'Attack the Block' - Free Screening at the New Beverly Cinema

The well-deserved Audience Award winner at this year's LAFF

Although its official premiere isn’t until July 29th (at least so far), there will be a special screening of Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award winner for Best Film (Narrative), Attack the Block, at the New Beverly Cinema on the Fourth of July. That alone would be pretty cool. The 80’s style creature feature from the UK is a great time at the movies, and the New Bev is, not to put too fine a point on it, a cinephile’s paradise - due, in no small part, to Quentin Tarantino’s much storied financial bailout of the legendary revival house.

Love him or hate him [Full disclosure: I am absolutely 100% a fan.], Tarantino doesn’t just make movies and cash his checks. The man genuinely loves movies; he wants as many people as possible to see the movies he loves (as evidenced by the low, low, low ticket prices); and he puts his money where his mouth is. Further, as de facto programming director, he not only has great taste in a wide variety of movies, he’s got enough pull as a celeb, and even a film scholar of sorts, to attract personnel for guest appearances.

May I never get so jaded that I forget how great it is to live in a city in which film revivals are not only relatively common, but where many of the people involved with making them live

Best of all, perhaps I should have said this at the outset: HEY KIDS! FREE SHOW! [While supplies last, of course.]

 Presented in partnership with gofobo.com - a new site that, among other things, conveniently aggregates the many free screening announcements and offers for its users - Monday’s special screening of Attack the Block is on the (revival) house, as is a popcorn and a drink. Signing up with gofobo.com is the only “cost,” and so far at least, two days after signing up, my inbox remains un-bombarded.

Why you should see this film, in a nutshell…

A more detailed review of Attack the Block is forthcoming - closer to the official release date - but in the meantime, though I’m loathe to use this convention, if you liked Gremlins and Critters, ATB is your kind of film. I mean that in the most complimentarily savage way possible. Critters is more of a cult film - a “dark Gremlins,” if you will - and so many stuffed toys of Gizmo were sold, that a lot of people forget that most of the action in Gremlins is a town in the grip of an onslaught from violent, mean, disturbing-looking little creatures. Similarly, ATB is about an alien invasion - but as frightening as the would be conquerors are (a simple, but very frightening appearance), simply put: the picked the wrong Project to mess with. A gang of teen hooligans [trasnlation: whippersnappers] is charged with the unlikely mission of saving the Earth, and they couldn’t be more qualified for the job. After all, if you savagely beat a person from this planet, you’d get arrested…

Horrible space monsters... the perfect outlet for teen angest

ATB is not without its “pedigree,” either. It is written and directed by Joe Cornish, who along with Edgar Wright and Steve Moffat, wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Tintin film. For those not in the know, Wright (an executive producer on the film) is the man behind such films as Shaun of the Dead, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - a guy who, like Tarantino, knows his way around a good cult classic. Frequent Wright collaborator, and recent father, Nick Frost has a supporting role as well. However, the focus, and rightly so, is on a handful of relatively new teenage actors (including a breakout performance from the film’s lead, John Boyega), and Brit character actress, Jodie Whitaker.

Oh, and a few dozen hungry aliens who’ve apparently been brushing their three rows of razor sharp teeth with blue antifreeze…

All right, you have your links. Get ‘em while they’re hot. I’ll see you at the New Bev on Monday.

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