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The Gentlemen Hecklers – Ghost

Comedy, Culture, Events, Performance

September 25, 2017

Ghost. Ghost was a movie that happened. For reasons.

It came out in 1990 and was a huge hit among bored suburbanites and soccer moms. It’s a supernatural thriller with very few thrills – man is murdered and stays behind as a ghost to warn his girlfriend that there’s a killer on the loose, but he can’t talk to her. Instead, Whoopi Goldberg takes a spin as a magical negro who can talk to dead people and wants nothing to do with either Patrick Swayze or Demi Moore, and who can blame her? This is not a movie that has aged well, but it does have that one scene. You know the one.

Anyways, if you want to see the trailer, it’s here:

Looking at that, is it any wonder that a certain trio of Gentlemen what are known to Heckle cackled with glee when announcing that they were going to tackle this film?

Just in time for Halloween, three of the necromancers behind the rise of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot bring another horrifying spooktacular to the big screen. On Monday, October the 16th, you will have the chance to see Eric Fell, Shaun Stuart, and Patrick Mahlia return to the Rio Theater and finally lay this ghost to rest.

So come bask in the cold glow of flickering fiction if you happen to be in Vancouver, British Columbia. Head to that temple of cinema we call the Rio, located by the intersection of Broadway and Commercial. You can get your tickets ahead of time by clicking here or pay $14 at the door.

The temple opens at eight. The laughs, well, they begin about nine.

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Gentlemen Hecklers: Anaconda

Uncategorized

August 21, 2017

Your Anaconda don’t? I wouldn’t worry about it. The Anaconda movie didn’t do too well in theaters, either, and with good reason. It’s a glorious mess of a film that tries to add malignancy to a giant snake in the fashion of Jaws. It fails, with actors that can’t quite carry awe of the monster and a location that’s more frightening than the monster itself. It’s kinda not good, but don’t take our word for it.

Check the trailer:

Also, that cast: Ice Cube as he’s transitioning into acting, halfway between Ghosts of Mars and XXX2: State of the Union. Jennifer Lopez struggling to remain relevant before the world moved past her and South Park finally ended her career. Jon Voight looking vaguely confused and still acting his way around the rest of the cast, seemingly out of spite. Owen Wilson, genuinely confused because it’s Owen Wilson and he’s always just a little confused.

You know who isn’t confused? The Gentlemen Hecklers. They’ve found a movie that is just asking for the treatment only they can give it.

Three of the geniuses that brought us the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot head on Safari, bringing one of the worst monster movies ever back to the big screen. On September 12, Eric Fell, Shaun Stuart, and Patrick Mahlia return to the Rio Theater to give one of cinema’s true horrors the audience it deserves.

You can see for yourself if you happen to be in Vancouver, British Columbia and go to the intersection at Broadway and Commercial and buy your ticket to take the ride. You can do that by clicking here, or pay $14 at the door. There is nothing better you can do with your September 12th evening than this.

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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Multiple Views: Geekenders’ Star Wars – The Empire Strips Back

Burlesque, Events, Showcase

May 22, 2017

Geekenders recently returned to the Rio Theater with an entirely rewritten script from the second of their Star Wars parodies for a remount. Three members of the Living Myth offices were invited to come in and take a look: CEO and founder, Aaron Golden, COO and head of everything, Anne Honeycutt, and newcomer Meghan Duffy. All three loved what they saw, though they came at their enjoyment from very different places.

 

Aaron Golden says: 

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back shouldn’t work.

Narratively, it looks like nothing happens: Luke leaves his friends and goes to a swamp, then goes to Cloud City and walks into a trap. Han and Leia and the rest leave Hoth, run from the Empire, run from the empire some more, and then get caught by the Empire. That’s it. That’s the movie.

And yet people seem to think it’s the strongest of the Star Wars films.

With only a bare scrap of plot, Empire has managed to carve a place for itself in the cultural consciousness, digging deeper than Episode IV did and only facing arguable competition for “Best of the Star Wars” movies by Rogue One.

The reason for this?

Character development.

Empire is nothing but character development. There’s enough nuance and subtext in that movie to make the first movie stronger and set the stage for Return of the Jedi and everything to follow. We learn how powerful the Empire is and that a single military loss isn’t going to slow them down. Luke learns about himself, his family, and the Force. Han and Leia develop an actual relationship that looks to end in heartbreak. Lando…

Lando is introduced and becomes one of the most subtle characters in the whole series. A con man forced into an untenable position, he tries to drive Han off through insults while not putting his city in danger. When the Empire betrays him he’s got plans and backup plans ready. He’s a perfect shade of gray, a character in the heart of Han Solo, and he adds complexity to an already complex series of relationships.

The problem with parodying Empire, then, lies in its threadbare story. This lack has haunted previous attempts to lampoon this movie, but Geekenders does the tale right by not only acknowledging the weak plot but outright attacking it while focusing on the main characters and giving them even more depth. This is a new, punnier script, and once the curtains go up and the text crawls up you know you’re in for some insanely funny sensuality.

