Almost Midnight: Camp, Cult SciFi Classics
What is it about these films that draw us back to them again and again? Is it the built in self-effacing humor of these movies – that they seem to be in on the joke? Is it the absurdity of the plot lines, or the over-the-top sets and costumes? Is it the broad, scene-stealing acting? Could it be that underneath their flash there is also substance? We think the answer is yes, all of the above – but join us and our host, film screenwriter and film professor, Darren Foster as he takes us where no man has ever gone before – at least not with a straight face anyway.
Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971) Directed by Don Taylor. Starring Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Sal Mineo. There really is no escaping this fun, humorous second sequel to the classic Planet of the Apes. And amidst all the great lines and goofy set ups, there seems to be a commentary on being human and humane. Plus the ending is so poignant, you might be just a touch moved by it all. For real. 98 minutes. Rated G. Tuesday, October 2, 6-9 p.m., B2 Conference Center
Mars Attacks! (1996) Directed by Tim Burton. Starring Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close. Cult films aren't usually created intentionally; they are the product of some alchemic accident that propels them toward becoming a midnight movie. But Tim Burton set out to make a camp sci-fi cult film that is an instant classic. Not short on hammy acting (even the Martians overact) and lots of 1950s nostalgia, it still asks us to ponder the big puzzlers – politics, war, greed, sex – without demanding that you take a side. Plus it's oddly charming. 106 minutes. PG-13. Tuesday, October 9, 6-9 p.m., B2 Conference Center
Barbarella (1968) Directed by Roger Vadim. Starring Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law. Join Fresh City Life for an extraordinary night at the movies. New York author, hostess and trendsetter, Brini Maxwell brings her spin to our showing of the outrageous 1968 Jane Fonda confection, Barbarella, directed by Roger Vadim. The tagline for this film claims that Barbarella is a woman who makes Science Fiction something else," and we decided this film needed a hostess who is something else, too. Style maven Brini Maxwell will be on hand to talk us through Jane Fonda's epic, futuristic turn. Barbarella, Jane and Brini. Hmmm. If our mission is to make a wing-dinger… mission accomplished. 98 minutes. Unrated. Registration encouraged for this film presentation. Please register online or call 720-865-1206. Tuesday, October 16, 6-9 p.m., B2 Conference Center
Logan's Run (1976) Directed by Michael Anderson. Starring Michael York, Jenny Agutter. Logan (York) has a big problem: the giant machine that runs his world kinda wants him to find out why everyone isn't happily lining up to die on their thirtieth birthday as instructed. Sounds like an average night at Studio 54 during disco's heyday, right? Well, Logan's Run has got all the best nods to the era, from groovy futuristic, skin-tight clothes (and apparently stretch polyester is super fashionable in the future), a disco-ball party called Renewal in which the coolest guests all explode, and of course, Farrah Fawcett, flashing her fantastic hair and perfect smile. Ultimately, this film asks the most profound question of all: If there's no Farrah in the future, what, then, is the point? See this gorgeous, weird film on the big screen. 119 minutes. Rated PG. Tuesday, October 23, 6-9 p.m., B2 Conference Center
Flash Gordon (1980) Directed by Mike Hodges. Starring Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max Von Sydow. The Earth is under attack and Dr. Hans Zarkov kidnaps famous sports hero Flash Gordon and Dale Arden. "If memory serves, this is more or less the same beginning as in the original movie serialization of 'Flash Gordon,' back in 1936. Even if it's not, this new Dino De Laurentiis production is true to the tacky pop origins of the Flash Gordon comic strip and the serials starring Buster Crabbe. At a time when "Star Wars" and its spin-offs have inspired special effects men to bust a gut making their interplanetary adventures look real, Flash Gordon is cheerfully willing to look as phony as it is." – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. Tuesday, October 30, 6-9 p.m., B2 Conference Center
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