Monday, March 27, 2017

Ode to the Carmike James Island 8 movie theater


Posted by Kevin Young on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 12:16 PM

Weird Al's 'UHF' was the first movie Kevin Young ever saw at the Carmike James Island - FILE
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"Oh gross" were the first words Nightmare On Elm Street's Nancy Thompson muttered when she saw iron bars affixed on her home by her drunken, Freddy Krueger-fearing/murdering mom. The change to her house was done under the guise of progress. In the end, it wasn't. It only made things worse. Nancy lost her sanity, her parents, and her Johnny Depp look-alike boyfriend. I muttered Nancy's words to myself when last Friday a friend sent me a Post & Courier link stating that the Carmike James Island 8 cinemas, a seventh home of sorts, had abruptly closed the night before.

One of the last films to show at Carmike James Island that night was Get Out. There's an ironic witticism lurking in there somewhere. I muttered Nancy's words to myself again when I read another P&C article hours later. Carmike had sold the property to a firm planning to "build between 100 and 150 multifamily units on the site in two- to three-story structures." One of the development firm's described it as an "appealing opportunity" particularly since it's "very centrally located."If only the paper had quoted him sinisterly muttering "Excellent" while making a steeple out of his hands like Monty Burns from The Simpsons Movie (which, incidentally, played at the Carmike James Island 8) it would at least be morbidly humorous.

I could appropriate terms like "infrastructure", "gentrification" and ,heck, appropriation" for my own selective blissfully unaware socio-political argument but to do so would be disingenuous. My vexation is temporary and is actually just rooted in celluloid nostalgia.

I've seen many movies with many friends James Island's Carmike. I've become friends with some of the employees over the past couple decades. Like most of the other theaters, it had it's flaws but it was, for me, a movie nerd's safe space. I'll whittle down the many memories down to a few. To twist the immortal words of Alyson Hannigan from another film that showed at the Carmike James Island 8... and one time at the James Island Carmike 8.

Forrest Gump
I've gone on a few dates with actual women here and there. This was one of the first ones. We had a chance meeting at a record store and bonded over ‘90s alt rock. She was super-cool and somehow I worked up the nerve to ask her out. Later that night we met up at the theater. I was extremely nervous with butterflies and whatnot. Apparently there was a very uplifting movie about a slow witted man with a golden heart playing but I didn't notice.Those butterflies were doing enough of a number on me that as I was walking her to my car, I vomited. I wanted to die of embarrassment at that point. The look of horror on her face said it all. Even though a kiss didn't happen that night, a few more dates did occur. Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know when you're going to barf.

Halloween/It's Alive
At some point in the mid 90's the theater showed midnight movies. One Saturday, they showed a horror double feature — Larry Cohen's killer baby flick It's Alive and John Carpenter's original Halloween. I somehow persuaded my best friend and a couple others to go. I think I was the only sober one of the 20-plus people in the audience. To hear one member loudly mock one character's stupid escape choices was like being immersed in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

It was 1989, the first year of the theater's existence. Sure, in that first full month they had Batman, Honey I Shrunk The Kids, Karate Kid III, and Weekend at Bernie's but, I told myself, the movie everyone will be clamoring for is obviously "Weird Al" Yankovic's debut, UHF. Only cool people listen to Weird Al. I was one of those cool people there for the first showing on opening day to see Al subvert the dominant paradigm. I was meeting up with another not-nerd to get our Al on. We got there 30 minutes early. After paying for our tickets, popcorn, and Cokes, no one else had arrived so we got the best seats in the house. Damn it felt good to be so lucky. The movie was amazing. It had everything going for it except one thing ... we were the only cool people in the theater.

My Bloody Valentine 3D
It was a cold weekend in January, me and my girlfriend at the time were trying to find something to do that didn't involve a bar or staying outside. We could have seen movies she was curious about but she was kind enough to indulge me. My Bloody Valentine 3D was an alright remake of an okay early 80s slasher flick starring two guys from the Supernatural TV series. It had lots of blood, some gratuitous nudity, and an "oh give me a break" twist. I walked out of the movie not loving it but instead with the epiphany that you know you've met someone special when they willingly don bulky 3D glasses and watch ridiculous tripe with you.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Not every James Island Carmike 8 experience has been a pleasant one. With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, maybe it was the timing since I came to the theater with my own baggage. Trump had just been inaugurated the day before and the election had me feeling a little perturbed. Maybe it was all the trailers that showed beforehand — all were for sequels, remakes, or were based on a TV show or a toy. One was even a sequel to a movie based on a toy. That soured me a little more. Then the movie started. We're in an era where the probability of having a movie like Star Wars that isn't called Star Wars is becoming glaringly apparent. It seemed to underscore how nostalgia trumps content nowadays. Even though I didn't like it, I wish Rogue One had made the Carmike James Island enough money that it would have dissuaded them from selling the property.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Terrace Theater extends screenings of film fest flicks, begins donation drive

Good news for the good-hearted

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 12:27 PM

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After a successful film festival last week, the Terrace Theater has decided to extend screenings of two of the fest's flicks, Sophie and the Rising Sun and I Am Not Your Negro.

