There’s a mighty diverse lineup of alternative cinema offerings on deck for this week’s Film Scene, folks. If you’re reading this column, you’re likely someone who appreciates unusual motion pictures, or at least the opportunity to catch movies on the big screen in unusual or specialty venues. If that’s the case, read on, and consider making plans to take in at least one of these limited presentations.

More Lego’s

We begin our roundup of noteworthy presentations out on Tybee Island at their beautiful, historic restored single-screen auditorium the Post Theater. Their short engagement of the recently released family-oriented feature “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” screens there one day on June 13. This CGI animated picture was directed by the same person who oversaw the Tybee-and-Savannah-lensed live-action sequences for “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” a few years back. Listen out for the voices of such well-known actors as Chris Pratt, Maya Rudolph, Nick Offerman and Tiffany Haddish in this $200 million-grossing action comedy. Showtimes at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Georgia’s climate

Then, on July 20, the Tybee Post holds a most interesting “pre-broadcast” theatrical screening of a brand-new episode of the acclaimed Georgia Public Broadcasting educational TV series “Georgia Outdoors.” Entitled “Peril & Promise: The Challenge of Climate Change,” this investigative program looks at the future of both climate change and its associated by-product rising sea levels, and how they both will affect the world’s coastal cities and communities, and Georgia’s in particular. Sharon Collins is both executive producer and host of this award-winning show, and she will be on hand to offer the live audience personal insights into the work and research that went into crafting what is described as a dramatic and timely episode.

This will surely be one of the only times this is seen on the big screen, so anyone interested in such matters, and who wants a chance to meet and speak with one of the show’s creators is encouraged to attend. Admission to this three-hour long event is free, but I am sure the Tybee Post staff expect a large crowd to this one-time-only 7 p.m. show, so heed their advice and reserve your free seat in advance online through their website. They also ask that audience members consider making a voluntary donation at the door in any amount they choose to help support the Post Theater’s ongoing efforts.


Tiny dancer

Now, heading out to the similarly-sized single screen historic Mars Theatre in the nearby Effingham County city of Springfield, Ga., the just-released and long-awaited biopic of pop and rock superstar Elton John’s early, formative years opens on June 13 for a three-day run. “Rocketman” stars Welsh actor Taron Egerton as the flamboyant British pianist and singer, and was produced by Elton John’s husband and executive produced by John himself.

Most critics seem to like the film’s fantastical, stylized elements —which act as nods to John’s own larger than life stage persona— while allowing the picture to straddle the line between a straightforward biopic of a pop music icon and a “jukebox musical” wherein the storyline is propelled forward via elaborately arranged set pieces and interludes featuring well-known singles that act as meatloaf and mashed potatoes to the faithful fans. Expect plenty of audience sing-a-longs wherever this is screened. 7 p.m. showtimes on June 13 through 15.


Kid feature

A couple days later, on June 18, the Mars Theatre’s summertime Two For Tuesday series of kid-friendly features offers up another humorous, big-budget CGI animated blockbuster for only $2 admission. This time, it’s “Wonder Park,” a joint production between Paramount and Ilion Studio and Nickelodeon.

It’s the story of an imaginary theme park called Wonderland, which is brought to life through fanciful tales by a mother to her young daughter. told by a young girl and her mother. Some critics have noted what they perceive as an uneven emotional tone in the film, while others have expressed high regard for the performances of the voice actors (Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, John Oliver, Kenan Thompson and Mila Kunis) and the high caliber of the visual artwork on display. It screens twice that day, at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.


Campy Emily

Heading back into town, on June 16 at the Jewish Educational Alliance on Abercorn St. near DeRenne Ave., local film organization CinemaSavannah presents another one-show-only booking of a well-received first-run independent feature. “Wild Nights with Emily” is the third feature film written and directed by lesbian playwright Madeleine Olnek.

Known for her absurdist sense of humor, her campy, self-reverential style of satire and her focus on LGBT culture and women’s issues, this comedic twist on a standard biopic of an historical figure focuses on the believed hidden lesbian life of iconic 19th Century American poet Emily Dickinson, who in recent years many scholars have come to believe was secretly involved in a lengthy romantic affair with her sister-in-law.

The film stars former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Molly Shannon (“Other People,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”) as Dickinson and according to Olnek, its approach was in great part inspired by the Funny or Die / Comedy Central web and TV series “Drunk History.” 4 p.m. showtime, with seating beginning at 3:30 p.m.


PFS: Low-budget action

And last but not least, the Psychotronic Film Society’s long-running Wednesday night series of overlooked or forgotten feature films from around the globe continues on June 19 at the Sentient Bean Coffeehouse with a rare public viewing of one of the more ridiculous, adult-oriented, Italian-made action-adventure flicks, 1985’s “Massacre in Dinosaur Valley.”

Made on a shoestring budget, but packed with all the gratuitous nudity, violence, negative stereotypes and outdated misogyny that will fit in its 88-minute runtime, this ridiculous tale of a hunky archaeologist (Michael Sopkiw), who finds himself stranded deep in the cannibal-filled jungles of Brazil with a crashed airplane full of strangers who must battle wild animals, headhunters, poisonous snakes, slave traders, schools of hungry piranha and extremely fake-looking quicksand to make it back to the relative safety of society.

The PFS will screen the full, uncut European theatrical version of the film with all the naughty and gory bits intact. Although it is meant to titillate and shock, it’s much more likely that those who attend this screening will spend more time laughing out loud at the inept dialog, amateurish acting and poor-quality English dubbing on display. In fact, Sopkiw retired from acting altogether after starring in this, the last of his four low-budget Italian exploitation films from the 1980s.

Years later, regarding his time in the business and the writers, producers and directors of this and his prior three features, he had this to say: “I think everyone should do his best work or not bother working… If this is the best work these people can do then I thank them for their efforts, thank them for allowing me to be a part of it, and… hope for them that they can do better in the future.”

If you appreciate “MSTK 3K”-caliber films that are so-bad-they’re-good, then this one is for you. Showtime at 8 p.m., with discounts on craft beer and organic wine during the film and a full vegetarian menu available.


Until next week, see you at the movies, be kind to those around you and don’t forget to turn off that cell phone.


Jim Reed directs the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah.


What: “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”

When: 7 p.m. June 13; 3 p.m. June 13

Where: Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave. Tybee Island, Ga.

Cost: $5 - $8



What: “Rocketman”

When: 7 p.m. June 13, 14, 15

Where: Mars Theatre, 106 S. Laurel St. Springfield, Ga.

Cost: $7



What: “Wild Nights with Emily”

When: 4 p.m. June 16

Where: Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.

Cost: $10 (cash only)


What: “Wonder Park”

When: 10 a.m., 2 p.m. June 18

Where: Mars Theatre, 106 S. Laurel St. Springfield, Ga.

Cost: $2



What: “Massacre in Dinosaur Valley”

When: 8 p.m. June 19

Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.

Cost: $7



What: “Peril & Promise: The Challenge of Climate Change”

When: 7 p.m. June 20

Where: Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave. Tybee Island, Ga.

Cost: Free (online reservations suggested)