Double Feature: RETURN TO OZ (35mm) & BABE: PIG IN THE CITY (35m
October 16 only
MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS presents a “NOT INTENDED FOR YOUNG CHiLDREN” Double Bill
$15.00 for both films!
4:00pm – RETURN TO OZ (1985)
Directed/Co-Script by Walter Murch (editor of APOCALYPSE NOW) w/ Fairuza Balk, Piper Laurie, Nicol Williamson and Jean Marsh
This disturbingly bleak and wildly inventive “sequel” to one of cinema’s most beloved classics THE WiZARD OF OZ (1939) was one of the three PG rated films to force the MPAA to create a PG-13 rating. (GREMLiNS and INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM were the other two.) Following Dorothy Gale (Fairuza Balk) as she teams up with Tik-Tok, Jack Pumpkinhead and the sassy hen Billina as they battle electro-shock therapy, an absolutely horrifying gang of “Wheelers” and a face stealing wicked witch named Mombi. With the legendary Will Vinton creating the stunning, stop-animated claymation, L. Frank Baum’s fans know that this adaptation is even truer than the previous masterpiece and deserves to be re-evaluated in its’ 30th+ Anniversary! The first 35mm screening in San Francisco in almost a decade, courtesy of Swank. 113 minutes. Rated PG (Potentially quite frightening and surreal for children and even some adults.) Preceded by other kreepy-kids-flix trailers.
6:30pm – BABE: PiG IN THE CiTY (1998)
Directed/Produced/Co-Script by George Miller (MAD MAX series), cinematography by Andrew Lesnie (THE LORD OF THE RiNGS trilogy), w/ Magda Szubanski, James Cromwell & voices by Elizabeth Daily, Steven Wright and Adam Goldberg
Gene Siskel ranked this the best film of 1998, even in its truncated Rated G version. Picking up where the Oscar nominated original BABE (1995) left off, this very adult allegorical tale of a little pig taking its first trek into the big city of Metropolis, is truly on par with the most profound Pixar films (WALL-E, UP, TOY STORY 3.) Teaming up with a duck named Ferdinand, a monkey named Tug and a terrier named Flealick, the sheep-pig Babe has his hooves full as he confronts some truly mind blowing moral lessons. George Miller was definitely exploring many of the themes that would later appear in his modern masterpiece MAD MAX: FURY ROAD while the sets and camerawork feel like Caro & Jeunet’s THE CiTY OF THE LOST CHiLDREN (1995). Don’t miss the first 35mm screening of this subversive kids-flick since its release 18 years ago, courtesy of NBCUniversal. 96 minutes. Preceded by trailers for other politically-charged kids films.
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Double Feature: RETURN TO OZ (35mm) & BABE: PIG IN THE CITY (35m: Upcoming Showtimes