N-Secure Intrigue, Women of Punk This Week At the Movies


Cordell Moore in N-Secure
  • Cordell Moore in N-Secure

Indie Memphis and the Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commission continue their Memphis In May bicentennial series of films with Memphis roots this Wednesday at Studio On The Square.

is a paranoid thriller filmed in Memphis by director David M. Matthews in 2009. Commercial Appeal film writer John Beifuss will be on hand to conduct the Q&A and put the film in context for the audience. You can get tickets on the Indie Memphis website.

Then, on Thursday, the new Crosstown Arts film series continues with a cult gem from the punk age. Contemporary with Rock and Roll High School, The Decline of Western Civilization, and The Great Rock And Roll Swindle, Ladies and Gentlemen: The Fabulous Stains is one of the earliest onscreen depictions of the movement that was not an anti-punk screed like the infamous Quincy episode.

It's also the only one to embody early punk's feminist side. Starring Diane Lane as bandleader Connie Burns and a pre-Blue Velvet Laura Dern as a member of the sarcastic garage band who become media sensations with caustic music and incredible eye makeup, the low-budget cult film also includes cameos from Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols and The Clash's Paul Simonon.

It sank quickly at the box office in 1982, but became a cult classic from years of cable TV screenings. It also just feels dangerous, like punk should. The screening begins at 7 PM on Thursday night at the Crosstown Theater.

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