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Weekly Cult Movie Showcase Launches March 5New York, NY, February xx, 2004 – Emmy-Award winning comic writer and performer Bob Odenkirk (“Mr. Show”) has signed on to host Sundance Channel’s new cult-movie destination, “Midnight Snack.” The weekly destination, which launches on March 5, 2004 with Johnny To and Wai Ka-Fai’s Fulltime Killer, showcases eccentric, outrageous and over-the-top films for the late night crowd. Less concerned with good taste than a good time, and sampling from different eras and different countries, “Midnight Snack” is unrestricted to any single format or genre; it offers everything from Hong Kong bullet ballets and vintage exploitation to homegrown horror and oddball shorts. “Midnight Snack” airs Friday nights at 12:00am.
Odenkirk is perhaps best known as the co-creator and co-star of the much-loved late-night comedy series “Mr. Show,” which aired for four seasons on HBO. Odenkirk wrote for “Saturday Night Live” from 1987-1991, and in 1988 he received his first Emmy for that show. He also wrote for “Get a Life” and “The Ben Stiller Show,” for which he received his second Emmy. As an actor, Odenkirk won critical acclaim for his recurring role as an unscrupulous agent on the “The Larry Sanders Show,” and he has made guest appearances on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Ed,” and “Arrested Development.” In the fall of 2000, he wrote and co-starred in the Mr. Show movie Run Ronnie Run!, which premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. His feature directorial debut, Melvin Goes To Dinner, premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2003 and was released on DVD by Sundance Channel Home Entertainment in December 2003.
The March through June lineup for “Midnight Snack” is as follows:
March 5 @ 12am
Fulltime Killer (Johnny To and Wai Ka-Fai). Hong Kong action king To pulls out all the stops for this globetrotting tale of two professional hit men.
March 12 @ 12am
The Crow (Alex Proyas). Proyas brings a gorgeously gloomy sensibility to this beloved adaptation of the 1980s graphic novel about a rock musician who rises from the grave on a mission of vengeance.
March 19 @ 12am
Switchblade Sisters (Jack Hill). Legendary exploitation director Hill (Foxy Brown) does himself proud this 1975 girl-gang flick, which was re-released by fan Quentin Tarantino in 1996.
March 26 @ 12am
Romeo is Bleeding (Peter Medak). Gary Oldman and Lena Olin tear into their juicy roles in this deliciously pulpy, darkly funny neo-noir.
April 2 @ 12am
Audition (Takashi Miike) This masterpiece of Japanese horror recounts a middle-aged bachelor’s infatuation with a beautiful young woman that takes a shocking turn.
April 9 @ 12am
Habit (Larry Fessenden): A distinctive down-and-dirty East Village vampire flick from indie auteur Fessenden.
April 16 @ 12am
Cure (Kiyoshi Kurosawa): Moody horror from Japanese master Kurosawa in which a strange young man may hold the key to a series of mysterious killings.
April 23 @ 12am
Rude Boy (David Mingay and Jack Hazan): This off-the-cuff 1980 “mockumentary” portrait of a dissolute Clash roadie is vintage punk rock.
April 30 @ 12am
Lord Love a Duck (George Axelrod): This take-no-prisoners 1966 satire of American consumer culture, stars Tuesday Weld, Roddy McDowell and, of course, Ruth Gordon.
May 7 @ 12am
Wave Twisters (Syd Garon and Eric Henry): Sci-fi animation with wall-to-wall turntablism from the world famous DJ Qbert.
May 14 @ 12am
Heavy Traffic (Ralph Bakshi): A vintage underground comic come to life, in this deranged 1973 animated film from cult hero Bakshi.
May 21 @ 12am
Decasia (Bill Morrison): Trippy collage of sound and image constructed from decayed, degraded archival stock.
May 28 @ 12am
Master of the Flying Guillotine (Yu Wang): This much loved 1975 kung fu classic has been very influential on other filmmakers.
June 4 @ 12am
El Mariachi (Robert Rodriguez): Rodriguez’s classic no-budget south-of-the-border Western.
June 11 @ 12am
La Haine (Matthieu Kassovitz): Kassovitz’s first feature, a witty, dangerous account of ghetto life on the fringes of Paris.
June 18 @ 12am
Chopper (Andrew Dominik): Eric Bana turns in a powerhouse performance as celebrated mass murder turned professional self-promoter Mark “Chopper” Read.
June 25 @ 12am
The City of Lost Souls (Takashi Miike): A small time Brazilian criminal takes on an army of murderous Yakuza