Retro Reels: Hackers & Johnny Mnemonic-April 20th

Join the Downtown Independent as we kick off our BRAND NEW Retro Reels series with HACKERS (Iain Softley, 1995) and JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)!

What is Retro Reels? It’s a once-a-month double feature that focuses on old-school hits! From cult classics to fantasy flix, we’ll put ’em on the big screen. From slapstick comedy to 80s action, you’ll be able to find it here. Retro Reels promises to bring fun and film to you!

If you have never seen Hackers, you shouldn’t miss it. It’s hard to pick just one good thing about that movie.

We could certainly argue that Hackers is a movie that is clearly ahead of its time while definitely displaying technological obsolescence. The cast and narrative work in a very inclusive and equitable manner, something that computer science (and indeed hacking itself) seems to lack in real life. Yet in this film, there is strong and positive representation for women and POC. This is certainly something that should not be ignored when enjoying this film. It makes it even more valuable.

Johnny Mnemonic doesn’t operate in quite the same manner but…that makes sense. After all, this film is based on the literature of William Gibson who is widely recognized as the father of cyberpunk so some leeway should be given. Johnny is no slouch either though- it’s a hellovalot of fun and truly deserves to be seen on a big screen. Home viewings just don’t do it justice. A film that serves up a cast that includes Ice-T, Dolph Lundgren, Henry Rollins, Udo Kier and Keanu Reeves as the eponymous Johnny Mnemonic really should get a big of theatrical love.

So come on down to our first Retro Reels. Grab a beer or a soda, some popcorn or candy, and settle it- it’s gonna be a good one!

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