Punk and Disorderly

Unless you were head cheerleader, starting quarterback, or Miley Cyrus, you’re probably still nursing some festering wounds from high school. That’s why we’re collectively drawn to movies about the Four Years Whose Name Shall Not Be Mentioned. As Phaedrus, the Roman author and onetime slave, put it, “All the old knives that have rusted in my back, I drive in yours.”

That’s right, suckas. It’s about revenge, which makes producer Roger Corman’s 1979 Rock ’n’ Roll High School the ultimate high school movie. Not only do the lunatics take over the asylum, they blow the damn thing up! Sweeter still, they’re incited by the Ramones, who slam out the-shit versions of “Pinhead,” “Teenage Lobotomy,” “California Sun,” and the title track.

A performance by Ramones tribute band Pinhead and the Gabba Gabbas precedes the first screening.

Sat., March 15, 8 & 10 p.m., 2008
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Clay McNear
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