Remember that movie you saw a hundred times in the theater when you were a kid, or rented on VHS from a local store over and over, or that you just recall from some lazy weekend watching basic cable? Relive your youthful follies or introduce a new generation to them with the latest Escapism Film Festival, which runs at the Carolina Theatre through Sunday.
Revitalized last year after a switchover to older genre films with a family bent, the festival includes a few R-rated numbers this year, such as two John Carpenter-Kurt Russell team-ups (Escape From New York and Big Trouble in Little China) and the original Robocop. But there's plenty to share with the family, including The Secret of NIMH, The Last Starfighter and The Muppet Movie, and a few oddball numbers, like Ridley Scott's Legend, Wolfgang Petersen's Enemy Mine and the odd road-rebel film The Legend of Billie Jean, which Carolina Theatre executives inform us is actually the film that audience members have told them they're most excited about. Fair is fair!
Don't miss the rare screening of the theatrical version of the TV pilot to 1978's Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, with Gil Gerard, Erin Gray and a robot who begins every sentence with "Bidi-bidi-bidi."
For hardcore fans of SF/ fantasy films, the only problem will be finding time to see everything. Individual tickets are $8, while a five-pass is $35 (available only in advance) and a 10-pass is $60 in advance or $65 during the festival.
Look for an in-depth discussion of the festival with the Carolina Theatre's Jim Carl (including which films weren't available) at www.indyweek.com and some after-the-fact coverage on our Artery blog next week. —Zack Smith