Despite his busy schedule. former Rue Morgue writer and current Fangoria editor Chris Alexander continues to put on his Film School Confidential events at Toronto’s Bloor Cinema. Twice a month, Alexander screens a cult film, often one otherwise critically reviled or underappreciated by both critics and audiences. John Carpenter’s 2001 effort Ghosts of Mars certainly falls into both those categories. Described by Alexander as a “berserk amalgam of 3:10 TO YUMA, RIO BRAVO, Carpenter’s own ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, DAWN OF THE DEAD and PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES,” GOM will get a long overdue critical reappraisal tonight, June 23rd, at The Bloor.
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Film School Confidential!
On Wednesday, November 25th, 9:30pm, all the stops are pulled out as FILM SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL! unleashes a film that Gene Simmons himself has claimed is on par with – or worse than – Ed Wood’s PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE: the one, the only KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK.
Twice a month, every month, Toronto’s legendary Bloor Cinema plays host to a fun filled, educational and totally irreverent master class in cinema history, featuring many oddball motion pictures that rarely ever make the list of any higher education film syllabus.
Your instructor is Chris Alexander, the “Friday Film Guy” on radio station AM 640 Toronto’s The John Oakley Show, writer for Metro Canada, Canadian correspondent for legendary horror magazine Fangoria and film history teacher at the Toronto Media & Film College.
New screenings will be added each month. Special guests TBA.
Each screening features an in-depth, entertaining, informative and often humorous lecture from Alexander as well as post-film wrap up and discussion in the Bloor Cinema lounge.
Each screening costs $8 with your Bloor Cinema membership and $10 for non-members, with no commitment to attend any other screenings than the ones you wish to attend.
And best of all there are NO tests AND you can chew gum!
For more information go to www.bloorcinema.com and www.chris-alexander.ca
Chris Alexander is a musician, Fangoria blogger, radio personality, teacher and, above all else, a film freak. To that end he’s hosting twice-monthly movie night’s at Toronto’s Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West) where he will screen forgotten gems of cinematic sin, prefacing them with an informal discussion of the movie’s history, complete with thematic dissertation and amazing anecdotes.
The series kicked off last night with a screening of 1972’s underrated Horror Express, the 17th collaboration between genre legends Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, and will continue Nov. 25 with the disastrous 1978 TV movie Kiss Meets The Phantom of the Park.
The DLB spoke to Chris last night about the inspiration for Film School Confidential, why he chose to kickstart it with Horror Express, and academia’s reaction to horror films:
Musician, teacher, Fangoria blogger and all-around cool guy Chris Alexander is bringing his own unique take on scholarship to Toronto’s Bloor Cinema this month, starting with the underrated Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing classic Horror Express. Here is a promo for the event: