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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Napoleon Dynamite! Beer! A free freakin' bike! Gosh!

Posted By on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Dear members of the Nessie Alliance, Happy Hands Club and Rex Kwon Do do-jo:

We're going to be showing freakin' Napoleon Dynamite at the Bing Crosby Theater on Thursday, June 12 because it's pretty much the best movie ever made in the great Gem State of Idaho.

The beer wizards at New Belgium Brewing are going to be there to show off their skills. Canned beer skills, free-bike-giving-away skills, creative beer skills. Ya know, skills.

You could win the free bike just by being there, which is super sweet. It doesn't have, like, shocks or pegs or anything, but it's pretty incredible.

New Belgium is also doing a photo booth. It's like Glamour Shots by Deb, but better.

It's a bike-in movie and there's a buttload of bikers in this city, so we're hoping they all come out. We'll have a freakin' bike corral from Wheel Sport.

The doors open at 6 pm terrestrial moon time and the movie starts at 7. In the meantime, start working on your dancing skills.


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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

On the scene of Z Nation filming downtown

Posted By and on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 3:56 PM

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Boxes, trash, and debris scattered the nearly empty street underneath the Fox Theatre marquee, setting the eerie scene of the Z Nation set. The downtown shooting of this TV series began on Wednesday morning on a stretch of First Avenue.

Crew members shuffled the crowds aside to the corner of Madison, unsure of how far the shrapnel would fly as their stunt driver crashed into the open door of a vehicle parked across the street. The gathered audience of roughly 20 people was an assortment of curious passersby and intentional observers, allowed to view the process from a short distance. Excitement for the filming of this series has been building in the community over several months after the production company's announcement of the new SyFy series in April.

All eyes were on a car with a shattered windshield and dangling zombie dummy, which accelerated down the empty block.

Following the anticipated collision, which left a door hanging to the ground, the scene's director shouted out, "One more time," and the production crew reset for one of several further takes.

A block down, at the intersection of Jefferson and First Ave, a separate scene was filming, battling the noises of surrounding streets as they attempted to capture the dialogue of the characters piled into the back of a truck bed.

Shooting will continue in this area of downtown, with continued street closures through Friday.​

JENNA MULLIGAN
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

ESSAY: Why we're still afraid of Godzilla

Posted By on Thu, May 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM

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Monsters can scare us, make us feel weak and helpless, make us sympathetic to their tragic story and even cheer us up.

This makes defining a monster a difficult task. A creature of the night, like a vampire, can now be seen as both good, like in the recent Twilight series, and evil with the classic Dracula tales. There are so many ways to interpret a monster that the meaning is often lost.

With Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, these creatures cease to be legends and myths and become true nightmares. It's this fear and intrigue that has kept us watching Godzilla on the big screen for 60 years.

Monsters are abominations of life. These are things that should not exist, yet, at least in the realm of fiction, find a way to crawl into our fears and terrify us. Perhaps they scare audiences because monsters defy all the laws of logic, nature and reality, and are still alive.

In Godzilla, the monster is said to be more ancient than any recorded creature and is nature's way of restoring balance to the world: the ultimate equalizer who will rid the earth of any major threat.

This could even mean mankind, if Godzilla wanted to.

Godzilla stands taller than most skyscrapers, was made stronger by atomic bombs, can unleash that same atomic fire out of his maw, and is practically indestructible. Hydrogen bombs were used to combat Godzilla in 1954, but he merely shrugged off the blast. In this new blockbuster, he walks right through the heavily armed American military, swatting their missiles and battleships away like flies.

We are dealing with something that we can never hope to comprehend or combat. Defense forces have tried for years to bring Godzilla down but have always failed. He is a creature that belongs among the gods, which is even mentioned in the newest movie.

What makes Godzilla all the more interesting, and somewhat scary, is that we created him. It was through our continued use of atomic bombs and a failure to understand their true power that we got Godzilla.

We have nobody to blame but ourselves.

In some ways, Godzilla shows us how powerful nuclear energy and weapons can be. In other ways, he is the ultimate screw-up and lets us know that we’re not as strong as we think — that we don’t have all the answers and that some threats are beyond us.

But all the while, Godzilla does not care about what happens to us. He walks through battalions of soldiers and squashes them like ants. In the 1954 Godzilla, he rampages through a war-torn Tokyo and sets it ablaze, leaving nothing but a massive hole in the ground.

In the Japanese films, Godzilla was more than just an allegory for the atomic bomb, but a living one. Godzilla behaved exactly like a nuclear weapon: cold, uncaring, designed specifically to kill in the most effective manner, attacks without any warning, leaves a huge cloud of destruction and is unstoppable.

Over time, these themes and messages changed. Yet Godzilla survived and became a pop culture icon. The reason for this can be attributed to his many films staying loyal to how intimidating and powerful the creature can be. Whether Godzilla was ripping apart Tokyo with his bare hands or fighting three-headed space dragons, he has remained strong and terrifying.

This latest take on Godzilla remains true to this notion. The monster towers over the San Francisco skyline, pushes aside aircraft carriers like they were bath toys and creates tsunamis just by stepping out of the ocean.
The difference with this film is that Godzilla is portrayed more as a disaster, like a tornado or hurricane, instead of an atomic bomb. It is clearly more powerful than us, able to rip our cities apart, but we learn to survive and grow stronger because of it.

