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FilmBar doesn't just have the lock down on the hippest indie and foreign film screenings. The theater's lounge is a fully functioning bar, featuring DJs, live music and a carefully selected menu of import and domestic beers.
Standard brews have no place in the bar, which favors full bodied dark beers and tasty pints of Boddingtons. The entertainment tends to be as eclectic as the movies, with ensembles like Haunted Cologne (polka-punk) taking the stage, and DJs offering up world-music cuts.
The bar's Middle Eastern decor is perfect for kicking back, either in the high backed couches or on the floor, beanbag style.
The new film from Spanish writer-director Pablo Berger is a silent, black-and-white film so witty, riveting, and drop-dead gorgeous that moviegoers may forget to notice that they can't hear the dialogue. Astutely, Berger has chosen to wrap his... More »
The new film from Spanish writer-director Pablo Berger is a silent, black-and-white film so witty, riveting, and drop-dead gorgeous that moviegoers may forget to notice that they can't hear the dialogue. Astutely, Berger has chosen to wrap his experiment around a tale everyone knows: the perils of that sweet beauty, Snow White. Here, she is Carmen (Sofia Oria), born in 1920s Seville to a mother who dies in childbirth. After the death of her grandmother, Carmen is sent to live with the paralyzed bullfighter father (Daniel Giménez Cacho) she's never met, as well as his new wife and former nurse (Maribel Verdú)-- the very measure of a wicked stepmother. Eventually, of course, there will be dwarfs, but Berger’s seven lugs are bullfighters, not miners, and one of them (Sergio Dorado) looks at Carmen (now played by Macarena Garcia) the way a prince looks at his princess. Don't expect Berger's Snow White to play out like Grimm's tale or Disney's masterpiece. In the hardscrabble reality of the flesh-and-blood real world, living happily ever after, the filmmaker suggests, is complicated stuff. « Less
For some reason, 80s kids have never wanted to grow up. Then again, why would they? They got to experience the adventures of the Goonies, take in ...
After weeks of fall festivities, what better way to burn some of those extra calories and celebrate a month or two of cooler weather than by showin...
Quentin Tarantino has received flack for stealing scenes from other movies. Take the show-down in Kill Bill -- it looks an awful lot like the fight...
To paraphrase some musty, old Klingon proverb we’ve heard once or twice, revenge is a dish best served cold. And in the 1973 Swedish sexploitation schlockfest Hooker’s Revenge, it’s served up with a breakfast of buckshot via the one-eyed,... More »
It’s been a long time since mainstream music has been dangerous. Take a look at Billboard. The only thing that today’s hit music is liable to influence is the degree and frequency of your twerking. If you want to relive the golden age of hiding... More »
Event Review: Superhero Fisticuffs
Just announced, the classic TV shows screening on the 30th! TOKUSATSU THEATER presents another scholarly-yet-amusing glimpse at rare sci-fi, martial arts and superheroes you won't see anywhere else!!!! Laugh and learn, while experiencing........
1964 - PHANTOM AGENTS
(AKA: Ninja Butai Gekko, 忍者部隊 月光, Ninja Team Moonlight & Los Agentes Fantasma). Perhaps the great-grandfather of POWER RANGERS! English dubbed.
1971 - KAMEN RIDER
(AKA: Masked Rider, or 仮面ライダー)
Classic, phenomenally influential series! Our hero rescues virgins from a monstrous, blood-sucking condor/android/mutant! English dubbed!!
1966 - ULTRAMAN
(AKA: Urutoraman, & ウルトラマン)
Quirky sci-fi or inspirational masterpiece?! You decide! The silver giant must defend Japan against those evil space-lobsters, the Baltans! English dubbed.
1974 - FIGHT, DRAGON!
(AKA: Tatakae! Dragon, Fighting Dragon, & 闘え！ドラゴン)
The premise is like many other Japanese superhero programs, but this violent series focuses strictly on martial arts (no sci-fi FX). Yasuaki Kurata takes on Chinese kung fu masters like Bruce Liang and Bolo Yeung! Filmed in Hong Kong. English dubbed!
1982 - SPACE SHERIFF GAVAN
(AKA: Uchu Keiji Gyaban, Universe Sergeant Kaban, & 宇宙刑事ギャバン)
Kenji Ohba (remember the bald Japanese guy in KILL BILL?) uses laser beams, spaceships and acrobatic karate stunts to deal with alien invaders. Our hero's father is played by Sonny Chiba! English subtitles.
It would be enough for FilmBar to provide downtown Phoenix patrons with the kind of art-house fare you don't get at mall cinemas, but FilmBar doesn't stop there. The "bar" in FilmBar is just as impressive, offering not only a chill place to hang out and a nice selection of craft beers, but music unlike any other club in town (courtesy of selectors like Djentrification, whose Saturday night Palace World Music party is the most unique sound going). The seating is communal, low, and plush, and... More »
Sometimes sipping a stiff drink and taking in a movie is the best way to unwind. Lucky for cinephiles and cocktail enthusiasts (and those who fall into both categories) FilmBar lives up to its compound moniker.With near-daily screenings of indie and foreign films, a stocked bar, and club-style nights with DJs, comedians, and other performers, it offers up a moviegoing experience unlike any other in the Valley. Combine all that with its recent expansions -- including pairing up with AIGA... More »
Local selector DJentrification doesn't do things the easy way; while plenty of DJs are content to cue up the laptop, press play, and then start hitting on girls in the audience, DJent is a strictly vinyl kind of guy, meaning his sprawling sets are filled with the kind of music you can't snag easily from the iTunes store. His weekly party at FilmBar, "The Palace," follows the same set of no-rules rules. Mixing Thai, Turk, Khmer, Latin, Indian, and more, Djentrification has the most unique... More »
Somebody, quick, pinch us! We can't believe our dream (well, one of our dreams) has come true. Phoenix has its own indie movie theater. With a bar. And it's downtown, right off Roosevelt Row, making it one more piece of the puzzle in what may eventually come to be a real city instead of a few scattered outposts of cool. On a recent First Friday, the place was packed with folks drinking, chatting, and people-watching. You don't have to buy a movie ticket to come in the door, but trust us,... More »
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