CineCultVHS is beginning February with all the bleary-eyed lethargy, track-pants-on-the-couch enthusiasm it can muster.
For our first screening of the month, we're showing Gregg Araki's absolutely delightful SMILEY FACE (2007).
Following the cult success of his "Teenage Apocalypse" trilogy, and the mainstream acclaim garnered by MYSTERIOUS SKIN (2004), Araki went the Coen-route of doing the opposite of what was expected, and made this beautiful stoner film, SMILEY FACE.
SMILEY FACE follows Jane, a perpetual screw-up, who goes on a picaresque journey throughout Los Angeles as she tries to fix the problems she keeps causing by being really, really stoned.
While SMILEY FACE was advertised as a broad DUDE WHERE'S MY CAR-type joint, it shares a texture closer to '90s MTV mainstays like "Daria" and indie comics by people like The Hernandez Bros. & Daniel Clowes. And - like CHEECH AND CHONG'S NEXT MOVIE - served as an inspiration for PT Anderson's INHERENT VICE.
With the most satisfying colour-palette you'll ever see in a film, chalky LA landscapes, a fantastic and low-key clever script, an all-star cast - topped by Anna Faris giving the best performance of her career - SMILEY FACE is an absolute winner, that'll have you chuckling and reaching for a bag of Doritos.
Come along to the Southside Jazz Room at the Classic Cinema Elsternwick, buy some munchies from the bar, and kick back with us.
Doors at 7pm, screening at 730pm.