Before competitive video gaming became a sport, before you could watch people across the world speedrun Super Mario Bros. 3 on your phone, one film captivated video game fans and forced their parents to sit through the longest video game commercial ever: THE WIZARD!
A feature film based on the hugely successful NES and its games, also serving as a surprise reveal for Super Mario Bros. 3, THE WIZARD stars Fred Savage as Corey Woods, whose younger brother Jimmy (Luke Edwards) is extremely upset and withdrawn after his twin sister passes. Jimmy’s obsessed with the idea of getting to California for mysterious reasons, and after Jimmy’s sent to an institution, Corey decides to break him out and take him on the trip, with a private investigator and Corey's older brother Nick (Christian Slater) and dad (Beau Bridges) all in pursuit. On the way, Corey discovers Jimmy is a prodigy at nearly every (Nintendo) video game and there just so happens to be a massive video game tournament taking place at Universal Studios, the $50,000 Video Armageddon! Corey and Jimmy team up with Haley Brooks (Jenny Lewis — yes, *that* Jenny Lewis) on a mission to make it to California and conquer Video Armageddon, but not before being encountering plenty of mini-bosses along the way. It’s so bad… and yet, THE WIZARD did its job, turning a feature film full of melodrama and schlock into the perfect thing to keep Nintendo on top through another holiday season.
This special screening is presented in HECKLEVISION: Through the magic of MuVChat technology, your jokes, heckles and commentary are encouraged — in TEXT form! Tap out your wittiest wisecracks with your phone and they'll appear instantly on screen! Each month, special guests will hang out to crack jokes via text with you and a few hundred of your best friends!
This month’s guest comedians:
Robin Mihara (1990 Nintendo World Championships Finalist!)
The Hollywood Theatre is a beautifully restored nonprofit theatre with beer, wine and pizza for sale. To learn more about the theatre, visit: hollywoodtheatre.org/
Sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon, Deschutes Brewery and Portland Retro Gaming Expo. For more on the upcoming Portland Retro Gaming Expo, visit: retrogamingexpo.com