Ever since Kill Bill Volume 1 was released in 2003, we’d been hearing that writer/director Quentin Tarantino ultimately planned on releasing both halves in one epic package. Kill Bill Volume 2 came out a year later and it seemed like a logical time for the big reveal. Nope. Then, in 2004, Tarantino showed a combined version of the film at the Cannes Film Festival that became known as Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair. We thought that meant general audiences would finally get to see it in some way but alas, that was not the case. Amazon put up a page about it, images of box art leaked online and Tarantino himself said they were working on a new animation sequence but still, there was nothing. Years passed and finally Tarantino’s theater, the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, was permitted to show the film theatrically for the first time in the United States.
The print, which was the exact one that screened at Cannes – complete with French subtitles – played from March 27 (Tarantino’s birthday) through April 7 to mostly sold out audiences. After being out of town for the majority of the run, I was finally able to see the film on its final evening and it was a near perfect movie going experience. Four plus hours of bliss that make Kill Bill better than you ever thought it could be.
After the jump, we’ll discuss the changes and how those changes improve the original theatrical releases. Read More »
Sunday March 27th was Quentin Tarantino‘s birthday and not only was he able to finally screen his combined opus, Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair, at his theater in Los Angeles, the New Beverly, popular artist Tyler Stout made a special poster to commemorate the occasion. Mondo Tees quickly sold out at the theater but they’ll sell the majority of the 600 print run online later this week. Follow @MondoNews for the announcement and check out the full image after the break. Read More »
It’s always been a dream of mine to attend the entire Sundance Film Festival and, last week, I was able to fulfill that dream. Leave it to Edgar Wright to simultaneously program one of the most amazing repertory programs in recent memory and make me reconsider what dreams are made of.
The Wright Stuff II ran from January 14-31 at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles and featured Wright-selected double features with special guests, Q&A’s, fun trailers and more. We did a preview of what was playing at the event and now that it’s over, Wright has provided his own look back with some reveals of the many surprises he provided to Los Angeles fans. Check out some highlights after the break. Read More »
The New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles is one of those movie theaters that film fans must visit at some point in their life. Maybe it’s not the prettiest theater in the world, but the tickets are cheap, the popcorn is cheap, and it regularly has some of the best, if not the best, repertory screenings imaginable, mostly in double features. Now, for their 2011 season, they’ve decided to kick it off the Wright way. The Edgar Wright way.
The New Bev will play host to over two weeks of films programmed by director Edgar Wright. They did it three years ago and now, the director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (which will screen as one marathon) is back for The Wright Stuff II. Wright has chosen twenty films to play over 18 days beginning January 14 and most of the films are specially themed double features. Want to know what’s playing when, with what and whom? Then hit the jump. Read More »
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The New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles is a great place to see a movie. Not because it is the most comfortable theater or the most state of the art, but because it is operated and attended by people who really love movies. I’ve only been there a few times, but the experiences have been great: seeing Wet Hot American Summer with David Wain in attendance, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 with Frank Darabont and Chuck Russell, and catching a marathon of three Friday the 13th flicks.
Quentin Tarantino bought the New Beverly when it fell on hard times, but his involvement with the theater has been known in detail only to some of the most dedicated friends and patrons of the business. Now Tarantino and the family that runs the theater are talking about the process of keeping it alive. Read More »