Film Series- Mars Attacks! (1996)
FILM SERIES: 10TH ANNIVERSARY
Almost Midnight: Camp Cult Sci-Fi Classics
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.
Our 10th Anniversary Film Series celebrates five Science Fiction gems. These films have a fan following and those elusive qualities that have moved them into cult status – suitable for a midnight film showing. Well, in our case, almost midnight. But 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.