Saturday, October 26: Odd Obsession Foreign Film Series presents The Boxer’s Omen

This month’s Halloween inspired feature is yet again an Odd Obsession Movies favorite - BOXER’S OMEN - The director of Killer Snakes (another O.O. favorite) returns to terrify viewers with this tale of a fallen boxer whose quest for an omen with the power to break a long-running family curse leads to an action filmed adventure through a horrific land of nightmares and death. When the punches start flying and the creatures of the underworld come out to play, the battle is on to defeat the powers of evil, and free his family from the evil hex that binds them. Bolo Yeung (Tuff dude from Blood Sport!!!) & Lung Wei Wang star in a classic supernatural martial arts film from the prolific Shaw Brothers. Hong Kong. 1983, 99 min.


All vinyl selection from Impala Sound’s Esteban Lagrue, Dave Mata & Rad Brian & Nic the Graduate. Cosmos Ray, Daniel Fernandez & Slacky J bless the mic!

We’ll be showing a variety of Shaw Brothers Horror films from the 70’s & 80’s with gratuitous terror throughout the night to accompany the music after the screening. Tunes spanning rare grooves and classics from all shades of brown rhythms. Expect some Heavy Dub & Dancehall chunes later in the night. If you been to one a these before, you know what I mean!

Happily brought to you each month by Odd Obsession Movies, Impala Sound & The Whistler.

*A word to the wise* Get to the Whistler early.. This joint fills up quick!

via Spin:

Brooklyn’s Starlight Girls put out a five-song, self-titled EP of noirish, ’60s-steeped indie pop last year, and their next release should be even better suited to the nighttime hours. This summer they’re set to issue a new 7-inch single, produced by Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart and pressed as a limited-edition picture disc featuring glow-in-the-dark images of constellations… Peaking Lights’ psychedelic grooves and TEEN’s fluttery retro-pop also come to mind as reference points for a record that will be undeniably luminous.

Starlight Girls perform tomorrow night at The Whistler with Spooky Moon. No cover. 21+.

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Newcity just published their annual "Film 50: Chicago’s Screen Gems" and included at #19 the curator of our foreign film series: Brian Chankin, owner of Odd Obsession Video. If you haven’t been to Odd Obsession yet, GO THERE NOW.

The untrained eye could mistake the inside of the high-ceilinged storefront of Odd Obsession on North Milwaukee, between Bucktown and Logan Square, for the set of the TV series called “Hipster Hoarders.” Shelves cover the walls and floors, posters reach to the ceiling, 22,000 “precisely-organized DVDs” vie for space with 5,000 “poorly-organized VHS” tapes and a fifteen-year-old cat named Precious runs underfoot. It’s a boy’s space, writ large. While most every trace of brick-and-mortar video chains like West Coast Video and Blockbuster have vanished, a handful of furiously attentive independent video-rental stores persist in the U.S. In Chicago, the man found most often behind the counter is proprietor Brian Chankin, if not one of the twenty or so volunteers who have worked the store since its 2004 founding, as quick with a laugh as a suggestion of an obscure movie that can be found only with his arm’s reach. Curation, breadth and discernment count for much when Netflix streaming seems more an exercise in flipping through endless lists than actually consuming a film that precisely suits one’s taste. Odd Obsession also has the distinction of encouraging not only intelligent, informed viewership, but also a new generation of critics and filmmakers, as earlier shops on either coast succored imaginations of the likes of Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino. Two notables are Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, essayist, co-host of the short-lived “Ebert Presents at the Movies,” who is editing his first medium-length feature, and recent Reader hire Ben Sachs, both of whom have distinctive voices and bear the stamp of their immersion at Odd Obsession. As for customers? “Definitely always a strong undergrad college crew interested in foreign, experimental, docs and classic film,” Chankin says, along with locals renting television shows and new releases, as well as “internetless folk of all ages interested in everything.”