Sensorial Intake
Sci-Fi Spectacular 5 (03.19.11 - 03.20.11, 7 movies)
Date Viewed Movie Director Notes
03.19.11 Day the World EndedRoger CormanThe first movie of the Music Box Theatre's Sci-Fi Spectacular 5 that I attended with friends in Chicago.

This was a last minute substitution for another Roger Corman film that was supposed to play.

Early, early B-movie nuclear apocalypse movie, and quite a bit of fun in it's campy, low budget way. Honestly, I grew up on films like this, so I love 'em.
03.19.11 KrullPeter YatesIt was amazingly fun to see this on the big screen! I don't recall if I originally saw Krull in the theaters when it first came out, so this might have been the first time for me.

It should be pointed out that all the movies shown at Sci-Fi Spectacular 5 were 35 mm prints; no digital projection of DVDs, but actual film prints! LOVE THAT.
03.19.11 Critters 2Mick GarrisI rarely watch a sequel before watching the original, but since this was part of Sci-Fi Spectacular, it happened. I'd never seen any of the Critters films before, and after watching this one, I'm going to rectify that by watching Critters soon.

The best part of this showing was the Q&A with director Mick Garris afterwards. He is an amazingly prolific and gifted director, very down to earth, and provided a LOT of insight into the making of Critters 2 and the filmmaking process in general.

This was one of the unexpected highlights of the Spectacular for me.
03.19.11 Naked LunchDavid CronenbergI'm a huge William S. Burroughs fan and have read Naked Lunch and many of his other works; I'm also a big Cronenberg fan, so this seems like a match made in heaven for mokes like me.

Honestly, I've tried to watch this movie a number of times before and for whatever reason could not get through it.

So I was interested to see the whole thing in a theater. Despite the five talky chicks behind me, it really took for me this time. With the exception of the talking, there were no distractions here, just sitting in my seat and paying attention.

I can't imagine this movie ever found a mainstream audience, and I'm willing to bet even a lot of horror and/or Cronenberg fans aren't crazy about it, but I really enjoyed it a lot.

Having read Naked Lunch, and two or three biographies on Burroughs, I was able to get more out of it than the average moviegoer.

So glad to have seen this on the big screen, even though the print was scratchy as hell in some places.
03.19.11 RubberQuentin DupieuxI classified this as a horror movie, but that's only because there really isn't a classification to fit this great movie in to.

This was the central reason for my attending Sci-Fi Spectacular and I wasn't disappointed.

I really had no idea what the movie was about other than the "sentient tire that can psychokinetically explode people's heads" description I'd seen.

Rubber is really a satire of Hollywood, the filmmaking process, film festivals and movie audiences, and it's brilliant at poking fun at all of it.

There isn't a lot I can write here that won't give things up. All I can say is definitely watch it.

As a nice little extra, we got small foam rubber tires as giveaways!
03.19.11 The BlobChuck RussellI'd never seen this remake/reimagining of the 1958 classic, and it was great to be introduced to it on the big screen for the first time. Better yet, it was followed by Q&A from director Chuck Russell, who was a great guy and had a lot of insight into the making of the movie.

The practical effects in this are amazing, considering the 4 million dollar budget!

This is really a different take on the original movie, and I liked the plot and how things played out a lot.

I remember seeing clips from this, and The Stuff, on USA's Up All Night back in the '80s, so scenes here and there looked competely familiar.

It was a lot of fun!
03.20.11 Event HorizonPaul W.S. AndersonThe last movie of Sci-Fi Spectacular, and I considered skipping it to get home and get some sleep. Luckily it started close to on time, so I decided to stick it out and complete the whole Sci-Fi Spectacular.

I've seen Event Horizon a few times before, and while it's a servicable movie, and has some genuinely creepy stuff happening, overall it's always been a disappointment to me.

I just wanted it to be more than it was.

Still, seeing it on the big screen was a treat, and the 35 mm print was in great shape.


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