Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Capital Celluloid 2015 - Day 329: Wed Nov 25

Gremlins (Dante, 1984): Prince Charles Cinema, 6.10 & 9pm


Here's the Prince Charles Cinema's introduction to this special screening:
That's right! Billy Peltzer himself, Mr Zach Galligan, will be joining us in November for a bunch of big-screen 70mm presentations of PCC favourite GREMLINS! Not only will Zach be introducing & taking your questions before the film, but he'll also be hanging out in our bar throughout the night so that all you lucky Gremlins ticket holders can say hello, nab an autograph and even get a photo taken with him ... oh, and he"ll be bringing his 'lil buddy Gizmo along for the ride too!

Tonight's screenings are sold out but the film (with guest star) is also being shown on 26th to 28th November. You can find the full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
E.T. with the lid off (1984). At the center of this horror comedy is a tidy family parable of the kind so dear to the heart of producer Steven Spielberg: the cute little whatzits who turn into marauding monsters when they pass through puberty (here gooily envisioned as “the larval stage”) are clearly metaphors for children, and the teenager (Zach Galligan) whose lapse of responsibility unleashes the onslaught is a stand-in for the immature parents of the 80s (Poltergeist). But Spielberg's finger wagging is overwhelmed by Joe Dante's roaring, undisciplined direction, which (sometimes through sheer sloppiness) pushes the imagery to unforeseen, untidy, and ultimately disturbing extremes. Dante is perhaps the first filmmaker since Frank Tashlin to base his style on the formal free-for-all of animated cartoons; he is also utterly heartless. With Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, and more movie-buff in-jokes than Carter has pills.
Dave Kehr


Here (and above) is the trailer.

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