Tuesday, July 23, 2013

5 Cult Films For The Summer

Tired of the watching the same formula flicks over and over again?  Looking for something more offbeat, quirky, and fun to surprise guests for a night at the movies?  With cinema, there's a century of brilliance to choose from, and most of it lies beyond the radar of the Hollywood production machine.  Certain films over the years have become indelible cult favorites, gathering an audience on the strength of their unusual storylines and colorful characters, rather than big-budget special effects.  If you're looking for a great way to add some spice to your summer movie viewing, here's five recommendations for films that will be sure to fit the bill:

SUNSET BOULEVARD, 1950.  The original proto-goth cult classic follows the exploits of a young writer who is inadvertently sucked into the world of a fading silent-screen actress who refuses to let him go.  This darkly comic Billy Wilder masterpiece is full of iconic scenes and eminently quotable lines, and although over 60 years old, its portrait of the seedy underbelly of Hollywood glamour is as prescient today as it was during the Golden Age of cinema.  Sunset Boulevard is a film which rewards repeat viewings and is frequently ranked in critic's lists among the all-time greatest films ever made.

ZARDOZ, 1974.  This little-known Sean Connery film has inspired a zealous cult fanbase that has taken to its far-out sci-fi premise, post-psychedelic visual scheme, and Monty Python-esque touches of humor.   The beguiling story takes place in a future world where a segment of humanity has walled itself off from the rest, which has degenerated into brutality.  One of the brutals finds his way into the hi-tech, psychically advanced world of the Eternals and a kaleidoscope of visually stunning setpieces ensues.  The sight of Connery running around in what looks like a giant red diaper is worth the price of admission, alone!

ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, 1983.  Sergio Leone's attempt to outdo The Godfather actually does outstrip its inspiration in many ways.  Robert DeNiro and James Woods give stunning performances as two gangsters who grow up from childhood in the streets of New York City, forming a bond together that is eventually broken through betrayal.  This lavish epic, filled with incredible cinematography, was tragically cut to under two hours for its original theatrical release, where it performed poorly at the box office.  Only when the nearly four-hour director's cut was released to video was the true splendor of this sensitive and heartfelt (yet action-packed) mobster epic fully revealed.  Don't let the extreme length fool you--this film is worth every second and will pass by in no time.

REPO MAN, 1984.  One of the ultimate cult films stars a young Emilio Estevez as a young punk recruited into the strange world of car repossession.  The exploits and adventures which ensue are bound together by a mysterious glowing car trunk, an idea which Quentin Tarantino shamelessly borrowed for his own cult classic Pulp Fiction.  It's a hoot from start to finish, a wild ride through the streets of LA that combines humor and action with plenty of requisite cult weirdness.

PULP FICTION, 1994.  A cult film that became so famous it crossed over to mainstream success, Pulp Fiction is an homage to the whole idea of the cult film itself, from its Repo Man reference on down.  The movie relies on quotable dialogue and intertwining storylines to weave a dense and bizarre tapestry of life in LA that expands on earlier flicks about the city, while adding in the postmodern touches that Tarantino is so famous for.  The soundtrack alone--a feast of 70s funk and soul classics--will brighten any night at the movies.  This film was designed with the idea that people would be dancing to the twist and talking about the French quarter pounder with cheese for decades to come.  See if you can spot all of the dozens of film references peppered throughout, without resorting to Wikipedia first!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Aston

4seating is proud to showcase the latest in Seatcraft's Signature series of home theater seats, The Aston.  This chair features a streamlined contemporary design topped by a smooth, polished finish, that retains a sense of casual comfort.  Seatcraft is aware that with modern living comes modern expectations, which is why this chair is loaded with convenient features that include wall-hugger seating, chaiselounger footrests, included tray tables, in-arm storage, lighted cup holders, and ambient base lighting.  The Aston is also made from Leather 7000, a luxury material that is the finest the theater seat market has to offer.  The combination of elements is what makes this an ideal chair for any guest, or perhaps for a quiet evening spent alone.  

