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Join us for a FREE twelve hour film festival!

Grind-Fu Cinema celebrates ten years of movie geekery with six amazing films!




Grind-Fu Cinema presents
A Twelve Hour Film Marathon

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Galaxy Quest
They Live
Hedwig The Angry Inch
Blue Velvet

Saturday, May 26th
Noon to Midnight
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
415 Malin St, Mankato, MN


In 2007 KMSU offered a twelve hour film festival as a pledge drive premium during the Fall pledge drive. Folks that pledge got an event t-shirt, as well as admission to see six classic movies, and it was a total blast. Organizing that event gave us a real taste for how much fun it is to get together with like minded movie geeks and watch movies that you typically won't see on the big screen, and that's when Grind-Fu Cinema was born.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Grind-Fu Cinema, and it's still just as much fun as it was when we in 2008 when we ran our first free double feature of 'Street Fighter' and 'Return of the Street Fighter'. Over the years they've shown classics and not-so-classic films in the Wiecking 220 auditorium, and they're thrilled to celebrate a decade of movie nerdery with a twelve hour film festival that you truly don't want to miss! Let's check out the lineup!


Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
Directed by Carl Reiner

Steve Martin had his first massive box office hit with The Jerk in 1979, and followed it up with 1981's Pennies From Heaven, a song and dance throwback that failed at the box office. People that were expecting Martin's usual "wild and crazy guy" act had no interest in seeing him in a non-comedic role, despite positive critical reviews. The following year he returned to comedy with Dead Men, a hilarious send up of old black and white detective films.

It was probably already pretty gutsy to put out a black & white film in 1982, but then they took it a step further and inserted clips from old movies and edited them so it appeared that Steve Martin was interacting with them. He was back to his old goofy ways, and seeing respected actors like Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney edited into funny situations added to the hilarity.

Bring your friends, family, and reinemachafraus to see Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid!



UHF (1989)
Directed by Jay Levey

Weird Al Yankovic was already well established in comedy with his amazing song parodies, so it stands to reason that he'd also be amazing in movies. It turns out he was! In UHF, Weird Al turns his gift of parody towards the world of television. Al plays a goofy guy that inherits a down on its luck UHF television station that is in danger of getting shut down. With no experience what so ever, he turns it around by creating really crazy programming. His success begins to threaten the major network affiliate in town, and they try to take him down.

UHF was critically panned upon release. Gene Siskel gave it a zero rating, saying "never has a comedy tried so hard and failed so often to be funny", but he was wrong. UHF is VERY funny, and it has become a real cult classic in the three decades since its release.


Galaxy Quest (1999)
Directed by Dean Parisot

Few entertainment franchises have had fans as adoring as Star Trek's fan base, and the roles played by the series actors are so iconic that they have served to pigeonhole the actors throughout their career. Galaxy Quest lovingly and hilariously sends up all of this. The story follows the cast of the cancelled Science Fiction TV series Galaxy Quest as they are forced to once again play their roles at a fan convention. While there they are met by some fans that they assume are just hardcore, but in reality they are aliens that think the TV series was a documentary. They take the cast into space and enlist their help to defeat an invader that wants to destroy them. Can the fake space explorers find success in actual outer space? FIND OUT! Go see Galaxy Quest!

Fans and critics loved Galaxy Quest, and it has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. You don't even have to like Star Trek or Science Fiction to love it. It's just a friggin' funny movie!


They Live (1988)
Directed by John Carpenter

Grind-Fu Cinema has come to chew bubblegum and kick butt, and it's all out of bubblegum. John Carpenter's They Live skewered consumerism and media manipulation brilliantly when it came out thirty years ago, and it is even more dead on today. Rowdy Roddy Piper plays a drifter that stumbles upon a pair of sunglasses that reveal a world controlled by subliminal messages and alien overlords. It's up to him to expose the horrible conspiracy and free the world!

They Live was initially a box office failure, but it has become a cult classic over the years. It has an 87% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and Entertainment Weekly ranked it 18th on its list of the 25 greatest left-field movies released since 1983.


Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is hilarious and heartbreaking, and it totally freakin' rocks. John Cameron Mitchell's directorial debut of his play is electrifying, and it has inspired people to live the life they want to live. Heck, it even moved Bob Mould so much that he decided to come out of the closet. It's amazing.

The film follows Hedwig, an East German transgender singer that survives a botched sex reassignment surgery. You hear all about his ups and downs, his loves and his losses. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll sing along. It's impossible to be unmoved by Hedwig & The Angry Inch.



Blue Velvet (1986)
Directed by David Lynch

David Lynch had already built a reputation with Eraserhead and the Elephant Man, and that was enough to get Dino De Laurentis to ask him to direct the first big screen version of Dune. By agreeing to direct that, David Lynch was able to strike a deal to direct Blue Velvet, a screenplay he had been passing around since the seventies. Every studio passed on the screenplay because of its strong sexual and violent content, but De Laurentis gave Lynch complete creative freedom and final edit. I guess what we're saying is "HOORAY FOR TAKING CHANCES!"

Blue Velvet follows Jeffrey Beaumont, a college student that comes home to help out after his father suffers a stroke. While home he discovers that there's a lot of darkness under the wholesome surface of his little town, and eventually he becomes fully submerged in that darkness. Isabella Rosselini plays a heartbreaking femme fatale, and Dennis Hopper is riveting as one of the most psychotic characters ever captured on film. Hopper got the role because he told Lynch that he was the character, which is horrifying.

Critics were divided when Blue Velvet came out, because it is very dark and violent. Today, however, it is regarded as David Lynch's greatest film, and one of the greatest films ever made. It was the final film that screened during that very first twelve hour film festival, and it received a standing ovation once the credits started.  


Don't foget, all this entire day of movies is completely free! Bring your own snacks, sodas, and friends and prepare to have a great time. It's in Wiecking 220 Auditorium on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato. Plenty of parking in the back lot.

Thanks so much for a decade of support, radio and movie geeks! Here's hoping for another decade!



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