‘YERT’ in for a treat with several upcoming local screenings.
• In 2012, if you see only one documentary whose title is an acronym, make it “YERT.” Standing for “your environmental road trip,” the award-winning film follows a yearlong trip through all 50 of these United States to meet those men and women tackling environmental crises. The travelers also pledged to do so by creating less than one shoebox full of garbage per month, including recyclables.
Filled with heart and humor, “YERT” screens at 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at Oklahoma City University’s Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business, 2501 N. Blackwelder. Admission is free, thanks to the fine folks at Transition OKC, Sierra Club and Technology Unlimited Inc. For more information, visit goinglocalokc.com.
• Directed by Yukon resident Ryan Scott, the all-Okie indie comedy “Wolf Head,” gets a big-screen debut at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas. Tickets are $7 (cash only), which isn’t bad at all to support a local fimmaker who, judging from the quality of the trailer, looks like he knows what he’s doing:
• “Clerks” director/airlines scourge Kevin Smith comes to town — well, beamed live, at least — with the one-night-only event, “Kevin Smith: Live from Behind.” Showing at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at AMC Quail Springs Mall 24, Cinemark Tinseltown USA and Norman’s Hollywood Spotlight 14, the three-hour show includes a Q-and-A with theater audiences and guest Jason Mewes for a recording of their “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old” podcast. Tickets top $15, because pot ain’t free, you know. Visit fathomevents.com.
• One night before, at Tinseltown, you can catch “The Chemical Brothers: Don’t Think,” a sure-to-be-supper-trippy concert film filled with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. It’s another one-time event, so if you’re into block-rockin’ beats, mark your calendars for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1. Visitfathomevents.com.
• Anime nerds, unite! Japan’s “Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos” will screen for one day only, Jan. 20, at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas. If you know what that title means, this movie is geared directly toward you.
• Finally, one for your own living room: For the conspiracy theorist in you, Free Mind Films recently released “A Noble Lie: OKC ’95” on DVD. Directed by James Lane, the documentary raises questions about the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Spoiler alert: The official story is refuted. —Rod Lott
Action Rod Lott
Since 2005, Synapse Films has helped keep the sticky-floored spirit of
grindhouse cinema alive by issuing collections of coming attractions
under the 42nd Street Forever banner. Interested parties can catch up on the half-dozen titles thus far on DVD (I have, minus the lone XXX-Treme one) or opt for the new Blu-ray Edition. It's essentially a "greatest hits" piece, culling 80 trailers from all previous volumes.
Western Rod Lott
Lee Van Cleef enjoyed a secondary career in Italy cranking out spaghetti
Westerns, with little regard to quality. However, 1972’s Grand Duel — aka The Big Showdown — is deserving of its Grand label. No wonder Quentin Tarantino borrowed its sweeping theme song by Luis Bacalov for Kill Bill; you'll recognize it in two notes.
Lawsuit filed hopes to stop police from arresting sex offenders who live together. An attorney says it could force offenders 'underground.'
News Tim Farley
Police should not be allowed to retroactively enforce a 2012 law that prevents two convicted sex offenders from living together, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court.