Posted by: Cory | August 15, 2008

Vanguard Theatre Presents…Girls Rock!/The Machine Girl

Louisville's Vanguard Theatre!!

I have been incredibly excited about the Vanguard Theatre since the owners first discussed the concept with me back in June and the first wave of promotional fliers began popping up. Since that time I’ve been telling everyone I know, but never managed to get word of it up on Backseat Sandbar. After a successful trial run at Forecastle, the Vanguard Theatre is giving something of a trial run to the public at large tonight with the double feature presentation of Girls Rock! and Kataude mashin gâru (The Machine Girl) which hold a 73% and a 63% on Rotten Tomatoes respectively.

The concept of Vanguard is simple…independent, artistic and foreign films in a unique movie-going environment. In large part, they intend to be a step beyond what Baxter used to be, and unlike anything we’ve had in Louisville for years. Additionally, and unlike any of the cinemas in town, you (can) get double features, wood-oven fired pizza, a full bar, outside seating, full service inside theaters & as they describe it, tons of awesomeness. The only thing keeping the guys from getting everything started is, unfortunately, money, and so, to help ensure some kind of cash flow, they’ve devised membership programs ranging from $10 to $10,000 with various privileges afforded. You can become a member on their website, or simply by clicking the link below. I for one intend to sign up for the $50 package for contribution as much as anything. The concept is great, I know the execution will be great…they just need our support. So have an easy night tonight while resting up for tomorrow’s show…

And, if that isn’t enough, Scott Carney of Louisville band Wax Fang will be playing, along with the Trophy Wives (not Big Time Band as noted on the flier).  The schedule goes 7:00: “doors” 8:15: Trophy Wives 9:00: Girls Rock! 10:15: Scott Carney 11:00: The Machine Girl

From IMDB:

Girls Rock!: Girls Rock! follows the journey of four 8-18-year-olds as they are transformed by the liberating powers of music at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls. Given the opportunity to bash the drums, wail like a banshee and take up space, the girls jettison gender stereotypes like old hats on their way to a joyous final concert that will change their lives forever.

Girls Rock! Trailer

The Machine Girl: Ami is a typical college girl. She’s bright, friendly, popular and athletic, with nothing to set her apart from other girls her age other than the fact that she is an orphan, left to care for her younger brother after her father committed suicide after being falsely accused of murder. But while there is tragedy in their past, the siblings’ future looks good, except for one thing. Ami’s brother has racked up a considerable debt to another boy at school, and that boy just happens to be the heir to a clan of vicious ninja-yakuza. Ami’s brother can’t pay, violence breaks out and in the course of trying to avenge her brother, Ami is captured by the clan. They torture her and hack her arm right off. Ami escapes, barely alive, and is taken in by the owners of a machine shop who build her a customized, bullet-spewing arm. From that point, the quest for revenge is on in earnest.

Kataude Mashin Gâru (The Machine Girl) Trailer

Become a Member & help us build the Vanguard!

They need your support!



  1. there’s a follow up movie called the Hajirai Machine Girl (she’s got 2 machine guns!), it’s a blast!

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