A visit to http://www.brattlefilm.org/brattlefilm/calendar.html reveals that the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA has got some good science fiction and fantasy offerings coming up on the big screen!
Repertory Series: John Boorman’s Primeval Screen (Series runs November 20-24; check the website for showtimes):
In partnership with the Boston Irish Film Festival and the Harvard Film Archive, the Brattle is extremely excited to welcome legendary Irish film director John Boorman to town with screenings of some of his most legendary films. The Brattle will host screenings of 4 of Boorman’s more underground classics: EXCALIBUR, POINT BLANK, ZARDOZ, and EXORCIST II: HERETIC. Additional films screen at the Harvard Film Archive with Boorman expected to make appearances at both venues.
That’s right, readers: at last you can see “Zardoz” on the big screen and behold Sean Connery in his little red bikini.
Repertory Series: Roots Of The Whip: Indiana Jones And His Influences (Series runs December 10-14; check the website for showtimes):
Whether you enjoyed the latest Indiana Jones adventure or not, here’s an opportunity to savor the inimitable scruffy romantic treasure hunter in all of his big-screen adventures, as well as a chance to catch up on some of his roots. The Brattle will be screening all 4 Indiana Jones films (yes, including the much-derided fourth installment – which may not stand up to the original but, for all its flaws, is still an exciting adventure) and classic swashbucklers featuring Zorro and jungle-adventurers. Plus, for added fun, late-night screenings of Joss Whedon’s SERENITY and Guillermo del Toro’s HELLBOY, with both film’s lead characters sporting wisecracking attitudes deliberately akin to Dr. Jones.
Hooked On Who Two (December 19th and 20th; check the website for showtimes):
Over this past summer, inspired by the success of the newest incarnation of the legendary BBC sci-fi show DOCTOR WHO, the Brattle offered up a selection of some of our favorite WHO stories on the big screen – and we had such a great time that we’re doing it again! For the uninitiated, DOCTOR WHO has been delighting audiences since 1963 with a blend of campy effects, excellent scripts, and charismatic characters – not the least of which being The Doctor himself, a ‘timelord’ who travels through time and space in a blue police telephone box protecting the universe from all kinds of dangers. For this celebration we will be featuring a full storyline from one of the most beloved Doctors, Tom Baker, plus one of the best pair of episodes from the recent resurrection of the show.
Friday, December 19: City Of Death (1979) starring Tom Baker [100 min]
Saturday, December 20: The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances (2005)
starring Christopher Eccleston [90 min]
There was also going to be a “Firefly” marathon in November, but that has been pushed back to some time in 2009. Stay tuned!