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February 2013




Wednesday, Feb 6 and Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013
No Screenings Scheduled






Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013
7:00pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Grange
3823 V St, Sacramento, CA 95817


Ghosts with Shit Jobs

Ghosts with Shit Jobs

Director Jim Munroe is currently planning to be in attendance!

We're pleased to bring this new lo-fi, micro budget ($4000!) science fiction film by Jim Munroe to Sacramento! It's been the hit of underground film festivals around North America, and was featured at Alamo Drafthouse in 2012!

About the movie: In the future, jobs still suck but in whole new ways. By 2040, the global economy has flipped and North Americans are a cheap labour pool for wealthy Asian markets. The movie consists of episodes of a documentary series popular in mainland China about the bad jobs some white people have -- the plucky and resilient souls unlucky enough to be born into the slums of North America are both amusing and moving to the Chinese audience. Oscar is a digital janitor, and has to manually cover up logos for copyright reasons in the future's answer to Google StreetView maps. Gary and Karen assemble robot baby dolls for the children of the wealthy in Asia. Anton and Toph are spider silk collectors. Serina is human spam and makes a living by mentioning brands and products in casual conversation.

"Brilliant... will leave you emotionally shaken, your brain teeming with weird new ideas..." - io9

"Ingenious... A gripping movie that uses cleverness, not cgi, to paint a vivid and satirical future" - Cory Doctrow

"Excellent... Science fiction is not dead." - Wired






Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013
7:00pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Grange
3823 V St, Sacramento, CA 95817


Today We Saw the Face of God

Today We Saw the Face of God

In January of 2010, a team of 23 volunteers set off on what should have been an ordinary medical mission in Haiti. They had no way of knowing the devastation that would inevitably come. On the final evening of the mission, the team treated their last patient, gathered their supplies and set off towards their sleeping quarters. As they arrived, they felt a jolt of panic as the world began to shake and tremble violently beneath them. Within hours, the entire team was unexpectedly thrust into the center of one of the worst natural disasters in modern history.

The documentary film, Today We Saw the Face of God transcends viewers from their comfortable homes into the poverty-stricken world that Haitians navigate daily. As the team journeys back, they recount the harrowing reality of being first responders in an unprecedented medical crisis, the impact the experience has had on their lives and what it means to return to Haiti, one year after the catastrophic earthquake.

A surprisingly hopeful look into a tragedy that shook the world, Today We Saw the Face of God is a true testament to the power of human connection in the face of unimaginable suffering.




January 2013




Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013
7:00pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Grange
3823 V St, Sacramento, CA 95817


Crime Wave

Crime Wave

A Night of Tears? A Farewell Show of Epic Proportions? Join us as we say "See ya later" (never "Goodbye") to some folks who have been very close to MOBS! Raechel, who has usually worked the door and run equipment for the last few years is moving from Sacramento to attend college. Cat, who's often sold you candy for the last couple of years, will soon be running into schedule conflicts for the semester. And late night horror host Mr. Lobo (whose show is Cinema Insomnia, now nationally featured on the Zom-bee Channel on the Roku) and the wonderful Dixie Dellamorto are moving to the East Coast! There will be balloons! And cake! And dancing!

And for this very special night, we're showing a movie we've shown before - in fact, our prior screening of it was how it was discovered by Mr. Lobo and Dixie, and we've kicked around doing another screening with them for at least a year!

Crime Wave plus the rarely seen early short by John Paizs, The Obsession of Billy Botski

From "Kids in the Hall" director John Paizs comes a surreal comedic obscurity from 1985. There's no true way to try to convey this film in words, but the general plot centers on a quiet young man (also played by Paizs) who is intent on writing "the greatest color crime movie ever made," but can only write beginnings and endings - and those only by streetlight. After befriending the young Kim, she tries to help him complete his opus, but fails. Throughout the film, the various beginnings, endings, and rejected "middles" are dramatized. Throw in a mysterious and psychotic script doctor named Dr. Jolly, a private club for imaginary friends, a quarantined city -- and you still won't come close to the idea of what this film is really like.

"Genuinely unique--every time you think you know where it's going, it veers off in some strange, and strangely fascinating, direction." - Baltimore City Paper






Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013
7:00pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Grange
3823 V St, Sacramento, CA 95817


Murderess

Murderess

Prior to Murderess, the Green Valley Puppet Theater will be performing a live puppet show!

Scott Coblio's micro-budget indie, starring an all-marionette cast! It tells the story of Winnie Ruth Judd aka, The Trunk Murderess aka, The Tiger Woman.. In October 1931 in Phoenix AZ, two friends (and ex-roommates) of medical secretary Winnie Ruth Judd were murdered. According to prosecutors, after the two women were murdered, Judd and an accomplice dismembered the body of Samuelson and stuffed the head, torso, and lower legs into a black shipping trunk, with the upper legs being placed in a beige valise and hatbox. LeRoi's body was stuffed intact into a second black shipping trunk. Two days later, Judd travled by train to Los Angeles, taking the trunks with her. Upon her arrival, the trunks immediately came under suspicion due to a foul odor, as well as fluids, coming from them. Judd managed to escape, but ultimately turned herself into the police, claiming the killings were done in self-defense. As the story developed and the trial began, things got more scandalous as jealousy, love interests and the possible involvement of a prominent Phoenix doctor all came to light, and the story gained nationwide attention, and became an early notable capital punishment case.

A fascinating telling of this true crime story, with a hint of John Waters-style sensibility thrown in. When we first watched this, we found ourselves getting pulled into the sordid details, then catching ourselves and laughing, because it's all puppets!

This movie is shown annually at The Trunk Space art center in Phoenix, AZ on the anniversary of the murders!





Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013
7:00pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Grange
3823 V St, Sacramento, CA 95817


My Man Godfrey (1936)

My Man Godfrey

One of the definitive screwball comedies of the 1930s, "My Man Godfrey" offers the radiant Carole Lombard as flighty young heiress Irene Bullock, who on a New Year's Eve society scavenger hunt stumbles on Godfrey (William Powell), an erudite hobo residing in the city dump. Godfrey becomes the family's butler, much to the dismay of Irene's father Alexander (Eugene Pallette), who thinks his household is crazy enough without another apparent lunatic under his roof. Halfway through the film, we discover that Godfrey isn't a penniless bum at all, but the scion of a wealthy Boston family. Having been burned by an unhappy romance, Godfrey dropped out of life, taking up residence in the dump. Here his faith in humanity was restored by his fellow indigents, who managed to survive and remain optimistic despite the worst deprivations. Meanwhile, however, he wants to straighten out the Bullock family, who he feels are a basically decent bunch beneath all their pretensions and eccentricities -- and along the way, of course, Irene determines that Godfrey will be her husband.

"My Man Godfrey" was nominated for 6 Academy Awards in 1936, including Best Director, and was the first film to be nominated in all four acting categories. It oddly was not nominated for Best Picture (which still puzzles people to this day), and even more strangely, failed to win any awards.







Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013
7:00pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Grange
3823 V St, Sacramento, CA 95817


Vegucated

Vegucated

Vegucated is a feature-length documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks.

There's Brian, the bacon-loving bachelor who eats out all the time, Ellen, the single mom who prefers comedy to cooking, and Tesla, the college student who avoids vegetables and bans beans. They have no idea that so much more than steak is at stake and that the fate of the world may fall on their plates. Lured with true tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover hidden sides of animal agriculture and soon start to wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. Before long, they find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before.

But can their conviction carry them when times get tough? What about on family vacations fraught with skeptical step-dads, carnivorous cousins, and breakfast buffets?

Part sociological experiment, part science class, and part adventure story, Vegucated showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who share one journey and ultimately discover their own paths in creating a kinder, cleaner, greener world, one bite at a time.



December 2012




Thursday, December 6, 2012
7:00pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Grange
3823 V St, Sacramento, CA 95817


A Crappy Night of Crappy Christmas Short Films!

Fairy Show Queen 1 Fairy Show Queen 2 Fairy Show Queen 3

Woo boy, did we pull together some crap to kick off this year's Crappy Christmas!! Rather than just ONE film, we're serving up a whole bucketful of terrible short films so we can start your holiday season off with dampened spirits! The night will even include horrifyingly boring (and horrifying) puppets! The only "high point" of the night will be when you finally get to walk out of the place, but one of the many low points of the night will be Santa and the Fairy Snow Queen! That's got a narrator who's so spun that you'll be wondering how she doesn't collapse from complete heart failure, along with a Santa who's so deep into a narcotic haze that he can barely choke out the phrases, "There will be no toys," and "It's not easy being alive." You'll probably wanna have some sugar cookies with this one, even though it's never really clear why the hell that disturbing jack-in-the-box is obsessed with them...

We sometimes include review quotes from others, but this time we're being lazy and just using one from Robert, co-founder of MOBS!

"It's like being beaten in the head repeatedly - it feels like it will never, ever end." - Robert, co-founder of MOBS.


Seating is limited. Advance tickets are closed (some will be available at the door until the event sells out).

Advance tickets are will call. The person whose name the tickets are under will need to show photo id on the night of the show. Each advance ticket has a 50 cent service charge for this night. Seating is first come first served.







Thursday, December 13, 2012
7:00pm
Admission: $10.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Hinde Auditorium (at CSUS)
6000 J St, Sacramento, CA 95819


In conjunction with The Hornet Film Society!

The Found Footage Festival

The 2012 Found Footage Festival

It's the return of the Found Footage Festival, along with Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher with an entirely new show of live comedy and insane found footage!!!

If you went the last time we showed this, you KNOW you have to come back. If you didn't - well, you don't know what you missed. Don't make that mistake again! Really... trust us on this one...

The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that showcases footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout the country. Curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher (whose credits include "The Colbert Report," "The Late Show with David Letterman" and The Onion) will host the screening in-person and provide their unique and hilarious observations and commentary on these found video obscurities. So yes - that means plenty of live comedy along with the found footage! From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found!


Seating is limited. Advance ticket sales have ended, and tickets will be available at the door.

Advance tickets are will call. The person whose name the tickets are under will need to show photo id on the night of the show. Seating is first come first served. No passes for this screening.

This is at Sac State, so as many know, parking is always an issue here. If driving, you'll probably be best off using Parking Structure II, located right by the Univeristy Union. Parking is $6.00 per car, and there's a machine to pay for parking on the third level of Parking Structure II. The Hinde Auditorium is in The Union.

Hinde Auditorium Parking

Full CSUS map is here (pdf).






Thursday, Dec 20, 2012
7:00pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Grange
3823 V St, Sacramento, CA 95817


Nationally Syndicated Late Night Horror Host Cinema Insomnia's Mr. Lobo The entire night will be overseen and hosted by nationally syndicated late night horror host, Cinema Insomnia's Mr. Lobo! We'll also be giving out Crappy Christmas presents to those few unlucky enough to get them.


And featuring the holiday "classic"

Santa vs Satan Santa vs Satan poster

We're equal parts apologetic and ashamed that we'll be yet AGAIN presenting the return of this bizarre and relatively unknown movie from 1959, originally filmed and released in Mexico. Included will be the badly dubbed English soundtrack from its 1960 US release.

The plot is fairly straight-forward - Santa lives on a cloud floating over the North Pole where, rather than elves, children from all over the world help make toys (and they're really more like happy slaves). Is this a happy Santa that you'll hope will come down your chimney? Um, not so much. He's pretty creepy with his overly sweet voice paired with his disturbing (and not quite jolly) laugh and insincere and sometimes vacant eyes staring at children through odd Sid and Marty Krofft-like devices - well, it's best just left at that... But anyway - Satan is determined to bring Santa down, so sends his minion, Pitch (a skinny guy in a cheap weird red suit), to the surface to make the kids of the world hate Santa and engage in vandalism and other mischief. Oh yes - and Santa is pals with Merlin the Magician who supplies St. Nick with, amongst other things, sleeping powder. Oh - did we mention the vampiric mechanized reindeer? No? Or the interpretive dance in Hell? Hmm...


Santa vs Satan Living Room

All in all, this is one surreal (and yes, it IS surreal) cheaply made (and yes, it IS very low-budget, so don't expect quality) Christmas travesty for all to enjoy, even with its boring parts (and yes, it DOES have it's boring parts). When this was first released in theaters, it was common to see children leaving in tears from trauma and fright.

You know, it's not really a Christmas movie without dialog like, "There's a prowler out there -- he's come to kill your wife. And your children. He's going to murder you!"


Santa vs Satan Letters

"How can a movie get everything so very, very wrong and yet be so very, very right? If you aren't the least bit familiar with this surreal trip into an extremely non-traditional view of jolly ol' St. Nick, perhaps the less known the better, as half the fun of this colossal mess is staring in dumbfounded awe at what is transpiring on the screen. It's a hoot. A damned scary hoot, granted, but certainly a hoot." - dvdinmypants.com


Seating is limited. Advance tickets are closed (some will be available at the door until the event sells out).

Advance tickets are will call. The person whose name the tickets are under will need to show photo id on the night of the show. Each advance ticket has a 50 cent service charge for this night. Seating is first come first served.







Thursday, Dec 27, 2012
7:00pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Grange
3823 V St, Sacramento, CA 95817


Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny

Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny poster

We have no idea why, but we've been inundated with requests to show this again. We find this quite interesting, since only about 8 people showed up when we showed it a couple of years ago, and more people have asked for it than actually went, so we'll see how this goes. We're just reusing the synopsis we wrote up back in 2010, too.

Well, we're really out-doing ourselves with the "crappy" theme this year, by inflicting you with this tragically bad holiday movie. When you gaze on the blown-out and fuzzy picture, and strain to hear the horrific, and oftentimes inaudible, audio, you might mistake this for someone's home movie. But oh no. This thing actually played in theaters. For CHILDREN!

So what's it all about?

Santa has managed to crash his sleigh on a Florida beach. It's stuck in maybe 2 inches of sand (yes, folks - that's TWO WHOLE INCHES). It would appear Santa is more than a little drunk. "Donner, Blitzen and all the rest" (yeah, they didn't even bother to figure out all of the reindeers' names) have wisely fled the scene. Santa moans. Santa sings. Santa stares directly at the sun for around 30 seconds. Santa passes out. Oh, and he summons the local "Kids" (as they're billed in the credits) to come and help, who bring along a lot of livestock (from where?) and a guy in a gorilla suit? Yep.

Well, after a really long time (and it will feel like weeks while you're watching this), nothing will dislodge the sleigh from the TWO WHOLE INCHES of sand, so Santa calls on the Ice Cream Bunny. It's gonna take awhile for him to get there, so Santa tells the story of "Thumbelina" - which is a movie within the movie. Actually, it's a movie within a movie within the larger movie framework. That will make sense when you see this. After this REALLY overly-long flower child version of the fairy tale with animals and amphibians showing an unnatural interest in a two-inch young lady, we go back to the beach. And the Ice Cream Bunny (someone in a matted, dirty, and likely diseasefilled rabbit suit from your worst childhood fever nightmares), slowly makes his way to where Santa is in an old fire engine, accompanied by a slow, mournful, death-toll sounding siren. And how will it all end?

Well, as the poster proclaims, with "The Exciting Rescue!" Ahem. Yeah. It's as exciting as it is "breathtaking."

Oh - of course, that synopsis doesn't include any of the ugly details about the sweat stains on Santa's ass. Or the random raccoon attack on Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn in their brief and meaningless cameo. Or all other manner of head-scratching moments peppered throughout this "movie."

Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny Bunny Head

"This was not a movie meant to spread the joy of Christmas, but rather a torture device meant to scare impressionable young children away from ever wanting to have anything to do with the holiday. ...after seeing this movie, all those kids ended up wanting for Christmas was some serious psychotherapy." - The Agony Booth

"This movie really sucked." - Invasion of the B Movies



November 2012




Thursday, November 1, 2012
7:00pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Grange
3823 V St, Sacramento, CA 95817


Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Little Shop of Horrors

It's our first night back, and this will be a bit of public test. Additionally, we'll be operating on a pretty minimalist setup at first (just like this movie), so please expect that. However, we've dug up a reasonably decent copy of the original Little Shop to show! And if there's complete technical failure, we figure most folks know how it ends anyway.

About Little Shop: Shot in just two days, this cult favorite features Jonathan Haze as Seymour Krelboin who works at Mr. Mushnick's skid row flower shop. Seymour develops a new plant species named after his girlfriend, Audrey, and thinks it will bring him fame and fortune. The only hitch - Seymour must feed Audrey Jr - and Audrey Jr must be fed flesh and blood! Bodies begin to pile up, including that of a sadistic dentist. As most everyone probably knows by now, this does briefly feature a very young Jack Nicholson as the masochist dental patient.






