In a lineup that includes movies about overgrown, murderous alligators on growth hormones and surrealistic re-creations of witchcraft and mental illness, can Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" be too mainstream?
If you ask Kevin Bosch, the answer is yes. But as one-half of the peculiar duo behind O Cinema's new cult-throwback series Bizarro Cinema, which is screening Kubrick's 1980 horror classic on Friday, April 12, Bosch qualifies that "yes" with a caveat. He is also planning to run the movie backwards and forwards simultaneously, overlapping dialogue and a psychopathic Jack Nicholson with a second screening going entirely in reverse.
"If there a threshold to our weirdness, we haven't reached it yet," says Bosch, an O Cinema programmer, with a laugh. " 'The Shining' may be too well known, but what we're trying to do is bring back the crazy, late-night, midnight screenings that happen in other major metropolitan cities. It won't just be B movies or grindhouse flicks, but dated films that have a nuanced quality. Those are the films that just get you."
Bosch, who with O Cinema employee Matt Walter opened Bizarro Cinema on April 5, did so with a screening of the Florida-set B movie "Alligator." Because the B movie screenings operate every Friday at O Cinema, Bosch and Walter collaborated with Joey Halegua. The 24-year-old Miamian screens a monthly roster of tacky and offbeat films, called Gutter Films, at the Wynwood art space LAB Miami. He will take up the first-Friday-of-the-month slot at Bizarro Cinema. (His first was "Alligator.")
"I like to spotlight the underappreciated B films, the forgotten, lesser-known or never-known ones, but I don't like to have a specialty," says Halegua, who created Gutter Films this past July. "It's the alternative to the same old crap being shown at arthouse theaters in South Florida."
"The Shining" screening is being paired with a weeklong Stanley Kubrick retrospective at O Cinema, which will be capped off Friday with the South Florida premiere of Rodney Ascher's documentary "Room 237." Ascher, a University of Miami graduate, will discuss his film, a chronicle of the wild conspiracy theories surrounding "The Shining," during a Skype Q&A session at the theater.
"Bizarro Cinema" will continue 11:30 p.m. April 12 with "The Shining" at O Cinema, 90 NW 29th St., in Miami. The event will be preceded by a 10 p.m. costume party and beer specials. Upcoming films include "Haxan" (April 19) and "Brazil" (April 26). Tickets cost $9. Call 305-571-9970 or go to O-Cinema.org.