Sophie and the Rising Sun was filmed in McClellanville and tells the story of two interracial lovers in WWII America. I Am Not Your Negro is the vision of director Raoul Peck, who imagines what James Baldwin's unfinished book, a narration about race in America, would be like.

Check out all dates and times online; the Terrace will continue to show the films as long as interest remains. Adult tickets are $11 and student, senior citizen, and military tickets are $8.

In addition to the extended screenings, the Terrace has some more good news: Beginning this Fri. March 24 the theater sets up a permanent donation box for Lowcountry Orphan Relief in its lobby. People can donate gently used items such as clothes, coats, shoes, pajamas, and stuffed animals, along with new items like toiletries, underwear, school supplies, diapers, etc.

In addition to this box, the Terrace will donate $1 of every ticket sale from Beauty and the Beast to the Lowcountry Orphan Relief fund. Learn more about LOR on their website.
Location Details Terrace Theater
Terrace Theater
1956 Maybank Highway
James Island
Charleston, SC
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ETV Endowment and SCETV host free public preview screening of The Great War

100 years later

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 3:30 PM

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Three days before the 100 year anniversary of WWI, ETV Endowment and SCETV screen a 35-minute preview of the new PBS documentary, The Great War.

The documentary explores the consequences of the first world war through the voices — captured in memoirs, diaries, and letters — of nurses, aviators, "dough boys," and journalists. The film also aims to tell the stories of key, yet often forsaken figures, including African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, and Native American code talkers.

After The Great War preview, there will be a screening of SCETV’s own documentary, Over Here: The Homefront during World War I. This film looks at the war from a local perspective, and how events on the homefront, from African-American participation in the war to military camps to the influenza epidemic of 1918, permanently altered the landscape of South Carolina.

The screening will be held Mon. April 3 at 6 p.m. at the CCPL main branch and is free and open to the public. The full-length version of Great War airs on SCETV April 10-12 at 9 p.m.

Location Details Charleston County Public Library
68 Calhoun St.
Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 805-6930

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition launches TV and Movie Club

Preserving a nation

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 10:21 AM

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/ Geechee Nation, will lead an open dialogue during each  of the Gullah/Geechee's TV and Movie Club's film screenings - JONATHAN BONCEK
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The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition's Gullah/Geechee Living History Series continues at the St. Helena Branch Library with the new Gullah/Geechee TV and Movie Club.

All are welcome to attend the club's screenings, which will focus on films related to the Gullah/Geechee nation; each showing will include an open dialogue led by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah Geechee Nation, and links to additional educational resources.

The first screening will show part one of the documentary Reconstruction: The Second Civil War on Sat., May 20 at noon; Queen Quet appeared in and consulted for this PBS documentary. The launch of the club will also include a screening of the new documentary Black Beach/White Beach, a film focusing on how the "Black Biker Week" is treated differently from "Biker Week" in Myrtle Beach.

Queen Quet says about the club's series, "Ef hunnuh waan kno bout who webe, den hunnuh need fa be een disya club of movies and TV featurin de Gullah/Geechee!"

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Aziz Ansari announces season 2 premiere for Master of None

The wait is over

Posted by Dustin Waters on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 10:17 AM

Season 2 premieres on Netflix in May - SCREENSHOT
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Columbia, S.C., native and perhaps Kayne West’s favorite comedian Aziz Ansari announced this week that the second season of his wildly successful Netflix series Master of None will soon be back for all your viewing pleasure.

The dapper comedian took to Twitter Wednesday to drop a brief — very brief — teaser for the new season, which will begin streaming on May 12. Created by Ansari and Alan Yang, Master of None was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards in its first season, taking home the honors for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.

Premiering in the fall of 2015, Ansari explained the lengthy gap between the first and second seasons to The Hollywood Reporter, saying, “The show was so personalized, we dumped our heads into this, we just needed to be people and live our actual life. This show isn’t the type of show where we’re going to be able to just turn around and turn it in right away. We covered so much stuff in season one and wanted to make sure the ideas we had in season two were equally interesting and the episodes were just as ambitious.”

The short teaser for the new season gives away little in terms of what viewers can expect, but at least we can rest assured that there will be Vespas and vistas galore. While fans await the season premiere, let’s take a quick look back at one of the highlights of season 1.

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