Thursday, November 8, 2012
7:00pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Grange
3823 V St, Sacramento, CA 95817


Charade (1963)

Charade

Starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn! This stylish comedy-thriller was directed by Stanley Donen, but often feels more like Hitchcock. Cary Grant plays Peter Joshua who meets Reggie Lambert (Hepburn) in Paris. Reggie's husband is murdered, and she discovers that it's because her husband had been involved in a theft and the others involved are after the money. Reggie turns to Peter for help, but Peter Joshua may not be all that he seems - in fact, he just may be one of the killers? What follows? Plot twists, nasty murders, witty rapid-fire dialogue (some of it improvised), and Hepburn in glamorous fashions designed by Givenchy! The film also features Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy and Ned Glass.






Thursday, November 15, 2012
7:00pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Grange
3823 V St, Sacramento, CA 95817


Panic in the Streets (1950)

Panic in the Streets

Nothing says "the holidays" like a little plague, right? Filmed entirely on location in New Orleans, the film noir thriller Panic in the Streets stars Richard Widmark as Dr. Clinton Reed, a physician from the U.S. Health Service who must race against time to stop a plague. The carrier, an illegal immigrant, is murdered by criminals Jack Palance (in his film debut) and Zero Mostel. When local officials note the strange condition of the corpse, they fear that the germs will spread to epidemic proportions, and thus summon Reed to wrest control of the situation. The film co-stars Barbara Bel Geddes. Many of the actors in Panic in the Streets were local nonprofessionals hired by director Elia Kazan to give the film authenticity. Some of the dialogue was also purportedly improvised.





Thursday, November 22, 2012
7:00pm

No screening. It's Thanksgiving and no one would go.





Thursday, November 29, 2012
7:00pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Grange
3823 V St, Sacramento, CA 95817


A MOBS Holiday Tradition: A Boy and His Dog

A Boy and His Dog

Follow-up your Thanksgiving with this 1975 indie classic based on Harlan Ellison's novella!

We've shown this annually as our Thanksgiving movie, but not knowing how many folks would come out due to it being so close to that holiday. And attendance last year was good enough to do it *yet* again! However, this year it's a full week after Thanksgiving, so it should be even easier for you to come to it!

The year is 2024. World War IV, which only lasted 5 minutes, has long been over, leaving behind a postapocalyptic wasteland. 18-year old Vic (Don Johnson in his first, and by far best, performance) wanders with his dog, Blood (who previously starred as the dog on The Brady Bunch), who communicates with him telepathically. The none-too-bright Vic scavenges for food; the rather learned and sarcastically witty Blood sniffs out women for sex. Into this relationship comes Quilla, a woman from "Down Under" - a supposedly idyllic underground society which attempts to preserve the past. Quilla lures Vic "Down Under" where he discovers that there are some rather nefarious plans for him.

This was a direct influence on films such as "Mad Max" and "The Road Warrior." If you know the ending, you can probably figure out why here at MOBS sort of see it as a Thanksgiving movie...

Oh, and this ain't necessarily one for the kids.



August - October 2012



On Hiatus



July 2012




Saturday, July 21, 2012
9pm
Sutter's Landing Park
20 28th St, Sacramento, CA
Admission: Free!


MOBS and City Councilman Steve Cohn present ...The Rocky Horror Picture Show Plus Stingray Sam, Sizzling Sirens and More!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Yep! You read that right! MOBS is teaming up with City Councilman Steve Cohn for what should be quite a night, and admission is Free!! Between 9 pm and midnight, Movies on a Big Screen will be showing the serialized indie scifi musical, Stingray Sam by Cory McAbee, along with a batch of ephemeral films, cartoons and other weird stuff. Plus, The Sizzling Sirens will be coming by to do a bit of burlesque! There might be other stuff happening, too - we're pulling this together kind of last minute.

Then at midnight - The Rocky Horror Picture Show! Costumes and props (rice, toast, toilet paper, etc) are encouraged. Plus, bringing your own chair or blanket is also encouraged - because this is outdoors, in what used to be the old city dump -- now known as Sutter's Landing Park! It just couldn't get better!

Sponsored by city councilman Steve Cohn and presented and hosted by Movies on a Big Screen and Steve Cohn. Projection provided by Creative Projection Services. Beer will be available from The Hoppy Brewing Company, and proceeds from beer sales will benefit the Gender Health Center.


Stingray Sam Sizzling Sirens


May 2012


Our final month at The Guild! Info soon on where we'll be next!



Sunday, May 6, 2012
7:30pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA


Quicksand (1950)

Quicksand

Mickey Rooney stars in a decidedly non-Andy Hardy role, in which he plays an auto mechanic who meets blonde femme fatale Vera Novak (Jeanne Cagney, sister of James Cagney). He convinces her to go out with him, but has no money for the date. He "borrows" 20 dollars from his employer's register, but before he can repay it, the missing money is discovered. This leads to a series of events drawing Rooney deeper and deeper into progressively more severe crimes that he commits - and in some cases, only believes he has committed. Peter Lorre is also featured in a small, but wonderfully slimy role as a penny arcade owner and ex-boyfriend of Vera.

Considered by many to be Rooney's best work, it also has an ending that has often been viewed as too happy for noir, despite being a favorite film of many devotees of the genre. It was during this time, however, that Hollywood began to impose moralistic control over product, and few post-1940s noirs managed to escape that control. The film also features Jimmie Dodd, who was to become the host of "The Mickey Mouse Club," as well as an early uncredited appearance by the great Jack Elam!






Sunday, May 13, 2012
7:30pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA


The Brain that Wouldn't Die

Brain that Wouldn't Die

We had Trash Film Orgy's Christy Savage pick a movie, and this was what she picked, since it's one of her personal favorites!!!

Shown uncut with extra gore, all of the strippers and all of the cat fighting!