Luke’s farm boy idiocy, his “I’m playing a barbarian and maxed out my charisma stat,” is in full effect here as Draco Muff-boi returns to the role with their usual charm and makes Luke irritably likable. Stephen Blakley adds a note of desperation to his relationship with Jayne Fondue’s regal Leia, creating balance in their relationship and making his world-weary sense of genre-savvy impossibly more wry.

R2DoubleD and David Ten-Inch add surprising pathos to the droids and Androsia Wilde plays Lando with all of the aforementioned complexity that the character deserves. Veronica Vamp slays as Darth Vader, Kitty Glitter is riotous as Chewie, and Lithium Little adds a touch of spiritual sexuality as Yoda, but it’s the comedic turn of Seamus Fit-It-In as Boba Fett that hit the audience out of nowhere, pushing the crowd into a fit if hysterical giggling.

This was perfect. The Empire Strips Back takes everything great about the source material and celebrates it while adding a unique spin to each character and giving everyone a moment to shine. Even the Storm Troopers have personality here, and every moment Susan the Storm Trooper is stepping out of line is an utter delight.

Geekenders returns to the Rio Theater with two performances of the Empire Strips Back on May 26th and 27th, with doors opening at seven and the show starting promptly at eight. The showing we saw was completely sold out, so you’ll definitely want to order tickets in advance, which you can do by clicking here. Tickets are $20 from the interwebs or $25 day of the box office.

Anne Honeycutt says:

I have said this before but I don’t think I will ever get tired of saying it, this is the best season Geekenders’ has ever had. It is not an easy feat to sell out The Rio theatre, and it is certainly not easy with doing a remount but the Geekenders Star Wars shows are an institution.

With a newly punched up script, revamped choreography and dazzling costumes the show has been transformed into a delightful geeklesque masterpiece. You can tell that they worked so hard on this and it has paid off. They have been tireless in their goals to make burlesque a safe welcoming experience for all involved. Risque but respectful humour; permission to explore and enjoy the human form in all shapes, sizes, creeds and ability; and above all else celebrating the spirit of rebellion from oppression one shimmy-shake at a time.

Meghan Duffy says:

You won’t find their number written in a bathroom stall, but if you are looking for a good time I would highly recommend Geekenders’ Star Wars Burlesque: The Empire Strips Back.

Somewhere over the roaring of the crowd, amidst the whistles and woos, the sound of my proverbial burlesque cherry being popped could be heard as I squealed with delight. It was a scream, a blast, a show I hoped would never end. Squishy feelings aside, I want to talk about the performers. This is a production where you can really feel the amount of dedication and hard work poured into it.

Spoiler – it’s a lot.

I really felt the passion, the love, and the joy from everyone who was on stage, regardless of how much time they spent up there. It was the epitome of heart and soul.

Vader’s performance is one that stands out to me. Played by Veronica Vamp, Vader’s act was one that will be hard to dominate. There is something to be said about seeing Darth Vader played by a drag queen strutting and bouncing across the stage to NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye”. Whatever that thing was, it seems to have escaped me as I was – and still am – totally lost in amazement.

Though I have to say my heart could not remain faithful this evening – among the fabulously sexy Stormtroopers, the smoldering Han Solo, the raunchy Chewbacca, there was R2D2 (Played by R2DoubleD). Bouncy, bodacious, beautiful R2D2. Gliding around the stage like some sort of sexy droid angel, equipped with roller skates for the entire performance – an impressive feat. The skates definitely added a special flavor to dance numbers and general background tomfoolery.

There is a scene where the song “Somewhere Out There” (as many of us know from An American Tail/Fievel Goes West, and part of me wishes they had used those versions) comes on, and it’s something special. As seriously as you can take a blue haired woman on roller skates whipping around with a gold-clad man in tow, this really tugged at my heartstrings.

Judging by the audience, it tugged them too. There were a few people around me singing along to the music, and I won’t lie, I did as well. There were quite a few songs to sing along to. Each number inspired a silent – and sometimes not so silent – cheer from me, the nostalgia is strong with this one. There was a perfect level of audience interaction that I found delightful, just enough to make it fun but the performance didn’t depend on it.

I don’t want to spoil anything, but make sure you get your throwing arms ready. The only thing that didn’t quite sit right with me was one small joke where C3P0 was compared to Sheldon Cooper, but then again I was never a fan of Big Bang Theory.

Overall this was a fantastic performance. A wild ride, much like a mechanical bull bucking ‘twixt your legs on a steamy Friday night.

All photos credit Pierre Chum

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The Art of Riffing with The Gentlemen Hecklers

Interviews, Showcase

June 14, 2013

Any long time movie fan can tell you a story of how they’ve endured many of the less-than-stellar genre films that have graced late-night cable stations and the dusty hallows of the VHS-littered shelves of video rental stores. Often times, we survive by mocking the varying degrees of insanity gracing the screen, a concept that was brought to mainstream television audiences in the late eighties by Joel Hodgson and the cast and crew of Mystery Science Theatre 3000. Over ten seasons, they garnered a legendary cult status that persists to this day. (more…)

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