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Gentlemen Hecklers: Krull

Comedy, Culture, Events, Performance

August 2, 2017

Oh, gods. Krull. Where does one even begin?

Krull is a science fantasy masterpiece of a film that is everything that the early eighties had to offer: confusing decisions about story, theme, character, and clothing. A weird underlying philosophy about the power of prophecy and wedding vows that result in the power to shoot fire. And an evil army that travels through space in a giant mountain fortress that teleports every day.

I mean, what?

This sounds like an early Dungeons & Dragons adventure module that someone with more cocaine than sense decided needed to be made into a film – and the cocaine was right. Krull did need to be turned into a film, and the film we got… well, look at the trailer:

This is the perfect fodder for people like the Gentlemen Hecklers, and certainly the perfect film for them to celebrate their five year anniversary.

Come witness three of the geniuses that brought us the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot as they return to the Rio Theater. Eric Fell, Shaun Stuart, and Patrick Mahlia return to the Rio Theater to five years of laughs and bad movies brought to the big screen.

On August 9th, these three plucky heroes will confront the Beast in the heart of the Black fortress that some call the Rio Theater, a place which does not teleport so much as loom over the intersection of Commerical and Broadway in Vancouver, British California, Canada. You can buy tickets by clicking here, or pay $14 at the door. If you are a Vancouver native or are simply passing through, this is the best thing you could do with your time come August 9th.

Doors open at eight, show starts at nine. See you there.

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Gentlemen Hecklers present Moonraker

Comedy, Events

July 4, 2017

Moonraker had to seem pretty far-fetched when it came out all the way back in 1979, but this was the year where American democracy gave way to the Oligarchy, bringing us to the nightmare dystopia we find ourselves living in today. It’s the fourth Roger Moore Bond film and not the first to feature Jaws, a massive and mostly silent killer who cannot be stopped or reasoned with, but that’s not the most fantastic part about it.

The villains are environmentalists who believe in eugenics and plan to kill the whole human species while maintaining breeding pairs of genetically perfect people, whatever that means. They’re effectively corporations who are dead set on genocide to create a new master race. Even their environmentalism is a sham, meant only to provide a world for their new master race to rule.

And here’s the thing – as the oligarchy in America sinks to ever greater lows in their selfishness and dehumanization of people in order to make themselves richer, they’re on the verge of destroying the biosphere we all rely on for life. Could their way out involve leaving the planet? Could science fiction be moving ever closer to science fact?

I don’t know. This is not the best of the Bond films by a long shot, but it is a fun one and that makes it perfect fodder for the Gentlemen Hecklers.

Come witness three of the geniuses that brought us the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot as they return to the Rio Theater. Eric Fell, Shaun Stuart, and Patrick Mahlia return to the Rio Theater to rake James Bond across the moon.

On July 12th these three will gather to blast us all off into an atmosphere of funny, where laughter will echo across sticky floors. You can buy tickets by clicking here, or pay $14 at the door. If you are a Vancouver native or are simply passing through, this is the best thing you could do with your time come July 12th.

Doors open at eight, show starts at nine. See you there.

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Gentlemen Hecklers present Hackers

Comedy, Events, film

June 14, 2017

Throughout the dark decade we know call the nineties, Hollywood seemed mystified by this weird piece of technology called computers. They weren’t sure what computers could do, but they were sure old people were scared of them and young people seemed to love them. The result was a mixed bag of movies that tried to capture the essence of those fears: thrillers like the Net, Antitrust, and Enemy of the State showed conservatives their fears of big government and crime, making those conservatives push an agenda that resulted in big government and crime.

At the same time, Hollywood also festered titles like Harry Met Sally on the general public because America Online was a thing once upon a time and had a studio that could afford to make a movie that was basically a giant commercial. Hey, it worked for Nintendo, and Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are infinitely better than Fred Savage.

Never content to rest on their laurels, though, Hollywood also wanted to appeal to the kids who liked the whole computer thing. This resulted in the single most accurate piece of media regarding computers and the capabilities of the internet ever made, a little movie called Hackers.

Forget the thought-provoking questions asked by media like Person of Interest or the dedication to craft evidenced by Mr. Robot – Hackers embodied that sense of wonder we all had about what computers and internet meant. Computers and internet were going to save us from the forces of old and evil. We would Hack The Planet. We would rollerblade to victory to an awesome soundtrack and have confusing dreams about Angelina Jolie.

We would do everything in our power to end the evil that is Wall Street.

More interestingly, we knew that the forces of old would join the forces of evil in blaming us for trying to save them, so… culturally, this movie got it. It captures the essence of what being a kid in the nineties was, that neon sense of black-lit adventure and hope that would later be crushed and ground into nothing by a decaying world.

No wonder, then, that the Gentlemen Hecklers have decided to turn their attention to this film.

Fresh off their stint of writing for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 relaunch, Eric Fell, Shaun Stuart, and Patrick Mahlia return to the Rio Theater to crack down on one of the best worst movies ever made. For one night only, June 14th in the year 2017, the three of them will heckle greatness and we will all love them for it.

Doors open at eight, show starts at nine. You can buy tickets by clicking here, or pay $14 at the door. The choice is yours, but if you live in Vancouver? This is what you should be doing tonight.

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