Thursday, January 24, 2008

JANUARY 2007: Lord Love A Duck; An Inconvienent Truth

Written & Directed by George Axelrod
Film Screening

The term "cult movie" might have been invented for this little-known satire. Lord Love a Duck was the directing debut of screenwriter George Axelrod, who wrote The Seven Year Itch and adapted Breakfast at Tiffany's. High-school senior Barbara Ann Greene (Tuesday Weld) has a lot to overcome to reach her dreams of being popular: she's poor, her parents are divorced, and her mother is a cocktail waitress. She turns to her Puckish best friend/Svengali Alan (Roddy McDowall), a manic mix of mischievous misfit and mass murderer, for support. He helps her get 12 cashmere sweaters, a job in the principal's office, spring break at Balboa, and more. Along the way, the film spoofs adolescent mores, beach-blanket bikini movies, adults in charge, the country-club set, Christian-youth programs, teen girl innocence and old man fantasies. How popular will Barbara Ann become, and what lengths will Alan go to get her there? Hosted by Scott Cooper, film enthusiast/former proprietor of Video Bazaar (a beloved, independent video store). Discussion to follow. FREE!

8 PM, FRI. JAN 19
Tina Wieshaus
Presentation/Discussion/Slide Show

We're on thin ice! If the vast majority of the world’s scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet’s climate system into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced- a catastrophe of our own making. Former Vice President Al Gore, in the wake of presidential defeat, re-set the course of his life to focus on an all-out effort to help save the planet from irrevocable change and to get the surprisingly stirring truth about what he calls our “planetary emergency” out to ordinary citizens before it’s too late. Tina Weishaus is a member of a select group which Gore trained earlier this year to deliver his "traveling global warming show," a power point presentation intended to refute critics who claim global warming is unproven and insignificant. "This is a Global WarNing!" declares the films tag line, and indeed it is, but the presentation is hopeful, mixing bracing facts and dire future predictions with a passionate and inspirational call to action. FREE!