Before Blu-Ray, before laser disc, even before BetaMax, the home-movie format of choice/necessity was the Super-8 film reel. Limited to about fifteen minutes in length, the Super-8 version of a film is heavily edited so that only the "best" parts make the cut; usually this means anything violent, sexy or hysterical survives. It's like the YouTube of the early '70s. Thomas Stockman is a devoted collector of these joyous anachronisms, and tonight from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Way Out Club (2525 Jefferson Avenue; 314-664-7638) he presents Super-8 Damn Dirty Ape Movie Madness
. As you may have guessed from the title, all five flicks in the Planet of the Apes series will be shown, from the classic Planet of the Apes
through the less-good Battle for the Planet of the Apes
. It's all the Charlton Heston machismo and Roddy McDowall persnickityness you can handle, plus apes, apes, apes. Also on the schedule are Robert Altman's Popeye
, a Marx Brothers' movie and a Little Rascals short. Admission is $3, and you can get your stinking paws on a Way Out pizza for only $8.
Tue., Jan. 4, 2011