Black and White. Dr. Bill Cortner's passion is unconventional surgical experimentation: transplantation, restoring life to the dead, etc etc. He's also got a house in the country, complete with a mad doctor lab, a deformed assistant, and an unseen "Thing" from prior failed experiments that's locked up in a closet. And he's not the best driver. En route to this "cabin," Bill crashes the car. Don't worry - Bill is fine, but his fiancée Jan Compton doesn't fare so well and ends up decapitated. Bill scoops up the head and sticks it on a plate, which somehow keeps it alive - and able to talk. Rather than just letting Jan die like she wants, he scours dive bars and strip joints to find his wife-to-be a new body, leaving Jan plenty of time to discover she can telepathically communicate with the "Thing." Bill returns to the lab with a disfigured man-hating figure model, and all kinds of low budget hell breaks loose!

The Brain That Wouldn't Die would later be largely influential on Frank Henenlotter's Franenhooker, as well as Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator.






Sunday, May 20, 2012
7:30pm
Admission: Free (donations accepted)
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA


The Greenest Building

The Greenest Building

Presented in conjunction with the Sacramento Old City Association. Local historian William Burg will also be speaking about local historic districts and Oak Park following the film.

Over the next 20 years, one third of our nation's existing building stock (over 82 billion square feet) will be demolished in order to replace seemingly inefficient buildings with energy efficient "green" buildings.

Is demolition on this scale really the best use of natural, social and economic resources?

Or, like urban renewal projects of the 1960's, is it part of a well-intentioned planning strategy with devastating environmental and cultural consequences?

"The Greenest Building" provides a compelling argument for conservation, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of our existing building stock as the single most effective strategy for reducing, reusing and recycling one of our most important consumer products-our buildings.





Sunday, May 27, 2012
7:30pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA


Gamera the Invincible

Gamera the Invincible

It's our last night at The Guild, and what other way to go out than with wholesale destruction brought on by a giant flying turtle?!?!? As tensions between America and the Soviet Union rise to a fever pitch, U.S. troops shoot down a Russian bomber which is flying low in an Arctic region. The bomber crashes, and its payload of hydrogen bombs explode upon impact. The blast releases and awakens Gamera, a gigantic fire-breathing turtle which had been frozen under the ice since prehistoric times. The newly revived monster makes his way to Tokyo, Japan, where he begins to lay waste to the city. Initial attempts to stop the testudine fail, forcing mankind to resort to Plan Z!!



April 2012



Sunday, April 1, 2012
7:30pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA


Oh My God, It's Harrod Blank!

Oh My God, It's Harrod Blank

Explores the life and adventures of the eccentric artist and entrepreneur Harrod Blank, a creator of spectacles such as the Camera Van-- a Dodge van with 2000 cameras attached to it and The Flash Suit- a man's suit festooned with hundreds of photo flash bulbs going off. The film follows Blank from his youth spent in the woods with chickens, to his current multi-faceted career as filmmaker and art-car maven extraordinaire. A tireless champion of self-expression, Blank chases dreams and attacks obstacles with a creative vigor that is refreshing to witness.

The first documentary feature by Berkeley filmmaker David Silberberg, Oh My God! Its Harrod Blank! uses footage spanning two decades to celebrate the man just as it exposes his naivete, and the particularly trying effects his extroversion has on those around him. Blank's family, friends, and girlfriends take turns criticizing, advising, and explaining a guy whose uncommon openness and resilience can tolerate such a forum, even as viewers laugh and squirm. Rounding out the film's point of view is Blank's own painful, often hilarious examination of his personal life and challenges, from his need for attention to such obsessions as encroaching baldness. Blank's spirited outlook is undeniably inspiring, and the film embodies a contagious affection for him as both bigger-than-life and so very human. "The pressure to conform is incredible," says Blank, "but I don't care what other people think. The reason I'm alive is to create." With special appearances from Harrod Blank's filmmaking father Les Blank, revealing details of his early career.






Sunday, April 8, 2012
7:30pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA


Easter Sunday School at MOBS!

Easter Sunday School

We really wanted to come up with a new Sunday School program this year, but due to the amount of time it takes to do this, we simply were unable to. However, last year's seemed to be enjoyed by all, so... we're just gonna show that one again! If you saw it before, well it's been a year - come out and be amazed again by the creepy Christian kids shows and weirdly excessive Christian scare films! If you missed it last year, make sure to break away from your Easter festivities to be at this!! Quality is guaranteed to be pretty lousy, but content is guaranteed to be jaw-dropping!! Even though children were originally exposed to nearly everything in this, this program is recommended for sinners 18 years of age and older.






Sunday, April 15, 2012
6:30pm (NOTE early start time!)
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA


The Truth is Out There

The Truth is Out There

With Dean Haglund (Langly aka Ringo in "The X-Files" and "The Lone Gunmen") and director Phil Leirness in attendance!

Dean Haglund is an actor, an improv comic, an artist and an inventor. Best known by millions of fans the world over for playing one of the computer-hacking Lone Gunmen on "The X-Files" and their own spin-off series, Dean has become closely identified with the realm of the paranormal and the world of conspiracy. Equal parts comedy, consciousness and conspiracy, "The Truth is Out There" follows Dean Haglund as he travels the globe, hoping to discover just what it means to search for the truth in a world where conspiracies, or conspiracy theories, are everywhere.

Both Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness, the Director, Cinematographer, Editor and Co-Executive Producer of "The Truth is Out There," will be in attendance at the screening to introduce the film and to participate in a post-screening discussion. Based in Los Angeles, Phil Leirness has directed six feature films, more than forty documentary short subjects, and several music videos and commercials. In addition, he has worked as both a development and acquisitions executive, and as managing director for a consortium of Europe-based film distribution companies. He is a California state certified violence prevention specialist, and for almost five years, has co-hosted the free weekly podcast Chillpak Hollywood Hour with Dean Haglund. He can also be heard as a regular contributor to Combat Radio and as a weekly cultural correspondent to The Midweek Drive on Siren 107.3 FM in the UK (as well as on Southside Broadcasting).

