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UPCOMING SHOWS:

Bad Movie Night
Every Sunday
March 22, 2015:
the last airbender

March 2015's theme:
Bad Movie Night's Last Dawn.
The Terminator Live:
A Dark Room Parody

Fridays and Saturdays in March

Live on stage!
 
The Tabernacle
Every Wednesday

Stand up comedy!
 
 


Past Dark Room events: 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008








The Terminator Live:
A Dark Room Parody

The Terminator Live

Skynet is very dangerous, but not very smart. Pandemonium reigns as their Terminator, sent back in time, fumbles about 1984 California trying to kill the right Sarah Connor in a vain attempt to save Skynet from being destroyed in the future!!!



Join us here at Dark Room Productions as we discover there is no fate but what we make up.



Tickets: $20 at the door, or $16 at
eventbrite.com/e/terminator-live-a-dark-room-parody-tickets-15161574678.

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
March 6 - 28, 2015





WEDNESDAY COMEDY
Dark Room Productions and Back Alley Comedy
Present:

The Tabernacle

The Tabernacle

The sounds of laughter return to Wednesday nights here at the Dark Room with the Tabernacle. Every week on Wednesday night at 8PM, Matt Lieb, Torio Van Grol, and Steve Post host the Mission's newest stand up comedy show, all for a measly Five bucks!



Tickets: $5 at the door.

Every Wednesday 8PM $5





Bad Movie Night

Bad Movie Night


Every Sunday 8PM $6.99

In the tradition of Mystery Science Theater 3000,
except you can't tell which ones are the robots.
- David Manning

Cinema is our culture's dominant art form.
It holds up a mirror to who we are.
It reflects our society, our dreams, our hopes, our fears.
Our films are how future generations are going to judge us.

Unfortunately, most of them suck.

Seriously, though - ever notice how you can't walk down the street or open a magazine or stand in line at a store or simply exist without ads for some dumbass multi-zillion dollar movie about a talking kangaroo being shoved down your throat?

And then they expect you to pay fifteen dollars to see it in some googolplex, and after sitting through a half hour of commercials? Or watch it on DVD and have to sit through even more commercials and anti-piracy ads that you can't skip past? Doesn't it all just piss you off?

If so - or if you just like to have a good time - then Bad Movie Night is for you.

Laugh with the hosts riffing on the movie. Yell your own comments. Try to figure out what the hell "Skull Films!" means. Help yourself to the free popcorn. Enjoy the non-alcoholic beverage of your choice purchased from the store across the street. Don't worry if the guy behind the counter glares at you. He does that to everyone.

Best of all, only pay six measly bucks (and ninety-nine measly cents).

Join us.

Read!Sherilyn Connelly's 2007 essay about Bad Movie Night at Medialoper.
The Top 10 "Wait, What?" Moments from Bad Movie Night, Part 1: A - M,
and Part 2: N - Z, from 2011 on sfweekly.com.
Listen!A bootleg of our 1/6/08 show (Snakes on a Plane),
recorded by Giannii.
Obey!The Bad Movie Survival Guide on io9, written by us.
Pine!All the Bad Movie Nights you missed from
2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2005-2006!
If you'd rather not wait for several dozen MBs of graphics to load,
here's a bare-bones alphabetical list of all the movies we've done.
Scroll!Through the previous monthly banners, just because.
Listen More!Peter Finch's Fog Files covering Bad Movie Night,
Mystery Science Theater 3000, and movie riffing in general.
Every Sunday 8PM $6.99


Hey! Bad Movie Night is
ending on March 29, 2015.

Join us before it's too late!




Sunday, March 22, 2015
8PM, $6.99


the last dragon
(the last airbender)



the last airbenderI do love me a movie marathon.

I'm a big fan of Jesse Hawthorn Ficks's Midnites for Maniacs series, and The Castro in general often does great day-long marathons.

Sometimes, though, you just have days where you want to go see as many movies as you can. My most memorable such day was November 21, 1999. Four movies in a row, and not a dud in the bunch. That ain't easy.

It began at the now-defunct Regency on Van Ness, where I caught a double feature of Martin Scorsese's Bringing Out the Dead and David O. Russell's Three Kings.



I confess, for as much as I adore Martin Scorsese's work—I can practically quote Taxi Driver and The Last Temptation of Christ verbatim—Bringing Out the Dead is the last film of his that's interested me. Gangs of New York was okay, but I haven't watched any of his since then, not even No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, which I can't rightfully account for since I'm a huge Dylan fan. I just haven't been compelled to keep up. Maybe it's the Leo factor, who knows?

As for David O. Russell, I couldn't get into his next film I Heart Huckabees, and quite frankly, he's become more interesting for his meltdowns than anything else:



Anyway, after those I crossed the street to the also-defunct UA Galaxy to see David Fincher's Fight Club and M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense.



(Fun fact: even though I was making Mad Dot-Com Bux in those days, I'd never heard of Ikea before I saw Fight Club, and at first assumed it was a made-up company. I may have been young professional working in the city, but I never did get the "yuppie" thing right.)

Fincher's had an interesting career. I'm an Alien3 apologist—he did the best he could, and if you don't believe me, check out the extras on the Alien Quadrilogy box set—and the opening credits of Se7en are probably the single most influential two minutes of the past couple decades. It looks like a cliche-a-thon now, but Se7en did it first:



Since then, he's tended to alternate between fascinating, challenging projects (The Game, Zodiac, The Social Network) and meh-worthy stuff which mostly wasted his talents (Panic Room, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the upcoming and thoroughly unnecessary American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

Then there's the persistent rumor that he's going to film Arthur C. Clarke's Rendevous with Rama, which sounds awesome, but it's also supposed to be Avatar/Beowulf-esque performance capture CGI, which is less awesome. But we'll see.

And as for the director of the final film that evening, The Sixth Sense...actually, I have no idea what happened to that guy. Doesn't really matter, I guess.



Your hosts Jim Fourniadis, Mikl-Em, and Rose Lacy
are already dead. What a twist!




Upcoming Phlegms:







March 29, 2015, 6pm

Special Event (in a box!):

The FINAL Bad Movie Night



This is it, folks. Our first show was on March 27, 2005, and our final show is March 29, 2015.

See what we did there? Math is power!

And for our tenth anniversary -- and our last anniversary, and our last anything at all as weekly concern -- we're returning the movie that started it all...and also doing the remake that started nothing at all.

Yep, we're doing a double-feature of the original 1984 Red Dawn, and the 2012 remake.

SHOW BEGINS AT 6PM, BITCHES.

6pm: Red Dawn (1984) Hosts: Jim Fourniadis, Mike Spiegelman, and Tim Kay
8pm: Red Dawn (2012) Hosts: Sherilyn Connelly, Mikl-Em, and Alexia Staniotes




The itty-bitty Bad Movie Night Archive links: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2005-2006