July 12, 2015, The New Haven Independent, by Thomas Breen - "A young, handsome doctor in a white lab coat hunches his shoulders and stares across the screen at his colleague. In between them stands a maze of tubes and wires, a half-filled beaker secured tightly to a metal post, and a tray of dark, gelatinous liquid holding a severed human head. “What you see is real. What’s done is done, and what I’ve done is right. It’s the work of science.” The Brain that Wouldn’t Die, the 1962 B-movie classic that played at Lyric Hall on Tuesday as the inaugural entry in the Saloon Cinema @ Lyric Hall series, is flush with this kind of dialogue: incoherent in its logic, deadpan in its delivery, and eminently quotable in its pseudo-scientific nonsense. But what makes the moment special, coming in the first third of a 90-minute movie that is much more interested in women’s legs and breasts than in one woman’s immaculately preserved brain, is how perfectly its image encapsulates the appeal of “bad” movies: the outrageous props; the exaggerated performances; and the uncompromising desire to entertain. Thomas Breen PhotoTHOMAS BREEN PHOTO Fay and Oyola. Lyric Hall, the meticulously restored former vaudeville theater on Whalley Avenue, has long served the Westville neighborhood as an epicenter for musical and theatrical entertainment. But since acquiring a tavern license at the end of last year, owner John Cavaliere and event programmers Joe Fay and José Oyola have been looking to burnish the venue with an additional title: repertory movie theater..."
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