Ah, the American Cinematheque ... dedicated to celebrating only the greatest films in the history of cinema, the cream of the crop, the best of the ... not so fast. Who is to say there's anything wrong with firing up the projection room to pay homage to those films that aren't so high-falutin', the ones that make you chortle, shudder and cringe in all the very best ways. Certainly not the 'Theque, as they are set to prove with "So Bad, They're Brilliant," a series of mondo-cheesy titles guaranteed to make you guffaw and roll your eyes with equal abandon. Amongst the highlights will be Ann-Margret's saucy Kitten With a Whip (pictured) going head-to-head with potboiler-y Pia Zadora in The Lonely Lady, and the Grease reunion you never wanted to see (but, secretly, you love it don't lie) with Olivia Neutron-Bomb in Xanadu and El Travolta in Staying Alive. And if you really think you have a bad-film stomach of steel, start lining up now for the clunktastic double feature of Mariah Carey's narcissistic epic, Glitter, with the cookie-cutter bubble-gum antics of American Idol ... um, spinoff? ... From Justin to Kelly. Frankly, we wish this series were two weeks long. And we've got suggestions. Call us, guys.
Aug. 13-19, 2009