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Sunday, April 22, 2012
7:00pm (NOTE early start time!)
Admission: Free! (donations accepted - cash only at the door)
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA


Two Short Documentaries: "Motherhood By Choice, Not Chance" and "We Always Resist"

This screening is in conjunction with the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, and the American Assn of University Women.

A panel discussion will follow the documentaries. Panel includes: Dr. Glennah Trochet, former Sacramento County Public Heath Officer; Ana Sandoval, Planned Parenthood; and Christi H. Ketchum, Our Rightful Place LLC.


Motherhood By Choice

Motherhood by Choice, Not Chance (2004): By Oscar-nominated filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman. Based on the trilogy, From the Back-Alleys to the Supreme Court & Beyond, this riveting film brings alive the history of the struggle for women's reproductive rights in the U.S. and the chilling facts about the current threat to those rights. Intimate interviews reveal the passion of people who moved abortion from the danger of the back alleys to a safe, legal choice.


We Always Resist

We Always Resist (2011): This 24-minute film provides an informative history of the struggle for reproductive choice within African American communities and argues that black women have always considered reproductive choice a fundamental part of how they defined liberation for themselves and their communities. The documentary also examines recent radical "anti-choice" campaigns based on race, gender and class.





Sunday, April 29, 2012
7:30pm
Admission: Free (donations accepted at the door)
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA


An Evening of Amateur Short Films by the Students of Mira Loma High School

Mira Loma High School

We've been slowly working towards developing a secondary periodic program which would feature only locally made films, and so this night fits right in with this concept! Recently, the English and Drama departments at Sacramento's Mira Loma High School did a joint project wherein students would script, direct and shoot short films - and now we'll be showing them at MOBS! Please keep in mind that these are youth-made amateur shorts, and we haven't even seen them yet. However, we hope that this project encourages the students to further explore filmmaking and continue to make films!

The evening will be introduced by Ron Cooper, Executive Director of Access Sacramento which is also the organization behind the annual A Place Called Sacramento film festival!



March 2012



Sunday, March 4, 2012
7:30pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA


Steal This Film

Steal This Film

A blistering review of how internet piracy is revolutionizing the film industry. The documentary looks at how Pirate Bay - a peer-to-peer website enabling users to download pirated material - grew from a basement in Mexico to become a threat to the entertainment industry and the catalyst of an international dispute involving the WTO, dawn raids from the police and the American and Swedish governments.

Steal This Film, actually a documentary in two parts, is an inside look at those responsible for changing the face of how we access music and film and how the authorities responded to their actions. But more than that, it is also an example of how the very technology which threatens the mainstream entertainment industry is fueling the growth in consumer-generated content.

Features interviews with Pirate Bay members Fredrik Neij (tiamo), Gottfrid Svartholm (anakata) and Peter Sunde (brokep); Aaron Swartz, Infogami/Reddit; Rick Prelinger; cultural economy theorists such as Yochai Benkler; EFF attorney Fred von Lohmann; Dan Glickman of the MPAA; and more.






Sunday, March 11, 2012
7:30pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA


Growthbusters: Hooked on Growth

Growth Busters

Water shortages, hunger, peak oil, species extinction, and even increasing depression are all symptoms of a deeper problem - addiction to unending growth in a world that has limits. This film examines the cultural barriers that prevent us from reacting rationally to the evidence current levels of population and consumption are unsustainable.

It asks why the population conversations are so difficult to have. Why it's more important to our society to have economic growth than clean air. Why communities seek and subsidize growth even when it destroys quality of life and increases taxes.

Written and directed by David Gardner, this somewhat controversial documentary includes an overview of Gardner's local battles against growth in Colorado Springs, and looks at the related issues from a global perspective. Features interviews with Gus Speth, Former Administrator, UN Development Programme 1993-1999 and Environmental Advisor to President Jimmy Carter; Lisa Hymas, Senior Editor at Grist; Pete McCloskey, US Representative 1967-83 and co-sponsor of the Original Earth Day, Paul Ehrlich, Biologist and Professor of Population Studies at Stanford; Raj Patel, Fellow, Institute for Food and Development Policy; and many more!






Sunday, March 18, 2012
7:30pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA


At the End of the Rainbow

At The End of the Rainbow

Remember back when we showed The Magic Christmas Tree as part of 2011's Crappy Christmas? And how only one person who worked on that movie ever did anything else in movies? Well, that was the writer, and this is the ONE other movie he wrote! So you know it's gotta be pretty terrible. And it's a St. Patrick's Day movie!

Also known as The Princess and the Magic Frog. So this 1965 kids' movie has to do with a young Irish boy who skips school because it's St. Patrick's Day, finds a frog, and shoves it in his pocket. He gets lost in the woods and comes across a leprechaun whose beard is stuck in a log (um, yeah - that's not a typo), and in exchange for freeing the little man, the kid gets a bag of magic coins. Then a sign comes to life. Then the frog changes into a stupid knight. They eat from the picnic basket bush. Then there's a wicked wizard who sends them to the desert where they meet a genie who sends them back to the woods and the kid uses "grow seeds" to grow clothes. Then things get weird.

