Quite simply, one of the best revisionist Westerns i.e. Science Fiction films of the 1980s. The year is 1997 A.D., Kurt Russell plays the cold-blooded, criminal Snake Pliskin who has 24 hours to enter the lawless, bloodthirsty prison island known as “Manhattan”, battle thousands of crazed maniacs (led by a pimped out gang leader Isaac Hayes) and hopefully rescue the nation’s president (Donald Pleasence.) Pertinent politics, decade defining character actors and a soundtrack that changed the world of music. Celebrate the 35th Anniversay widescreen DCP screening, preceded by trailers of some of your favorite post-apocalyptic films!
Escape from L.A. 9:15 pm
Directed by John Carpenter Written by John Carpenter, Debra Hill, Kurt Russell Containing Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Peter Fonda, Pam Grier
Come celebrate the 20th Anniversary (and the first Bay Area theatrical screening since its release) of the pitch-perfect sequel to America’s last hope, Snake Plisskin. After a Y2K earthquake has reduced Los Angeles to an isolated island, political satire runs rampant in Carpenter’s rollicking send up on the West Coast’s most surgically challenged city. Capturing the look and feel of the 1990s with such character actors as Steve Buscemi & Bruce Campbell as well Russell fitting flawlessly into his leather jacket, this is a sequel that has only gained even more relevance over the past two decades but as Carpenter said upon its release “is ten times better than the original.” Come on out to make up your own opinion. Widescreen 35mm Print courtesy of Paramount Studios.