As such, Godzilla is one of the most horrific monsters and differs greatly from his predecessors. He is more than just an abomination of life, but a sign of the both the achievements and failures of mankind.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

The inspiration for this week's Summer Movies cover

Posted By on Mon, May 12, 2014 at 11:47 AM

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I blame Billy Corgan. I have always wanted to do an homage to the Smashing Pumpkins “Tonight Tonight” video directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The feel and beauty of the visuals enthralled me as a teen, and I came to find out it was an homage to Georges Méliès’s silent film A Trip to the Moon.

So when it came time to make the summer movies cover, I thought I would try something a little out of the box. I assumed most people wouldn’t get it, but I think that’s the beauty of art sometimes. The point lies in the pointlessness of it.


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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Announcing our next Suds and Cinema: Ride a bike with Napoleon Dynamite

Posted By on Thu, May 8, 2014 at 5:09 PM

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A decade ago, a hopeless kid from a hopelessly small and sad Idaho town came into our hearts. What he lacked in social skills he made up for with dancing skills, nunchuck skills and he was pretty good with a bow-staff, too. This grandma's boy turned political operative, went by the name Napoleon Dynamite and he is an American treasure.

Yes, it's been 10 years since Napoleon Dynamite went from quirky indie flick to massive summer hit. We're bringing it back for the Thursday, June 12 installment of the Inlander's Suds and Cinema series.

The beer is provided by New Belgium Brewing, the makers of the venerable Fat Tire amber ale, and keeping with that brewery's bike-theme, this Suds and Cinema is a bike-in event. We'll have special bike corral across (staffed by SpokeFest volunteers) from the Bing Crosby Theater so you don't have to worry about your ride while you're inside. ALSO, you can enter to win a bike from New Belgium.

We're starting this one a little earlier — 6pm doors (and beers) with a 7 pm movie.

So this gives you about a month to master this dance.


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Watch, and vote for, your favorite 50 Hour Slam movie

Posted By on Thu, May 8, 2014 at 3:26 PM

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The 50-Hour Slam films were screened at the Bing Crosby Theater last weekend, but the fun isn't quite over yet.

The winners of the formal competition have already been announced. Click here for a list of winners, or don't if you want to keep an objective mind when you head to vote for the Viral Vote award.

The 50-Hour site now has all the films in their entirety and a poll for your voting pleasure. You can only vote once per email address.

If you don't know anything about the 50-Hour-Slam, here's a rundown from a recent issue of the Inlander about how teams of Spokane filmmakers manager to write, shoot and edit a short film in the span of just two days.

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VIDEO: What to watch for this summer at the movies

Posted By and on Thu, May 8, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Our Summer Movie Preview issue is hitting the street this week. Here's a look at some of the highlights coming soon to a theater near you.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

VIDEO: The Big Lebowski night at the Bing

Posted By on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 2:11 PM

On Wednesday, the Bing Crosby Theater filled with Walters, Maudes and the Dudes for the Inlander's showing of The Big Lebowski. The beer was from Perry Street Brewing and a good time was had by all. See for yourself:

The Inlander's Suds & Cinema series pairs film classics — very loosely defined — with beer from local breweries for movie nights at the Bing Crosby Theater. Once announced, the next event will be posted here.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DamNation documentary on Northwest, national dams showing tonight

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Hydroelectric and navigational dams have for decades shaped the waterways of Washington state. Many people find the immense structures awe-inspiring feats of human engineering while others consider them hideous crimes against nature. For those looking to learn more about the legacy and impact of our dams, the new documentary DamNation offers an engaging, scenic exploration of the national issue with much of the film dedicated to the Northwest.

Highlights of the documentary focus on the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam on the Olympic Peninsula in 2011, the largest project of its kind at the time. But other sections of the film take on Columbia River dams and multiple dams along the Snake River.

The 90-minute film follows the historical arc of dam construction to what appears to be a shift back toward re-opening many waterways. The film does not hide its sympathies for the anti-dam movement, but also incorporates interviews with dam supporters and power officials. Here's a dam-related FAQ from the film's website.

The film is showing 7 pm tonight at the Lincoln Center. Doors open at 6 pm. Tickets cost $10. A question-and-answer session with filmmakers will be held after the showing. 


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How is your Big Lebowski costume coming along?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 2:47 PM

In case you didn't know, the Inlander is hosting a screening of The Big Lebowski tomorrow night at the Bing Crosby Theater.

The doors open at 7 pm and Perry Street Brewing is providing the beer. It's an all ages event, but keep in mind the movie is Rated R and has the F-word in it and stuff like that.

Also, there's an after party following the screening at Rain Lounge featuring White Russians with vodka from Spokane's own 21 Windows Distillery. There will also be Lebowski-themed food specials.

You should also keep in mind that there's going to be costume contest. We'll be giving out awards for The Best Dude, Best Non-Dude Character and an award for the Best Lebowski Little Urban Achiever, the criteria for which will be kept secret (read: we'll figure it out after a couple Perry Street pale ales).

We're aware that some people are taking this quite seriously, which is why we've fielded at least one phone call today inquiring where someone could get a "cheap bowling ball" and another inquiry about wig sales in the greater Spokane area.

People in other cities have taken these Lebowski costume contests quite seriously. Take a look at this effort.

Here are some random shots from around the internet, in case you need some help.

A whole lot of dudes.
  • A whole lot of dudes.
Look at this attention to detail.
  • Look at this attention to detail.
Those are Donnie's ashes...kinda weird, but highly accurate.
  • Those are Donnie's ashes...kinda weird, but highly accurate.
The choice of women's costumes is admittedly bleak, but here's a strong choice.
  • The choice of women's costumes is admittedly bleak, but here's a strong choice.
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