Retrofantasma: Total Recall & Lifeforce
Fri., Nov. 22, 7 p.m. 2013
You just can't remake a Paul Verhoeven movie. Anyone remember anything about that Total Recall remake from ... jeez, it was only last year? It seems so long ago. And a similar fate likely awaits the blasphemous remake of Robocop due to hit theaters next year. Yes, his American films are big-budget pieces of ridiculousness, but their satire and over-the-top action, violence and sexuality create works that are slyly subversive of Hollywood tropes—and also damn entertaining. Relive the glory of the original 1989 Total Recall, with Arnold Schwarzenegger finding himself at the center of various mind-wipes and conspiracies that somehow involve sticking a robo-arm up his nose, nearly getting his eyes sucked out in the Martian atmosphere and a cameo by a girl with three breasts. It's paired with the almost-as-over-the-top 1985 space vampire flick Lifeforce, which makes absolutely no sense but has 20 minutes of a naked vamp played by Mathilda May, along with the finest mid-'80s laser-light effects money could buy. This double feature also marks the 15th anniversary of the Retrofantasma Film Series, now the second-longest-running revival film series in the country.