Turn It Up to 11!
Rock 'N' Roll Cinema Weekend
Date: September 11-13, 2009
Location: Consolidated Kahala Theaters
Inspired by Nigel Tufnel’s line in the seminal rockumentary THIS IS SPINAL TAP, where his amplifier controls went up to 11, rather than the usual maximum setting of 10, our first film program celebrates rock in film at our partner venue, the Consolidated Kahala Theatres!
Like Sid & Nancy (or John & Yoko, depending on your tastes), rock and film have created true milestones across all genres. Rock embodies an attitude, a way of life that just screams anarchy, youth, rebellion — It doesn’t matter if you’re Elvis, Sid Vicious, or Justin Timberlake.
Interisland Terminal is proud to program TURN IT UP TO 11, a weekend of eclectic international films that present rock, either in its rebellious spirit or its pursuit for fame and fortune. These selections will make you sign the metal horns in no time!
Ladies & Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains (USA, 1981)
Director: Lou Adler
“I don’t put out,” sneers punk-rock teen Corinne Burns (a very young Diane Lane), and even though she can’t sing or play, she rises to rock stardom on sheer force of charisma-plus a few tunes nicked from boyfriend Ray Winstone. Music producer turned movie director Lou Adler outfits the film with a better-than-passable pop/punk original soundtrack, and while the humor is often hokey, it’s also prescient: the not-yet established MTV video style of the mid-’80s is pretty well imagined, and the way Corrinne’s fans adopt her signature two-tone hairdo and lingerie-centric getups prefigures the Madonna wannabe craze that would follow. Also starring Laura Dern, Christine Lahti, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION’s Brent Spiner, and, playing musicians, the Sex Pistols’ Paul Cook and Steve Jones, the Clash’s Paul Simonon, and the Tubes’ Fee Waybill. A cult favorite that received only an extremely limited theatrical release in 1981. Since then, it has surfaced occasionally (at best) at film festivals and late night TV (NIGHT FLIGHT in the ’80s).
We Are Wizards (USA, 2008)
Director: Josh Koury
In 1997 the book HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE exploded onto the literary scene, captivating readers all over the world, and quickly spawning cinematic versions. WE ARE WIZARDS tracks the influential figures leading the way for a new sub-genre: Wizard Rock! The film follows a set of individuals ranging from web journalists, authors, artists, filmmakers and musicians, as they enhance and expand the Harry Potter story, often in unexpected ways. The Harry Potter mythos allows the nerdy, the average, the young, the downtrodden, and the bored a chance to borrow a little inspiration and step out of their respective worlds to be a part of something BIG. The fan arena is simply a staging ground for sharpening skills and surprising oneself with the results – much like the epic story of a boy wizard.
Anvil! The Story of Anvil (USA, 2008)
Director: Sacha Gervasi
At 14, Toronto school friends Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. They meant it. Their band, Anvil, went on to become the “demigods of Canadian metal,” releasing one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982′s Metal on Metal. The album influenced a musical generation, including Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, that went on to sell millions of records. But Anvil’s career took a different path – straight to obscurity. The ingenious filmmaking may first lead you to think this a mockumentary, but it isn’t. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now in their fifties, set off to record their 13th album in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dreams. Taking the nation by storm, one theater at a time, ANVIL! is garnering new fans and reuniting old fans to one of the most influential, yet unknown, bands of all time! Many critics have heralded ANVIL! as the greatest rock n’ roll film since SPINAL TAP!
Electric Dragon 80,000 V (Japan, 2001)
Director: Sogo Ishii
A film not to be missed on the big screen! A drug inducing Punk Fest, ELECTRIC DRAGON 80,000 V is a subterfuge of pure electric guitar noise, epic feedback and punk swagger! Reptile investigator Dragon Eye Morrison (the one and only Tadanobu Asano) has possessed high-voltage superpowers ever since a childhood accident at a power station. With megawatts of power coursing through his body, he discharges his surplus energy by playing high voltage rock ‘n’ roll with his electric guitar. He spends his days looking for lost lizards in the alleyways of Tokyo, and his nights fighting the reptilian part of his brain that is making him increasingly violent. A shadowy figure named Thunderbolt Buddha soon surfaces and begins following Dragon Eye about town. A former TV repairman turned super-villain, Thunderbolt Buddha uses his high-powered love of technological devices to aid in his evil plans. Powered-up to the max in his electrical body suit, the two finally come face to face in an all out electricfied rock ‘n’ roll battle for the supremacy of Tokyo! This new wave cult classic is best experienced on the big screen. Bring ear plugs!