’70s American road movies at Cinematheque

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry

If you recognize the above movie still, then you probably know your ’70s American cinema.

And if that’s the case, you’ll appreciated a retrospective this weekend at Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.).

Two-Lane Blacktop is a retrospective of 1970s American road movies on Oct. 23 – Oct. 26. Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (above, 1974, starring Susan George and Peter Fonda) is just one of a number of free-wheeling treats, including a prime Clint Eastwood flick, a Roger Corman cult classic and even some artier, more existentialist fare.

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’70s American road movies at Cinematheque

Last chance to see Educating Rita!

Holly Lewis and Scott Bellis in the 2013 Western Canada Theatre Production of Educating Rita. Murray Mitchell photo.

Holly Lewis and Scott Bellis in the 2013 Western Canada Theatre Production of Educating Rita. Murray Mitchell photo.

This week is your last chance to see Educating Rita on Granville Island. The Arts Club Theatre production stars Holly Lewis as the street-smart Rita who wants to learn about literature beyond her well-worn copy of Rita Mae Brown’s bestseller Rubyfruit Jungle.

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Last chance to see Educating Rita!

Where to watch scary movies in Vancouver this Halloween!

Max Shreck as Nosferatu (1922).

Max Shreck as Nosferatu (1922).

There’s no dearth of scary movie options this month in Vancouver, and horror movie fans are definitely going to have their hands full trying to choose what to see. From British and American classics to Canuck ’70s slasher films to a screening with live musical accompaniment by the VSO, there’s something to satisfy every movie fan’s dark cravings. Here are several options.

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Where to watch scary movies in Vancouver this Halloween!

Free Movies at All Cineplex Theatres in Vancouver, Oct 18

Photo credit: Yaletown BIA | Flickr

Photo credit: Yaletown BIA | Flickr

Movie tickets at Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver are regularly priced at $12.99.  But on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 18, they’re absolutely free.

Scotiabank Theatre, along with nearly a dozen other Cineplex theatres in the Lower Mainland, will be showing free movies that morning as part of the annual Cineplex Community Day.  Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and movie start times range from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Apart from a free flick, you can also get cheap snacks: Regular popcorn, regular fountain drinks and selected candies are all $2. (Now that’s a “breakfast of champions.”) All proceeds are donated to the Free the Children Foundation.

So what’s showing?

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Free Movies at All Cineplex Theatres in Vancouver, Oct 18

Crazy clowns and creepy dolls, experience Fright Nights at Playland

Fright nights 2014

Image courtesy of John Biehler | Flickr.com

I have never been one for haunted houses. I love Halloween itself–the increase in skull-themed merchandise, dressing up in a comfortable onesie for work, eating lots and lots of leftover candy. But, its the “scary” part of Halloween that I just can’t stand. Which, to many, really is the point of Halloween. (ugh)

So, for some unknown reason, I decided to volunteer and check out Playland’s 2014 version of Fright Nights. My biggest nightmare, going to a dark, creepy, amusement park (with professional “scarers” shuffling around) to line up and go into dark, creepy, horrible houses to scare myself.

Why!? Peer pressure, if I have to be honest!

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Crazy clowns and creepy dolls, experience Fright Nights at Playland