Dryden Theatre presents awesome’80s films
“Back to Back to the ’80s” on the big screen weekends in July and August;
For Release 2011-06-15
“So don your parachute pants and tease out your bangs for this tribute to those glorious days of yesteryear, when films were shot on film, action movies didn’t cause nausea, and no one cared about the cholesterol content of popcorn,” said Lori Donnelly, Eastman House film programmer.
One highlight of the series is Jeff Krulik’s visit to the Dryden on Friday July 8, to present the canonical cult classic Heavy Metal Picnic, which marks its 25th year, and also screen his film Heavy Metal Parking Lot. Krulick is also in attendance Saturday, July 9, for a look at his career with “The Wonderful World of Jeff Krulick and Friends.”
The films of “Back to Back to the ’80s
Friday, July 1, and Sunday, July 3
CADDYSHACK (Harold Ramis, US 1980, 98 min.)
Snobs vs. Slobs! Bill Murray chases gophers,
Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3
BREAKIN’ (Joel Silberg, US 1984, 90 min.)
Poppin’, lockin’, cross-cultural love a la west Side Story, and Ice-T! Classically trained dancer Kelly (Lucinda Dickey) befriends Ozone and Turbo (legendary breakdancers Adolfo Quinones and Michael Chambers), and take the establishment by storm when they join forces to enter a dance contest.
Friday, July 8
HEAVY METAL PICNIC plus HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT
(Jeff Krulik, US 2010, 66 min., Digital Projection, program approx. 90 min.)
Saturday, July 9
Jeff Krulick In Person!
The Wonderful World of Jeff Krulik and Friends
(Jeff Krulik, US/various, approx. program time 90 min., Digital Projection)
For almost 30 years, Jeff Krulik has focused his camera on folks not quite tony enough for traditional documentarians: drunken teens waiting in a parking lot before a heavy metal concert, professional wrestlers, fanatical porn collectors, and public access superstars. (Oh, and Ernest Borgnine.) Krulik will join us in person for a selection of highlights from his career, including King Of Porn, Obsessed with Jews, I Created Lancelot Link, Ernest Borgnine On The Bus, Mr. Blassie Goes To
Friday, July 15
THE NEVERENDING STORY (Wolfgang Petersen, US 1984, 102 min.)
“In the beginning, it is always dark.” Bookworm Bastian (Barret Oliver) is bullied by the kids in school while his father has fallen into depression after the death of Bastian’s mother. Taking refuge in a strange book from a stranger bookstore, Bastian is soon transported to the magical world of Fantasia, where a young warrior named Atreyu (Noah Hathaway) must battle an evil force called the Nothing to save the kingdom and its childlike Empress from ruin.
Friday, July 22 and Sunday, July 24
THE TERMINATOR (James Cameron, US 1984, 107 min.)
“I’ll be back.” The first of the classic series and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career-defining role. A cyborg is sent from the future to kill Linda Hamilton, mother-to-be of the leader of the resistance against Skynet, a supercomputer that waged war against and nearly destroyed the human race. In a race against time, the flesh and blood Michael Biehn is also dispatched as her protector. Post-release writing credit was awarded to legendary sci-fi author Harlan Ellison.
Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24
WAR GAMES (John Badham, US 1983, 114 min.)
“Shall we play a game?” High school computer geek Matthew Broderick hacks into what he thinks is the network of a video game manufacturer, but turns out to be the NORAD nuclear missile command, and the games this computer plays have names like “Global Thermonuclear Warfare.” When the computer confuses its simulations with real-world military maneuvers, things get tense, drawing Broderick and Ally Sheedy into a frightening military intrigue. A classic “what if?” of the late Cold War era, this film was nominated for three Oscars®, including Best Screenplay, Sound, and Cinematography.
Friday, July 29
SAY ANYTHING (Cameron Crowe, US 1989, 100 min.)
The iconic ’80s romantic comedy that ensured John Cusack’s place as the
ultimate geek crush. Cusack is a recent high school graduate with little plan for the future (“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career”) besides getting pretty class valedictorian Ione Skye to be his girl. To the surprise of everyone, including Skye’s overprotective father John Mahoney, the two begin an intense relationship that threatens to crumble when Mahoney gets involved.
Saturday, July 30
THE SURE THING (Rob Reiner, US 1985, 100 min.)
Opposites attract in this smart romantic comedy about two college students who drive each other crazy during a cross-country road trip. In his first starring role, John Cusack establishes himself as the ultimate ’80s crush with his wide-eyed enthusiasm and charisma, while Daphne Zuniga plays his serious and scholarly counterpart to perfection.
Friday, Aug. 5 and Sunday, Aug. 7
THE PRINCESS BRIDE (Rob Reiner, US 1987, 98 min.)
“As you wish.” Dashing stable boy turned pirate Wesley (Cary Elwes) must rescue his true love Buttercup (Robin Wright) from the clutches of evil Prince Humperdink with the help of a magician (Billy Crystal), a giant (Andre the Giant), and a vengeful swordsman (Mandy Patinkin). Director Rob Reiner drew on his background in comedy to create a lighthearted antidote to the self-important fantasy films of the 1980s, one that has since become a beloved family classic.
Saturday, Aug. 6 and Sunday, Aug. 7
BEETLEJUICE (Tim Burton, US 1988, 92 min.)
A pair of newly dead newlyweds returns to their country home to discover unwanted guests: an obnoxious yuppie family whom the spirits want evicted at once. The crude “bio-exorcist” Betelgeuse (Michael Keaton) seems to be their only hope, but the self-proclaimed “ghost with the most” proves to be an even bigger burden. Tim Burton’s follow-up to Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure is a funny, scary, and creepy romp that’s even more wildly imaginative than its predecessor.
Friday, Aug. 12 and Sunday Aug. 14
POLTERGEIST (Tobe Hooper, US 1982, 114 min.)
“They’re heeere.” Directed by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Tobe Hooper, but overwhelmingly bearing the stylistic fingerprints of writer/ producer Steven Spielberg, Poltergeist represents an unholy marriage of family film and intense horror cinema. The haunted house genre moves to the suburbs, as a family discovers that the mysterious occurrences in their new tract home — at first amusing bits of mischievous telekinesis, later more terrifying acts of deadly violence — may have something to do with the Native American burial ground underneath their subdivision.
Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14
FRIDAY THE 13th (Sean Cunningham, US 1980, 95 min.)
Ah — beautiful
Friday, Aug. 19 and Sunday, Aug. 21
DIRTY DANCING (Emile Ardolino, US 1987, 100 min.)
“Nobody puts baby in a corner.” Indeed. Jennifer Grey is “Baby,” a plain-Jane daddy’s girl, poised in the 1960s to enter the Peace Corps before going to college and marrying a doctor. But Baby’s life is suddenly changed one summer when she goes on a family trip to the Catskills and falls in love with hunky dance instructor Patrick Swayze. With his regular dance partner on ice, Baby steps in. Let the dance montage begin!
Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21
XANADU (Robert Greenwald, US 1980, 93 min.)
Olivia Newton-John is Kira, a mysterious muse sent to inspire struggling artist Michael Beck in 1980s
Friday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 28
FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (Amy Heckerling, US 1982, 90 min.)
Based on author Cameron Crowe’s undercover exploits at a
Saturday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, Aug. 28
REAL GENIUS (Martha Coolidge, US 1985, 108 min.)
A group of whiz kids at
Regular Dryden admission for each film: $8 general/$6 students and members. For more information call (585) 271-3361 or visit dryden.eastmanhouse.org
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