There's the gypsy dancer/fortune teller (who looks a lot like a young Cher), a terrifying clown marionette who's the inhuman barker for Professor Antonio's Gigantic Colossal Puppet Show, pink elephants and can-can girls - well, we think you get the idea... It's the kind of stuff you just can't make up. Oh, and along the way, they manage to even try to make light of child abuse (ok, well, corporal punishment)! This also has the same "Rimbun" chant from The Magic Christmas Tree - yep, they were too lazy to even bother coming up with a new occult chant. Made on what had to have been a budget of about 100 bucks. Maybe less.

You might want to have some post-St Patrick's Day libations prior to coming to this.





Sunday, March 25, 2012
7:30pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA


Marihuana - The Weed With Roots in Hell! Plus: Sex Madness!!

Marihuana

It's Raechel's birthday weekend (you may know Raechel as the one who usually greets you when you show up to MOBS - and takes your $5)! And we let her pick what we'd show! And interestingly... it's this pairing! So for all you parents out there, you might want to come down to MOBS and learn what might be in store for your kids, and learn it 1930s style! If you somehow aren't familiar with these types of films, they were made on a micro-budget in the 30s, played in roadside tents or grindhouses, and warned of the dangers of sex and drugs. In reality, they were more of an excuse to titillate during a time when that was made more difficult under the Hays Code. Dwain Esper was one of the "kings" of this type of exploitation film, and both of these selections were produced and directed by Esper.


Sex Madness

In Marihuana, The Weed With Roots in Hell (1936), you'll see "a lovely girl made hard and brittle by marihuana." You'll see how just a taste of marijuana will make you strip off your clothes! You'll witness wild parties, sex on the beach and even intoxicated horseplay! And, yes, you'll "learn" how marijuana leads to drug dealing, violence, murder, heroin, and so much more! In the 1938 Sex Madness (aka, Human Wreckage), you'll witness burlesque shows, lesbianism, pre-marital sex, pregnancy and even more wild parties! All the while, "learning" about the dangers of syphilis!

This will be a pretty full evening of shattered hopes, tangled lives, shame, horror and despair, so we'll actually be starting very close to 7:30.

"If you fear facing facts, do not go to this!"



February 2012



Sunday, February 5, 2012
7:30pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA


Mr. Lobo's Super Bowl Pick: Superargo (1968)

Superargo

Against the Super Bowl -- Superargo? Sure, why not! See, we forgot the Super Bowl was on this night until kind of the last minute, and it's a historically very slow night at MOBS. Being too lazy to figure out what to show instead of what was originally planned, we just called up Mr. Lobo, the host of the nationally syndicated show Cinema Insomnia, and asked him what we should run. And he said Superargo. It was just that simple. Keep in mind, we don't think Mr. Lobo will actually be at the screening (although we never know who might pop by MOBS), but yeah - we just let someone else "program" this night - and it was all completely spur of the moment!

Who's Superargo (not to be confused with the similarly-named Argoman)? Well, Superargo is a wrestler turned secret agent/superhero whose powers include levitation, super strength, telekinesis, and super-coagulating blood! He also has the power to drive a sports car while wearing red tights and a black facemask without being laughed at by bystanders! Yes folks, it's THAT exciting... To make it even more thrilling (if your heart can stand it), Superargo's up against a madman who's turning the world's best and fastest athletes into shuffling, staggering, slow-moving robots! Just imagine the action that will ensue when Superargo is facing enemies that he could simply amble away from! Oh yes.

Note: quality of this is pretty sketchy, but if quality is your primary concern, you probably shouldn't come to this anyway... However, if you've got no use for over-blown sporting events that basically bring our nation to a standstill for an afternoon/evening, come have some fun with this notoriously bad Euro flick!






Sunday, February 12, 2012
7:30pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA


The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

Hunchback Notre Dame

Right around Valentine's Day, we like to show some kind of movie that might make your date a little uncomfortable with your idea of romance, so this year, we'll be showing this silent classic! If you remove all of the violence, murder, mayhem and obsession, this IS a romantic movie. But there is the aforementioned violence, murder, mayhem and obsession...

In this film, Quasimodo, the deaf and half-blind hunchbacked bell-ringer of the Notre Dame Cathedral, is convinced by his keeper, Johan, to kidnap Esmeralda, the adopted daughter of the king of the underworld beggars. Captain Phoebus rescues Esmeralda, and Johan abandons Quasimodo, who is publicly lashed. Esmeralda takes pity on Quasimodo and attempts to comfort him. Later, Phoebus is stabbed by Johan, who also frames Esmeralda for the assault. She is sentenced to death, but is rescued from the gallows by Quasimodo, who takes her to the Cathedral where she is given sanctuary. The underworld attacks the cathedral to remove Esmeralda, but Quasimodo routs the attack with rocks and molten lead. The film concludes with a wonderfully bleak shot, which won't be spoiled here in case anyone doesn't already know it.

The film launched Chaney as a worldwide superstar and is noted for the amazing makeup effects used by Chaney. For "Hunchback," he wore a 70 pound hump and designed a torturous leather harness which forced his body into the hunched position he maintains throughout the film. This was also one of Forrest J. Ackerman's favorite films! So bring a date, or just bring yourself and see this classic in a theater! Due to the length of the film, this will be starting VERY close to 7:30 PM.






Sunday, February 19, 2012
7:30pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA


Dreamwork China: The Workers of Foxconn

Dreamwork China Deconstructing Foxconn

The Chinese short documentary film, "Deconstructing Foxconn" which features an interview with an employee who attempted suicide at Foxconn, will be shown prior to the feature documentary.

You may be familiar with Foxconn and its factories in China. They manufacture products for Apple, HP, Nintendo, Sony, Motorola, Dell, Nokia, Amazon (Kindle), Toshiba and many, many others. In fact, if you own any kind of electronic equipment, there's undoubtedly at least some small component or chip which was manufactured at Foxconn. We at MOBS tried to build a PC that was entirely "Foxconn-free" and found it impossible to do.