The Aston's design is instantly appealing, with its smooth outer skin and gently curved armrests.  This contemporary, urban sophistication is matched by an option of strong black or cognac color choices whose deep shades will blend seamlessly with any decor.  The swank look of the Aston is enhanced by Leather 7000 material, which is specially crafted to look as luxurious as it feels.  This special top-grain leather is of the highest quality, painstakingly hand-picked from the top 30% of all outer cowhides to represent the best that leather has to offer. The material is then buffed to remove inconsistencies in color and texture to create the sleek, sophisticated look of the Aston.  This tough, durable, yet supple material will naturally conform to your body's contour while offering full support.  It is easy to maintain with nothing more than a damp cloth, and actually improves in texture and appearance over time.  With Leather 7000, you will be investing in a chair that will provide increased comfort and appeal for years to come. 

The commitment to comfort extends to this theater seat's many features.  For those looking to maximize space in their home theater, the Aston was designed with a special "wall-hugger" seating that allows it sit inches from any wall, even in full recline.  Padded headrests sustain support for the head and shoulders, while chaiselounger footrests ensure that the lower body is fully covered.  Polished tray tables keep food, magazines, cell phones, tablets and other items within a convenient arm's reach, and can be easily removed when not in use.  Hidden in-arm storage compartments provide plenty of space to store any items for the future.  

In addition to these features, the Aston comes equipped with lighted cupholders and ambient base lighting, which combine to accent the seat's darkly hued material with a beautiful azure glow. This lighting contributes to the authentic marquee appeal of the seat, while providing an unobtrusive means of seeing in the dark.  When you invest in a home theater seat, you don't just want something that you can sit on comfortably to see the screen; you want a signature item that will provide just the right aura to complement the magic of a night out at the movies.  The Aston, with its refined look and opulent material, is that seat.  

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On Home Theater Decor, Part Two

In the first part of our series, we took a look at how home theater decor could be transformed by acoustic wall paneling, wall accents, and wall columns.  This part will further examine the curtains, stages, and risers which will provide the backbone to your home theater and complete a full sense of cinematic ambience.  With these additions, you will inspire the awestruck admiration of any guest!

If one desires a true replication of every detail of the movie theater experience, then cinema curtains are a must.These curtains will frame your TV or plasma screen and provide a dramatic backdrop to any evening's entertainment, no matter what's playing. 4seating offers these curtains in three different styles: standard, deluxe, and contemporary. Each curtain consists of a valence with two side trim curtains and two further accent curtains, and can be individually customized from a wide selection of colors and two fine materials (fabric and suede).  Curtains can also be custom-tailored to the size of your screen.  Each of the three styles is distinct, and you can get a sense of their differences by visiting our theater curtain page.  There's no better way to enhance the sense of excitement and thrill of a night out at the movies, than by having a set of curtains open up to display the main feature.  

If you're looking to include several rows of seats in your home theater, then you will need theater risers to make sure and provide a clear view for those in the back rows.  4seating manufactures the most durable and attractive risers on the market, crafted out of hardwood and covered in rich black carpeting on the sides and top.  These 7" high front risers and 14" high back risers are easy to install and will ensure enjoyment from everyone in the room.  For the 14" risers, an optional riser step is also available for safe, easy access.  As with all theater decor accessories, these risers come in pre-built sizes but can also be custom-tailored to your required size.  With the addition of these risers, you can add additional rows to your home theater and be able to entertain a party of guests!

Finally, 4seating offers numerous full theater stage packages that come complete with curtains. These stages serve the dual function of providing a spectacular and authentic movie theater look for your screen, while at the same time discreetly hiding audio speakers so that they are heard and not seen.  The overall presentation will stun and delight friends and family.  Choose from eight distinct and equally epic styles, according to your taste.  The stage itself can be utilized for more than a simple accent for your TV screen--children's plays, karaoke nights, and more can all be held on its durable, handsome floors.  As usual, each package is available in a variety of materials and colors and can be custom-built to your specification.  With the addition of a stage, curtains, and risers to your theater, you will be transported right out of your home and back to the days when entertainment was a special, memorable experience to be cherished with others.  

At 4seating.com, we have the largest selection of in-stock and ready-to-ship home theater seating and home theater furniture available! We offer theater seating and design solutions for both the casual and professional home theater enthusiast.  We also have a complete line of custom home theater decor available.