Super-8 Is Super-Great

People bitch about short attention spans now (thanks, Internet!), but the entertainment consuming audience has always preferred to skip to the good stuff -- that fast-forward button is there for a reason. In the ’60s and ’70s, when VHS was just a twinkle in Sony’s eye, distributors sold Super-8 editions of feature films to the home viewer. Due to the limitations of the Super-8 format, these features were condensed to fit on a fifteen-minute reel. And you can bet your ass the fifteen minutes featured the three P’s of filmmaking -- punching, profanity and poon -- at the expense of buzzkills such as “dialogue” and “plot development.” Thomas Stockman possess about 150 classic films in this almost-forgotten Super-8 format, and he’ll screen some of his favorites tonight from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Way Out Club (2525 South Jefferson Avenue; 314-664-7638 or Super-8 Movie Madness, as it’s billed, will feature the good bits from classics such as Taxi Driver, Coffy and Jaws, and shoulda-been classics such as Scars of Dracula, Tarantula and Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman. There’s a $2 cover, which is an outright steal.
Tue., Oct. 6, 2009