THE FLY (35mm) + EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY (35mm)
July 19 only
After meeting on the set of Frankenstein flick TRANSYLVANIA 6-5000 in 1985, Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum were destined to make monster movie magic in horror master David Cronenberg’s THE FLY (1986) and Julian Temple’s campy extra-terrestrial musical, EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY (1988). For a brief moment, whether as a scientist turned human-fly, or a furry blue alien, Jeff had Geena by his side and they shared a beautiful inter-species romance that buzzed with chemistry. Their real life marriage didn’t last, but their stamp on the American 80’s and fantasy/sci-fi/horror genres is eternal. Join the Roxie as we honor America’s mutant sweethearts with these two classic films on 35mm!
THE FLY (1986)
In this standalone remake of the 1958 horror film, a brilliant scientist, Seth Brundle (Goldblum), meets investigative journalist Veronica Quaife (Davis) as he is in the exciting early stages of a revolutionary invention: a pair of telepods that can teleport matter from one pod to another. Offering her exclusive rights to document the story, Veronica begins visiting Brundle’s house and growing more invested as he performs his experiments, which grow more and more dangerous as he moves from inanimate objects to living creatures. However, in true mad scientist fashion we watch Seth’s obsessions and inflated confidence reach treacherous heights when he decides to transport himself, not knowing that he is sharing the telepod with a tiny housefly. What ensues is a truly horrific and poignant lesson in the limitations of science from the master of body horror, David Cronenberg.
Directed by David Cronenberg. 1986. 96 mins. 35mm.
EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY (1988)
In this musical sci-fi comedy directed by pop-culture curator Julien Temple (ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS, THE GREAT ROCK N’ ROLL SWINDLE), Valley girl Valerie (Geena Davis) is dealing with her philandering Dr. fiancé, Ted (Charles Rocket), when she finds that a trio of aliens have crashed their spaceship into her swimming pool. The aliens, perfectly portrayed by soon-to-be superstars Jeff Goldblum, Jim Carrey, and Damon Wayans, are covered in fur and don’t speak a word of English. Curious, and with three dumbfounded aliens on her hands, she takes them into the beauty shop where she works and enlists Candy (80’s pop icon Julie Brown) to transform them into three shaven, handsome men. After absorbing the native culture of Earth via television, the ladies and spacemen embark on a journey through the LA party scene, inadvertently causing a raucous and putting themselves on the verge discovery. A colorful, whimsical and perfectly cheesy spoof on LA culture.
Directed by Julien Temple. 1988. 100 mins. 35mm.
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