Foxconn has had a number of fatal and near-fatal accidents related to unsafe working conditions. Employees reportedly work excessively long hours, stand until their legs swell "until they can hardly walk" according to the NY Times, and live in extremely confined dorms. They're also known for having a number of employees who have committed suicide - to the point where Foxconn has installed nets at many of its factories. In January of this year, 150 employees at the Wuhan factory went to the roof and threatened mass suicide.

"Dreamwork China" was shot in Shenzhen, China, site of a massive Foxconn plant. It features interviews with employees of Foxconn in which the young workers talk about themselves, describing their lives, their hopes, their struggles for rights, and most of all, the dreams of a new generation in "the world's factory."





Sunday, February 26, 2012
7:30pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA


The Eleventh Annual Media that Matters Film Festival

Media That Matters festival 11

Ever since the first year of MOBS, we've shown this annual festival of socially conscious short films, and so once again, we're bringing the all-new 2011-2012 edition of the Media That Matters Short Film Festival to Sacramento! The fest is compiled by Arts Engine in New York, which incidentally been incredibly supportive of MOBS - see the Arts Engine quote on our website.

The shorts are all made by student and independent filmmakers, and subjects covered in this year's fest include: the continuing effects of the United States' use of Agent Orange in Vietnam; challenges facing LGBT youth in Chicago; living with Asperger's Syndrome; a portrait of Sikh-American activist Sonny Singh as he organizes New York City Sikh youth to combat harassment in their schools; seasonal hunger in coffee growing communities; and much, much more.



January 2012




Sunday, January 8, 2012
7:30pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA


Six-String Samurai

Six-String Samurai

Since the internet tells us that the world will be ending this December, we figured we'd kick off 2012 with a movie that shows what things might look like one year from now?

The Six-String Samurai is Buddy, a mysterious and powerful hero of the post-apocalyptic future, who must fight his way to Lost Vegas and ditch a bothersome orphan kid if he's ever to become the next King of Rock 'n' Roll. Along the way, they encounter bounty-hunting bowlers, a cannibalistic "Cleaver" family, a Windmill God and even the Russian army. Winding up at the gates of Vegas, Buddy finds himself in an epic battle with Death over the child's soul and comes to realize just what it means to be King.

"It's The Road Warrior with a rock 'n' roll beat, Buddy Holly doing his best Toshiro Mifune, a Sergio Leone gang picture set in a fantasy future, directed with the flash and panache of a Hong Kong action flick and the sleek style of a samurai film. Lance Mungia's high energy genre soup is a hoot, a low budget indie action film that embraces its limitations with a spare grunge-chic look spiced with flashy visuals, jazzy editing, and plenty of punk attitude." - Nitrate Online






Sunday, January 15, 2012
7:30pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA


Never Make it Home/Split Lip Rayfield

Never Make it Home

A new documentary from GJ Echternkamp (director of "Frank and Cindy")!!

Kirk Rundstrom was given two months to live. So he booked a tour.

After ten years of constant touring, with four critically acclaimed albums under their belt, Wichita "insurgent country" band Split Lip Rayfield had built up a dedicated legion of fans throughout the world.

With their lively combo of guitar, mandolin, banjo, gas-tank bass, multi-part harmonies, and singing often bordering on screaming, Split Lip's music defied genres-too raucous to be bluegrass, too acoustic to be rock 'n' roll, and too melodic to be punk.

But in 2006, Kirk Rundstrom, the electric, hell-raising singer/guitarist of the band, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given only two months to live. "Never Make It Home" is the inspiring story of what he chose to do next.






Sunday, January 22, 2012
7:30pm
Admission: Free (donations accepted - cash only at the door)
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA


Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner

Infinite Space

In conjunction with SacMod, The American Institute of Architects Central Valley and Sactown Magazine.

Infinite Space traces the lifelong quest of visionary genius John Lautner to create "architecture that has no beginning and no end." It is the story of brilliance and of a complicated life - and the most sensual architecture of the 20th century.

As a young man, Lautner broke from his mentor, Frank Lloyd Wright, and went west to California to forge his own architecture. His life was marked by innovation and inspiration, endless battles with building codes, an accidental leap into the epicenter of pop culture, bitterness at lost opportunities, and finally - monumental achievement. Lautner was idolized by young modernists, criticized by academics, and beloved by the clients who worked side by side with him to build their houses. It was a life in pursuit of beauty.

Renowned architectural filmmaker Murray Grigor explores Lautner's dramatic spaces with choreographed camera moves, as Lautner himself provides the commentary, speaking with insight and wit in recordings culled from archival sources. Other voices join him: comments from Frank Gehry and his peers who were influenced by Lautner, the emotional memories of original clients, owners and builders, the remarks of Frank Escher, the architect who restored the Chemosphere house, and Julius Shulman who famously photographed all the great modernists.

To rsvp online (and to make an online donation for this screening) go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/212743


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Sunday, January 29, 2012
7:30pm
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA


RiP!: A Remix Manifesto

Rip a Remix Manifesto

Encore screening. With recent pending legislation in the U.S. such as SOPA and PIPA*, it's a good time to revisit this documentary we originally showed in 2009. The film itself was created before these bills existed but it is a good primer on issues like media control and fair use within (and outside of) the internet, and is relevant now more than ever.

About the film-

In RiP: A Remix Manifesto, Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.

The film's central protagonist is Girl Talk, a mash-up musician topping the charts with his sample-based songs. But is Girl Talk a paragon of people power or the Pied Piper of piracy? Creative Commons founder, Lawrence Lessig, Brazil's Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil and pop culture critic Cory Doctorow are also along for the ride.

* Information about SOPA (H.R.3261) and PIPA (S.968) at OpenCongress.org.