March 3rd, 10 pm
Going from the diamond-encrusted mountaintops of a Hollywood summer blockbuster to the deepest cubic zirconium mineshafts of convention-floor fan fodder, writer/director/producer/editor/star Reni Riffel’s Showgirls 2: Penny’s From Heaven contains one of the most precipitous budgetary climate shifts in franchise history. If that wasn’t enough to make your veins collapse like you’ve got the bends, it’s one of the most exhaustively weird film experiences of last year. Kicking off nowhere near where the original story left off, it’s a movie that starts over a decade later, stars a tertiary yet fan-adored character that only hardcore Showgirls-heads would be familiar with (kind of like making Admiral Ackbar: The Movie), and tonally drifts so far that even its homage-like qualities begin focusing on a completely different movie: Mulholland Drive (in which Riffel also had a co-starring part.) Did we mention this Z-budget opus is two and half hours? Seriously, it is. No, really. That might seem excessive, but remember, it’s only ten minutes longer than Showgirls, and three minutes shorter than Mulholland Drive! We just wanna make sure you’ve been briefed. Director/star Rena Riffel will be at the Cinefamily in person for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Rena Riffel, 2011, HD presentation, 135 min.