Flashback films

July 17, 2011 by nerdliving
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Reader Scott Blake posted on our Facebook page and drew our attention to something cool. Well, at least we think it’s cool.

Downtown Discount Cinema Theatre (is that last part redundant?) in Huntington is having a Flashback series of films every Sunday (4 p.m.) and Monday (4 and 7 p.m.). All shows are $5.

The lineup is geektastic.

We’ve already missed Jaws, which bites.

But this Sunday and Monday’s featureĀ  is Alien for any of you who are practically ripping your chests out to see Ripley, Ash and the Nostromo gang one more time.

Then, prepare to say “Khaaaaaan!!!!” once again — or, as an alternative, “Kirk, my old friend” — on July 31 and August 1 for “Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan.”

“The Dark Knight” is Aug. 14 and 15, then “The Thing” on Aug. 28 and 29 (Catch it before the remake hits!).

“The Wizard of Oz” plays on Sept. 11 and 12.

What classic sci-fi would you like to see all over again on the big screen?


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One Response to “Flashback films”

  1. rafegodfreyNo Gravatar says:

    One sci-fi film that I’d simply like to see made at all: “Neuromancer,” originally a book by William Gibson. While I haven’t read it, a good friend of mine insists that it’s amazing. For a while, rumour had it a film version was in the making; it would’ve been directed by Chris Cunningham (who directed the fantastically bizarre video for Aphex Twin’s track “Windowlicker), with a soundtrack done entirely by the aforementioned Aphex Twin himself. This sounds to me like it would’ve been the best movie ever made.

    Also, a “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” movie would be nice (seeing as how, in my opinion, it’s the best of all the Star Trek shows).

    As far as remakes of classics, I’d like to see a new version of “Altered States.” The original version, while regarded by some as a classic, I thought was somewhat lacking. It tried to be too much of a horror movie, and I though it didn’t touch nearly enough on some the works on which it was partially based — namely, the research of Dr. John C. Lily. Based mainly on Paddy Chayevsky’s novel, I think the film would’ve done much better to focus more on portraying Lily’s research (which, unlike Chayevsky’s novel, actually happened, and was far more interesting to read about, at least, to me).
    Lily was an M.D. who tried to communicate with both dolphins and alien beings by, in a nutshell, taking high doses of Ketamine (a veterinary anesthetic used primarily on cats), and then shutting himself, sometimes together with a dolphin, in a sensory isolation tank for hours on end (he’s written about this extensively in “The Scientist: A Metaphysical Autobiography,” among other books).
    This concept is strange, wild and scary enough by itself, and would’ve made for much more compelling stuff than the movie’s silly “de-evolution” plot, which struck me as hackneyed and came off as kinda ridiculous.
    (In an interesting side note, the two leads, William Hurt and Blair Brown, both tried out the isolation tank used in the movie. Hurt actually hallucinated, while Brown described it as being incredibly peaceful.)

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