Dennis Cozzalio and Jeremy "Mr. Beaks" Smith have both done great interviews this past week with Joe Dante.  I sort of have to recuse myself from doing formal interviews with Joe at this point because of professional conflicts of interest, but I'm on record for a looooooong time now as a huge fan of this idiosyncratic visual prankster, perhaps the hippest of his circle of '80s peers, and at times, perhaps too hip for the room.

I guess that depends on the room, though, because when Joe hosts movies at the New Beverly, he is 100% in his element, happy and excited to show things.  He's a collector of films, and the reason is obvious when you see him curate before screening his personal print of something.  There are a number of filmmakers I know who light up like this.  Edgar Wright.  Dante.  Frank Darabont.  And of course, Quentin Tarantino.  And I get it.  They're real movie nerds, they live and breathe movies deep down in their bones, and part of loving movies is loving the experience of passing one along, introducing a great movie to the right person, knowing that you've helped instigate real love.

I wrote about the experience of seeing The Movie Orgy when Joe did his first screening series here in LA at the New Beverly.  Looking back, I'm shocked to see it was April 22nd, 2008.  Doesn't seem like it was that long ago.  At the time, I thought that was pretty much the one chance I'd ever had to see that event.  I was wrong though.  This coming Saturday, August 8th, starting at 5:30 in the afternoon, you have another chance to see it, and... even better... it's free.  Has to be because of the nature of the film... which is sort of a mash-up before the idea even existed.

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If that's not enough incentive for you, then right after The Movie Orgy, Joe's going to be screening "Gremlins."

Oh... wait... did I say "Gremlins"?  How about the rare seven-minutes-longer workprint of "Gremlins"?  Because THAT is what he's showing.

Still not doing it for you?  Well, what if I told you that the New Beverly just upgraded their seats?

RT @bdgrabinski OMGOMGOMG RT @newbeverly 5 hours ago

You really should read over the entire schedule for Dante's Inferno, as well as Joe's notes on what he's showing and why.  It's a strong line-up, and I'm going to try to make it to a few of the screenings.  From the people who went tonight, I hear the new seats (A) were indeed installed in time and (B) are really, really nice.

Can't wait.

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