“Camp”: Nobody knows what the word means but, like, everyone knows what it means. Especially when it comes to film. Camp movies act as a bond between all moviegoers, from the most apathetic philistines to the snootiest film historians who stopped watching American films in 1977.
Almost any film can be camp: movies so bad, they’re good; movies that are good, but a little bad; movies that are good and not at all bad, but just kind of weird or something. In any case, with the war loopiness in all of us, it’s prime time to file your Bergmans and Godards away and cut loose this summer.
Seeking the best of the camp, we naturally look toward the Olympia Film Society. After all, they are the ones behind the Olympia Film Festival’s All Freakin’ Night B-movie barrage every fall.
But we don’t need to wait this year. OFS has joined forces with SomethingWeird.com to offer “Something Strange Saturdays,” a late-night double-feature series of zany, weird, exploitative, horror, sci-fi, burlesque and mish-mash of classic B-movie titles on the big screen. This Saturday, Aug. 18, munch popcorn in front of “She-Devils on Wheels” and “She Freak.” Actually, I’ll skip the popcorn and enjoy the treats in the Capitol Theater’s upstairs beer garden. Warning: the night is hosted by All Freakin’ Night host Bryan Connolly, which means hold on to your beer tight as that guy likes to sneak up on people.
[Capitol Theater, Saturday, Aug. 18, 9 p.m., all ages, 21+ beer garden, $5-$7.50, 206 E. Fifth Ave., Olympia, www.olyfilm.org]